Paris Jackson, Matt Bomer on new FX sequence

When Matt Bomer and Paris Jackson found out that “American Horror Stories” would bring viewers back to the original Murder House, they couldn’t say no.

“I ran around, took photos and was a total nerd,” reveals Jackson.

FX’s Horror Stories is an anthology spin-off of the hit American Horror Story series, with each episode featuring a different horror story and cast. The two-part opener “Rubber (wo) Man,” which premiered Thursday (and is now streamed on Hulu), follows a new family – two house flippers (Bomer and Gavin Creel) and their sadistic daughter Scarlett (Sierra McCormick) – who live in move in the infamous Murder House from Season 1 of the original series.

You’ll see some known connections to “AHS,” including an infamous rubber suit, a cameo by Infantata (the sewn-together remains of the child who lives in the murder house’s basement), and the return of Bomer, who played as the Countess’s lover in Donovan “American Horror Story: Hotel”.

In the new series, Bomer plays Michael, the loving father of a serial murderous high school girl and husband of a frustrated co-parent.

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His goal? “He’s trying to keep his family together, trying to keep his daughter from falling apart … and keeping his marriage intact,” says Bomer.

“Although this family is somehow enlarged and sensationally portrayed, the core of Michael’s story is the fears many parents have in 2021,” says Bomer. “How do you stay in touch with your daughter who is taking a path you think you cannot control?”

Bomer, who is married and aproud father of three sons says it is “rewarding” to play Michael.

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“It is a privilege to be able to play a gay parent,” he says. “I wanted to show these relationships the respect they deserve because I think the world needs to see and normalize … that gay parents have their own problems with their children.”

In contrast, Paris Jackson, who made her debut in the horror franchise, calls her character – Scarlett’s classmate Maya – “vengeful” and “difficult to understand”.

“I don’t really know if there is any way to describe it in proper language. Any words I would use are considered inappropriate, ”Jackson jokes.

Maya pretends to have a romantic affair with Scarlett (McCormick) only to publicly humiliate and expose her during a covertly taped livestream. Jackson admits she was initially “angry” at portraying such a mean character, especially after struggling with her own sexual identity as a teenager.

“Just the idea of ​​something like this happening makes my blood boil,” says Jackson. “I remember getting into conflict with my sexuality when I was 15, 16 and was confused. I remember having questions and not really knowing how to present myself or how to go about it.”

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However, what helped her get into character was understanding that Maya is only trying to deal with her sexuality – even if it’s in an unhealthy way.

“Maya has feelings for Scarlett and she tries to hide it and bury it, but her friends obviously don’t think that’s okay. So she does what she can to make her friends comfortable and not let them know who she really is. “

So what can viewers expect next week? Jackson, who has been following the “AHS” franchise since it premiered in 2011, says viewers of the new anthology series will be rewarded with other callbacks.

Other actors include Kaia Gerber, Billie Lourd, Charles Melton and Danny Trejo.

Bomer adds that the unpredictability of the show is what makes it so unique. “It’s not an extended season of the show, it’s a new world, a new story every week … you don’t know what you’re going to get, and there is so much about it.”

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