Jessica Lange's fright-fest in "American Horror Story"

Tue Oct 4, 2011 6:08am EDT
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By Jill Jacobs

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Veteran actress Jessica Lange will make her television series debut in "Glee" creator Ryan Murphy's latest project, "American Horror Story."

Lange, 62, will play the role of nosy neighbor Constance, a Southern belle with a mysterious past in "American Horror Story," premiering on Wednesday on the FX network.

Reuters spoke with the Oscar and Emmy winning actress about her upcoming series, haunted houses and her passion for photography.

Q: This is your first television series. Was this something you've thought about doing?

A: "No, I hadn't thought about it, although when Ryan Murphy called initially to discuss the project, I have to say he was extremely seductive. He made more promises than any man I've ever met. And what he has given me so far has been really great. The language is great, the moments are great, and as the episodes become much more emotional, we're into the realm of high drama and tragedy. It's been really exhilarating."

Q: So how did you prepare to play the role of a meddling neighbor shrouded in secrecy?

A: "It's really been an exercise in just allowing the imagination to take flight. Like when a child plays, where their commitment to the moment is just total, but they're making it up as they go along...I think she's really a throwback to another age. Like a kind of hard-boiled dame from the 30's, 40's; that plain spoken character who has no sense of political correctness or how they're going to be perceived and received, but just someone who is sometimes painfully honest, sometimes stupidly honest, but not concerned with all the things that affect our speech and behavior today."

Q: Do you believe in haunted houses?   Continued...

<p>U.S. actress and photographer Jessica Lange poses at her exhibition "unseen" at the Niemeyer Center of Aviles, northern Spain, September 10, 2011. REUTERS/Eloy Alonso</p>