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American Horror Story's Naomi Grossman: 'Viewers Will be Satiated' by Pepper's Backstory

American Horror Story: Freak Show

American Horror Story's Naomi Grossman: 'Viewers Will be Satiated' by Pepper's Backstory

Originally posted 12/17/2014 05:25PM

Originally touted as a standalone anthology series, all of the gruesome stories in Ryan Murphy's American Horror Story are now connected – and Naomi Grossman's Pepper is the character to tie it all together.

Having first appeared in Asylum, AHS's second season, Grossman was back for its fourth – Freak Show – in an expanded role in the canon. The timeline, set 12 years before the events of Asylum, has Grossman's costar Lily Rabe reprising her role as Sister Mary Eunice in Wednesday night's episode.

PEOPLE chatted with Grossman exclusively to discuss Pepper, her backstory, the American Horror Story universe, a Pepper/Matt Bomer sex scene and how working with the "freaks" has changed her worldview.

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American Horror Story's Sarah Paulson Is Freaked Out by Her Own Show

Sarah Paulson Is Freaked Out by Her Own Show, American Horror Story

Originally posted 01/24/2013 10:35AM

It's a good thing American Horror Story wrapped up its second season Wednesday night. One of its stars, Sarah Paulson, can sleep a little easier now.

"I can't watch it at night and I'm on it," the Emmy-nominated actress, 38, tells the Associated Press.

"There are some people who like to be scared and I understand that, but I am not one of those individuals. I like to cozy up with a nice book and a bath and a teddy bear. I am not interested in being terrified before I go to sleep."

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