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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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Is Gwyneth Paltrow Heading to American Horror Story?

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Gwyneth Paltrow 'Would Love to Be' on American Horror Story, Says Ryan Murphy

Originally posted 10/06/2014 02:35PM

Pro tip: Gwyneth Paltrow may need to consider growing out a beard or sprouting an extra head if she really wants this.

The actress has her eyes on a role in American Horror Story.

"She would love to be on this show," creator (and new dad!) Ryan Murphy told PEOPLE when asked if he'd ever cast the actress at Sunday's premiere of the FX series's latest season. "We'll see."

The season kicking off Wednesday, American Horror Story: Freak Show, takes viewers to Jupiter, Florida, where a menagerie of nightmare-worthy sideshow characters are trying to keep their business alive. (And if Paltrow can't make it for this installment, might we suggest American Horror Story: Messy Kitchen?)

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Ryan Murphy Welcomes Second Son, Says Becoming a Dad Again Is 'So Emotional' | Ryan Murphy

Ryan Murphy Welcomes Second Son, Says Becoming a Dad Again Is 'So Emotional'

Originally posted 10/06/2014 09:55AM

The Glee creator and his husband welcomed son Ford on Friday

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Julia Roberts Talks About Her Emmy-Nominated Role in The Normal Heart

Originally posted 08/25/2014 06:05PM

Play testcaption testcredit Share on Facebook Tweet Pin on Pinterest Share on Tumblr Whether or not Julia Roberts takes home a golden statuette at Monday night's Emmys, she may have already won with the opportunity to bring a revered doctor to life in The Normal Heart.

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American Horror Story Casts World's Smallest Woman | Jessica Lange

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American Horror Story Casts World's Smallest Woman

Originally posted 08/14/2014 08:05AM

A world record holder will be joining the strange world of American Horror Story this fall.

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Glee Cast Remembers Cory Monteith

Lea Michele, Glee Costars Remember Cory Monteith on Anniversary of His Death

Originally posted 07/13/2014 04:30PM

One year after Cory Monteith's tragic death, his Glee costars are sharing memories of their friend over social media.

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What Feud? Lea & Naya Returning to Glee Next Year, Ryan Murphy Says

Ryan Murphy: Lea Michele and Naya Rivera Are Both Returning to Glee Next Year

Originally posted 05/14/2014 12:35PM

Everything is just peachy keen on the Glee set, according to its co-executive producer Ryan Murphy.

Despite multiple reports of drama and weeks of silence from the show's cast about the rumors, Murphy told Extra on Tuesday, "I always marvel at the things that become headline news that most of the time are completely fabricated."

More specifically, Murphy addresses Lea Michele's reported feud with costar Naya Rivera, who apparently got booted from the show for poor behavior on set.

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Ryan Murphy: Cory Monteith's Glee Character Would Have Become a Teacher | Cory Monteith

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Ryan Murphy: Cory Monteith's Glee Character Would Have Become a Teacher

Originally posted 12/24/2013 11:15AM

Glee co-creator Ryan Murphy always had a vision for how the groundbreaking FOX show would end, but when Cory Monteith died in July, that vision died with him.

Murphy revealed that ending to those close to the star when he eulogized Monteith at a private memorial service shortly after his death.

Now, five months after Monteith died from a heroin and alcohol overdose, he also shares it with the world.

"The ending of Glee is something I have never shared with anyone, but I always knew it," Murphy discloses in an excerpt of the eulogy just published in Entertainment Weekly. "At the end of season 6, Lea [Michele]'s Rachel was going to have become a big Broadway star, the role she was born to play. Finn was going to have become a teacher, settled down happily in Ohio, at peace with his choice and no longer feeling like a Lima loser."

Murphy had mapped it out so clearly that he even had the last line of dialogue written in his head: "Rachel comes back to Ohio, fulfilled and yet not, and walks into Finn's glee club. 'What are you doing here?' he would ask. 'I'm home,' she would reply. Fade out. The end."

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Stevie Nicks Joining the Coven on American Horror Story

UpdatePosted 11/13/2013 07:30PM

Stevie Nicks Heading to the Coven on American Horror Story

Originally posted 11/13/2013 02:30PM

If you thought American Horror Story: Coven rocked before, well, just wait until Stevie Nicks lands in New Orleans.

The Fleetwood Mac legend will be bringing her own magic – and, presumably, plenty of beads and shawls – to the FX miniseries some time this season in an unknown role, show creator Ryan Murphy announced on Twitter.

Her guest-spot gig is excellent news for fans of the band – as well as star Lily Rabe, whose on-screen alter ego, necromancer Misty Day, is quite spellbound with Nicks.

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