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‘American Horror Story’ Creator Ryan Murphy Discusses Working With Stevie Nicks

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American Horror Story: Coven recently welcomed acclaimed singer-songwriter Stevie Nicks to its cast. In addition to putting her acting skills on display, she also performed some music.

Ryan Murphy, who co-created American Horror Story alongside Brad Falchuk, recently sat down with Entertainment Weekly to discuss working with the singer on the award-winning series. Although Nicks had a blast on the show, Murphy said she was definitely a little nervous about acting.

“But it’s one of those weird things where you mythologize somebody for months and months and months in the scripts and then you tell the actors “Oh by the way, that person is coming.” So the anticipation for her on the set with the cast and the crew was great and everybody wanted to meet her and take pictures with her and talk to her,” he said.

Murphy continued, “She’s one of those ladies that’s so gracious. She’s just an amazing soul and kind. I love that she did those songs. She just had a ball. She was also very interested in the acting part of it so she spent a lot of time on set watching them and really getting into it… She’s a great person.”

The American Horror Story co-creator also discussed which songs he wanted Steve Nicks to sing during her appearance on the program. In addition to “Rhiannon,” Murphy also chose “Has Anyone Ever Written Anything For You.” The latter is one of Ryan’s favorite songs.

“I thought it oddly applied to the Jessica Lange character where Fiona has had all these great opportunities and squandered them and is just looking for some peace after her horrific acts,” Murphy told the publication.

He added, “So that was great and Stevie loved that idea. And “Rhiannon,” we put that in the script months ago and at that point I hadn’t even imagined Stevie could do the show. That song is very witchy and fun.”

Murphy also wrote Stevie Nicks’ iconic twirling into the American Horror Story: Coven script. Although the co-creator said he wasn’t sure if the singer had a sense of humor about herself, they decided to put the twirling in the script anyway. Nicks didn’t disappoint.

“Knowing her I thought I think she’ll go for it and she did. Nobody twirls like Stevie Nicks,” Murphy explained.

Are you a fan of American Horror Story: Coven? What did you think about Stevie Nicks’ appearance on the recent episode of the acclaimed drama?

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