‘American Horror Story: Freak Show’ Releases Two New Videos [Video]

As the anticipation mounts for its Wednesday premier, American Horror Story: Freak Show has released two new videos of the “extra-ordinary” cast members from the series.

The mini-documentaries feature Mat Frasier, “Paul The Illustrated Seal,” and Rose Siggins, “Legless Susie.”

Both cast members discuss living with their disabilities, their roles in American Horror Story, and what it is like to be a “different actor,” as Fraser put it.

Mat Fraser has a congenital disorder called phocomelia, a rare birth defect, according to WebMD, in which the bones of the arms are extremely shortened or absent and the fingers are sometimes fused. Fraser calls it “seal-like arms.” His arms are very short, with long fingers that resemble a seal’s flippers. His condition, he says, was caused by his mother taking a powerful pain killer when she was pregnant with him.

Fraser explains that, to him, “freak means a radically different person on stage, entertaining with their radical difference. I cannot but help to exploit my physique when I’m performing.”

Holding up his arms, he says, “Of course, these are different, and they’re interesting to look at. And there’s nothing wrong with that. I’m powerful and awesome and I have these.”

Of his role on American Horror Story, Mat commented, “I’m a freak, and an actor. And I’m a freak actor playing a freak, and it’s awesome.”

American Horror Story: Freak Show – Extra-Ordinary Artists – Mat Fraser