American Horror Story will feature a familiar face for its next season. Lady Gaga has announced that she is returning to Ryan Murphy’s FX franchise for Season 6. In a radio interview with Elvis Duran on New York’s Z100 radio station, Gaga said she will make an appearance on the next installment of American Horror Story later this fall.
The “Born This Way” singer recently won a Golden Globe for her portrayal of the Countess in Season 5 of American Horror Story: Hotel. There is no word on what type of part she will play in the new season, and the singing superstar wouldn’t confirm whether she’ll be a series regular or if her role will be a smaller part, as she has been sworn to secrecy.
“I can’t promise you how or when or anything like that.”
There is not much yet known about American Horror Story Season 6. It has already been announced that it will be set in the present day, but other than that, Ryan Murphy has teased few details or revealed a theme. The showrunner told Entertainment Weekly that the the new season of American Horror Story will be “very different” than last year’s season, which was set in a macabre hotel.
“The next thing we’re crafting up is very, very different than this. Not smaller. But just not opulent. More rogue and more dark.”
At the Television Critics Press Tour in January, FX boss John Landgraf told reporters that the new chapter of the horror anthology would be “set in the present” with elements of the past mixed in, according to TV Line.
“It’s set in two time periods, but principally in the present.”
It’s not a huge surprise that Lady Gaga was asked back for the next season of American Horror Story. Murphy has long adored her, and he even let slip that he invited her back before the Hotel season even premiered. What’s more surprising is that the singer said yes, considering how busy she has been this year. Gaga has been all over the place, from singing the National Anthem at the Super Bowl to doing a David Bowie tribute at the Grammys to performing a moving tribute to sexual abuse survivors at the Oscars.
Murphy loves to cast familiar faces in his American Horror Story franchise. Stars like Jessica Lange, Sarah Paulson, Denis O’Hare, Angela Bassett, Matt Bomer, Finn Wittrock, and Kathy Bates have all appeared in multiple seasons of the show. But the showrunner also seems to also have a penchant for musical superstars.
Not only did Murphy sign pop idols Ariana Grande and Nick Jonas for his Scream Queens cast last year, but the American Horror Story creator cast rock legend Stevie Nicks on a previous American Horror Story season, Coven. Still, the Fleetwood Mac legend didn’t sign on right away. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Murphy said it took some time to convince Nicks to join the cast of the third American Horror Story season.
“I called Stevie Nicks and first I said, ‘I want to use you in the show.’ But she was very resistant because from the beginning of her career people who are in the Wiccan community had given her a hard time thinking she was a witch and she got a lot of scary fan letters.”
Still, his convincing paid off, and for Gaga, it even culminated with a Golden Globe Award. After she won the prestigious acting award earlier this year, the singer thanked Murphy and the entire American Horror Story cast for helping to make her shine.
“I wanted to be an actress before a singer, but music worked out first.”
Looks like she’ll get another chance to shine in the next season of American Horror Story when it premieres next fall.
Watch the video below to see Lady Gaga’s speech after winning a Golden Globe for American Horror Story.
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