Peters, who has played iconic roles in all the seasons so far, won't be seen in American Horror Story's upcoming season.
Following the footsteps of Jessica Lange, another fan favorite has revealed that he won't be returning to American Horror Story, at least for the upcoming season. Evan Peters, who has played iconic roles in all the eight seasons so far, has revealed that he will be sitting out for season 9. Tate Langdon in Murder House, Kit Walker in Asylum, Kyle in Coven, Jimmy Darling in Freak Show, James March in Hotel, Rory in Roanoke, Kai Anderson in Cult and Mr. Gallant and Jeff in Apocalypse, the 32-year-old actor has always won hearts of the audience with his performance but sadly, he isn't coming back and longtime fans of the show are in tears.
"But WHYYY?" Because the creepy-disturbing show is messing with his mental health. In an interview with GQ, Peters revealed that he wasn't feeling up to doing another American Horror Story season when asked about the strong characters he has played so far in the franchise, "Yeah, I'm not doing it anymore. I just made a decision. I said to myself, "I can't do it anymore." It's not me. It's not who I am! I'm goofy, I'm silly, I like to have fun. I don't like to yell and scream. I actually hate it."
"I think it's disgusting and really awful, and it's been a challenge for me. Horror Story sort of demanded that of me...It's hurting my soul and Evan as a person. There's this massive amount of rage that's been called upon from me, and the emotional stuff that's been called on me for Pose has been heartbreaking, and I'm sick. I don't feel good," Peters added revealing how much the show is impacting him in real life.
"It's just exhausting. It's really mentally draining, and you don't want to go to those places ever in your life. And so you have to go there for the scenes, and it ends up integrating it somehow into your life. You're in traffic and you find yourself screaming and you're like, What the hell? This isn't who I am. I fight really hard to combat that and make sure that I'm watching comedies and hanging out with my fiancée and chilling with friends and watching movies."
Evan also said that there are a lot of sex scenes in the show which makes him really uncomfortable. "I was Mr. March [in American Horror Story: Hotel]. I was doing this butterfly razor cutting of this poor girl while I was having sex with her. It was just horrific and weird and sad. At that point, it was season five, and I was more comfortable with the crew, so it's like, okay, I guess my butt will be out." He added, "There were some earlier ones that were very unnerving. One thing with Kyle [Spencer in American Horror Story: Coven], I had to get out of the tub and hit a lot of stuff and be upset and was completely naked. You have your cock sock on, but you're still naked."
And, if you are one of those who was hoping that he will at least make a cameo in the next season, Evan has confirmed it is not going to happen. At WonderCon, when asked about the same and he revealed he is taking a break from the franchise. Peters wishes to do romantic comedies now and as much as we wish to see him again, his mental health comes first, obviously. We hope he feels better! He recently called off his engagement with on and off girlfriend and AHS co-star Emma Roberts as well.
And well, SHE is returning, like it or not. Ryan posted a picture of Gus Kenworthy, the freestyle skier and wrote, "That special moment when you realize you have an Olympic medal AND will be playing Emma Roberts’ boyfriend on American Horror Story Season 9," confirming that Emma Roberts is coming back to the show and Gus is playing her boo. So far, the two are the only actors who have been confirmed to return.
But, Sarah Paulson, Murphy's favorite, who has also played a role in every season, is expected to return. "I have found a home in the sense that I work for a person who sees me completely, knows my strengths and weaknesses, knows how to push me and keeps throwing me the ball," Paulson spoke about continuing to work with Murphy. "Why would you leave something that works? This idea of jumping off one thing just to be available in case something great comes by, that’s like leaving your wonderful mate because you think maybe someone more interesting is out there," she added.
The production of the ninth season will begin this summer and Ryan will be writing, directing and Brad Falchuk, Jessica Sharzer, Tim Minear, Dante Di Loreto, and Alexis Martin Woodall will produce the ninth season which currently has an unknown theme. Who do you wish to see in the next season? Will you be watching it without Jessica Lange AND Evan Peters?