Evan Peters Wants to Put Intense Roles Behind Him
The American Horror Story actor has had enough of that kind of role.
By Chris Morse
American Horror Story actor Evan Peters is back for yet another season of the FX anthology series, this time titled Apocalypse. While that may sound quite grim, it's quite the opposite for the veteran actor of the series, who is getting a well-needed reprieve from playing more intense characters. This time, Peters will be playing more of a comedic role as a hairdresser when the apocalypse arrives.
The actor recently spoke with GQ about the nature of his parts throughout the years and what he finally decided after last year's American Horror Story: Cult and American Animals. When it comes to recent roles that have been intense for him, Peters simply does not want anything to do with those anymore.
"Yeah, I'm not doing it anymore," he said. "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!" The actor is probably not completely off the hook just yet, but his new role in American Horror Story: Apocalypse might just line up better with who he is as a person, which he describes as being more on the goofy and silly side.
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 been all a massive stretch for me and really difficult to do," Peters revealed. "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."
It might come as a relief that American Horror Story creator Ryan Murphy is giving the actor a bit of a break from that kind of role, which has been on the more intense side as of late. In discussing what it's like to really get into those characters, here's what Peters had to say.
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 [actress Emma Roberts] and chilling with friends and watching movies.
At the end of the day, however, Peters has been a part of the series for 8 years and counting. Does he trust Murphy to do right by him?
No, no. I trust him and his vision and his writing and directing and sort of him overseeing everything. I know there's a bigger plan, and so I always throw it up to him, and I say, "I'm in your hands. Let's do this. Whatever you need me to do."
... But for the most part he's really funny and hilarious and loving and looking out for everybody and making sure everybody's comfortable. You trust him.
This was certainly an interesting glimpse into the work of one of our favorite recurring stars of the series. We can only hope that he continues to give it his all for years to come. American Horror Story returns with its next story, Apocalypse, on September 12th.