November 21st, 2012
04:26 PM ET
The big reveal on last week's "American Horror Story: Asylum" was a shock to fans, but not to Zachary Quinto.
The actor told press last week that he knew his Dr. Thredson was malevolent all along.
"I knew from the very beginning. It was part of the conversation that I had with Ryan [Murphy] about me coming back to the second installment of the show in the first place," Quinto said. "It very much informed the character that I was building from the beginning. As a result, I felt like my responsibility became to create a character that people could trust, or at least trust initially, and have some hope that perhaps he is actually the one voice of reason and sanity within this chaotic world."
Oh, and hope we did - Quinto indeed lulled at least one "American Horror Story" viewer into overlooking Dr. Thredson as a suspect. But as darkly thrilling as last week's episode was, Quinto promises that that was just the beginning.
"[Wednesday's] show is called 'The Origins of Monstrosity,' and so it really dives into a lot of the roots of the characters in this world in 'Asylum,'" he said. "The storytelling structure of 'Asylum' I think is really going to pay off in a really big way. I think all of the questions that people have, and that the episodes that are airing right now are generating, will definitely be answered. That’s my instinct, at least, having read up through almost the end now ... So yes, a lot of things will become clearer and probably even more disturbing in the next couple of weeks."
That will include, of course, his work with pal Sarah Paulson, who portrays the reporter - who's currently trapped in Bloody Face's lair - Lana.
"I especially have a respect for Sarah as an actress, but it’s a rare and unique opportunity to show up to work with a really good friend," Quinto said of their working relationship. "Oftentimes, friendships are formed on set and through these kinds of experiences working together in such intimate and unusual ways, but it’s even a richer experience when you already have that foundation of friendship. So there’s an implicit trust and sensitivity to each other and our needs and our instincts and our individual process. It’s really a remarkable gift in a lot of ways. So we also are able to have more fun, I think, and laugh at a situation a little bit more."
As for how he chooses his victims, Quinto promises we'll learn more about that in coming weeks. He was wary of spoiling anything, but he did hint that "it all traces back to one source of trauma that then sort of branches out to include all of these unfortunate women."
As far as FX picking up "American Horror Story" for a third season, Quinto couldn't say that he'd thought much about it since he'd just heard the news.
"I haven’t had any conversations with Ryan about what he’s thinking for the third season, so I have no idea," Quinto said. "I love my job and I love the people that I do it with and I always want that to be the case. So I know he has plans and if they involve me, I’m sure I’ll have a call at some point; but I don’t know anything about it. I’m just focused on getting through the rest of this season and moving onto the next phase of stuff that I have lined up."
A new episode of "American Horror Story: Asylum" airs on FX tonight at 10 p.m. ET.
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