Zach Quinto: 'AHS' is about to get even more disturbing
November 21st, 2012
04:26 PM ET

Zach Quinto: 'AHS' is about to get even more disturbing

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.


Filed under: American Horror Story • television

soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. me too james

    i'm right with you.

    November 25, 2012 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  2. James

    I was blindsided by the revelation that Dr. Thredson was Bloody Face. Zachary Quinto created a character that you wanted to believe would be the good guy, but is actually the biggest monster on the show. I feel sorry for poor Lana who escaped one nightmare to enter one that is far worse. I missed Wednesday’s new episode, but will watch it later today since it was recorded on my DISH Hopper. The huge amount of hard drive space has let me save this season of AHS on my DVR, which helps me keep up with new episodes when I work nights at DISH. I can’t wait to see what other things we learn about Bloody Face and if Lana can find a way to escape.

    November 23, 2012 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  3. i heard

    she was in the kitchen all day today

    November 22, 2012 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Chuckle head

    ooh does he use a hot fire poker! that sounds very scary to me is he burnin em up ooh oh ooh! that would probably sew him up for good!

    November 22, 2012 at 9:13 am | Report abuse |
  5. whats on tv today?

    -

    November 22, 2012 at 7:38 am | Report abuse |
  6. ah...

    I know everything.

    November 22, 2012 at 7:09 am | Report abuse |
  7. Jiminy Glick

    Someone took a dump in my coffee cup.

    November 22, 2012 at 12:39 am | Report abuse |
  8. Julio

    Going to head over to the neighbor's house and take a poop in the pool...

    November 21, 2012 at 9:05 pm | Report abuse |
  9. ah...

    I think this guy is a really good actor. His character on AHS is so creepy. You just knew he wasn't going to be a good guy. I liked him on Heroes, and the Star Trek movie, too.

    November 21, 2012 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
  10. ZACK

    we wrecked this one for now...next.

    November 21, 2012 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
  11. what's on TV tonight?

    -

    November 21, 2012 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
  12. How do you feel about bi behavior

    normal, crazy what do you think.

    November 21, 2012 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
  13. magn0n

    what are your feelings towards the butt?

    November 21, 2012 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
  14. uh huh.

    what's the latest with general hospital?

    November 21, 2012 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |

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