Sarah Paulson Will Direct an Episode and Play Three Characters in ‘American Horror Story: Apocalypse’

American Horror Story fans’ minds were collectively blown in November of 2016 when they learned that Sarah Paulson would be playing two different characters in American Horror Story: Roanoke. If only they had some way of knowing that- less than two years later- the talented actress would play three different characters in a single season… and also direct one of its episodes!

E! News reports that Paulson will play Billie Dean Howard of Murder House, Cordelia Goode of Coven, and a new character named Venable in American Horror Story: Apocalypse; and that it was first announced during the 2018 TV Critics Association press tour that she would also be making her directorial debut in the new season. The episode will be the sixth in the season and it will star Jessica Lange, among others.

Paulson first made her debut as Venable in a cryptic promotional video posted to You Tube last week:

How the character fits in with the existing mythology is anyone’s guess at this point in time, but it shows that Paulson has her hands full juggling three characters’ scripts and directing duties in just one season of television!

Leslie Grossman, the actress who will play both Meadow Wilton and Coco St. Pierre Vanderbilt in the upcoming season, just posted a clip to Instagram of Paulson in the director’s chair, calling out, “Action!” on set:

You know how this person is v v good at acting? Now add directing to the list ?

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American Horror Story: Apocalypse debuts on FX on September 12th, 2018. Stay tuned to Horror News Network for more details on this exciting project as they break!


John Evans
Staff Writer at Horror News Network
John has loved movie monsters for as far back as he can remember. He's since collected up as many comics, statues, and autographed material related to movies and music that he can get his hands on. He is particularly interested in the critical and analytical discussion of the best stories the horror genre has to offer. One of his largest works on the topic is a study on the portrayals of people with disabilities in horror films.
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