Lily Rabe To Appear On 'American Horror Story: Freak Show,' 'The Whispers' Star To Reprise 'Asylum' Role As Sister Mary Eunice
Oct 29, 2014 11:19 PM EDT
Another familiar character from "American Horror Story: Asylum" is coming to "Freak Show."
Lily Rabe is reprising her "Asylum" role as Sister Mary Eunice in the current season of the hit FX anthology series, Entertainment Weekly reported.
The 32-year-old actress, who played Nora Montgomery in "Murder House" and Misty Day in "Coven," and who is also set to star in the upcoming ABC midseason sci-fi drama series "The Whispers," will reportedly shoot her scenes this weekend. She will appear in Episode 10, which is the show's big winter cliffhanger.
The return of Sister Mary Eunice, a victim of satanic possession, has something to do with how the microcephalic character Pepper (Naomi Grossman) - who first appeared in "Asylum" - will end up to Briarcliff Manor, the central location and focus of the series' second installment.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly in September, "America Horror Story" co-creator Ryan Murphy revealed that "Freak Show" takes place in 1952, 12 years before the events in "Asylum."
"Freak Show" "is sort of like what happened to Pepper before she went to the asylum," explained the 48-year-old Primetime Emmy-winning director.
In "Asylum," Pepper was committed to Briarcliff Manor after she was convicted of drowning her sister's son and cutting off his ears. However, the character claimed in Episode 10 of the said season that she was falsely accused of murdering and mutilating her nephew.
During a recent group interview to promote the DVD and Blu-ray releases of "Coven," Grossman teased that Pepper's sister may also be introduced in "Freak Show," according to Popsugar.
Grossman is very much grateful for the opportunity to play Pepper once again. "Pepper is a gift that keeps on giving," Grossman said in a recent interview while filming the series in New Orleans, according to Albuquerque Journal. "At the end of last season [Asylum], it was all downhill from there. Then I got pulled back for the show and it's just been amazing."
"Ryan Murphy has done it again and he made this amazing role better," she said. "It's been a pretty dreamy part. Pepper is any actor's dream. She's so complex and she's not black or white. She's many shades of grey."
"She can be so sweet, but is accused of a horrible crime," she said of her character. "I really have to dig deep to get her right."