Get ready, little monsters. Two more victims are checking into American Horror Story: Hotel.
During Sunday night's Paley Festival panel celebrating American Horror Story: Freak Show, it was announced that Matt Bomer and Cheyenne Jackson will join the previously announced Lady Gaga for the fifth season of the anthology horror franchise.
Bomer, who made a brief appearance in Freak Show as a male prostitute, told the crowd, "I love collaborating with [co-creator and executive producer] Ryan Murphy... I can't really specify too much. I can't confirm or deny but there may be a romantic relationship [with Gaga's character]... I'm ready to go to the deep end, baby." Bomer also worked with Murphy on the HBO film adaptation of The Normal Heart.
"I'm ready to jump in, hell yes," Jackson added. The Broadway star has worked with Murphy before on Glee as the coach of rival glee club Vocal Adrenaline.
Naturally, neither actor could divulge any details about the upcoming season, but fans hoped to hear good news on another front. Jessica Lange had stated previously that Freak Show would be her last season of the franchise, but one fan asked if the casting of Lady Gaga might convince the Oscar winner to stay on for the next season. After many jokes, sly smiles and an anecdote about being recognized as Season 3's "Supreme," Lange unfortunately confirmed, "I'm done."
Despite this discouraging news, the night still allowed fans to gather and share the love with Lange and fellow cast members Kathy Bates, Sarah Paulson, Emma Roberts, Evan Peters, Michael Chiklis, Denis O'Hare and Finn Wittrock. The panel provided opportunities for laughs (when Lange was faced by a male fan dressed like Elsa in a curly blond wig), wisdom (when Chiklis said, "Let's not make tri-boob a thing... Listen, two's enough."), behind-the-scenes facts (smallest woman Jyoti Amge wears Frozen-character house slippers) and ultimately, heart.
The panel also paid tribute to its fallen comrade Ben Woolf, who died after a tragic auto accident earlier this year, by screening the episode in which his character, Meep, is honored by his freak-show family after his death. After the screening, Lange noted his great humanity and added, "It was a great tragedy what happened."
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