Friday, October 11, 2013

Angela Bassett on American Horror Story

"American Horror Story: Coven" star Angela Bassett visited "The Queen Latifah Show" on Wednesday (Oct. 9) to talk about the new iteration of the Emmy-winning FX horror story, talking about how great it is to work in New Orleans.

"None, really. I mean it's shot in one of my favorite cities, New Orleans, so we're atually on location. ... to actually be in New Orleans and that to actually be a character in itself," says Bassett.

Turning to her character specifically, Bassett talks about the voodoo culture and how her character isn't really good or bad, necessarily.

"[My character is] based on a real-life woman, Marie Laveau, who lived in the 1800s. She was a free woman of color, she had a great deal of influence because she was a [voodoo] priestess," says Bassett. "She helped people out, she didn't practice black magic or white magic, she practiced 'gris-gris,' which is gray-gray. If you needed some help or someone had put something on you and you wanted it off you, you'd go to her."

Part of their research involved the actors actually taking part of a voodoo ceremony on the set, which Bassett said initially was a little scary.

"I think the idea of it initially [scared me], because you're just wondering, 'Now, I don't wanna call up nothin' unbeknownst to myself,'" she laughs.

"But we actually some had some voodoo priests and priestesses, young, old, just all types of people who were on the set do the actual ceremony for us. ... We had to get the elements right. We were doing a scene that involved fertility so the colors would be different, just little things that people who know would know. I just tried to not fall into the fire pit."

"American Horror Story: Coven" premiered Wednesday, Oct. 9 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on FX.

Sidebar: Angela Bassett was great in the episode.

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