How Our Ranking of Jessica Lange's 'AHS' Seasons Differs From Hers (PHOTOS)
Lange's #4: Coven
The 10-time Emmy nominee enjoyed playing Supreme Fiona Goode but didn't care for Coven
as a whole. "I was stunned that year to get the Emmy for that part," she told the site. "The part was very well-written. I didn't particularly like the whole set-up and season and story we were telling. … It was not my favorite."
Our #4: Freak Show
No doubt about it. We bow at the altar of Sarah Paulson for playing conjoined twins, but Freak Show
took a promising premise for a horror tale and turned it into a joyless slog with the exasperating villain Dandy Mott.
Lange's #3: Murder House
The FX anthology's debut season ranks third for Lange, who won a Golden Globe for her performance as nosy neighbor Constance Langdon, a part she reprised as she and most of the other Murder House
stars appeared in AHS: Apocalypse
Our #3: Murder House
On this, we agree with Lange. Of all the AHS
seasons so far, Murder House
might be the most straightforward: a haunted house tale told through generations of homeowners. But Ryan Murphy & Co.’s more straightforward stories tend to be the most cohesive, this one included.
Lange's #2: Freak Show
Though this season might not be the best in Lange's book, it is her "very favorite, just from the experience of doing it." She played the Berlin dominatrix-turned-double amputee-turned-sideshow proprietor Elsa Mars.
Our #2: Coven
For our money, this season was the most fun: a (sometimes literal
) translation of Mean Girls
into a coterie of New Orleans witches at war with a local voodoo tribe and with themselves.
Lange's #1: Asylum
Though Freak Show
was Lange's favorite experience, she allows that Asylum
"was the better season." She portrayed Sister Jude, the austere nun in charge of Briarcliff Manor.
Our #1: Asylum
Aliens, Nazis, nymphomaniacs, satanic possessions, surgical experiments, gay aversion therapies, Bloody Faces, and boozy Name Games
takes an "everything but the kitchen sink" approach to horror, and improbably, it works fiendishly well.
As she reteams with her old American Horror Story bosses Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk on their new Netflix show, The Politician, Jessica Lange told Gold Derby how she would rank her four starring seasons on AHS.
And with all due respect to the two-time Oscar winner, we think her ranking is only half correct. Check out the gallery above to see how her opinions compare to ours.
Season 9 premieres on September 18 on FX.
American Horror Story, Season 9 Premiere, Wednesday, September 18, 10/9c, FX