It’s that time a year again. School starts back up for kids, and we get a new season of American Horror Story. This season, however, will bring back a familiar face; Jessica Lange. Sarah Paulson was the one to spill the beans about Lange’s return at a conference with the Television Critics Association. Many wonder why Lange wasn’t a part of the franchise since 2015. She left after American Horror Story: Freakshow. Jessica was able to bring home two Emmys, and the ratings were high.
Around the time of her departure, Lange was doing interviews and answered the question we all were eager to know. Simply put, scheduling when it comes to TV shows is a big commitment, and it all began to be a bit much for the actress. She went to explain that the commitment was taking up a lot of her time. According to Lange, the show requires a six-month commitment every year. She says that she needed more time to herself.
The Return Of Jessica Lange
Though we did not see her on TV as much, she was still being creative in other outlets. In 2016, she was the headliner in Long Day’s Journey Into Night on Broadway. For her role, she was able to take home a Tony for her character. She was also back on the small screen on the show Feud, as Joan Crawford. Also on the show was Susan Sarandon as Bette Davis.
Ryan Murphy, the creator for the show, says that the door has all been open for Jessica Lange’s return. Murphy was a key producer on for the Broadway production of Long Day’s Journey Into Night. They two also worked together on her show Feud. Since leaving, Murphy has always remained open about Lange returning to the AHS series. American Horror Story: Apocolypse, the eighth season to the franchise will debut this Fall on FX.