Matt talked to Collider about American Horror Story, and his trust for show co-creator Ryan Murphy, having been a big fan of the show from the beginning, his experience guesting on Freak Show, the vibe on set, what it’s like to have Kathy Bates playing his mother, and finding himself in a love triangle with Lady Gaga and Finn Wittrock. He also talked about why it’s so important to him to tell Montgomery Clift’s story, via biopic for HBO.
About knowing beforehand what would be his character on AHS:
“I did it completely blind. I think we had agreed to it shortly after I did the guest spot on Freak Show. It’s actually gone through a couple of different incarnations since then. Once they had a theme and a setting, he reached out and told me who I’d be working with, what the theme would be, and filled me in on what I needed to know, but that’s it. The rest I just trusted him with.”
About working with Kathy Bates:
She’s such an icon for me. I’m just watching and learning. For this job, specifically, I’ve really had to come to set in character because otherwise I’m going to be geeking out in the middle of a scene going, “Oh, my god, I can’t believe I’m doing a scene with Kathy Bates!” So, I’m just trying to stay in it when I’m there.
About his character, Donovan:
Donovan is a resident of the Hotel Cortez. He is someone who, like many Angelenos, I would imagine, his dreams didn’t all quite pan out the way he thought they would. He has a misunderstanding of his power, and very complicated relationships with women, in general, and specifically his mother, played by Kathy Bates. I think that bleeds into his relationships with all women, as the defining relationship of his life.
About the Montgomery Clift biopic:
To me, I have such an empathy and respect for who he was, as a person and an artist, at a time when it was very difficult to be that, in this industry. But more than even the social aspect, I have such respect for his dedication toward artistry. It was unparalleled. I can relate to his work ethic. Sadly, from 0 to 30, there’s a very low recognition factor for who he was. He was really one of the first people to usher in an entirely new school of acting in cinema that was hyper-realistic. He hit the scene before [Marlon] Brando and [James] Dean. I just feel like it’s a life that we can’t discount and forget. It’s important to me that the right version of that story, that we collectively feel pays homage to him in the right way, be told.
Check the full interview at Collider.com
Matt gave an interview to Details magazine, published this Monday (6), to promote American Horror Story. He talks about Stefani (Lady Gaga, for us!), fatherhood, the gay scene in Hollywood and more. Check some excerpts:
DETAILS: Your haircut in the show is pretty spiffy. What made you go with that?
It was very important for the character to have a haircut that was of the time. The Countess gets bored very easily so you always have to keep her satisfied and engaged, and you have to be up to speed with the latest trends. It’s not quite a mullet, it’s more of a variation of that Prohibition Era, ’30’s styled hair.
DETAILS: How is fatherhood? You’ve got three sons, right?
Yup, it’s great. It’s the greatest gift I’ve ever been given. It’s the most challenging thing I’ve ever been thrown. It’s something that keeps both of us [he and his husband Simon Halls] on our toes every day, especially with three boys, but it’s the best thing that’s ever happened to me.
DETAILS: Are you going to have some more kids? Maybe a little girl?
Honestly, given my work schedule and having three boys and all that entails in terms of getting them to school and practices and playdates on time, I think it would be highly, highly ambitious of me and maybe not entirely level headed to take on another child at this particular time.
DETAILS: Lastly, what do you think of the status of openly gay actors in Hollywood today?
I think it’s great. It’s amazing what I’ve seen happen, especially in the past five years. There is a generation growing up now that blows my mind in terms of the equanimity that they bring to every conversation that I have with them and every situation that I’m in with them. There’s an entire generation of artists coming up who don’t really care what your personal life is. They want to know what you’re going to bring to the material. So, I’m very optimistic and hopeful when it comes to the future.
Read the entire interview at Details.com
Check this new TV spot of AHS:Hotel, via Alejandra at uninhabited paradise.
If he wasn’t clear before, Matt sure loves Lady Gaga. In an interview to PopSugar last night on American Horror Story: Hotel premiere red carpet, Matt gushes about his on-screen co-star and friend: “Just in case you’re wondering, (working with Lady Gaga) it’s everything, and then some, and then more in top of that with an extra help on top of that.”
Matt also told he’s fan of the show since season one, and he’s also a huge horror movie fan – he did mention Halloween and Jaws, pointing it’s hard to pick since he grew up on the 80’s, and more recently he mentioned The Babadock.
Watch the whole interview in our video archive, plus screen captures added in the gallery.
Matt attended yesterday in Los Angeles the premiere of American Horror Story: Hotel, joined by husband Simon Halls and the whole AHS cast and crew. There was also a screening of the first episode, and reviews has been great so far. The first episode of American Horror Story: Hotel airs on Wednesday (October 7) at 10/9c on FX .
Check the pictures of the arrivals in our gallery:
Last Thursday the American Horror Story: Hotel cast reunited for a press conference in California and, apparently, it was made in several groups. Matt seems to attended it accompanied by fellow actors Wes Bentley and Evan Peters, and I have some HQ pictures added to the gallery.
Ryan Murphy shared earlier today on his twitter the sick – in a very, very, VERY good way – main title sequence for the new American Horror Story season. It gave me chills, my favourite was always the first one (S1) because it was very dark, but this one is amazing! Including the 10 commandments was a great idea!
Are we on October 7, already?
Check below the titles and press release for some upcoming episodes of American Horror Story: Hotel:
#501 – “Checking In” (Airs October 7, 10:00 pm e/p) – Detective and family man John Lowe investigates a chain of gruesome murders in Los Angeles. A mysterious tip points him to the enigmatic Hotel Cortez. Written by Ryan Murphy & Brad Falchuk; directed by Ryan Murphy.
#502 – “Chutes and Ladders” (Airs October 14, 10:00 pm e/p) – Fashion mogul Will Drake brings couture to the Hotel Cortez. A model catches The Countess’s eye. John learns about the hotel’s sadistic first owner. Written by Tim Minear; directed by Bradley Bueker.
#503 – “Mommy” (Airs October 21, 10:00 pm e/p) – Alex is pushed to her breaking point after Scarlett stirs up memories of Holden. Donovan is targeted by a dangerous rival of The Countess. Written by James Wong; directed by Bradley Buecker.
#504 – “Devil’s Night” (Airs October 28, 10:00 pm e/p) – John receives an invitation to attend an exclusive Devil’s Night Soiree. Alex tries to diagnose Holden’s strange condition. Written by Jennifer Salt; directed by Ryan Murphy.
Also, no press release (yet):
#505 – “Room Service”
#506 – “Room 33”
American Horror Story will premiere next October 7th, on FX.
FX has released this weekend new promotional cast images for American Horror Story: Hotel, combined with the cast biography on their official page.
Matt Bomer is one of Hollywood’s most exciting young actors working today.
Most recently audiences saw Bomer star alongside Mark Ruffalo, Julia Roberts and Jim Parsons in the critically-acclaimed screen adaptation of The Normal Heart for HBO directed by Ryan Murphy and based on the Tony® Award winning stage drama of the same name. Bomer won a Golden Globe® Award and a Critics’ Choice® Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Television Miniseries and he received an Emmy® Award nomination for his role as “Felix Turner.” He also co-starred in the sci-fi dramedy Space Station 76 with Liv Tyler and Patrick Wilson.
After receiving a BFA degree from Carnegie Mellon University, Bomer moved to New York where he worked on such acclaimed productions as Spring Awakening and Grey Gardens. He also starred as “Ernest Hemingway” in Villa America at the Williamstown Theater Festival.
Soon after, he got the lead role on the ABC series Traveler, produced by Academy Award winners Bruce Cohen and Dan Jinks. He did recurring roles on the FOX series Tru Calling and on the NBC series Chuck before landing the role of “Neal Caffrey” on USA Network’s White Collar. The show, which is one of the highest rated and most critically-acclaimed scripted shows on cable television, will air its sixth and final season this November.
The gallery was updated with the new released poster for American Horror Story Hotel, as well some promotional images of Matt, courtesy of FX and shared by MCMBuzz.