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