Evan Peters Opens Up About The Emotional Toll "AHS" Has On Him And It's Heartbreaking

24 July 2018, 20:58 | Updated: 26 July 2018, 14:46

By Katie Louise Smith

Evan spoke about how his heavy work on ''American Horror Story' has affected him mentally.

With season 8 of American Horror Story fast approaching, we can't wait to see what Ryan Murphy has up his sleeve for us this year, more specifically... we can't wait to see the role that AHS legend Evan Peters will be playing.

Over the years, we've loved every single character Evan has thrown at us, no matter how problematic they may be but in a new interview, Evan just opened up about the heavy toll that some of the characters have taken on him, mentally and emotionally, and it's actually pretty damn sad to read.

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Speaking to GQ, Evan detailed just how difficult it is for him to portray some of the roles that Ryan Murphy throws his way. When asked about the intense roles he's had to play over the past few years, Evan said: "I'm goofy, I'm silly, I like to have fun. I don't like to yell and scream. I actually hate it. I think it's disgusting and really awful, and it's been a challenge for me. Horror Story sort of demanded that of me."

To be honest, Evan has probably had it the hardest when it comes to American Horror Story. Almost every single one of his roles has been emotionally challenging; he's had to play a school shooter (Tate), an asylum patient (Kit), a boy who was molested by his mother and brought back to life as a zombie (Kyle), a member of the freak show (Jimmy), a serial killer (James March), an actor AND a ghost (Rory/Edward Mott) and of course the absolutely brutal cult leader, Kai Anderson.


"It's been all a massive stretch for me and really difficult to do," he says of playing those characters. "It's hurting my soul and Evan as a person. There's this massive amount of rage that's been called upon from me, and the emotional stuff that's been called on me for Pose has been heartbreaking, and I'm sick. I don't feel good."

When asked what kind of toll the sinister stuff takes on him, his answer was just as heartbreaking. "It's just exhausting. It's really mentally draining, and you don't want to go to those places ever in your life. And so you have to go there for the scenes, and it ends up integrating it somehow into your life. You're in traffic and you find yourself screaming and you're like, What the hell? This isn't who I am. I fight really hard to combat that and make sure that I'm watching comedies and hanging out with my fiancée [actress Emma Roberts] and chilling with friends and watching movies."

That's pretty heavy, right? Evan, babes, take a season off. None of us will be mad. It's what you deserve.

By the sounds of things, Evan will be having a much easier season in AHS: Apocalypse than he did in AHS: Cult. Speaking to W magazine, Evan revealed that his character this season "is going to be more of a comedic role," something he's been chomping at the bit to do for years.

Read Evan's full GQ interview here.