Jessica Lange's new American Horror Story character revealed

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Dec 17, 2012

A writer for American Horror Story has revealed just what kind of character Jessica Lange will be playing on season two of the show—and it's about as different from season one's Constance Langdon as you can imagine.

Lange, who won a Golden Globe award for her portrayal of the scheming, wicked Constance and arguably stole the first season out from everyone else, will have a major role in season two as well. But writer Tim Minear told MTV News that she is "not playing this kind of ersatz Tennessee Williams character this time ... she's playing something that's a little more East Coast, a little more patrician."

But there's more. Minear revealed that Lange is taking a 180-degree turn from the corrupted Constance: "She's playing a nun. She's playing an administrator of a facility. It's different. In this instance, she's a bride of Christ."

The facility that Sister Jessica will be running is an East Coast mental institution in the 1960s, also a far cry from the modern-day Los Angeles setting of the show's first run. When asked if season one's infamous "Murder House" could show up in the new story, Minear said he "wouldn't rule anything out" but added that this is a "whole new story, a whole new location, a whole new time frame, ... The reason we're doing it in the 1960s is because that fits the story that we want to tell."

Other returning cast members—also in all different roles—include Zachary Quinto, Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters and Lily Rabe. Among the new arrivals are Chloe Sevigny as an alleged nymphomaniac and Maroon 5 singer Adam Levine as one of the "Lovers," which Minear describes as "kind of a nod to contemporary sensibilities, as opposed to something from the mid-century."

If season two of American Horror Story is as wild and insane as season one, we're there. Can you see Ms. Lange playing a nun after she chewed up the scenery as Constance last year?

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