'She's endlessly fascinating': AHS Apocalypse's Cody Fern gushes about co-star Sarah Paulson
Cody Fern reveals that it was Paulson who guided him into the skin of Michael Langdon through her performance as the manager of Outpost 3 - especially in the 'Interview' scene
If you've been following FX's latest season of 'American Horror Story', you will agree when we say that Cody Fern has been absolutely phenomenal as Michael Langdon, the spawn of Satan. Known for his manipulative and extremely volatile nature, Langdon is a man with a mission and won't stop till he gets what he wants. While many characters have made comebacks on the show over the years, this is Fern's debut season.
In a recent interview with SyFy Wire, Fern said that he was "incredibly nervous" coming into the show but the cast proved to be very supportive. "The ensemble of players is very close. And so they're very supportive [but] I guess I would say that I was incredibly nervous coming in. I mean, it's a show that's been going for seven years and there are many fan favorites.
And to know that it was going to be the Coven/Murder House crossover, I was happy just to get a minute of screen time." Clearly, Fern in real life is almost a polar opposite of his character Langdon, in this aspect. On the show, he is anything but jittery. In fact, he makes everyone else, including the audience watching at home, nervous just seeing him.
Fern credits 'AHS' veterans Sarah Paulson and Kathy Bates for being his biggest inspirations on the sets. He reveals that it was Paulson who guided him into the skin of Michael Langdon through her performance - especially in the 'Interview' scene. If you remember, the two got really intense back in episode 2 'The Morning After'. Michael was interrogating Venable, one of Paulson's many characters this season, to see if she was fit to be saved and taken to the sanctuary.
She is so desperate to be on the list that she gives into his power and seduction and he manipulates her into showing her greatest shame - her scoliosis. Until the very last moment, Venable is in tears and even almost kisses Michael but he snaps out and tells her that she's not going. The tension that he had created to get her to break vanished like a cloud of smoke and she was left there vulnerable and alone. Fern said that the character was a gift from Sarah.
"It was like me discovering who Langdon was and how he operates and how alive he is or how manipulative he is," Fern said talking about the scene. "I got the entirety of the character from Sarah because of the power that she lent to Langdon and how she responded to him and her level of fear — it fed into my performance and it [helped] me to establish really who he was… Sarah is a real leader."
He added that she is fascinating. "She really embodies what it means to kind of lead the series. She looks out for every actor. She's always getting to the heart of the story. She has choices for every scene. She's endlessly fascinating." He ultimately had Mead, his robot sidekick kill her in 'Forbidden Fruit'.
Paulson's other character this season, Cordelia Goode from 'Coven' hasn't had a face-to-face battle in the season so far, but the latest episode 'Could It Be...Satan?' has hinted that the witches and warlocks will go to war soon. In their first encounter last week, Goode passes out after she sees him walking into the grounds of Hawthorne School for Exceptional Young Men with Queenie and Madison. Both characters had died previously and one of them, Goode was unable to save.