'American Horror Story: 1984' will see Olympic skier Gus Kenworthy in an unconventional but delicious avatar
Ryan Murphy's 'American Horror Story' has always been touted for its phenomenal casting. Be it Naomi Grossman's Pepper in season 4 aka 'Freak Show' or Emma Roberts' iconic millennial mean girl Madison Mongomery in season 3, 'Coven', or even Evan Peters as the serial killer James March in season 5, 'Hotel' - the list goes on. But in the upcoming season 9, titled 'American Horror Story: 1984', there's an Olympic skier playing a beloved boyfriend in Camp Redwood, where slasher horror is about to unfold, and it's none other than Gus Kenworthy.
Kenworthy, a gold medalist skier, plays Chet Clancy, who is going to be Roberts's character, Brooke Thompson's boyfriend. Based on the trailers and several promotional clips released by FX so far, Kenworthy's Chet looks like an absolute gym rat with a penchant for flaunting his toned abs. We see him pull off some steamy aerobic stunts in questionable retro shorts, but we aren't complaining: all that stretching and baring of toned muscle....
The Olympic athlete who is a dog-meat-farm protester and an avid LGBTQ activist among other things also came out as gay a while ago. And even though him being cast as a straight man from the 80s has managed to spark a little outrage online, there's no denying that his onscreen chemistry with Roberts is already winning over fans. Apart from looking pretty much epic next to each other, their gorgeous dynamic makes you want ot be a voluntary third wheel at all times, and Kenworthy is quite sure that Chet is going to win over the hearts of many, even if it is not as Brooke's boyfriend.
In an interview with ESPN, Kenworthy was asked "how [he] would play a straight man" and he quipped: "Is that even a question? I spent the first 23 years of my life playing a straight man." There you go, need we endeavor further to establish why Brooke and Chet might soon become everyone's goals. There's no escaping those chiselled abs and Brooke's impeccable doe-eyed charm!
'Ameican Horror Story: 1984' will premiere on Wednesday, September 18, at 9 p.m., only on FX.