Adina Porter's long affair with 'American Horror Story'
She went from a one-episode appearance on 'American Horror Story: Murder House' to a major role and earned her first Emmy nomination for her work on the horror anthology series
Adina Porter is a brilliant actress who can fit into any character and is definitely a director's favourite pick. She has been leaving her mark in everything she does, whether it's a series or just an episode in the series. Adina has done justice to every character she has played and that is the reason for her being a recurring part of FX's 'American Horror Story'. “I’m very happy to be a working actor,” Adina said in an interview with ET. She went from a one-episode appearance on 'American Horror Story: Murder House' to a major role in Ryan Murphy's anthology horror series and earned her first Emmy nomination for' American Horror Story: Cult'.
Adina joined the 'American Horror Story' in its sixth season 'AHS: Roanoke' and played the character of Lee Harris. She was initially hired for just six episodes and the actress kept guessing with each script whether it was her last one. However, the character became a recurring one.
Adina returned on season 7 'AHS: Cult' as Beverly Hope and exceeded her co-stars to be nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie. “I’m very, very grateful,” Adina says of the nomination, calling the 2018 Primetime Emmys an “amazing experience."
She is now a central character in season 8 'AHS: Apocalypse' and plays a talk show host and actress Dinah Stevens. Adina said that she is feeling "tiny bit more relaxed" now that she doesn't have to worry about her next paycheck. She also explained how a character can disappear for a few scenes or episodes only to return with a twist and this quality about the show keeps her clam about the thought of not being a part of "every single episode."
Three episodes into season 8, Adina's character is still a mystery, just like where the crossover between 'Murder House' and 'Coven' is headed.
Audiences recently learned that Dinah is Andre's mother. Another detail that makes Dinah mysterious is that she is a witch, which was revealed after returning character from season three (Paulson, Frances Conroy and Emma Roberts) resurrected a poisoned Dinah.
“That was an absolute surprise to me,” Adina says. “Because it was the third episode, I was like, ‘Oh, not yet! Mommy wants a new pair of shoes!’ It’s great with 'American Horror Story', you can die and come back as a ghost or whatever.”
Adina did not reveal any specifics about where her character is going as the season is still being filmed. However, it is clear that Dinah does survive long enough to meet Stevie Nicks and be directed by Paulson who is going to direct for the first time on AHS episode six, 'Return to Murder House'.
Adina admits that she enjoys the attention she has received while working on 'AHS' and being nominated of an Emmy. She says, "I do take two more seconds to look in the mirror before dropping my kids off at school and think, ‘OK, you don’t have to look that bad. Let’s try a little bit harder'." Of course, she has set a benchmark for others to follow but even she gets nervous to keep up the good work she has done till now. She explains, “Before it was, ‘You always do good work.’ And now I feel like, OK, people are looking at me now, like, ‘What’s she going to do?'"
Apart from 'AHS: Apocalypse', Adina is working on an upcoming biopic 'Miss Virginia' co-starring Vanessa Williams, Uzo Aduba and Kimberly Hebert Gregory which expects a 2018 release.