'American Horror Story: Apocalypse': Cody Fern on playing "sexy antichrist" Michael Langdon and donning a luxurious wig
"I will say that I don't worry about making (Michael) Langdon likable at all, because his concern is not being likable," says Cody Fern
'American Horror Story: Apocalypse' has taken us through Michael's past and as of now we now have a gist about his powers. However, Cody Fern, who plays Michael in AHS, says he had no clue about his character days before filming apart from the fact that he would be wearing a luxurious wig.
"What wig? [Laughs.] The discussion about the wig was the first thing I knew about the character. I found out that'd I'd be playing a character in American Horror Story back in October, but I didn't know who it was going to be until days before filming," Fern told E! News. Along with this, he knew, he would be working with Sarah Paulson and that's about it.
"I didn't know who I was playing, I just knew he would have long, Dorian Gray-esque hair and would love capes. That's all I knew. The discussion about the wig…I don't remember having a discussion in which it was to match Connie Britton, but I know there was to be elements of other characters imbued into him, but I didn't know which, because it was so under wraps…[Ryan Murphy] was very specific about wanting that wig. Ryan was incredibly involved in that wig," he said with a laugh.
So far so good, with viewers and Fern being on the same page about his character being Michael Langdon, the son of 'American Horror Story: Murder House' characters Vivien (Britton) and Tate (Evan Peters).
However, Billie Dean Howard, played by Sarah Paulson had predicted that Michael will be an antichrist, and he is certainly living up to this prediction.
"I love Michael. I have never had more fun in my life playing a character than I've had playing Michael Langdon. He's so delicious. He's so layered and complicated. He's got such a strong sense of purpose when we see him in the Outpost in the post-apocalyptic world," Fern said. "Now that we're going back in time, we're seeing a kid who's coming to understand his purpose, who doesn't necessarily know what it is or how to achieve it, so he's not in control of his emotions, he's not in control of the room, who needs people to help him achieve what he's achieving."
Fern also said, "I will say that I don't worry about making Langdon likable at all, because his concern is not being likable. There are going to be people who hate the way that I'm playing Michael or hate Michael Langdon. Look, if people hate Michael Langdon, that's a good thing. I'm not going to debate that. I don't worry about making him likeable…My real focus in playing Langdon is making his intentions clear and how he operates and what his mission is and how he shapes the perception of who he is around people."
He continued, "There's such a stark difference in what we see in the Outpost 3 and what we see as a teenager. Next week we're going back to the Murder House, we're going to see another completely different side of Michael Langdon. We're seeing the evolution of him as a character, which is really thrilling that he wasn't always this person that brought about the apocalypse. I see him as righteous. So, there's that."
In the Murder House, we know that Michael has been born out of the evil of the murder house, and Constance is his grandmother. We know that Constance killed herself as she was unable to deal with Michael's demonic acts. Paulson was the director of the episode and Fern had nothing but praise for the first-time director.
"I'm so thrilled about that episode. I can't wait to see it…Sarah is one of those people—she is so remarkably talented, but to just say that Sarah is just talented is almost short-changing her because she's also one of the most fierce risk-takers and incredibly generous artists that I've ever met and imagine will ever meet," he said. "I'm so excited for her and the episode, it was so much fun working on."
'American Horror Story: Apocalypse' airs Wednesdays, 10 pm.