'American Horror Story: Apocalypse' star Leslie Grossman on Coco's unique powers: "I love it"
Leslie Grossman's Coco St. Pierre Vanderbilt has a unique superpower - she can detect if your meal really is gluten-free.
While the rest of the coven can manipulate fire, read minds and make potential deals with the underworld, Leslie Grossman's Coco St. Pierre Vanderbilt has a unique superpower - she can detect if your meal really is gluten-free. She can also just hold your meal, roll her eyes for a second and tell just how many calories it has. Her favorite flavor, you ask? Strong she says. In a recent interview with Vulture, the 'American Horror Story: Apocalypse' actor revealed that she was very happy about her powers, even if some of you judgemental ones (looking at you Madison Montgomery) thought she was the "weakest link".
"It was Ryan [Murphy] calling me up and laughing hysterically and saying, 'You have the best superpower. And this is what it is,'" she said talking about how she got to know about the being the gluten witch. "I just love Ryan’s sense of humor. He and I are incredibly simpatico in what we think is hilarious. He called to tell me and I fell out. I was like, Amazing. I love it. It’s so funny."
"I'm a strong flavor. I think if you don’t get it, it’s not for you; if you get it, you really love it," she added, sounding very much like a Supreme. "I just am who I am, you know what I mean? I can’t help the way that my face looks and I can’t help the tenor of my voice, which people have had a lot of opinions about. I’m a unique and specific person. That’s worked for me and that’s worked against me."
She also added that this season still hasn't shown us all the surprises and that Coco's character arc has a lot to go through. "I have to say, you start off thinking she was one thing, and then you find out she’s another thing. And the story’s not over. You’re going to see, up until the very last episode, you’re really gonna learn about who she is, why she’s there, and her relationship to the other witches."
This season has been absolutely all about the witches. Even though Michael Langdon (Cody Fern) is the protagonist, you cannot deny the powerful presence that the coven has had on screen. Grossman recalled that it wasn't always so - in the industry at least. "I just think that women get told these rules: You don’t get to have a career after a certain age. You have to look a certain way. And I don’t ascribe to those rules. Sorry, I just don’t, and I don’t have to be part of that. And I don’t have to play that game. For me to look skinny on camera would require me to have a really violent eating disorder, and I refuse to do that. I also refuse to knock other women down to make myself feel better.
"But I do think that absolutely, in the past couple of years, there is a solidarity among women. The feeling is, we need to stop fighting each other, there’s a bigger issue at hand, and we need to really have each other’s back. You are absolutely seeing women change in the way that we won’t allow people to dictate what we’re supposed to look like, what we’re supposed to act like, and that I won’t let other people tell me that I’m retired. I have so many wonderfully brilliant, talented actress friends who agree. And I think the more that we all say, I don’t know who made the rules — I mean, let’s be honest, it was men. In the beginning."
Catch Coco and the gang take down the Anti-Christ and save the world on 'American Horror Story: Apocalypse' every Wednesday at 10 pm on FX.