‘American Horror Story: Asylum’: Zachary Quinto explains joy within series

We love to hear actors speak the truth when it comes to the advantages and disadvantages of series TV, mostly because it can be something that in some ways a blessing and a curse. While we certainly do not imagine that anyone would complain about pulling in million-dollar paychecks, the flip side here is that you are in the business to take on a variety of characters, and you can be pigeonholed into playing one for an extended period of time unless you somehow manage to find a way to mix things up a little bit.

This is where “American Horror Story” comes into play, and it is a show that in many ways is a revelation in that you can stay on one show, play separate characters, and enjoy a whole new mythology on a yearly basis. For more on this subject, just listen to what Zachary Quinto had to say about when he first found out about the plan to make season 2 into a separate story in an interview with The Guardian:

“Ryan came to me in the middle of last season and told me his plan … It got me so excited because that doesn’t really happen on American television, where actors essentially become part of a repertory company and get to create different characters and entirely different worlds and tell different stories. One of the big challenges of television is, if it’s a successful series that one finds themselves on, you can be stuck there, playing the same character for seven years, and that can be really limiting. This is the best formula to solve that.”

Thus far, Quinto’s character has been one of the few shining lights of morality in this new series, as he is taking on a character who actually is showing an element of kindness in a world that appears to be stuffed full of evil characters.

What do you think about Quinto’s new comments here? If you want to check out the first video for the new episode of the show airing on Wednesday night, be sure to head on over to the link here.

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