Kathy Bates in an undisputed Hollywood legend. With an Oscar win under her belt for her stellar performance in Misery, and a string of outstanding performances since, you would be excused for thinking the actor never had problems winning roles.
But in a new interview for Variety, Bates revealed that it certainly wasn’t smooth sailing after her TV show, Harry’s Law, got cancelled, and having to overcome both breast and ovarian cancer. It was during recovery that Bates got in touch with her friend Jessica Lange and, being such a huge fan of AHS, asked to get in touch with producer extraordinaire Ryan Murphy to see if there were any roles for her.
Fans of the series all know how that conversation worked out. In the anthology series’ third season, Coven, Bates played the horrific Madame Delphine LaLaurie. From there she went on to star as Ethel Darling in Freak Show, Iris in Hotel, and the dual role of the Butcher and Agnes Mary Winstead in the incredible sixth season, Roanoke. “Because of Ryan, my career opened. He really did it all. He brought me back to life during a difficult period in my life,” says Bates.
The partnership has clearly worked for both Bates and Murphy, and the former sounds pretty keen to keep coming back for more. “I love that the show is so dark and that it’s so funny and clever. But it’s the risk taking, it’s the writing, it’s the imagination that I love the most. We always don’t know what’s going to happen. We just know we are going to play a certain character. So you really have to take a leap of faith. You don’t know what’s going to happen in episode two until you read episode two. As an actress, it’s the most fun and challenging job,” Bates commented.
We’re all for more Bates and Murphy collaborations, and can’t wait to see the actor in the upcoming limited series Feud, also starring Jessica Lange and produced by Murphy.