Evan Peters Took Nearly Two Years To Recover After Filming 'AHS: Cult', Says Ryan Murphy

Evan Peters Took Nearly Two Years To Recover After Filming 'AHS: Cult', Says Ryan Murphy

The co-creator of American Horror Story revealed that Evan Peters was so drained out after filming season 7, it took him two years to recover.

Since the last eight years, American Horror Story has taken its viewers for a roller coaster ride. From things that go bump in the night, a haunted house in the heart of Hollywood, to the halls of an insane asylum, the fans and viewers have seen it all.

Each season focuses on a new storyline, characters, but certain cast members have consistently stepped into new roles over the course of the series. 


From the very first season, Evan Peters has become a fan favorite after donning one creepy role after another. He made his AHS debut with the character Tate Langdon. On the surface, Tate seems like a charming man, but, much to the surprise of the audience, he turns out to be a ghost of a school shooter.

Since then, he has been a ghost of Roanoke, a present-day cult leader, a hairstylist who has survived the apocalypse, and much more. 



Peters has become such a significant part of AHS that it is very hard for the fans to imagine the show without him. But, the actor had no appearance in the latest season of 'AHS:1984' and co-creator Ryan Murphy has revealed why.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Murphy revealed his favorite AHS episodes, but he also explained why  Evan Peters did not appear in the ninth season of the show. 


While talking about his favorite episode in AHS: Cult, Murphy explained just how much the season took a toll on Evan Peters' mental health and the star has been pretty vocal about his mental health in the past few years.

In a 2018 interview with GQ, Peters revealed how his role as Kai Anderson in 'Cult' left him feeling completely exhausted and mentally drained. In another interview with the same publication, the actor explained he was going to "take a break" following the intensity of his last few roles. 


Murphy revealed that out of all nine seasons, 'Cult' is his favorite one and his favorite episode of that season was the finale, titled 'Great Again.' He thinks Evan's performance in the episode was too good to be true.

He said, "I really loved Evan’s performance so much, and so did Sarah. We still talk about it. Like once a week about how good he is? Evan is CRIMINALLY underrated in this role."


While it is known that Evan has had the chance to play many iconic roles over the years with AHS, his performance as Kai was nothing short of spectacular and, it might very well be his best performance ever.

But, it was also his hardest performance to date. Murphy quipped, saying, "He really suffered while making it, it took him I don’t know…two years to recover?" 


He continued, "Evan and I and Emma and Sarah and Holland Taylor had Thanksgiving together that year right after filming, and I remember Sarah and I kept feeding Evan food, trying to nourish him and make him feel better. He was still feeling it, the darkness, while we were making Pose season one, it got under his skin in a really hard long way."


Along with this revelation, Murphy also added that Evan expressed his desire to play lighter and comedic roles after such a dark season and that is exactly why he played the role of Mr. Gallant and Jeff.

Along with this, Murphy also revealed that he has had talks with Evans about his return to AHS.


He said, "He and I talked after it, and we decided maybe it was time to do some comedy. But we spoke in the past month about him coming back to the show some year and I hope we will." Even though nothing has been confirmed yet, Evan has also previously stated that he wants to return to AHS franchise. 

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