An attractive countenances of Dylan McDermott and Connie Britton appear on the cover of the December/January issue of Boston Common magazine. The good-looking duo discuss their new FX hit show American Horror Story and other scary things.
Both are New England natives and the former stars of Private Practice and Friday Night Lights. American Horror Story is created by Ryan Murphy, the man behind Nip/Tuck and Glee. McDermott and Britton opened up to the magazine about the show and their personal fears.
Britton plays Vivian Harmon in the show and admits it is quite different from Tami Taylor, the beloved mom in Friday Night Lights. She says about her American Horror Story role, “I was drawn to the psychological aspect of the story. Playing this character in the midst of a crumbling marriage who is now dealing with all sorts of problems in this house.”
Pleased to play the controversial role of psychiatrist Ben Harmon, McDermott indicated, “But I had no issues about any of the stuff that goes on in the Polanski-esque world of this show. For me, it was a no-brainer. I wish I had some reservations about it, but I didn't.”
The dynamic duo talked about the main themes behind American Horror Story. McDermott says, “The show is designed to push limits, make you uncomfortable, and it's weird and kinky and all that, but it's first and foremost a show about marriage.” He states the base is a fractured family.
Boston-native Britton continues, “But it is also about what it means to search for safe harbor. This family leaves behind a troubled and unstable place in search of stability, to create a new life, and yet where they end up is somewhere far worse.”
McDermott and Britton also discussed why people are drawn to scary television shows and movies. According to McDermott, “We're fascinated with the good and evil inside of each of us, as well as the existence of the devil himself. I mean he's the biggest bad boy in the world. What's badder than that?”
He adds, “The easiest thing to feel is fear. It taps into the most primal element of humanity. Some people run from it but a whole group of us are running toward it.”
According to Britton, “I think this is about the collective consciousness of evil seeping into our culture from lots of different places. The show taps into this consciousness, this idea that evil is palpable and close.”
Both stars shared what they think the scariest movies ever are. For McDermott, it was the classic Rosemary's Baby. Britton was scared by The Exorcist.
Beyond movies, the McDermott and Britton revealed their biggest personal fears. McDermott was afraid of home, since he grew up in a Connecticut apartment that was frequently broken into. “One time I walked in on the robbery as it was happening. Home was one of the scariest places to me.”
Britton's personal fear was a bit further away, but still very close to home. “There was a little pathway behind our elementary school that everyone said was haunted, and we dared each other to go back there. There was nothing there but honeysuckle trees, which I find terrifying to this day.”
The official website states the hit television show, “American Horror Story revolves around the Harmons, a family of three who moved from Boston to Los Angeles as a means to reconcile past anguish.” American Horror Story airs on FX on Wednesday nights at 10 p.m.
To find out more haunting details about Dylan McDermott, Connie Briton and American Horror Story, visit Boston Common magazine.
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