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Evan Peters on American Horror Story, MC Hammer Pants, and The Olsen Twins | Screen Tests

In this Screen Tests interview, 'Pose' actor Evan Peters talks about the many characters he's played on 'American Horror Story', driving a Pontiac Vibe, wearing MC Hammer pants, his first kiss, his crush on the Olsen Twins and wanting to meet 'Even Stevens' star Shia LaBeouf.

Released on 7/23/2018

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Starring:

Evan Peters

Transcript

00:00
In the Ryan Murphy world of American Horror Story,
00:04
I play Tate Langdon.
00:05
He was just crazy.
00:10
A teenager, kind of loveobsessed with Violet and,
00:14
you know, wanted to be in this relationship with her,
00:17
but also was seriously chemically imbalanced
00:20
and had a horrible childhood and kind of a monster.
00:29
[Woman] Then who after Tate?
00:31
Kit Walker,
00:32
who was kind of your everyman who is in
00:36
an interracial relationship and then got abducted by aliens.
00:41
He came back, seemingly insane to everybody else,
00:44
but he was just sort of living his truth
00:47
and he was, you know, put in an insane asylum.
00:49
Then it was Kyle, who I kind of, we called FrankenKyle.
00:54
You know, he's this college frat guy
00:56
and then gets in an accident
00:58
and then gets sewn back together and brought back to life
01:02
as this kind of Frankenstein monster
01:04
who has to relearn how to talk and walk.
01:07
And then it was Jimmy Darling, who had the lobster hands.
01:13
[Woman] The lobster hands.
01:13
That was for Freak Show, that was crazy.
01:16
And then Mister March, for Hotel.
01:21
He was also insane.
01:22
[laughs]
01:24
And a mass murderer.
01:28
He was kind of based off of a H.G. Wells.
01:30
And then I did Edward Mott,
01:34
who was the great grandfather of Dandy Mott.
01:39
Edward Mott died and then I played Rory,
01:42
don't know his last name,
01:43
and he was the actor that was playing Edward Mott.
01:47
Yes, I was playing a person
01:48
who played a person who had died.
01:50
I played that person and then I also died as that person,
01:53
both of them died.
01:54
We did Kai Anderson,
01:57
who was the last installment of Horror Story,
02:00
who was also insane
02:03
[woman laughs]
02:03
and, yeah, just a total megalomaniac
02:06
and has this cult that he's formulating.
02:10
I was, like, this cult where he brings these people in
02:12
and does this pinkie power
02:13
and tries to lure them in and make them
02:15
tell the absolute truth and sort of figures out
02:17
your weaknesses and then capitalizes on that
02:20
and sucks you into the cult and tries to empower you
02:24
and make you feel good about yourself
02:26
and also, you know, chastises you with negativity.
02:30
And now Pose.
02:31
Pose,
02:33
Pose is not so scary.
02:35
It's set in 1987.
02:36
I play Stanley Bowes, who's a yuppie, essentially,
02:40
from Jersey, and is trying to climb the ladder
02:43
of New York City success and rise to the top
02:47
and he's actually got a job at the Trump office.
02:52
I sort of get a little bit by a bug
02:59
of the transgender underworld.
03:02
[Woman] Hmm.
03:03
Yes.
03:03
And chaos ensues.
03:06
First album I ever bought?
03:08
I think it was, it was either
03:10
an MC Hammer cassette or a Vanilla Ice cassette.
03:15
Parachute pants were, was where it was at with me.
03:18
We had those, like, net mesh shirts that were,
03:22
like, cut off that we would wear outside
03:23
with our parachute pants, so low.
03:27
Just, so low.
03:28
We were also into Kris Kross
03:29
and we did the backwards pants for a little while too.
03:32
Ice Ice Baby, for sure.
03:33
[woman laughs]
03:34
Definitely.
03:35
And Can You Touch This.
03:37
Can't Touch This, Can't Touch This.
03:39
It's been a long time.
03:40
[woman laughs]
03:41
My first date?
03:42
[Woman] Yeah.
03:42
I guess it was just driving around in my Pontiac Vibe.
03:47
Sexy, silver hatchback.
03:50
[Woman] Where was your first kiss?
03:52
In that same car, I'm sure. [laughs]
03:55
No, that, well, that was probably Spin the Bottle,
03:57
back in St. Louis.
03:58
It's always weird, you like,
03:59
you got the crush on the one girl
04:02
and then you end up getting the other girl
04:04
or she gets your friend and you're like, "ah, damn."
04:06
You know, like, so it's hard to match up
04:08
with the girl you really wanna kiss,
04:09
but then you finally do, it's like, "oh my God."
04:12
Your chest is pounding
04:14
and it's a little too wet and weird and yeah.
04:17
Well, first it was the Olsen twins, for sure.
04:20
[Woman] Really?
04:21
They kinda got me out to L.A.
04:22
I was like, "I gotta meet 'em."
04:24
I was a big fan of Shia LaBeouf
04:26
and even Even Stevens and was like,
04:28
"oh man, I would love to be on Disney Channel."
04:31
I met Ashley, she's sweet.
04:33
I was a little nervous, but she was cool.
04:36
By that time, my crush had changed and moved on.