Photography by Karl Simone
Another autumn, another installment of batshit–crazy ghoulishness from Ryan Murphy. With America Horry Story: Hotel (premiering October 7 on FX), we have lost the almighty Jessica Lange, but we have gained an almost frightening number of chiseled hotties: Matt Bomer, Wes Bentley, Max Greenfield, and Cheyenne Jackson. After previously teaming with Murphy for the second season of Glee, Jackson will now be getting hot and heavy with fellow Hotel newcomer Lady Gaga. We checked in.
Out: This is your second time working with Ryan Murphy. What’s it been like?
Cheyenne Jackson: He saw me in a play years ago and has been a huge champion of mine. I was hoping at some point I’d be able to do American Horror Story — it’s my favorite show. I liken working with Ryan to what it must be like working with Woody Allen. You know it’s going to be intense and creative, and you’re going to be working with the highest caliber of people, and you have to jump in the deep end of the pool together.
You have some amazing co-stars, including Gaga and Kathy Bates.
Kathy Bates is literally one of my all-time favorite actresses. She is it for me. Her monologue in Primary Colors, about the reflective light of the moon, is why I wanted to be an actor. I’m sure I’ll start quoting her by the craft services table one day.
You have a tryst with Gaga on the show. What was your reaction when you saw her perform at the Oscars?
I thought it was just delicious. The Sound of Music is part of our childhood, especially gay men’s. We all have such a soft spot for it, and then we love the Monster. It was a head explosion.
Then there’s Matt Bomer. Channing Tatum recently said, “No matter if you’re a man, woman, cat, hamster, you will get lost in Matt Bomer's eyes.”
Channing is right. Matt looks like he’s carved out of cream cheese. He’s just so perfect and smooth and gorgeous. We were in hair and makeup one time, sitting side by side, and I was like, “Are you kidding me with that face?”
American Horror Story: Hotel premieres Oct. 7 on FX.