Levine plays a new husband who, with his freak flag-flyin’ wife Teresa (Jenna Dewan-Tatum), gets off on having sex in haunted places. Naturally, Briarcliff gets them all kinds of riled up.
Jenna Dewan as Teresa
New bride Teresa just can't get enough spooky stuff and sex, in that order. While touring Briarcliff’s abandoned remains with hubby Leo (Adam Levine), she stops him mid-act so they can check out some scary sounds down the hall. Not the best idea.
Sarah Paulson as Lana Winters
Paulson says both Season 1’s Billie Dean and Season 2’s Lana are “desperate” to make names for themselves, but in journalist Lana’s case, it’s “for a very worthy cause, and not just for her own self aggrandizing.” But will her means justify the (her?) end?
Lily Rabe as Sister Mary Eunice
Rabe spent last season roaming the basement as dearly sorta-departed Nora, crying for her missing baby. This year? “She couldn’t be more different. She’s very naïve and really wants the best,” the actress says of her young nun, who has “a big relationship in the woods.”
Jessica Lange as Sister Jude
The nun in charge of Briarcliff Manor is struggling with demons of her own, and while “valiant,” obviously she is not able to conquer them,” Lange says. “She doesn’t do well.” She does, however, have a healthy fantasy life that involves Joseph Fiennes’ Monsignor Timothy.
Evan Peters as Kit Walker
Peters, who last season played Murder House’s twisted teen romancer, is an accused murderer this time around. (Emphasis on accused.)
Chloe Sevigny as Shelley
Shelley is an unabashed nymphomaniac inmate at Briarcliff, anxious to give Evan Peters’ Kit a warm welcome.
Lizzie Brochere as Grace
Brochere’s Grace has been at Briarcliff a long time. “She’s been a patient in the asylum before being a woman, I guess,” says the French actress. “I think the fact that Kit (Evan Peters) arrives in the asylum makes her hope of escaping, which she hadn't done before.”
Mark Consuelos as Spivey
Spivey is “one of the inmates, and he likes to mix it up with everybody in the asylum,” Consuelos says. “I can’t get too specific, but he deserves to be there.”
Joseph Fiennes as Monsignor Timothy Howard
As Sister Jude’s boss, the monsignor “has a belief that religion can help purge the demons of tortured souls,” Fiennes says. And purge he does. “We’ve done exorcisms,” he tells TVLine, “but that’s kind of the norm for [a] monsignor.”
James Cromwell as Dr. Arthur Arden
James Cromwell’s Briarcliff scientist is “bent … unprincipled… And that’s about as much as I can tell you,” the actor says. The villainous character and Sister Jude antagonize each other, because “she has a control issue, and I want power…. We're sort of the unmovable object and the irresistible force.” But his feelings for Sister Mary (Lily Rabe) are… different. “I think he has a mad crush on her, so he venerates her,” Cromwell says. “Men like him put some women on a pedestal and turn others into prostitutes.” Make of that what you will.
Zachary Quinto as Dr. Oliver Thredson
Last season, Quinto played Chad, one half of the alleged murder-suicide couple that owned Murder House before the Harmons. This season, he’s Briarcliff’s psychiatrist, a staunch disbeliever in anything science can’t back up. “He’s much more grounded and serious and focused than Chad,” Quinto says.
Clea Duvall as Wendy
“There’s a mad love” between Duvall’s school teacher and Sarah Paulson’s Lana, Paulson says, “and that is really beautiful.” Yeah, but what about the kinda unforgivable thing Wendy does in the first episode? “Even though my character doesn't know the why… the audience will know,” Paulson says. “I think it will make it a lot easier, too, for the audience to understand why Wendy does what she does.”
Britne Oldford as Alma
Oldford plays Alma, Kit’s wife who may have been murdered and/or abducted by … other beings.
Naomi Grossman as Pepper
Pepper (here approaching Sarah Paulson’s Lana) “is very special. She’s not there for rehab; she’s there forever,” says Grossman. Pepper, who may have drowned a baby and cut off its ears, definitely has a penchant for leaving the hospital’s walls. “I worry for Pepper at night,” Grossman adds. “Besides, I've seen American Horror Story 1. I know what they're capable of. We're all going down.”
Not much is known about Conroy’s Season 2 alter ego, except that Ryan Murphy calls her “the ultimate angel.” Whoever she is, she’ll be a big change from Moira, the devilish character she shared with Alexandra Breckenridge.
Potente plays a mysterious patient in the facility. How’s that for a top-secret role?
The Breaking Bad alum’s character is being kept under tight wraps, too — and Margolis isn’t talking. Here’s what he will say: “My character is intense,” “I had a wonderful time working with Jessica Lange and Lily Rabe,” and he’ll first appear “somewhere in the middle.”
Devon Graye as Jed
Graye plays a patient “afflicted with something that needs to be taken care of, and the doctors and the nuns at this asylum are sort of puzzled as to what to do with me.”