Fall TV Preview

AHS: Hotel Scoop: Lady Gaga Will Romance Angela Bassett

American Horror Story Hotel

Lady Gaga’s American Horror Story: Hotel alter ego was born this way: bisexual.

The pop superstar will have onscreen “relationships” with Season 5 co-stars Matt Bomer, Finn Wittrock and Cheyenne Jackson, as well as Angela Bassett, exec producer Ryan Murphy revealed Friday at the Television Critics Association summer press tour in Beverly Hills, adding, “She’s quite a busy lady.” (Murphy later confirmed that these will indeed be “sexual” relationships.)

Fellow EP Brad Falchuk said Season 5, similar to Season 1’s Murder House and Season 2’s Asylum, taps into the “trapped” horror trope, although not all the action will be Hotel-based. “It’s a little less claustrophobic,” he said. “It’s a little more open. I feel like the first season intentionally trapped you in that house in a very specific way. This season, the horror is sneaking out of the hotel. The hotel is the center, but it’s kind of dripping out. It’s much more noir-y and moody in that way.”

Also at the Hotel-themed TCA panel, the cast shared new details about their respective characters. Highlights below:

Finn Wittrock: A male model named Tristan Duffy “who’s always looking for the next high. He finds the biggest high in Lady Gaga. We have a lot to do together. She sees all of me.”

Cheyenne Jackson: Will Drake. “A fashion icon. He’s trying to creatively reestablish himself, so he moves from New York to Los Angeles. [He’s a] father and a little desperate.”

Denis O’Hare: Liz Taylor. “I’m not actually playing Elizabeth Taylor, but I’m playing a person who is inspired by the awesomeness of things like Butterfield 8 and Cleopatra. I shaved my head for the part… and other body parts. I work in the Hotel with Kathy [Bates], and I work in the bar, which is fantastic — the Blue Parrot Lounge.”

Chloe Sevigny: Alex Lowell. “The wife of Wes Bentley. A mother and a doctor and I’m dealing with a great loss that we had in our family.”

Matt Bomer: Donovan. “A denizen of the Hotel. I’m closely associated with Ms. Gaga and Ms. Bates and Mr. Wittrock, amongst others. He has very interesting relationships with the lady folk in his life. I’ll leave it at that.”

Wes Bantley: Detective John Lowell. “We had a great loss in the family. I’m investigating some grisly murders, which somehow leads me to checking into the hotel.”

Angela Bassett: Ramona Royale. “I have a very strong, real, lasting relationship with [Lady Gaga] character, so I’m sure I’ll be at odds with [Finn Wittrock] down there. My character is this fabulous actress of the day. I don’t live at the hotel, but I visit very often.”

Kathy Bates: “I run the hotel, I have relationships with Matt Bomer and with Wes, and I can’t stand [Sarah’s character]. I hate [Sarah]. Liz Taylor and I have a very close relationship, and I do crossword puzzles in my spare time.”

Sarah Paulson: “I live at the Hotel. I have a kind of budding something with Wes’ character, that’s sort of dark.”

Lady Gaga: Elizabeth. “She owns the hotel,” revealed Murphy. “She is a very wealthy social doyenne, who is consumed with art and fashion and people. She has a nefarious plan that is revealed in the first episode, but plays out over the course of the season.”