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'American Horror Story' Enlists 'Chloe King' Star for Key Role (Exclusive)
FX's American Horror Story is adding a Nine Lives of Chloe King star to its Freak Show.
Actress Skyler Samuels has booked a major recurring arc in the fourth season of Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk's anthology drama, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
While specific plot details about Samuels' role are being kept under wraps, sources tell THR that she plays a "pivotal character" described as a local who finds herself in a tough situation.
Freak Show, set in Florida circa 1952, centers on a "troupe of curiosities" that arrives at the same time that a dark entity emerges, threatening the lives of townsfolk and freaks alike. It focuses on the performers and their desperate journey of survival amid the dying world of the American carny experience.
Jessica Lange stars as Elsa Mars, a German expat managing one of the last remaining freak shows in the country. Emma Roberts is set as con artist Maggie; Sarah Paulson is conjoined twins Bette and Dot Tattler; Kathy Bates is the bearded lady, Effil Darling; Angela Bassett is the three-breasted Desiree Dupree; and Evan Peters is Jimmy Darling, a man with lobster-like hands.
Frances Conroy and Gabourey Sidibe will also return to the cast, which includes newcomers Wes Bentley; Fargo's John Carroll Lynch as the central villain, Twisty the Clown; Michael Chiklis as strong man Wendell Del Toredo; and The Normal Heart's Finn Wittrock as well as the world's smallest living woman, Jyoti Amge. Patti LaBelle will appear in a four-episode arc, with Matt Bomer set for a guest stint. Murphy will direct the pilot, marking the first time he's helmed an episode since the series debut.
Samuels recently completed her starring turn in CBS Films' The DUFF, based on the YA novel. She earned a Teen Choice Award nomination for her role on ABC Family's The Nine Lives of Chloe King. Samuels is repped by UTA, Brillstein Entertainment Partners and Hansen Jacobson.