Evan Peters is ready to be the Ivanka to Sarah Paulson’s Donald Trump.
After news broke that the next season of FX’s American Horror Story will be election-themed, Paulson put it out into the ether that she’d like to accept the challenge of playing the show’s Donald Trump. Now that the season is beginning to take shape, Peters couldn’t comment on either of their official roles, but he also threw his hat into the politics ring by volunteering to play the first daughter.
“Sarah can play anything, so she can definitely nail Trump,” Peters told The Hollywood Reporter while promoting his film Dabka, which premiered at New York’s Tribeca Film Festival. “I’d love to see her portray Trump because he has so many external things that she can really [dive into]. If Sarah can play Trump, I will play Ivanka.”
Ryan Murphy, the mastermind behind the American Horror Story franchise, first revealed in February that the theme of the upcoming seventh season would be about the 2016 presidential election. “What I’m interested in doing is not just the obvious, single-minded point of view but rather express all sides of that equation,” he told THR.
By announcing the theme, Murphy has already revealed more about the season than the last cycle, which didn’t reveal its cast and plot until premiere night.
Still, that doesn’t mean Murphy is breaking tradition and divulging too much — AHS details are frequently kept under wraps. It’s still unconfirmed if Trump and/or his former opponent Hillary Clinton will actually be characters in the upcoming season. Murphy initially said “maybe” to casting the two roles, and later said he plans to use Trump-Clinton as a jumping off point for the season.
Peters, who is an original castmember along with Paulson, said the mystery is what will make the ride.
“It’s definitely going to be a different season,” he said. “I’d rather not say anything because I want to leave it up to people to see it and decide for themselves. American Horror Story pushes the buttons, it makes you think, and it will be interesting to see how people react.”
He added, “Movies and television are a mirror to real life and the social climate, so everything that is going on should be in there this season.”
Peters and Paulson, who played lovers last season, are the only AHS alums confirmed to return so far. Scream Queens grad Billie Lourd joins as a series regular and newcomer Billy Eichner, host of truTV’s Billy on the Street, is set for a recurring role.
Ashley Lee contributed to this report.