8 Questions With ‘American Horror Story: Coven’ Star Evan Peters: Emmy Contender Quickie

The show’s resident Franken-frat boy reveals how much he enjoyed killing his character’s mother

“American Horror Story” star Evan Peters had a particularly challenging task in “Coven,” the third installment of the FX anthology series.

In the most recent season, Peters played Kyle Spencer, a reanimated frat boy who doesn’t quite feel himself — because most of his body parts come from other people.

With Emmy nominations fast approaching, Peters spoke to TheWrap about the most challenging aspects of playing a Frankenstein-like creature and the joys of onscreen matricide, among other cheery topics.

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What was the toughest thing you had to do this season?
Probably having Kyle come back to life and finding out that his body parts didn’t belong to him. Figuring out how he would learn to move and speak. Playing the rage and frustration that goes along with knowing what you want to do and say, but not having the ability to do so.

What was the most fun thing you had to do this season?
I enjoyed when Kyle killed his mother, played brilliantly by Mare Winningham.  Their relationship is horribly inappropriate and heartbreaking. It was nice for Kyle to get some payback.

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Let’s assume that somebody has never seen your show. What would you say to persuade them to watch it?
The show is a well written and well executed psychological horror. We have some blood and guts, but it’s mostly a dramatic thrill ride with sprinkles of humor so you can laugh while you’re crapping your pants! [And] Jessica Lange is in it.

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Let’s say you’re an Emmy voter. You can’t vote for yourself or your show. Who’s at the top of your ballot?
I’m not an Emmy voter but I enjoyed watching  Matthew McConaughey in “True Detective” and Mark Ruffalo in “The Normal Heart.”

If you could play any other role on any other show, what would it be?
Frank Buffay Jr. from “Friends.”

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What was the last TV show you binge-watched? How many episodes did you see in a sitting?
“Walking Dead.” A whole season.

If you get nominated, what will you pick as your Emmy episode?
I won’t.

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Is this the Golden Age of Television?
There are a lot of amazing TV shows on the air right now. Calling it the golden age makes me feel like it’s going to end, and I don’t want that to happen.