It’s Wednesday and that means we wear black. Did I do that right? I think that was from Coven ads and that’s the only AHS I actually watched. Anyway, I have a confession to make. There is a reason I have not chained Uretha Franklin chained to the radiator this season. For one thing, he has changed jobs and is very busy. But more importantly, he recently injured himself and has to have some surgery on his ankle. That surgery happened today. I’m still waiting to hear how it went, and he is probably drugged up a bit so you may have to wait for all of his insight on the show. I’m sure he will update his adoring fans (like me) when he is feeling up to it.
So, y’all know I am not a fan of horror but I do like Vogue and they have an interview with AHS: Hotel set decorator Ellen Brill, this month that I thought you might like. You might enjoy reading the entire interview here.
Do you have any favorite features or rooms in Hotel Cortez?
I really love the lobby. It’s just so grandiose and extravagant. The chandelier and the rug within it are both fantastic. The bar that is attached to it [located on the second floor, overlooking the lobby] is also spectacular, and I reupholstered all the chairs you see there, as well as having custom-made the booth.
Check out the Youtube above for a tour of the Arik Levy Art in Hotel Cortez
We’ve heard Hotel Cortez was modeled after the hotel in The Shining. How did that inspiration come to life? Are any other horror films referenced?
Ryan will always reference a film or two to get us going in the ideation and creative department. This year, he referenced Se7en, Nosferatu, and The Shining, as well as injecting this ’40s-inspired noir feel onto the set. Mark Worthington [production designer] also has his own thoughts on how everything should come together, so both of their viewpoints are taken into consideration, as well as the Alfred Hitchcock films and other horror and suspense films that have stuck with me. I like to think of it as a patchwork quilt of sorts.
The fact that Halloween and the series will coincide is kind of perfect, isn’t it? Do you go all out at home for Halloween?
The show always has one or two Halloween episodes, with Hotel having two in store. Naturally, we always plan and film them long before the actual holiday, which means I do Halloween in August almost every year. By the time it actually comes around, I’m not very interested in celebrating. Last year, I did dress-up for Aquarius, which was a lot of fun. The whole cast and crew came as hippies, as we were in the ’60s. Who knows, though, right? I may do something this year, as it’s on a Saturday.
Do you have a favorite AHS character thus far?
I loved how Denis O’Hare played the butler in Coven. He didn’t even speak for so many of the episodes, but his performance was so amazing and poignant. He also did a fantastic job in Murder House playing Larry Harvey. I so enjoy what he does. This season, his character was just as challenging and thought provoking as he has been in the past, as he plays Liz Taylor. And, of course, Kathy Bates is incredible each season—that almost goes without saying at this point. Lily Rabe was also sensational with her nun character. Every single season, Ryan puts together a great cast.
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