American Horror Story: Coven stars the “Voodoo queen”

Angela Bassett talks American Horror Story Season 3 and “Voodoo queen” Marie Laveau

Angela Bassett as Amanda Waller in 2011's Green Lantern
Angela Bassett as Amanda Waller in 2011’s Green Lantern

Information on American Horror Story gets harder to come by with each successive season, but speaking at the TCA press tour, new cast members Angela Bassett (Alias, Strange Days) sketched an outline of her character in Season 3, subtitled, ‘Coven’.

“Well, I play Marie Laveau,” said Bassett. “It’s been interesting, being in New Orleans, because there’s such a regard and respect for who she was.  She lived to about 80 years old, and she was a very influential person in the city.  My character is based loosely on her.”

Asked if she’d done any research into the role, she added, “I read a fictional novel by Tallant, called The Voodoo Queen. I’ve read two books about her, one that’s more historical and one that’s her life, but put into novel form. It’s just very interesting. We’ve been filming in the French Quarter. But, I don’t know exactly where it’s going, so I’m remaining open and just picking up little things.

“Her father was French Creole, and he gave her gold earrings. Spain occupied Louisiana longer than the French did. I’m also talking to folks from there and just getting a take on how they see her or what they feel about her, to get a sense of who she was and her power in the 1800s, as this black Creole woman.”

American Horror Story: Coven will air October 2013 on FOX. You can buy American Horror Story: Murder House on Blu-ray for £22 at Amazon.co.uk.