On the Set of “American Horror Story”

Posted on August 01, 2013



Emma Roberts, Taissa Farmiga, Jamie Brewer, Jessica Lange and Gabourey Sidibe dress in all black as they film ‘American Horror Story’ in the French Quarter of New Orleans.

Trust Ryan Murphy to come up with such a diverse coven of witches. We sincerely hope Gabbie plays a rapper-witch. That sounds just like something Murphy would come up with. Also: Pretty Girl is back!

We guess the pointy witch hats are so last millennium. All the modern witches wear fedoras this season.



[Photo Credit: PacificCoastNews.com, Katryna/FAMEFLYNET PICTURES]

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  • I have been wondering what the stylish modern with would be wearing. Now I KNOW!

  • NOLA_gal

    Damn it! That’s my office you’re blocking (no kidding)! All you – admittedly fabulous – people get off my lawn! I’m walkin’ here! *grumble*

    • OMG Ferreal? How cool, if somewhat annoying.

      • NOLA_gal

        Ferreal. It’s completely surreal and totally aggravating, aaaannnd occasionally humorous – like the time they shot an episode of Ghost Hunters in the building.

        • Reminds me of the months they were shooting the Film “Milk” in and around the Castro, where I live and work in SF. Fascinating, surreal, annoying and delightful, all at once.

          • Danielle L

            I live a few minutes south of where they shot “August: Osage County: and while la Clooney sightings were fab, the traffic of rubberneckers was not.

          • Amy Downer

            I once worked a hotel where actors would stay when they filmed a movie in my town. I once had an actor burp in my ear. I was grossed out and now thats all I think about when his name pops up (which is not often)

          • marlie

            Now you have to tell us who that was.

          • Danielle L


          • Amy Downer

            hmmmm, He was in Gleaming the Cube. My sister had a huge crush on him so I had to call her and tell her he burped in my ear. Cary Elwes also stayed there and I wanted him to call and request something like towels or pillows, just so I could say “As you wish” but he never called.

          • NOLA_gal

            No way! Was it Christian Slater? I don’t know, I’d be tempted to never wash my ear again! …and simultaneously to wash it out immediately!

          • Amy Downer

            Yeah it was him but it was not a nice sound and I will forever associate burps and him.

          • NOLA_gal

            Yup. In college I worked in a historic house where they filmed movies frequently. The worst was the day a female star held up production for hours because she wanted someone to shave her legs before her big childbirth scene. No kidding. She walked around the house for hours in her Victorian nighty hiking her skirt up and yacking animatedly about her hairy legs. I had to work hard to not just giggle hysterically at the whole thing.

        • marlie

          Since everyone else is getting in on this… I was going to college in Baltimore back when the show “Homidice” with Andrew Braugher was on the air. Once, I almost missed my train home to Philly because they were filming in the Amtrak station. Another time, they actually used the lobby of my apartment building, which made it difficult to come and go as college students are wont to do.

          • NOLA_gal

            Well, I work in a famous place, so it’s always challenging considering the number of movies and TV shows filmed here, but the absolute worst was many years ago when the pope was in town. I lived four blocks from where he was staying, so the street was crawling with guys in dark suits and sunglasses, and I needed a special pass just to get off the stupid bus. Then when he was actually there, we had CIA guys camped out on our 2nd floor balcony with binoculars and other spooky spy stuff. It was super freaky.

          • marlie

            Creepy. I was in Baltimore when JPII visited, but fortunately it was far enough from where I lived that it wasn’t a huge inconvenience.

          • marlie

            I’ve also just started harassing my cousin (who lives in NOLA) to see if she’s had any Jessica Lange sightings. She probably thinks I’m crazy. 🙂

          • NOLA_gal

            I’m always too embarrassed to check out the gatherings to see if anyone famous is actually there. Though honestly I usually seem to encounter these things in the middle of a whole lot of sitting around and smoking. I did have a very funny encounter with Mickey Rourke once though…

          • marlie


          • NOLA_gal

            Haha. Taking a smoking and reading break in the driveway of a museum where I worked in the Quarter, I got into a very nice, if random, chat with an extra who bummed a cigarette off me. Walking away I realized Mickey Rourke’s body guard was, well, guarding him, and that I had just spent 20 minutes talking about bars and drinking and other high brow stuff with Mr. Rourke himself. Not a clue. To give me a very small amount of credit, he was wearing really heavy “disfigurement” makeup, but still. That’s OK, I asked Anne Rice for her ID once when she gave me a credit card before my brain fully processed the name on the card.

          • Amy Downer

            Once we had the VP of the US coming to the hotel where I worked. He was only going to be there for half a day but we had the Secret Service guys there for a week and every morning I would come in the lobby to get my morning latte and they would be there in the lobby having a meeting,. Damn they were hot! They all had an aura.

        • zoreta

          There is a motel I pass on the way to town that get used all the time when someone in Hollywood needs ‘a run down motel in the middle of nowhere’. It’s actually at the corner of a busy intersection and gets decent business as a motel, but they keep it looking like that because Hollywood helps pay the bill. It appeared in quite a few X-Files episodes, True Blood, Supernatural, and a slew of others.

          I also recognized the street where my sister works on an episode of House, and promptly squeed- I’d had no idea they’d filmed there!

    • CT14

      Well that’s fun.

      They shot the remake of “Miracle on 34th Street” outside my office. Elizabeth Perkins was there for maybe half an hour doing a 5 second scene while the rest of the day was spent crashing and re crashing Santa’s sleigh (during the parade scene). My favorite part was the guy who held a cymbal and had to spin it and jump out of the scene every time they yelled “action!” Dozens and dozens of takes of that.

      Then the sun came out and they spent forever setting up screens and wetting the pavement down for continuity.

      • MilaXX

        I lived on the street where they filmed Philadelphia and a few blocks down the same street Mannequin. The house are historical so we didn’t realize the trailers were for filming and not reno, so we’re walking and talking when a very excited PA come over and shushes us.

    • Kent Roby

      I’ll never have a problem with the incomparable Ms. Lange being in our fab city! I’ve gotten to where I just can’t tolerate much of tv, but I was in complete awe at her perfomances last season.

  • Karen Belgrad

    Widows and rappers and pilgrims and gypsies and witches… Oh My!

  • hughman

    Well this is one red lipstick and a crown away from a Dolce and Gabbana ad.

  • Akemi


    • ankali

      I am feeling the American Horror Story giddiness coming on. I must pace myself, but OMG GABBY SIDIBE AND JESSICA LANGE AS WITCHES YAYYYYY!!!!!

  • Woo hoo, witchy women.

    • JosephLamour

      now i’m thinking of seinfeld.

  • mishka

    Oh my god I actually squealed looking at these photos. Can’t wait!

  • MilaXX

    Gabby is ricking that fedora!

  • Lilithcat

    Actually, witches, as do adherents of most other religions, dress like anyone else.

    • Shawn EH

      I wouldn’t go looking for realism from AHS:C so much.

  • EEKstl

    NOLA and witches – now that’s MY kind of storyline!

  • kittenwithaquip

    Please tell me she’s just in character…please. Because I have to believe any costume designer worth a damn could do better by Ms. Sidibe than she’s getting. YO, STYLISTS! CRACK A FUCKING PLUS-SIZE CATALOGUE NOW AND THEN! I promise, you will not die if you dress a plus-sized woman in something fashionable. The sun will not burn out, there will not be a plague of locusts. For shit’s sake, at least give her some accessories that fit her properly.

    • random_poster

      I agree, although I kind of dig her bedazzled shoes.

      • JosephLamour

        Louboutins. WANT. ACTUALLY, They’re just converses but i want what they’re based on.

  • clatie

    Am I the only one who thinks this looks ultra-lame?

  • sweetlilvoice

    If it’s done well and not too graphic, I might watch this season. I’ll wait until you gentlemen review the first episode. Love all these ladies though!

    • ankali

      Define “done well.” The trouble with AHS is that it creates its own parameters and is nearly impossible to measure by any existing rubrics of excellence. The show sucks, the show is awesome, the show is beautiful, the show is gory (it will be graphic. Count on it), the show is ridiculous. I find it absolutely GLORIOUS, but I totally understand why some people hate or dismiss it.

  • decormaven

    Wow, long sleeves, black dresses and gloves on a hot summer day in NOLA? Fanning myself at the thought.

  • rage_on_the_page

    I cannot WAAAAAAAIT.

  • wontons

    Fedoras have become an abomination, but Gabby gets a pass to wear one as long as she likes. Mostly, though, I want Pilgrim Chic to become a thing for a month or two, maybe in the fall.

    • SewingSiren

      The little pilgrimy one is my favorite so far. The two rock star girlfriends/models are my least favorite.

  • chowwander

    Film set? Or everyday Portland?

  • nannypoo

    Last season was so violent I had to stop watching. This season looks interesting. I hope it’s scary but not horrifying.

    • Qitkat

      Violent and sickly disturbing. I couldn’t get through two episodes.

  • marlie

    I can’t wait!

  • Jacqueline Wessel

    Pointy witch hats are too obvious. These witches a incognito. They wear fedoras to blend in and confuse.

  • SewingSiren

    I love tacky horror movies and this one looks great. Too bad I don’t have cable.

    • ankali

      You can probably buy a season pass on Amazon.

  • Shawn EH

    I’m there for Gabourey Sidibe alone; and of course Jessica!

  • But where’s Tyra Banks?

  • Nels P. Highberg

    Where’s Alfre Woodard and Patti LuPone? Maybe they are playing stories in another timeline. Hmm…

  • charlotte

    Can’t wait for the new season! A bit off topic, but with all this talk of witches and New Orleans, I would so love to see an adaptation of Anne Rice’s the Witching Hour on the screen.

  • dharmabum8

    It’s going to be difficult to top Asylum, which I adored, but the casting this season is ridiculous. Now where is Kathy Bates in all this black garbed insanity?

  • Trust Gabourey’s ability to wear a trilby without looking all ironic-twee-hipster about it.

    Bowing down.