Dylan McDermott talks about awards and ‘American Horror Story’ (Interview)

Dylan McDermott talks about awards and American Horror Story (Interview)
By Michael Aaron Gallagher of StayFamous.Net


Dylan McDermott. Photo by Robert Zuckerman / FX.

Dylan McDermott. Photo by Robert Zuckerman / FX.

Actor Dylan McDermott (The Practice) returns to the hit FX series American Horror Story: Asylum, leading up to this season’s dramatic conclusion.

In a recent interview with StayFamous.Net, he talked about his fellow co-stars and the critical acclaim the series continues to receive.

Michael Aaron Gallagher: “What do you think is the most underrated aspect of American Horror Story? Is there anything about the show that you think deserves a little more praise from the T.V. critics?”

Dylan McDermott: “I think it’s widely praised. I think that sometimes people are afraid of the genre and maybe they’ll judge it. It’s sort of like The Walking Dead, I think deserves to have more nominations and deserves to be up for more awards and somehow I think the genre maybe gets in the way of that; that people dismiss it, maybe a little bit more, because of the genre.”

“But if you look at American Horror Story and you look at Walking Dead—and these are two phenomenal shows—and I think maybe other shows might get more nominations or awards because they’re sort of—they fit the notion of what a drama should be. These are groundbreaking shows. I think American Horror is a groundbreaking show and ahead of its time. Sometimes when things are ahead of its time, people don’t always get it in the moment.”

“I think that’s happening right now. You look back on things and say, ‘Oh, wow, that was a great show.’ Sometimes people maybe miss it; not to say that they are missing it, but I think sometimes this idea of horror is hard for people. It’s not for everybody, but I think it’s hard for people to wrap their head around in terms of awards.”

Dylan McDermott (left) and Connie Britton star in the first season of the FX original series "American Horror Story." Photo by Prashant Gupta / FX.

Dylan McDermott (left) and Connie Britton star in the first season of the FX original series “American Horror Story.” Photo by Prashant Gupta / FX.

Michael Aaron Gallagher: “If you were giving awards out to the cast based on the performances that you’ve seen, is there a particular scene or an individual performance that really stands out as being powerful?”

Dylan McDermott: “Oh, yes. I think that, obviously, Jessica [Lange] is always doing incredible work. It never ceases to amaze me the performances she turns in week-in and week-out, but I also think that Sarah Paulson is doing terrific work. I think ‘Billy Dean’ … is doing terrific work and Zach Quinto and Evan Peters. I mean this season, they’re all—James Cromwell—everyone is doing remarkable work on a very high level, and last season as well. I mean Ryan, obviously, is casting some of the best actors in the world to be on this show and there’s a reason for it.”

American Horror Story: Asylum airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on FX.


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