Franka Potente joins the nightmare in ‘American Horror Story’ (Exclusive Interview)

Franka Potente joins the nightmare in ‘American Horror Story’ (Interview)
By Michael Aaron Gallagher of StayFamous.Net

Franka Potente - Photo by Byron Cohen/FX
Franka Potente – Photo by Byron Cohen/FX
You may recognize actress Franka Potente for her role alongside actor Matt Damon as Jason Bourne’s girlfriend in The Bourne Identity and The Bourne Supremacy, but as a guest star on the hit FX series American Horror Story: Asylum she is playing a quite different role as “Anne Frank.”

In a recent interview with StayFamous.Net, Franka discussed her work on the popular cable television drama.

Michael Aaron Gallagher: “So, the show is called American Horror Story. For you as an international actress, what do you think makes it particularly American?”

Franka Potente: “That’s an interesting question… Well, the simplest answer is that they root it in America. The first season was an old haunted house in Los Angeles with this American family that lived there. This is an institution on the East Coast in America.

Then, it’s just a great choice of title… It personalizes the experience a little bit. It’s not just any horror story. It’s an American horror story. I think it has much more to do with psychology of that. It makes this whole thing something that’s eerie and what the show is, like nightmare-y is one thing, but to personalize and be like it’s a very own American horror story, I don’t know.”

Michael Aaron Gallagher: “I was told that the second season will be coming out in Germany on November 28th. So, how do you think German audiences will respond to the show?”

Franka Potente: “Cool. I didn’t know. I would think that they’ve probably seen season one. Anything horror has its place, I think, in German movie culture… They know Jessica Lange and James Cromwell and all that. I think they will like it. I would hope so. I don’t think there’s a cultural difference in how they would perceive this I think.”

Sarah Paulson and Franka Potente in the FX original series "American Horror Story: Asylum." Photo by Byron Cohen/FX.
Sarah Paulson and Franka Potente in the FX original series “American Horror Story: Asylum.” Photo by Byron Cohen/FX.

Michael Aaron Gallagher: “How have your friends and family responded to the show? Have they seen it at all, the first season or have they had a sneak peak at your scenes?

Franka Potente: “People were very excited that I was on the show. A lot of people that I know watch it… If you happen as an actor to be on a show that you like anyway, it’s like a special treat. It’s really nice and even when I watch things that happened with my friends, on a show that I like anyways, it’s always kind of awesome. You’re like oh my God, that’s [so-and-so] He’s on New Girl. That’s so fun. It makes it … special or something.”

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

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