‘American Horror Story’ Boss Bashes Hollywood Ageism: ‘It’s Ridiculous That Women Over 40 Aren’t Working’

“American Horror Story” has seen great success on the small screen, and there’s no denying that a big part of that is its extraordinary cast, which has included “women of a certain age” such as Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates and Angela Bassett (the fact that all three are Oscar-winners certainly doesn’t hurt).

However, as series co-creator Ryan Murphy points out in a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, TV series starring women over 40 are few and far between. “I feel like it’s ridiculous that women over 40 aren’t working,” he says. “It’s ridiculous.”

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Murphy, however, isn’t just complaining, he’s actually doing something about it with an upcoming project called “Feud”, which dramatizes the real-life on-set rivalry between stars Bette Davis (played by Susan Sarandon) and Joan Crawford (Jessica Lange) as they filmed campy horror classic “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?”

“I’ve got eight women in that show over 40,” Murphy says of the cast, which also includes Catherine Zeta-Jones, Sarah Paulson and Judy Davis. “They’re all amazing and they’re always just so stunned that somebody cares about them, which is the thing that I find the most moving. They’re like, ‘Really? You’re interested in me?’ And they always say that to me. Kathy Bates, Jessica, on and on and on. And I am, I’m interested in them.”

Longtime “American Horror Story” star Kathy Bates agrees: “He has an appreciation for what I think of as aged wine,” she says. “I’m getting a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and it would never have happened if Ryan hadn’t brought me onto ‘American Horror Story’. He kicked my third act off with a bang.”



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