Who's who in 'American Horror Story: Asylum'

2012-10-13T09:00:00Z 2013-10-25T19:57:11Z Who's who in 'American Horror Story: Asylum'By Gail Pennington • Post-Dispatch Television Critic • gpennington@post-dispatch.com stltoday.com

“American Horror Story” reinvents itself as “AHS: Asylum” for Season 2. Here’s a guide to this season’s players, and how we knew them last year.

RETURNING PLAYERS

(in new roles)

  • Jessica Lange as Sister Jude, a sadistic nun who runs the Briarcliff Institute.

Last season, Lange (an Emmy nominee) played Constance Langdon, the creepy neighbor to Ben and Vivien Harmon (Dylan McDermott and Connie Britton).

  • Sarah Paulson as Lana Winters, a reporter and lesbian whose girlfriend had her committed.

Last season, Paulson was Billie Dean Howard, the medium who advised Constance and Vivien.

  • Evan Peters as Kit Walker, committed to the asylum after being accused of killing his wife, Alma (Britne Oldford).

Last season, Peters (who was born in St. Louis but moved away as a child) played mass murderer and rapist Tate Langdon, who became the boyfriend of the Harmons’ daughter, Violet (Taissa Farmiga).

  • Lily Rabe as Sister Mary Eunice, Sister Jude’s assistant.

Last season, Rabe played Nora Montgomery, who lived in the house with her husband, an abortionist, in the 1920s and lost her own child to a kidnapping and murder.

  • Zachary Quinto as Dr. Oliver Thredson, a psychiatrist who opposes Sister Jude’s methods.

Last season, Quinto was Chad Warwick, one of the former owners of the Harmons’ house, murdered by the home’s ghosts.

NEW THIS SEASON

 

• James Cromwell as Dr. Arthur Arden, who works in the asylum and has a dark history.

• Joseph Fiennes as Monsignor Timothy Howard, who has a complicated and possibly inappropriate relationship with Sister Jude.

• Adam Levine (the rock musician and “Voice” judge, in his acting debut) as Leo, a newlywed, on an ill-fated honeymoon with Teresa (Jenna Dewan-Tatum).

Also in the new cast are Chloe Sevigny, Mark Consuelos, Clea DuVall and, recently announced, Ian McShane (“Deadwood”).

By Gail Pennington

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