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29 Facts You Didn't Know About American Horror Story

Updated May 11, 2020 60.8k votes 10.3k voters 3.8m views29 items

List RulesUpvote the creepiest, most surprising facts you didn't know about FX's American Horror Story.

As much as it's known for its odd humor and gore-soaked set pieces, FX's hit horror television series, American Horror Story, is just as notorious for its grotesquely convoluted storytelling and shocking, soap-opera-style plot twists. Fans of AHS are definitely used to being surprised, but when it comes to behind-the-scenes trivia, even loyal viewers might not know the whole story. Regarded as one of the best horror TV series of all time, American Horror story requires a dedicated, intelligent viewer. How much do you really know about American Horror Story? What are the most surprising BTS facts and American Horror Story Easter eggs?

Which American Horror Story characters were inspired by real people? Wasn't that song you just heard in a different movie you once saw, or are you just slowly losing your mind? What other plans to series creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk have in store? Never fear - we're here to assist you with these, and plenty of other important American Horror Story facts you never knew you needed to know.

From fun facts about the cast and life on the American Horror Story set, to casting choices that fell through (for better or worse) there's plenty of AHS trivia for fans of the TV show to nerd over. Read through the list below and be sure to vote for the most surprising tidbits about your favorite creepy series, American Horror Story. And make sure to check out these other shows like American Horror Story!

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    Meep Was Also In Season 1 (And Has A Surprising Day Job)

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    When he's not pretending to bite the heads off chickens, Ben Woolf, that guy who played Meep on Freak Show, spends his day-to-day life (believe it or not) teaching core curriculum to school children.

    His occasional dabbling in show business didn't start with his portrayal of the hapless geek, however - aside from his assorted roles in smaller productions, Woolf also played the deformed mutant baby, Thaddeus Montgomery, on AHS season one.
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    Naomi Grossman Was Once Kicked Off The Set Accidentally

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    It takes Naomi Grossman over three hours to get into her costume and make-up to play Pepper, and when she's out of costume, needless to say, she looks pretty different. So much so, in fact, that she was once thrown off the set by confused security officers who didn't recognize her.
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    Denis O'Hare Refused To Speak While Playing The Role Of Spalding

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    In AHS: Coven, Denis O'Hare plays the butler, Spalding, at  Miss Robichaux's Academy for Exceptional Young Ladies. Spalding cut out his own tongue out of devotion and thus doesn't speak throughout the season.

    To keep in character, O'Hare stayed mute even while the cameras weren't rolling.

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    James Cromwell's Son Played Him In A Flashback Scene

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    If you were feeling kind of freaked out by the uncanny similarities between James Cromwell and that guy who plays the youthful version of his character in the flashback sequence from Asylum, rest assured you're not losing it. The actor was actually James Cromwell's son, John Cromwell, hence the eerie family resemblance.

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