This past weekend, American Horror Story: 1984 finally became streamable on Netflix. The ongoing horror anthology series has gained no shortage of viewers throughout its nearly decade-long run, and this ninth season won over critics and audiences alike with its goofy and lovingly campy nods to nostalgic slasher flicks, mixed with the popular show's signature blend of kooky twists and turns. While the FX series was renewed for a tenth spin (plus three more seasons), fans will still need to wait a little while longer for its unannounced premiere date — notably due to pandemic-related delays.
But if viewers already caught up with the latest season — via Netflix or otherwise — and they want to know what the American Horror Story: 1984 cast has coming up in the near future, we're here to help. This is what the 1984 cast has in store.
Emma Roberts (Brooke Thompson)
As Brooke Thompson, a young woman with an intense interest in serial killers, Emma Roberts played the primary character in the latest season of American Horror Story. A former child star cast in the lead role in Nickelodeon's Unfabulous, the film-TV actress is also known for Nancy Drew, Aquamarine, Wild Child, Hotel For Dogs, It's Kind of a Funny Story, Valentine's Day, Scream 4, Nerve, We're the Millers, The Blackcoat's Daughter, Palo Alto, Lymelife, The Art of Getting By, Blow, Little Italy, and several additional seasons of AHS. Roberts also had the main role in Fox's Scream Queens.
Most recently, Emma Roberts was seen in Netflix's romantic comedy, Holidate. Additionally, she starred in The Hunt earlier this year. Next, the actress will star in the sci-fi rom-com, Robots, and the drama, Now I See You. Also, Roberts inked a deal with Hulu and she's slated to star in an adaptation of Carola Lovering's Tell Me Lies. And she will lend her voice to the upcoming animated movie, Saurus City.
Billie Lourd (Montana Duke)
Playing the part of Montana Duke, a spunky and motivated aerobics enthusiast, Billie Lourd got one of her biggest roles to date in American Horror Story: 1984. The daughter of the late Carrie Fisher, Lourd has been working hard to establish herself as a film and TV actress in the past few years. Her most notable roles to date include Scream Queens, Booksmart, and the new Star Wars trilogy. Additionally, Lourd appears in Cult and Apocalypse in addition to this most recent AHS season. She can also be seen in Billionaire Boys Club and an episode of NBC's Will & Grace.
Next, Billie Lourd is set to appear in the tenth and latest season of American Horror Story. She also welcomed a child into the world in September.
Leslie Grossman (Margaret Booth)
In the role of Margaret Booth, the new owner of Camp Redwood who's secretly responsible for the massacre in 1970, Leslie Grossman plays a convincing character in American Horror Story: 1984. Previously known for The WB sitcom, What I Like About You, Grossman first collaborated with Ryan Murphy with Popular, then appeared in the seventh and eighth seasons of AHS before starring in 1984. She also acted in Murphy productions like Running with Scissors, The New Normal, and Nip/Tuck. Her other notable credits include Can't Hardly Wait, Miss Congeniality 2: Armed & Fabulous, Spring Breakdown, Scandal, Fuller House, Dexter, Grey's Anatomy, and Charmed.
Most recently, Leslie Grossman appeared in Shrill and Love, Victor, both on Hulu. She also guest-starred on ABC's The Goldbergs, and provided a voice role in a recent American Dad episode. Next, she's expected to star in American Horror Story's tenth season.
Cody Fern (Xavier Plympton)
Playing the part of Xavier Plympton, an aerobics instructor-turned-camp counselor, Cody Fern plays one of the main characters in American Horror Story: 1984. In addition to 1984, Fern was also seen in American Horror Story: Apocalypse. He also worked with producer Ryan Murphy when he starred in The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story in the role of David Madson. He also starred in the fifth season of Netflix's House of Cards. His other credits include The Tribes of Palos Verdes and The Great Darkened Days. Additionally, in 2017, Fern wrote, directed, and starred in the short film, Pisces.
Next, Cody Fern will star in the upcoming drama series, Eden, for Stan.
Matthew Morrison (Trevor Kirchner)
As Trevor Kirchner, the activities director at Camp Redwood who fancies a fling with Montana, Matthew Morrison has a very prominent and, well, well-endowed character in American Horror Story: 1984. Most notably, Morrison starred in Fox's Glee, which Ryan Murphy also produced. He's also a prominent stage actor, notably for Broadway's Hairspray and his Tony-nominated work in The Light in the Piazza. His film credits include Tulip Fever, The Muppets, I Think I Love My Wife, Dan in Real Life, Music and Lyrics, What to Expect When You're Expecting, and Playing It Cool. Additionally, Morrison appeared in episodes of Grey's Anatomy, The Good Wife, and Sex and the City.
Next, Matthew Morrison will play The Grinch in a television special for Dr. Seuss' The Grinch Musical. Recently, in March, he appeared on the TV special, #KidsTogether: The Nickelodeon Town Hall. Additionally, Morrison starred in 2019's Crazy Alien.
Gus Kenworthy (Chet Clancy)
In the role of Chet Clancy, the resident jock of the group, Gus Kenworthy plays a character who doesn't necessarily make it through the series with his life intact. Outside of acting, Kenworthy became a silver medalist in Men's slopestyle at the 2014 Winter Olympics. He also competes in halfpipe and big air. While 1984 is by far his biggest acting project to date, he also appeared in Sharknado 5: Global Swarming and an episode of New York Is Dead. Kenworthy's other television appearances include episodes of RuPaul's Drag Race All-Stars, The Real O'Neals, and The Challenge: Champs vs. Pros.
Most recently, Gus Kenworthy appeared in a recent episode of Will & Grace. He also played the role he was born to play, Gus Kenworthy, in the sports comedy, Olympic Dreams, which premiered throughout the film festival circuit in 2019 before its digital release earlier this year.
John Carroll Lynch (Benjamin Richter/Mr. Jingles)
In the role of Benjamin Richter, i.e. Mr. Jingles, John Carroll Lynch played a former janitor of Camp Redwood who's framed for the 1970 massacre by Margaret Booth in American Horror Story: 1984. A well-established, highly versatile character actor, Lynch proved his talents in a variety of projects, though many discovered his talents through his portrayal of Twisty the Clown in American Horror Story: Freak Show and Cult. He's also known for his work in The Drew Carey Show, Zodiac, The Invitation, The Founder, Gran Torino, Shutter Island, Face/Off, One Dollar, Bubble Boy, Fargo, Grumpy Old Men, Bug, Crazy, Stupid, Love, Jackie, Close to Home, K-Ville, Do No Harm, and Body of Proof. Additionally, Lynch directed 2017's Lucky.
Most recently, John Carroll Lynch starred in Aaron Sorkin's Netflix drama, The Trial of the Chicago 7. He also appeared in Kiss Me Before It Blows Up, which premiered in Germany in September. And Lynch appeared in NBC's Perfect Harmony. Next, he'll play a lead role in ABC's procedural drama, Big Sky, which premieres on November 17th.
Angelica Ross (Rita/Donna Chambers)
As Donna Chambers, a psychologist who harbors an obsession with serial who impersonates a nurse at Camp Redwood named Rita, Angelica Ross plays an intriguing role in American Horror Story: 1984. As an actress, her breakout role came from FX's Pose, another Ryan Murphy production, where she played Candy Ferocity. She also appeared in Transparent, Claws, King Ester (which she produced), Doubt, and Her Story. She also lent her voice to Danger & Eggs. And she can be seen in episodes of the reality TV series, I Am Cait. In addition to her acting credits, Ross is also the founder and CEO of TransTech Social Enterprises, a firm that helps employ transgender people in the tech industry. She's also a self-taught computer coder.
Most recently, Angelica Ross appeared in Netflix's documentary, Disclosure: Trans Lives on Screen. Next, she'll star in the newest season of American Horror Story.
Zach Villa (Richard Ramirez)
Playing the part of Richard Ramirez, a serial killer, Zach Villa plays a menacing character in American Horror Story: 1984. A musician in addition to being an actor, Villa plays piano, drums, guitar, bass, and violin and he's the lead vocalist and guitarist in the band Clyvia. Prior to this band, Villa performed in Rebel and a Basketcase. As an actor, meanwhile, Villa starred in Destroyer, As You Like It, Cardboard Boxer, and Honeyglue. He also appeared in The Expanse, Dan is Dead, Bordertown, NCIS: Los Angeles, Archer, and Shameless. Additionally, Villa did voice work for the video games, Batman: The Telltale Series and Final Fantasy XV: Episode Ardyn.
Next, Zach Villa will be heard in the upcoming animated movie, The Adventures of Bunny Bravo.
Dylan McDermott (Bruce)
As Bruce, a hitchhiker who has taken a taken or two (or more), Dylan McDermott played a chilling role in American Horror Story: 1984. The actor is best known for his Emmy-nominated role in ABC's The Practice. And McDermott can be seen in previous AHS seasons, including Murder House, Asylum, and Apocalypse. His other television credits include Dark Blue, Hostages, Stalker, Ally McBeal, Big Shots, LA to Vegas, The Politician, No Activity, and Tales from the Crypt.
Additionally, Dylan McDermott stars in Steel Magnolias, Hamburger Hill, Twister (1989), Where Sleeping Dogs Lie, Home for the Holidays, Texas Rangers, Party Monster, Runaway Jury, The Messengers, 1994's Miracle on 34th Street, The Campaign, Olympus Has Fallen, The Clovehitch Killer, Josie, Behaving Badly, and The Perks of Being a Wallflower. Most recently, he starred in Netflix's Hollywood — another Ryan Murphy production. Currently, McDermott is filming a role in King Richard.
Lily Rabe (Lavinia Richter)
In the role of Lavinia Richter, the mother of Bobby and Benjamin, Lily Rabe played a recurring character in American Horror Story: 1984. A Tony-nominated actress for her 2010 performance in The Merchant of Venice during Shakespeare in the Park, Rabe gained greater notice for her various performances in American Horror Story. She also had the lead in ABC's The Whispers. Additionally, Rabe played Liz Cheney in Vice. Her other film credits include Mona Lisa Smile, All Good Things, No Reservations, What Just Happened, Miss Stevens, Pawn Sacrifice, Finding Steve McQueen, and Fractured. And she appeared in The Good Wife, Medium, The Wizard of Lies, and Nip/Tuck.
Currently, Lily Rabe can be seen in HBO's The Undoing. Next, the actress will be seen in Amazon Prime's Tell Me Your Secrets and The Underground Railroad. Additionally, Rabe will star in the next season of FX's American Horror Story.
Leslie Jordan (Courtney)
Playing the part of Courtney, Margaret's personal assistant, Leslie Jordan doesn't get a long stay in American Horror Story: 1984, unfortunately. An actor of the stage and screen with over a hundred credits to his name, Jordan is an incredibly persistent performer. His most notable performance was seen in Will & Grace, and he also appeared in The Help, Boston Legal, Ally McBeal, Jason Goes To Hell: The Final Friday, Sordid Lives, Hearts Afire, The Cool Kids, The Last Sharknado: It's About Time, Night Court, The People Next Door, and Pee-Wee's Playhouse. He also played several other characters throughout AHS's run.
Most recently, Leslie Jordan starred in Until We Meet Again. He also filmed a role in Strangers in a Strange Land and he'll star in the upcoming sitcom, Call Me Kat. Additionally, Jordan gained notice for a series of funny videos that he posted earlier this year.
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