Set in 1964, the FX drama series American Horror Story: Asylum takes viewers into Briarcliff, a haven for the criminally insane, ruled with an iron fist by Sister Jude (Jessica Lange), a nun with a troubled past. Inside this locked down facility, danger lurks around every corner, whether it’s a doctor who loves to torture, flesh eating creatures in the forest, alien experimentation or the serial killer Bloody Face, and no one is safe. From co-creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk, the show also stars Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson, Lily Rabe, Zachary Quinto, James Cromwell, Joseph Fiennes, Lizzie Brochere and Chloe Sevigny.
During this recent interview to promote her guest appearance on the show, actress Franka Potente, who played a character convinced she’s Anne Frank, talked about how she got involved with the show, what it was like to play such a historical figure, working with co-stars Jessica Lange and James Cromwell, how eerie the asylum set is to shoot in, what sort of research she did on people admitted to asylums, the biggest challenges with this role, and how she hopes she’ll get to return to the show, at some point. She also talked about how she chooses her roles, that she’s writing her first novel, and what she’d like to see from her character in Season 2 of the BBC America drama series Copper. Check out what she had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are spoilers.