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Jessica Lange Talks About Leaving 'American Horror Story'

Jessica Lange dresses up while attending a For Your Consideration event for her series American Horror Story: Freak Show on Thursday (June 11) at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles.

The Emmy-winning actress was joined by her co-stars Sarah Paulson, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, Finn Wittrock, Denis O’Hare, Naomi Grossman, and John Carroll Lynch.

Jessica chatted with Deadline this week about her decision to leave the show after four seasons.

“When I originally agreed to do this, it was for one season. [I thought], ‘This will be interesting to try this. I’ve never done this kind of television before.’ Then I had such a great time doing it the first year, when they approached me to do it again I thought, ‘well okay, maybe we can do it season to season,’” Jessica said. Instead, I agreed to do three more seasons. And that was fine because I’ve had just such a great time doing it. I have no regrets or second thoughts about that decision. But there’s always an end to everything.”

FYI: Sarah is wearing a vintage Yanina Couture dress, Kurt Geiger heels, a Jimmy Choo clutch, and Loree Rodkin jewels.

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Taraji P. Henson, Viola Davis & Emmy Contenders Talk Race, Sexism, Aging in Hollywood

Six Emmy contenders Taraji P. Henson, Viola Davis, Lizzy Caplan, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jessica Lange, and Ruth Wilson take the cover of The Hollywood Reporter‘s latest issue, hitting stands this week. They speak candidly during a roundtable about race, sexism, aging, nudity and typecasting.

Viola on what most appealed to her and scared her about playing the lead in a Shonda Rhimes drama (How To Get Away With Murder): There was absolutely no precedent for it. I had never seen a 49-year-old, dark-skinned woman who is not a size 2 be a sexualized role in TV or film. I’m a sexual woman, but nothing in my career has ever identified me as a sexualized woman. I was the prototype of the “mommified” role. Then all of a sudden, this part came, and fear would be an understatement. When I saw myself for the first time in the pilot episode, I was mortified. I saw the fake eyelashes and, “Are you kidding me? Who is going to believe this?” And then I thought: “OK, this is your moment to not typecast yourself, to play a woman who is sexualized and do your investigative work to find out who this woman is and put a real woman on TV who’s smack-dab in the midst of this pop fiction.

Maggie on a specific point in her career when she felt the bravest: I had a rape scene in The Honorable Woman where it was clearly written that she’d be saying, “No, no, please, no,” right away. But I wanted her to be complicit and wanting it; the darkest, most painful sex, right up until the point it turned into rape. I wanted her to want something she knew she shouldn’t want. I can sometimes tell when actors fought an ordinary approach to a scene, and I’m so glad they did because it tells a better story.

Lizzy on if it’s tough to do a lot of nudity on Masters of Sex: I was more afraid of doing nudity on [HBO’s] True Blood. It got easier after that, but I’m not ever 100 percent comfortable. There was a scene last season where I take my robe off, I’m naked and then transition into locked-eye [with Michael Sheen’s character], full-on masturbation from beginning to end. We have a female showrunner who considers herself a prude, so the sex scenes always move the story forward. But I remember being in my trailer before that scene and thinking for the first time since the show started: “I really don’t want to go out there and do this.”

Watch the video of the roundtable at HollywoodReporter.com. Pics below!

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Jessica Lange Responds to Caitlyn Jenner Comparisons

Jessica Lange is responding to the overwhelming response that she and Caitlyn Jenner (formerly Bruce Jenner) bare a striking resemblance in her debut photos for Vanity Fair.

The Daily Beast told the 65-year-old American Horror Story star that she was trending on Twitter, and she responded, “What does that mean? You have to explain what that means to me.” LOL! Too funny.

The publication explained the overwhelming positive response to Caitlyn‘s photos and how it was a compliment to be compared to her. Jessica said, “Oh really? That’s so wonderful. Well now I’m going to have to look for that picture.”

“Trending on Twitter because Caitlyn Jenner on the cover—you see I don’t do any of this stuff, the Internet,” Jessica added. “So I have no clue when people use this terminology. I have to repeat it to understand.”
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Jessica Lange Trends on Twitter After Caitlyn Jenner Comparisons

Jessica Lange has been trending on Twitter following the big debut of Caitlyn Jenner‘s cover shoot for Vanity Fair.

Many people thought that the 65-year-old reality star, formerly known as Bruce Jenner, looked very similar to the American Horror Story actress. Some even went as far as calling her the “new supreme!”

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Caitlyn Jenner

“If I was lying on my deathbed and I had kept this secret and never ever did anything about it, I would be lying there saying, ‘You just blew your entire life. You never dealt with yourself,’ and I don’t want that to happen,” Caitlyn told Vanity Fair about the transition.

Click inside to read more tweets about the Lange & Jenner comparisons… More Here! »

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Taraji P. Henson Arrives in Style for Critics' Choice Television Awards 2015

Taraji P. Henson makes her grande entrance at the 2015 Critics’ Choice Television Awards held at the Beverly Hilton on Sunday evening (May 31) in Beverly Hills, Calif.

The 44-year-old actress and nominee that evening was joined by fellow nominees Jessica Lange and Maggie Gyllenhaal. Taraji‘s Empire co-star Bryshere Gray also stepped out to show his support.

The 2015 Critics’ Choice Television Awards are currently airing live right now on A&E! Be sure to tune in to find out who will take home the big prizes!

FYI: Maggie is wearing Alexander McQueen. Jessica is wearing a Bulgari necklace and clutch.

10+ pictures inside of Taraji P. Henson and more at the show… More Here! »

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Jessica Lange Re-Teaming with Ryan Murphy for Broadway's 'Long Day's Journey Into Night'!

Jessica Lange will be returning to the Broadway stage in a revival of Eugene O’Neill‘s Long Day’s Journey Into Night!

The 66-year-old American Horror Story actress will be re-teaming with Ryan Murphy, whom she worked with for years on the FX show. Ryan will be producing the show.

Jessica will portray Mary Tyrone, a role she played in London’s West End years ago. Gabriel Byrne will play James Tyrone, and John Gallagher Jr. will play Edmond Tyrone.

The show will begin previews on March 31, 2016 and will officially open on April 19.

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