With just a few months away from American Horror Story returning for its ninth season, we still don’t know a lot about the upcoming season, subtitled 1984, series co-creator Ryan Murphy made a major casting announcement on Wednesday revealing that Pose star Angelica Ross will appear in 1984 in what he called an “unforgettable” role.
I’m not going to spoil anything for those of you who have not seen Tuesday night’s episode of Pose, but Angelica Ross is a powerhouse and her performance in “Never Knew Love Like This” was a tour de force. She blew me away. So I cannot wait to see what she brings to the new season of American Horror Story.
Murphy made the announcement on Instagram, sharing a photo of Ross in her role on Pose, praising her for her performance as Candy Abundance Ferocity and then slipped in that she will be making the leap to American Horror Story.
“Last night’s episode of Pose required us all to dig deep — @janetmock as writer, myself as writer and director, but most of all our incredible leading ladies. I must applaud @angelicaross for her dour de force of a performance as Candy Abundance Ferocity. It has been a gift to watch her blossom as a true star and undeniable talent. Though she will always be our Candy, and our show suffers this incredible loss, I am elated that the world will get much more Angelica. She is joining the American Horror Story family in another unforgettable role. Congratulations Angelica for making history, leaping from #PoseFX to #AHS1984. Welcome to the #AHS family!” Murphy wrote.
Ross celebrated her new role on social media, specifically noting the history she is making as the first trans actor to land two series regular roles on television.
“I am ELATED to make history as the first trans actor to secure 2 series regular roles, leaping from #PoseFX to #AHS1984!” Ross wrote. “Thank you @mrrpmurphy for the gift of playing Candy and creating my newest role on American Horror Story! I’m so grateful and excited to join the @ahsfx family!!!”
Along with Pose, Ross’ small-screen resume includes roles on Transparent, Claws and Doubt.
AHS: 1984 premieres Sept. 18 on FX.