A new cast member is joining American Horror Story — and it’s not who you’d expect.
Creator Ryan Murphy took to Instagram on Wednesday (6 February) and announced the news. Gay Olympian Gus Kenworthy is joining the ninth season of the anthology horror series and he already has a juicy role lined up… as Emma Roberts’ boyfriend.
Murphy posted a photo of Kenworthy on his Instagram, along with the caption: ‘That special moment when you realize you have an Olympic medal AND will be playing Emma Roberts’ boyfriend on American Horror Story Season 9.’
Kenworthy is a freestyle skier who has competed in the last two Winter Olympics. Last year, he won over many new fans in Sochi for being out and proud during the event, kissing his boyfriend on TV, and refusing to shake Mike Pence’s hand.
Though he walked away with no medals, he won gold in many people’s hearts.
It’s unclear if Kenworthy was looking for acting gigs while he wasn’t skiing, but the camp of American Horror Story seems like a perfect fit.
He made his own Instagram post, writing: ‘I guess the cat’s out of the bag… I’m 👏🏼 So 👏🏼 Fucking 👏🏼 Shook 👏🏼 ILYSM @mrrpmurphy 😊😍😭’
What is the world of AHS?
Murphy debuted American Horry Story in 2011 with Murder House, the first season.
Each subsequent season took place in a different time and place, but all with the connected theme of horror and the macabre. In recent years, it was revealed that the show’s separate seasons are part of a shared universe.
The most recent season, Apocalypse, combined Murder House and Coven (the third season), along with new characters.
It is not clear what the upcoming ninth season will be about, beyond Kenworthy and Roberts being a couple. AHS stalwart Sarah Paulson will likely return, and Billy Eichner, who appeared in the last two seasons, is also in talks.
The ninth season is expected to air this fall.