Thanks to Entertainment Weekly, we now have our first look into the hotel and at American Horror Story: Hotel's mysterious coterie of characters.
The Countess, Elizabeth (Lady Gaga)
The owner of the titular Hotel Cortez, The Countess is a glamorous but deadly creature who sustains on a healthy diet of sex and blood. She kills with her very fashionable but very sharp chainmail glove. “She’s extremely strong,” explains Gaga. “She’s been through so much. It’s kind of impossible for anything to penetrate her.”
Donovan (Matt Bomer)
"Gaga’s lover of 20 years finds himself rebuffed when she meets similarly handsome male model Tristan", says Bomer. “He’s very interested in domesticity and sort of nesting and hunkering down and having her to himself every now and then, and that doesn’t go over so well with her limitless hunger.”
Hypodermic Sally (Sarah Paulson)
Sally is a tragic junkie roaming the halls of The Hotel Cortez. “She’s selfish,” says Paulson. “She will put a stiletto in your face if it means she can get what she needs. But she’s also like a broken rag doll.”
John Lowe (Wes Bentley)
This LAPD detective moves into the Cortez in order to investigate a series of murders perpetrated by the Ten Commandments Killer, who arranges vicitms according to the biblical dictates. His family, including pediatrician wife Alex (Chloe Sevigny), get sucked into the Cortez’ darkness. “He has a family he loves very much but that is sort of falling apart,” says Bentley. “He struggles with a lot of things. It’s clear most of what John struggles with is control.”
Ramona Royale (Angela Bassett)
Ramona is a film star who used to hold romance with the countess, "Ramona teams up with Donovan to take revenge on The Countess", Says Bassett, “They are powerful women at opposite sides and at odds with one another, each believing that they’re right.”
Claudia (Naomi Campbell)
Campbell plays a Vogue editor who decides to stay at the Cortez and ends up regretting it. “She’s kind of outlandish,” says Campbell. “She thinks she’s indestructible and nothing’s going to hurt her.”
Iris (Kathy Bates)
Donovan’s mother works at the hotel so she can see her son on a daily basis, even though he deplores her. Says Bates, “Iris is overprotective with a capital O, especially now since her son is ill. She wants to be there every day to make sure he’s all right, and she’s very controlling that way.”
Tristan Duffy (Finn Wittrock)
This male model catches the eye of The Countess at a fashion show at the Cortez. “He’s got an addictive personality,” says Wittrock. “I think he’s hypersexual also. It makes him a prime candidate for the Countess’ charms and he is very willingly seduced and then turned by her.”
James March (Evan Peters)
Like other seasons, AHS: Hotel’s time-frame bounces around, including flashbacks to the murderous Mr. March. “He’s the builder and owner of the hotel from the 1930s, and he is unique,” says Peters. “He’s designed a hotel to cater to his specific needs, which tend toward the dark evil.”
Gabriel (Max Greenfield)
The New Girl star plays an addict who checks into the Cortez and has an unforgettable experience. “He’s a Hollywood junkie,” says Greenfield. “Originally, he had a job and was more preppy or business. And Ryan [Murphy] came back and was like, ‘I think we should be more rock and roll.’”
Entertainment Weekly also shared which character from season one will be returning.
YES! MARCY! The cheeky realtor who sold the Murder House to the Harmons. We hope this is one of a few character coming back to visit the hotel.
American Horror Story: Hotel premieres October 7th at 10pm on FX.