Next week we will be airing the 100th episode of AMERICAN HORROR STORY. To kick off the week of celebration, here's a fun fan-made grid celebrating nine years of incredible actors who gave their all, every day.
Can we just take a minute to STAN over the genius of Martina Navratilova (seen here at The Politician premiere with her wife Julia )? When I was growing up in the 1970s and 1980s in Indiana, I was OBSESSED with Martina. I felt her truth and her struggle. She was true and an icon and so so important to so many gay boys and girls (like me ) who didn't have role models. When Brad and Ian and I were writing THE POLITICIAN we wrote a love interest for Gwyneth we kept calling "a tribute to Martina." I finally said to our iconic casting director Alexa Fogel "can you just track Martina down and ask her if she'll do it?" Alexa found Martina against all odds and she instantly said yes because she felt like acting would be a cool challenge after literally conquering and changing the world for all of us. I love you Martina. You are so so cool and more important than you will ever know. It's been an honor.
My Libra equalizers. Ben and Gwyneth. THE BEST and together INCREDIBLE. Happy birthday week. Love you both so much!
We promise to promise you EVERYTHING. The Politician. Running September 27. Full trailer in bio. @the_politician
POSE Golden Girls
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 tour 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. Congrats Angelica for making history, leaping from #PoseFX to #AHS1984. Welcome to the #AHS family!
When I met @JanetMock , I knew she was a star and had the stuff moguls are made of. I am thrilled to see her bask in the light of a history making deal with Netflix where she will create and develop her own shows. Janet is talented, important, revolutionary and one of the best directors and writers I’ve worked with. She is so deserving. I’m excited for the world to watch her shows, and am proud to continue working with her on POSE as well as my new Netflix series HOLLYWOOD. Congrats Janet. I love you.
Wintour Is Coming. Season Two Arrives Tuesday June 11 at 10pm.
Zsa Zsa and Liberace had an amazing time at The Met Ball. What a fun inclusive night it was. One of my fav moments of the night: leaving and walking down the pink carpet and marveling at the thousands of feathers and beads left behind.
Met Gala update
In honor of Today's MET BALL.
Very excited about MET BALL MONDAY and the fun and tender CAMP theme. Here’s a detail of my outfit which took the one and only couture genius Christian Siriano six weeks to make. Guess which camp icon I’m paying tribute to?
Never in my life did I dare to dream this...or even think it was remotely possible. What an exciting moment for so many of us and the country.
THE BOYS ARE BACK IN TOWN! This morning's Best Revival of a Play Tony nomination for THE BOYS IN THE BAND was a gift in so many ways. I'm proud of our esteemed director JOE MANTELLO, thrilled for the cast we assembled, especially ROBIN DE JESUS who was nominated in the BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A FEATURED ROLE IN A PLAY category. But more than anything, I'm so happy and thrilled for playwright MART CROWLEY. I went to Mart over two years ago and asked him if he would let me, fellow producer David Stone and Joe mount a 50th anniversary production of his 1968 play. THE BOYS IN THE BAND is a seminal work, and everything I have made in my 20 year career stands on its groundbreaking shoulders. It paved the way for ANGELS IN AMERICA, THE NORMAL HEART and other extraordinary works. Luckily Mart agreed with my request, and today he received his first Tony nomination. Well done, Mart. You have waited over five decades for this acknowledgement and I'm so happy for you.
Last summer, THE BOYS IN THE BAND were on Broadway, breaking house records at The Booth. THIS summer, The Boys In the Band will be filming a Netflix movie event. The incomparable Joe Mantello, who directed the Broadway revival, will direct the film adaptation. The Broadway cast of BOYS was so important to me, and as equally groundbreaking as Mart Crowley's seminal work. Everyone in the cast was out and proud...and feeling so blessed to mark the 50th anniversary of Mart's landmark play. The entire Broadway cast will reprise their roles in the film. I can't wait to be on set with Joe and Jim Parsons, Zachary Quinto, Andrew Rannells, Matt Bomer, Charlie Carver, Robin de Jesus, Tuc Watkins, Michael Benjamin Washington and Brian Hutchison. I will be producing the film with David Stone and Ned Martel. Look for THE BOYS on Netflix in 2020.
AHS SEASON 9 is called...
THE PROM is one of the most uplifting, heartfelt and special musicals I have ever seen on Broadway. It's truly an original that celebrates the underdog and says in a loving spectacular way that LGBTQ rights are human rights. I feel a special connection to it because it's set in Indiana, and that's where I grew up, too. I'm thrilled to announce I'm turning it into a MOVIE EVENT for Netflix, and I'm bringing producers @billdamaschke and @dori berinstein and the amazing creative team with me -- Tony Award winner Casey Nicholaw, Tony Award winner Bob Martin, Tony award nominee @sklarbar73 and Tony Award nominee @Chadbeg See it first at the Longacre Theatre. It has a musical score that will leave you singing for days, a hilarious and moving book and some of the most showstopping direction, choreography and performances I've ever seen on Broadway. @theprommusical
My friend BEN PLATT released a big hit album this week and it's phenomenal. Ben is one of the kindest most talented people I have ever worked with...just wait until you see him this Fall in THE POLITICIAN. I've said it before and I'll say it again...Ben is like Barbra Streisand...a once in a generation talent who is singular. There has never been or will be again anybody like Ben. Check out his album and you will agree! Congrats Ben. "Sing to Me Instead" is an amazing accomplishment.
My first Netflix show! So proud of this incredible project and the incredible cast. And I can’t wait for you to binge it in September.
I saw the hilarious and moving new Broadway musical comedy @theprommusical and was so inspired by the story of an incredibly courageous girl facing injustice in a small town and the larger-than-life Broadway celebrities who take up her cause that I want to share the love with my friends and some very special LGBTQ youth who have been affected by similar injustices. On Tuesday, April 9, I will host a special performance of THE PROM to benefit @hetrickmartin , @GLAAD and @trevorproject at Broadway’s Longacre Theatre. Hope to see you there. For more information visit www.theprommusical.com.
Billy Porter wins Best Dressed. There is no competition.
“Hollywood” — my new Netflix show co-created with Ian Brennan — begins principal photography this summer. A love letter to the Golden Age of Tinseltown, this straight-to-series production will be my third show for Netflix and I couldn’t be more excited or proud about the work we are doing together. More to come…
That special moment when you realize you have an Olympic medal AND will be playing Emma Roberts’ boyfriend on “American Horror Story” Season 9.
#Repost @mssarahcatharinepaulson with @get_repost ・・・ The story of Rosanna Arquette is a triumphant one- but it’s also disturbing. She was one of the first women to publicly speak out about Harvey Weinstein. I was stirred by several of her recent interviews where she was quoted as saying she couldn't find work -or representation -this seems a direct consequence of her bravery. I am producing a new Netflix show, RATCHED, with Ryan Murphy- and we decided this could not stand. Her body of work -from Desperately Seeking Susan to Pulp Fiction and beyond, has always been deeply inspiring to both of us. So there will be a multi-episode arc for this extraordinary actress. Ratched starts shooting Wednesday and I say with great pride- welcome to our family, Rosanna. I am thrilled to be in a position, due to the empowerment of my friend and collaborator, Ryan Murphy, not to just act in a piece, but hire the talent showcased in it, as well.
So many people recently have been asking me about rebooting or continuing SCREAM QUEENS (RIP, taken too soon ). Emma, Billie, Lea and I have mused on it, but question: should it be a six episode limited? A catch up movie? Who should I bring back? Would love your thoughts. So many questions....
It's a clean sweep. Congratulations to Mr. Darren Criss for winning the Emmy, the Golden Globe, the Broadcast Critics, and last night, the SAG. Darren's portrayal of Andrew Cunanan in The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story is now one for the record books, and one of the most iconic, awarded portrayals in television history. My favorite memory of making this show and directing Darren was on our first day of filming. At seven in the morning, Darren had to wade into the freezing ocean and howl at the sky in pain. He said to me "ummm...what do you want here?" I said "everything you've got." And that's what he delivered. The first take is the one in the pilot and in that moment, I knew Darren was going to blow everyone away. He certainly did. Very proud of you, Mr. Criss.
"RATCHED" on Netflix starts shooting in a couple weeks. On behalf of myself and Ms. Sarah Catharine Paulson who plays the title role and is also a big fancy producer on it, we are thrilled to announce our amazing cast...a true murderers’ row of talent. So many of these actors are supremely talented folks who Sarah and I have both longed to work with. The Ratched Principal Players, in alphabetical order: JON JON BRIONES, CHARLIE CARVER, JUDY DAVIS, HARRIET HARRIS, CYNTHIA NIXON, HUNTER PARRISH, AMANDA PLUMMER, COREY STOLL, SHARON STONE AND FINN WITTROCK. More to come, but come on...Sarah, Cynthia, Judy, Amanda and Sharon, all doing scenes together? I cannot WAIT.