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Interview with Lily Rabe of
"American Horror Story: Asylum" on FX 1/8/13
FX NETWORK: American Horror Story: Asylum
January 8, 2013/10:00 a.m. PST
Moderator Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for standing by
and welcome to the American Horror Story Asylum call. At
this time all participants are in a listen-only mode. Later
we will conduct a question and answer session. Instructions
will be given at that time. As a reminder this conference is
being recorded. Iíd now like to turn the conference over to
our host Roslyn Bibby. Please go ahead.
R. Bibby Good morning, everyone, and happy holidays. Before
we start, of course Iíd like to thank Lily for being on the
call with us today. Your stand-out performance on American
Horror Story this season was so fun and interesting to
watch, not to mention a great performance last season; and
of course thanks to the journalists as always for being us
this week for participating on the call.
Just so you guys know, I sent out a link on yesterday for
episode 11, ďSpilt Milk.Ē If you did not receive it, please
let me know and Iíll be more than happy to get it to you.
And Lola, weíll open it up with the first question.
Moderator Now first we will go to the line of Kristyn Clarke
with Pulp Culture Madness.
K. Clarke Hello, Lily, thank you so much for speaking with
L. Rabe Hello, thank you so much.
K. Clarke So Iím curious how far in advance did you know
what your characterís fate was going to be? Did you kind of
have an idea about that from the beginning?
L. Rabe I had some sense, yes, I knew that she probably
wouldnít have a very happy ending, so I did have a sense and
then sort of as we went along the specifics of how that was
all going to happen became clearer as we went along.
K. Clarke Absolutely. It almost seemed like kind of that
that scene was a relief. What was it like for you to kind of
explore the light and dark sides of a character like Mary
L. Rabe Yes, I think the death scene, the way Ryan and I
really talked about it itís really sort of an assisted
suicide. Her situation really wasnít survivable in the sense
that even if they had done some sort of exorcism or
something at that point, we sort of felt that whatever might
be left of that girl was so damaged and destroyed and that
death sort of became her only way out. Yes, playing that
through once the possession happened that was such a
wonderful challenge and a sort of dance really to live
between with both the lightness and the darkness existing at
the same time in that battle and then that losing battle
K. Clarke Great, thank you so much.
L. Rabe Thank you so much.
Moderator Next weíll go to the line of Kim Roots with
K. Roots Hey, Lily.
L. Rabe Hey, how are you?
K. Roots Iím good, thanks so much for talking with us today.
I know youíve said that that you donít want to be seen, it
was kind of daunting when you knew you had to be lip
synching and youíre all by yourself, but were there any
scenes that involved other people that either the subject
matter, or just anything about it made them kind of you
dreaded them coming up when you saw them?
L. Rabe You know the cremation scene was very, very
difficult for me. When I read it, I knew I thought, oh, this
is going to be tricky, itís going to be a little tough, but
it was much harder than I had even imagined it would be. But
other than that, you know I really like when I read a scene
and it scares me. That sort of makes me excited.
I was so even though, yes, lip synching or not really lip
synching, singing along with the ear bud or whatever, it was
such a thrill and the director sort of gave me the whole
room. He just had it set up so that they could shoot the
whole room, and I could really have total freedom to do
whatever and thatís really so much fun, so for the most part
I really like when I read a scene that scares me and makes
me sweat a little bit thinking about doing it. Thatís
usually a good sign to me.
K. Roots And just a quick add-on in the cremation scene,
were you feeling heat on your feet? Was there actually heat
going on near you or is that kind of added afterwards?
L. Rabe No, no, there wasnít real, the fire wasnít hot, that
was sort of added in. There was a lot of smoke. You know
truthfully, I donít know how those special effects people do
it, but it was rather terrifying the situation, but no, I
wasnít worried about getting burned.
K. Roots Thank you.
Moderator Next weíll go to the line of Earl Dittman with
E. Dittman Hello, Lily, how are you this morning?
L. Rabe Hey, how are you?
E. Dittman Doing great, doing great. I have to say itís one
of the most incredible roles on the show and you do a
L. Rabe Thank you.
E. Dittman But I have to say you know in American Horror
Story, dead is never dead as we have learned so far, so I
know you canít talk about it, but I just have to say what
did you find in the process when you took on the role, when
you first talked to Ryan about it, what did you find the
most difficult part of the whole role? You play it really
perfectly, so what part was really the toughest for you?
L. Rabe Well, you know, I think some of the murders having
sort of in those moments where she was just absolutely sort
of in her completely taken over by the devil and throwing
these actors around and slitting their throats and stabbing
them ruthlessly and all of that sort of, you know Iíve been
the victim a lot, so Iíve often played the person whoís
getting raped or murdered or abused. And so to actually be
raping and murdering and abusing people is a whole different
kind of challenge and one that it was very difficult at
times and sometimes I would sort of go home from work and
just kind of stare at the wall for a couple of hours. But I
canít complain, because easily if whatever kind of knocks
you out working is the kind of work that I want to be doing
because itís always those challenges that are the most
exciting and the things I hope to get to keep doing in my
E. Dittman Now are you doing any stage? I had a great chance
to catch you on the Shakespeare in the Park rep stage.
L. Rabe Oh, Iím so glad.
E. Dittman You were just fantastic.
L. Rabe Thank you so much. I loved doing it so much.
E. Dittman And so what are you doing next?
L. Rabe Well, there is some stuff coming up, itís alló
E. Dittman Talk about it?
L. Rabe Yes, but I will definitely be doing a play in the
near future for sure.
E. Dittman Just the other day by accident I caught you on
one of the old Law & Order episodes and I thought oh my
gosh, there she is, so thanks again.
L. Rabe Oh, Iím sure in that one I was being beaten up and
not beating, right?
E. Dittman Yeah, you were probably being raped or beaten up
or something in that one. Thank you so much and Iíll let
somebody else talk. Thanks again.
L. Rabe Thank you so much.
Moderator Next weíll go to the line of Karen Moul with
K. Moul Hello, thanks so much for being with us today.
L. Rabe Absolutely, thank you.
K. Moul This was a show that I couldnít even watch last year
and loved it this year.
L. Rabe Oh, Iím so glad that you loved it.
K. Moul I did and I was wondering if you could tell us a
little bit about Dr. Ardenís relationship with Sister Mary
Eunice and his decision in the end to kill himself, who is
that a victory for, if anyone?
L. Rabe Oh gosh, a victory, I donít know, I donít know. I
never thought of it. I always thought of it as sort of the
perfect ending for the two of them. It seemed so fitting and
of course we were always talking about, James Cromwell and I
were always sitting around talking about Shakespeare like
big theater dorks and so we felt like weíd gotten a nice,
Ryan had given us a sort of beautiful Shakespearian ending
in a horror story Shakespearian ending.
But I think it seemed sort of completely sort of the perfect
end to the very, very, very bizarre and complicated and dark
love story of sorts. I think for him he really had loved her
for so long and been so devoted to her; and I canít speak
for Jamie, but I feel like that was just maybe the last
straw for him.
K. Moul Yes, when I watching it I was thinking okay has
Sister Mary Eunice, had she kind of freed him from this
horrible life or is this the devilís like whole destruction
of him in the end.
L. Rabe Right, I think in the way that she dies, which is
certainly I think I said this earlier to someone, but more
of a sort of an assisted suicide, a sort of consensual death
with the Monsignor. And I think that sheís certainly trying
to free herself and also get this devil that she has become
away from everyone else. I think it is sort of her most
heroic moment and also sort of her only, really her only
choice at that point. But I think that, yeah, there is
having taking Dr. Arden away with her is certainly not a bad
thing for everybody else who is left alive, although thereís
still a whole lot of stuff to work out and a lot of evil
left around thatís for sure.
K. Moul Yes, well, it was great to watch, thanks so much.
L. Rabe Thank you so much, Iím so glad you liked it.
Moderator Next weíll go to the line ofó
L. Rabe Hang on one second, my door is buzzing. I just want
to see whatís happening, one second. Okay, Iíll see if it
happens again, sorry. Oh, itís happening again, hold on one
Sorry about that.
Moderator Thatís okay. Next weíll go to the line of Jeff
Berkshire with Zap2it.com.
J. Berkshire Hello, Lily.
L. Rabe Hey, how are you?
J. Berkshire Hello, itís so great to talk to you. You were
really terrific this season.
L. Rabe Oh, thank you. Itís lovely to talk to you.
J. Berkshire And you were great obviously in the first
season, too, and I think the logical question is will you be
back in season three? Have you started talking to Ryan about
it? I know that you canít probably say, but what kind of
character do you think you would like to play, because I
know that he sort of goes through the actors and asks a
little bit what theyíd like to do next and kind of tries to
give them something different than what theyíre done before.
L. Rabe Yes, well, he certainly succeeded in that this
season with everyone so brilliantly and Iím sure he will
just of course do that again. I donít know. I think Ryanís
ideas are usually better than mine, but yes, I donít know. I
donít know, but certainly something you just want to do
something different. Thatís the joy of what the setup is.
J. Berkshire But you do think youíll be back.
L. Rabe I have no idea. I canít say a word. Iím so sorry. I
know itís such a boring interview sometimes with us at
American Horror Story, so that I just canít say a word.
J. Berkshire Okay, well I certainly hope to see you again.
L. Rabe Thank you so much. I would certainly love to be back
thatís for sure. Itís such a great job.
J. Berkshire Yes, thank you.
L. Rabe Thank you.
Moderator Next weíll go to the line of Juana Poareo with
J. Poareo Hello, Lily, Iím glad Iím talking to you this
morning. Anyway I have a question for you. I really enjoyed
how you embodied the devil in Sister Mary, Iím wondering how
did you approach it because I feel that the combination of
comedy and horror and Iím wondering if the director somehow
guided you on how to play the devil in your character?
L. Rabe Yes, you know the truth is the way that I approached
it really was to figure out before we started shooting the
most important thing to me was to really figure out who
Sister Mary Eunice was and not really worry about the
possession or the devil because to me so much of what a
possession is is specific to the person. So that to play the
sort of dark side or underbelly of someone or their sort of
shadow taking over itís really about knowing who that person
is before that event has taken place of this dark thing sort
of taking over. So it was more about figuring out who she
really was through and through.
J. Poareo Oh, okay, I like that answer.
L. Rabe Oh good.
J. Poareo Ö I donít know what else, but thank you very much.
L. Rabe Thank you so much.
Moderator Next weíll go to the line of Monique Jones with
M. Jones Hello, how are you today?
L. Rabe Iím well, thank you, how are you?
M. Jones Iím good. What was it like working with Joseph
Fiennes for this role?
L. Rabe Oh, I had such a wonderful time with Joseph. Heís
such a wonderful guy and so generous and so much fun to act
with and we ended up, we didnít have so much to do together
at the beginning of the season, but we ended up having so
much to do in those last few episodes; and I had a great
time with him, I think heís so special.
M. Jones And how did you two practice the end stunt for
Sister Mary Eunice?
L. Rabe Well, they let me do the whole thing. I was on wires
and I actually gotómy stunt double was someone I had worked
with before and they all sort of they talked to me a couple
weeks before shooting it and asked me what I thought; and I
said let me do as much of it as I possibly can and they let
me do the whole thing, the throw and the fall and all of it,
so that was a lot of fun. I really like that kind of thing.
M. Jones Great, thanks so much.
L. Rabe Thank you.
Moderator And next weíll go to the line of Karen Moul with
K. Moul Hello again.
L. Rabe Hello.
K. Moul I know you talked about the cremation being one of
the most difficult things that youíve done this season. What
were some of the high points for you this season?
L. Rabe Oh gosh, well, everything else, everything else was
the high point. It was one high point after another. I think
I could never pick, but I had so much fun really my
relationship with Jessica, I would say, with Sister Jude, I
thought that all of the scenes were really an incredible
thrill to play and to figure out and especially the ones
where Eunice sort of comes out of, is sort of reached by
Jessica for a moment and there are flashes of her still
being inside there.
Because the truth is in all of it, I felt her there even
when she was very sort of being completely overpowered and
so those moments of release were really special to get to do
and I have to say I also had a lot of fun. The murders were
I donít know if fun is the right word, but the murders were,
itís sort of a wild thrill to play to do things that are
soóIíve never, Iíve never had the opportunity to do such
horrible, horrible things to people.
K. Moul And just quickly on a different note, what have been
some of your favorite horror films and programs to watch?
L. Rabe Oh, my favorite, I think itís Donít Look Now and The
Shining is also oneóIíve never really watched a television
show, a horror television show with any kind of consistency,
but I do love to be scared and I love there are some of
those movies that itís amazing to me how you watch them over
and over and theyíre still so terrifying every time.
K. Moul Even religious horror?
L. Rabe Whatís that?
K. Moul Even like, you know, demon possession, religious
horror kind of stuff?
L. Rabe What do you mean, is that somethingó
K. Moul Well, I canít watch it at all, youíre the only
religious horror type thing Iíve ever been able to watch.
L. Rabe I donít know how to answer that question. I guess if
you mean likeó
K. Moul Some of us canít take demons.
L. Rabe Oh demons, I guess, well, it just depends on the
film I would say.
K. Moul Okay, great, thanks.
L. Rabe Thank you.
Moderator Next weíll go to a follow-up with Earl Dittman
with Wireless Digital.
E. Dittman Hello, Lily, Iím glad I get to talk to you again.
L. Rabe Hello, Iím happy to talk to you again.
E. Dittman Just referring to her question, I think she was
saying about, well, before I go to that, you were talking
about the Donald Sutherland film, right?
L. Rabe Yes.
E. Dittman Okay, yes, of course, what other one is there? So
Iím sorry, anyway she was talking about, this is kind of
personal question, are you Catholic yourself?
L. Rabe No, I am not.
E. Dittman Oh, okay, okay, because it brings up a whole lot
of the Catholic thing and how the Catholic church works and
stuff like that, I mean Iím a Catholic or a lapsed Catholic
whatever you want to say. So I think thatís what brings more
authenticity to it because the Catholic church is very much
about demons and possession and all that kind of stuff or it
used to be, so I think it brings kind of an authenticity to
it. Did you study a lot about Catholicism or the whole demon
possession all that stuff?
L. Rabe I did, yes, in part of sort of researching before
and during that was definitely something that I did. I was
very interested in learning about and thereís so much
information out there and stuff like that.
E. Dittman Oh yes, go ahead.
L. Rabe Go ahead.
E. Dittman I was going to say earlier you had talked about,
somebody had mentioned Ryan and I thought to me I was
thinking purely as an actor or actress that the whole thing
that heís trying to come up with this repertory kind of deal
where every season kind of using the same actors over and
over, I think that would be, because very much itís very
much theatre like.
L. Rabe Yes, itís like repertory theatre, yes, itís terrific
E. Dittman And did you find that particularly appealing and
did he kind of use that as a way to kind of sweeten the
L. Rabe Yes, itís incredibly appealing because it sort of,
itís this wonderful opportunity to work with the same group
of people, the same actors, the same crew, the same
creators, Iím just saying creator or the same writers and
creators and to be able to sort of have this home that you
get to come back to, but then be playing a different
character is really I have to say itís kind of for me itís
just an actorís dream come true; and that you can, there are
people who go away for a season and come back, do a few
episodes, do the full season. Thereís so many ways for it to
exist and itís really a thrilling sort of company to be a
part of and that is how Ryan thinks of it as sort of a like
using the model of the rep theatre company. I think heís
such a genius to be doing that.
E. Dittman Itís an incredible idea. I think itís maybe has
been, I donít know, but itís an incredible idea to do and to
me as a viewer if I was just looking as a viewer, I think
thatís the most appealing to see Dylan come back, itís just
an incredible thing.
L. Rabe Itís incredible, yes, yes, yes. I certainly donít
know of anything thatís been done like it in television
before Ryan seems to constantly be pioneering so many
E. Dittman Before I let you go, I have to talk to you about
you and Jessica because to me a lot of people like to
mention a lot of actresses as the greatest American actress
alive, but I think Jessica is the greatest American actress
L. Rabe Sheís unbelievable.
E. Dittman Sheís unbelievable and I was watching that whole
the dance song routine and I just thought you know it just
reminded me how great, she can do anything and get away with
it and itís effortless it looks like. What was it like
working with her?
L. Rabe I had an amazing time. Sheís an incredible actress.
Sheís got an unbelievably, an amazing work ethic. Sheís
generous. Sheís present. Sheís everything you could want in
a team partner and also sheís a really great woman. Sheís a
lot of fun and I felt very close to her very quickly, very
comfortable with her and safe and thatís always, especially
when youíre doing difficult things, feeling safe with
someone is what I have with Ryan and thatís what I have with
some of the cast. And to have it with Jessica, especially
with kind of what we had to go through together and put each
other through was invaluable.
E. Dittman Thatís fantastic, well, again, thank you so much
for your time and best of luck and I hope Ryan has a good
part for you next year.
L. Rabe Thank you so much, thank you.
E. Dittman Thanks a lot, appreciate it.
L. Rabe Bye.
Moderator And next weíll go to the line of Jamie Steinberg
with Starry Constellation.
J. Steinberg Hello, itís such a pleasure to speak with you.
L. Rabe Lovely to speak to you as well.
J. Steinberg Is there any way you prepare for this seasonís
L. Rabe Yes, a bit, I hope Iím not repeating myself, but the
sort of most of the preparation before once Ryan, you know,
I said yes to him before I knew who I was playing. He called
me and I was doing a play in New York and he said can you
come back this year and move out to LA for five months and I
said yes. And then he said all right Iíll call you soon and
tell you about her and then learning about Sister Mary
Eunice and of course, learning about the institution and
what her role there was and her relationship with Sister
Jude and sort of learning about her history, which I know
the audience doesnít see it until sort of maybe halfway in.
But knowing that something, sheís had a sort of stunted
something has been stunted stopped in her, so she hasnít
really totally developed into a woman. I think that so
figuring out who that sort of innocent soul was, that pure
girl and why she is the way she is, all that stuff was lots
of time to sit in my apartment and worry and prepare and do
all of those things.
J. Steinberg Okay, anything about your role then that you
added that wasnít scripted for you?
L. Rabe Oh gosh, Iím not sure how to answer that question. I
think a lot of it was collaborative in the sense that yes,
sometimes thereís a certain amount of freedom and so that
there were things that I think would happen because the
writers are writing the show as itís not like the entire
season is written. I do think the writers and Ryan were sort
of, it was definitely a collaboration in a certain sense.
J. Steinberg Great, thank you.
L. Rabe Thank you.
Moderator And next weíll go to the line of Terry Schwartz
with Spin Off Online.
T. Schwartz Hello, Lily, thanks so much for talking with us
L. Rabe No problem Iím happy to.
T. Schwartz One of the things that I noticed this season is
that you just seem to be having so much fun playing Sister
Mary Eunice, especially once you went into like full devil
mode; and there are some pretty touchy scenes in there and
you raised the Monsignor and like all those other stuff, so
is there ever a point where youíre like this is too far or
were you just like give me more of this material or let me
go to town?
L. Rabe Yes, I think with the show, you know if youíre going
to do the show, you just sort of, you just kind of jump off
the ledge and you donít expect youíre going to have any
parachute or anything opening. You just have to jump and
know that thatís a part of the thrill of it and there will
be somewhere soft to land, youíre not going to, and youíre
not going to at the end of the day and because youíre in
such good hands. But I think part of the thrill of being on
that show is sort of just diving in completely, so no, I
never, things would scare me or make me really nervous, but
nothing ever felt like this is too far or this is something
I donít want to do. I never had that feeling about any of
T. Schwartz Sister Mary Eunice on the other hand was in a
lot of different storylines this season, was there any one
that was your favorite?
L. Rabe You know my storyline with Jessica was perhaps the
most powerful to me because I think itís sort of the most
tragic in a way because itís actually the one that involved
the most love, even though there was a sort of, even though
Jessicaís Jude is very cruel to Eunice in the beginning. I
always believed that that cruelty was coming out of a place
of love and a place of sort of seeing Mary Eunice as seeing
her potential and knowing that she wasnít living it.
And so in a way that that whole where we started and where
we ended up, that to me is probably the one that was the
most sort of powerful; but I have to say all of, you know,
my relationship with James and with everyone, everyone I got
to sort of work with. I even had a great side plot with
Spivey. Mark Conseulos is so amazing and it was such an
abundance of amazing actors that you get a chance to work
with while youíre doing the show.
T. Schwartz All right, I echo every one elseís sentiments,
too. Iím really hoping that you get to come back next
L. Rabe Oh, thank you, thank you.
Moderator And next weíll go to the line of Daniel Johnson
with Screen Invasion.
D. Johnson Hello, Lily, thanks for being here.
L. Rabe Hey, thank you.
D. Johnson Hey, great job this season. I kind of blanked out
a bit when you talked about talking with James Cromwell
about Shakespeare and stuff on set, it was kind of awesome.
And I was just kind of wondering, Iíve loved James Cromwell
since I was a kid. I watched Babe a million times, so I was
just wondering kind of what your process together was. I
think itís a really interesting relationship and kind of
what your relationship was on set and how you guys prepared
and all that thing, itís a very interesting relationship
between those two characters.
L. Rabe Yes, we both love to talk about acting; we love to
talk about theatre. We love to talk aboutóheís a great
storyteller, too, so I always loved when we had days on set
together. I think itís such a sort of specific and bizarre
special tone that kind of love story and itís a very strange
thing to call it, but that is sort of how I felt about it
even though it isnít necessarily mutual or sort of
straightforward. But it was definitely, I loved working with
him and sort of it was great with the directors and with
Ryan and the writers and James to sort of figure out what
was happening with them. And there was so much heartache
between them in different ways.
I mean they didnít want the same thing, but I think that
that sort of, but her loss of purity, what that purity meant
to him and of course to her. I mean I think as she sort of
having a first time experiences of what it is to feel
powerful or sexual or free in a certain way. And then of
course that gets totally out of control, but what is a
person losing when that stuff kind of happens or what are
you gaining and asking all those questions that were really
fun to get to do that with someone like James.
D. Johnson Yes, cool. Okay, my other question is actors, you
donít always get to know everything thatís going on the
show, or see the whole script or anything. I was kind of
wondering or sometimes you shoot something and you donít
know how itís going to come together. Was there anything
this season that really has surprised you or threw you for a
loop, and probably in a good way, but when you saw it kind
of, finally the episode come together?
L. Rabe Well, there was a lot of, you know you know a
certain amount of course in terms of like points of things
that are going to happen to you; but there was a lot of
mystery and a lot of sort of you have to be constantly
taking a tremendous leap of faith and just sort of staying
present in the moment of whatever the scene is, because you
donít know exactly you know where that turn is going to end
up or what the next episode is going to bring. You know you
have these sort of landmark things that you know about, but
within the sort of nuance of the storylines. There was a
certain amount of mystery.
I didnít watch the show while it was airing because it was
too hard to be shooting episode three or I mean the episode
seven and watching episode three or however it worked out.
My brain was getting really scrambled, but I had to wait
till the season had wrapped because there is in the same way
that the audience is being surprised, you know we were
definitely getting our handful of surprises, too, thatís for
D. Johnson Okay, cool. Well, thanks for speaking with us and
I hope to see you next season as well.
L. Rabe Thank you so much.
Moderator Next weíll go to the line of Kristyn Clarke with
Pulp Culture Madness.
K. Clarke Hello again.
L. Rabe Hey.
K. Clarke So Iím curious is there anything, you know, maybe
one thing in particular that you were surprised to learn
about yourself as you kind of delve deeper and deeper into
L. Rabe About myself, Lily Rabe, or about what happened to
K. Clarke No, about yourself personally.
L. Rabe Oh, oh, yes, well, that always happens when you have
a great job, you do have to confront constantly always parts
of yourself that you may or may not want to know about or
have anything to do with or spend any time with, so yes,
that definitely happened. I will say one thing. I didnít
quite know just how much I was going to love singing and
dancing in front of a camera. I knew I would like it a lot,
but I didnít know that I would think it was like the most
fun Iíve ever had.
K. Clarke It was awesome. I certainly hope to see some more
L. Rabe And I also loved I mean I knew I liked stunts, too,
but I really, really like doing them, so I sure would love a
job where I was on wires all the time. I know some actors
donít like them, but I donít know. I think itís a hell of a
lot of fun.
K. Clarke Awesome, and you know what was it like at the
Asylum itself can almost be looked at as a character on the
show. What was the atmosphere like on set to work in an
environment like that?
L. Rabe Right, it is sort of a dark, I know, you know it is
a dark world to live in, but I think the thing that made it
so, still so kind of wonderful and a place that I was
excited to drive to work every morning and that was because
of the people and the crew. It was a very close group of
actors and the writers are very, itís an amazing group of
I think Ryan has a way of when heís at the helm heís one of
those people who just creates a great work environment. I
think itís so much about that person. The leader really has
to set the tone for something and make everyone feel safe
and he does that in such an incredible way and so everyone,
although we were maybe working crazy hours and shooting
crazy things, it was always a really nice place to go to
And for me you know it was the first time Iíd ever been,
Iíve never done a show as a regular before and it reminded
me a bit of doing a play in the sense that you go to the
theatre every day and you have your dressing room. And you
have the crew and the actors and so I loved that feeling of
actually kind of having this family every day that was sort
of new for me and very special.
K. Clarke Thatís awesome. Was there anything that you guys
did to break up the tension in between a scene that would be
L. Rabe Oh well, I mean you know Sara Paulson is one of my
best friends and has been for years. We already have a bit
of laughing problem together, so I would say that that
happened a lot. There was often a lot of that and Zach was
learning the banjo and I was learning the guitar, so there
were also little musical breaks, although heís much better
at the banjo than I am at the guitar at this point.
K. Clarke Thatís awesome, thank you so much.
L. Rabe Thank you.
Moderator Next weíll go to the line of Juana Poareo with
J. Poareo Hello again.
L. Rabe Hello.
J. Poareo Hello. How you seen Ö.?
L. Rabe Sorry? Ö.
J. Poareo Ö.
L. Rabe Iím so sorry Iím having trouble hearing you on the
J. Poareo Can you hear me now?
L. Rabe Iím not able to hear your question. Itís staticy or
something. Iím so sorry.
J. Poareo Okay, Iíll ask you a different question. Iíll ask
you a different question. I was wondering because itís your
role, can you hear me now?
L. Rabe I can, yes.
J. Poareo Yes, okay, great, good, okay, because of your role
as Sister Mary, have you found it so disturbing that, was
there any moments where you had a hard time dealing with the
characters because of the things that pyschologically
happened as a role?
L. Rabe Is the question did I ever have times that it was
hard to deal with the character because of the psychological
heaviness of the role? Is that correct?
J. Poareo Yes, yes, yes.
L. Rabe Yes, but it sort of came with the territory in the
sense that I think if youíre going to be; I feel that with
all the great jobs or all the really, really great parts,
youíre usually going to sort of dark and scary or painful
places and thatís just part of it. Although it could be
difficult in some way, it sort of comes with, itís part of
the job description I feel, so itís nothing I would ever
sort of want to say was a negative, even though sometimes it
doesnít feel great.
Itís sort of to me itís still part of the job description of
getting to play a wonderful role and having to go through
things like that. So Iím always very grateful for that even
if it means Iím going to go have to kind of collapse in my
bed for a little while or whatever or whatever it means.
J. Poareo Yes. Okay, thank you for that.
R. Bibby Thank you. Lola, weíll take the last question,
Moderator There is no one else in queue at this time.
R. Bibby Okay. All right, thank you, Lily, thank you
L. Rabe Thank you.
R. Bibby Guys be out on the lookout for the link of episode
12, which we hope to have early next week. The transcript
from this call will be available one or two days following
today, but the turnaround could be sooner. If so, Iíll get
it out as quickly as I possibly can. Thank you guys and have
a nice day.
L. Rabe Thank you all so very much.
R. Bibby Thank you, bye, Lily.
L. Rabe Bye, Roslyn, and bye, everyone.
Moderator Ladies and gentlemen, that does conclude your
conference for today. Thank you for your participation and
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