Lily Rabe has shed light on her Satan-possessed American Horror Story character and the upcoming Christmas episode.
Speaking to Vulture, Rabe expressed her fascination at playing Eunice, the once clean soul now infested by the devil. For Rabe it’s the connectivity between Eunice and Satan that’s most interesting:
This clean soul in this very unclean environment appealed massively to me. She starts out with this kind of lightness in her — although she’s so eager to please and so in over her head — and then that all gets destroyed. The thing that’s so great about all of the characters that Ryan writes is the underbelly of who these people are. He’s just not afraid of anything. It’s not about making [the characters] likeable or massively appealing or singularly appealing. It’s about making them whole and complicated. They come with a lot of darkness. What’s been so fascinating as I’ve been playing possessed Mary Eunice is that it’s not just the devil on the one hand and Sister Mary Eunice on the other. It’s what’s happening between the two.
And then you ask, if the devil ever leaves her, what or who will be left? I don’t know.
As for the Christmas episode which guest stars Deadwood alum Ian McShane:
Oh yes. Of course, right? That was one of my favorite ones to shoot, actually. Ian and I got to do some really evil things together, and I have to say it was a career highlight. He’s such a wonderful man. We had great stuff in the common room, with all of those background actors, the inmates. I can say Christmas will never be the same for me after shooting that episode. I’ll never look at a Christmas tree the same way.
Catch AHS and Eunice, Wednesdays at 10 on FX