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American Horror Story Actor Says Series' True Story Made Her More Concerned For Her Safety

American Horror Story Actor Says Series' True Story Made Her More Concerned For Her Safety

An American Horror Story: 1984 actor has said filming the new series made her more concerned for her own safety.

Angelica Ross admitted before shooting the ninth season of the hit thriller she saw the world through rose-tinted spectacles and never realised how fragile life can be - especially for certain groups.

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1984 features elements based on real-life events - this time around we have Richard Ramirez, also known as the Night Stalker, who prowled the streets of LA in a murderous crime spree than ran from June 1984 until August 1985.

Ramirez would break into people's homes while they slept and kill his victims using a variety of methods - including stabbing, shooting and bludgeoning.

Ross says the last series made her think more deeply about her own safety. Credit: PA
Ross says the last series made her think more deeply about her own safety. Credit: PA

He would also rape his victims and burglarise their homes - he would demand that people 'swear on Satan' about there being no valuables or cash stashed away in their homes.

In the show, Ramirez is played by actor Zach Villa, while Ross plays psychologist Donna Chambers, who pretends to be a nurse at Camp Redwood.

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Speaking about the role, she said the true story behind the series caused her to look at her own life.

She told CinemaBlend: "I love Zach. Zach is great, but I hated his character. I hated Richard Ramirez. I felt just a lot of different feelings about serial killers, and he's a real serial killer, and... there's just a lot of things going on.

"But I realised that I like to look at the world with rose-colored glasses. And as a black trans woman, I've kind of had to settle with the fact that I can't walk alone a lot.

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"I have to check the backseat. I have to do these things in order to stay safe in today's society, in this world.

"You don't want to think that these things exist, but there are boogeymen out there."

Ramirez was used as the inspiration for the last series. Credit: Los Angeles Police Department
Ramirez was used as the inspiration for the last series. Credit: Los Angeles Police Department

Ramirez was eventually captured after he broke into the home of Bill Carns, 30, and his fiancée Inez Erickson, 29.

At his trial, he was convicted of 13 murders, five attempted murders, 11 counts of sexual assault and 14 burglaries.

He spent more than 23 years on death row before he died due to complication secondary to B-cell lymphoma aged 53. Ramirez never expressed any remorse for his crimes.

Since the show first aired in 2011, fans have been enjoyed nine seasons of American Horror which have scared the living daylights out of millions of people around the world.

But with the show's creator saying the 10th season possibly being the very last, Ryan Murphy has been reaching out to actors who starred in the early seasons to see if they will come back for one last hurrah.

Speaking to Deadline about the show, Murphy said: "We're working on an idea for season 10 that I think people will love because it's about reuniting fan-favourite actors to come back - because it might be our last season. It's the last season we have contracted."

"So, I've been quietly reaching out to various people. Some people I haven't reached out to yet because I was like do I have a role. So far, everybody I reached out to said 'Yes', so that's been great."

Featured Image Credit: 20th Century Fox

Topics: American Horror Story, TV and Film, Interesting, US Entertainment

Dominic Smithers

Dominic graduated from the University of Leeds with a degree in French and History. Like you, Dom has often questioned how much use a second language has been. Well, after stints working at the Manchester Evening News, the Accrington Observer and the Macclesfield Express, along with never setting foot in France, he realised the answer is surprisingly little. But I guess, c'est la vie. Contact us at [email protected]