Sarah Paulson Wants to Return to ‘American Horror Story’ Following Her Absence in ‘AHS: 1984’

You’re not mistaken. The ninth season of American Horror Story — titled 1984 — is unlike any other. The FX anthology series currently features a campy slasher plot and a phenomenal headlining cast. However, a few fan-favorite actors of the American Horror Story franchise — such as Sarah Paulson — did not return. Naturally, viewers have been dying to know if these stars will come back in future seasons. Fortunately, Paulson recently revealed her interest in returning to AHS down the line. And quite frankly, we couldn’t be more relieved.

Sarah Paulson confirms she will not appear in ‘American Horror Story: 1984’

Sarah Paulson at FX's "American Horror Story" 100th Episode Celebration
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When speaking with Variety at the American Horror Story 100th episode celebration, Paulson confirmed she will not return to AHS in 1984.

This confirmation comes months after the ninth season premiere and news hinting at Paulson’s absence from AHS as a series regular or position in a significant role. However, the reports noted Paulson could come back sometime during season 9 as a guest star.

Then when speaking with Entertainment Tonight, Paulson teased her own potential comeback to American Horror Story this season.

“I’ll be watching and cheering everybody on. I’m really excited for this season. I think it’s a really cool idea for the show this year,” Paulson told the publication. “And you never know, I may pop up. You never know. No promises though.”

Sarah Paulson says she wants to return to ‘American Horror Story’ after leaving for ‘1984’

Fans might be disappointed they won’t see Paulson in AHS: 1984. However, the actress says she still wants to be part of AHS for years to come.

“I think the star of American Horror Story is American Horror Story itself,” Paulson told Variety at the AHS 100th episode celebration. “The show is the thing and I think you can get a whole different group of actors and people will still watch it.”

“I think that’s the extraordinary thing that Ryan [Murphy] created, and I would love to be a part of it,” the 44-year-old actress continued. “One time, I said I’d like it be to vampires in space when I’m 99 and I hope the show is still going then.”

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That said, if and when Paulson does return to American Horror Story, it’s more than likely she will play a character with a bit more meat to it. During an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Paulson mentioned her Emmy-winning role as Marcia Clark in The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story opened her eyes to better-rounded characters. She shared:

I said to Ryan, ‘There’s pre-Marcia and there’s post-Marcia’ and it was very hard for me, once I played a person that was that complicated and three-dimensional and fully realized, to then do something that was a little more on the surface. It made it harder to be excited about it.

In my position, since I’m not directing and writing my own stuff, I’m a little bit at the mercy of someone’s interest in me and so I had to wait a beat before anything came to me. I got a bunch of offers to play prosecutors and I did not take those jobs, because I had done it.

Will FX renew for season 11? Ryan Murphy reveals how long he hopes ‘AHS’ will be running

Given Paulson’s wish to play characters on the FX anthology series until she turns 99-years-old, fans might be wondering when AHS will end. As of now, American Horror Story is only renewed up until season 10. So fans will just have to wait and see what happens next. But, like Paulson, Murphy hopes the show will get more seasons moving forward.

“The tenth is the last season that’s ordered but [FX CEO John Landgraf] and I said around Season 5, this is something that is so beloved that maybe it could keep on going,” Murphy shared with Variety. “And now in its ninth season, in terms of worldwide…it’s one of the most popular shows in the world.”

“I will continue to have an appetite to do it as long as John wants to do it,” the showrunner continued. “So, we have been talking about should we end it? Or should we keep moving forward? But I hope we can move forward.”

The life of American Horror Story could potentially be extended to unimaginable lengths in the future. However, it seems Murphy still has a few major decisions to make in regards to the tenth season. When asked about the new theme for AHS Season 10, Murphy admitted he’s still working on it.

“I always have the next season decided by Halloween, so I have a week,” he explained. “But now I’m sort of dealing with two ideas and I lean towards whichever is more in my brain right now.”

But, don’t fret. This appears to be a normal occurrence, and Murphy has plenty of ideas to go around. “Every season has a runner-up idea, but the runner-ups have never made it on screen,” he said. “I’ve never gone back to the second choice, although I should. Sometimes the choice just pops into my brain. I can’t explain it.”

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