Thursday, August 14, 2014

'American Horror Story' new season focused on freak show to feature world's smallest living woman

From The Hollywood Reporter:

FX's American Horror Story has admitted the world's smallest woman to its Freak Show.
Showrunner Ryan Murphy announced Wednesday via Twitter that Jyoti Amge (pictured) has joined the cast of the fourth season of the FX anthology series.

Season four of the series, subtitled Freak Show, is set in Jupiter, Fla., in the 1950s, with Jessica Lange (pictured) in the lead role. The Emmy winner will portray a German expat managing one of the last remaining freak shows in the country.
Returning stars set for Freak Show include Lange, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, Frances Conroy, Sarah Paulson, Emma Roberts, Gabourey Sidibe and Evan Peters, among others, as well as AHS newcomers Michael Chiklis, The Hunger Games' Wes Bentley, Fargo's John Carroll Lynch and The Normal Heart's Finn Wittrock. Chiklis is playing Bassett's husband and Bates' ex-husband.

Amge, 20, is the world's smallest living woman, according to the Guinness Book of World Records. She earned the title on her 18th birthday with a height of 2 feet, 0.6 inches. According to Wikipedia, her limited height is because of a growth anomaly called achondroplasia.

The AHS role marks Amge's latest tour in Hollywood. She was featured in a 2009 documentary, Body Shock: Two Foot High Teen, and was a guest on Bigg Boss 6, an Indian Big Brother-like TV competition show.

Amge joins recent addition Patti LaBelle on AHS: Freak Show. The former will have a four-episode arc, playing the mother to Sidibe's character. AHS: Freak Show debuts in October; a specific date has not yet been announced.