Joan Collins

When you’ve been in the game for as long as Joan Collins, you can be forgiven for not knowing who every hustler in Hollywood is, or for dropping the names of those she does.  While promoting ‘American Horror Story: Apocalypse’, she appeared on ‘The Late Late Show With James Corden’ and described the process of her landing the role of Evie Gallant on the latest installment of the horror anthology.

“I’d never met him [Ryan Murphy].  But I had met Sarah Paulson, at the Vanity Fair [after party], the Oscars, it was after we’d gone to Elton’s. [Paulson] introduced me, but I didn’t catch his name. And he was saying, ‘I really want you to be in my show, I’d love to write a role for you’.


“This is the Hollywood thing that you hear all the time – and he was very nice. I just didn’t quite know who he was until it suddenly clicked… this is the 300 million dollar man who’s just made the deal with Netflix.”

Well, Collins hasn’t landed a role on whatever Murphy has concocted for the streaming service, but considering that Murphy frequently pulls from a roster of actors that he utilizes on various projects, she could very well wind up in one of his future programs.  Or heck, in the case of ‘AHS’, he can reuse the same actors for multiple roles, even in the same season.

She also discussed a run-in right after, in which she bumped into another actor who asked if Murphy had offered her a role.  Collins recalls, “I said, ‘Yeah’.  She said, ‘Oh yeah, he did me too’. But anyway, she didn’t get it, but I did.”  Obviously, there’s a name Collins isn’t going to drop, but it’s possible that she is referring to Anjelica Huston, who Murphy was supposedly considering for ‘Apocalypse’.  And even if she isn’t in this season, here’s hoping that he finds a way to employ that legendary performer in an upcoming entry.

If you’d like to watch the interview on ‘The Late Late Show’, check it out below:

‘American Horror Story: Apocalypse’ airs on Wednesday, at 10pm EST on FX.