Ryan Murphy got the idea for American Horror Story after working on Glee. He wanted to write darker, scarier stories. He said, "I thought, 'I can't write another nice speech for these Glee kids.'"
American Horror Story is still shot on film, which is different from most TV shows. This is a tradition that began with Chris Baffa's Murder House.
When their shows on The WB ended in 2004, Sarah Paulson and Ryan Murphy met for the first time.
Murphy wanted Paulson to play Emma Pillsbury on Glee before he put her in AHS.
Jessica Lange and Sarah Paulson worked together in The Glass Menagerie, which was on Broadway.
Lange was a big reason why Paulson was cast in Murder House. She is said to have asked Murphy at a benefit, "Can't you find something for Paulson in Murder House?"
Evan Peters first wanted to be an actor so he could meet the Olsen Twins.
Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka turned down the chance to play the couple who used to live in the house in the movie Murder House.
Peters had to be greased from head to toe in order to get into the Rubber Man suit. When he did stunts, the costume was so tight that he tore a lot of suits.
All of the interior sets for Asylum were built by hand by over 50 to 60 carpenters.