American Horror Story star Evan Peters might be taking a “sabbatical” from the series.
Since 2011, the American actor has portrayed various iconic characters on the acclaimed horror series, such as Tate Langdon, Kit Walker, Kyle Spencer, Jimmy Darling, James Patrick March, Kai Anderson and Jeff Pfister.
Peters also plays the lead role in Ryan Murphy’s queer drama, Pose, and is known for his critically-lauded role as Quicksilver in the X-Men movie franchise. He will reprise his role as the Marvel speedster in the upcoming Dark Phoenix.
Despite all his success in TV and film, Peters wants to take a “sabbatical” to focus on other endeavours he’s passionate about.
In an interview with GQ, the Emmy nominated performer revealed: “I’m going to take a break, regroup, decompress, get back in touch with what I feel like I want to do. Not that I didn’t want to do any of those roles – they’re exactly what I wanted to do. It was just zero to 100 instantaneously. I want to play music.”
Last year, Peters said his various roles on the series have caused a negative impact on his mental health.
“I’m goofy, I’m silly, I like to have fun. I don’t like to yell and scream,” he told GQ. “I actually hate it. I think it’s disgusting and really awful, and it’s been a challenge for me. Horror Story sort of demanded that of me.”
He continued: “It’s been all a massive stretch for me and really difficult to do. It’s hurting my soul and Evan as a person.
“There’s this massive amount of rage that’s been called upon from me, and the emotional stuff that’s been called on me for Pose has been heartbreaking, and I’m sick. I don’t feel good.”
So far, Peters hasn’t been confirmed to star in the highly-anticipated ninth season of American Horror Story, with only Emma Roberts and Olympian Gus Kenworthy being announced so far.
Will this be the first season he’s not involved in the show?