Ever since Ryan Murphy’s FX anthology American Horror Story burst onto the scene back in 2011, the show has carved out a tradition of reusing actors from season to season. Not everyone returns for every new AHS iteration, but it seems most folks do come back eventually. Unfortunately, it would appear that former fan favorite Zachary Quinto will not be one of those people.
During a recent interview with Yahoo, Quinto was asked about the possibility of appearing in future American Horror Story seasons, and gave a pretty discouraging answer. Quinto feels it is time for him to past genre pieces like AHS, and instead focus on playing more realistic characters in reality-based human dramas like NBC’s The Slap. On that show, Quinto plays the character who delivers the titular slap to a neighborhood child, triggering the storylines that fuel the series’ dramatic arc going forward.
For those new to American Horror Story, Quinto played the ultra-creepy “rubber man” in the Murder House season, and then returned to play sexual deviant serial killer Dr. Oliver “Bloody Face” Thredson in Asylum. While Quinto declined to come back for Coven or Freak Show, many fans of the actor had held out hope that he would one day resume his work in the franchise. Sadly, it seems he would prefer to steer clear of our favorite genre for the foreseeable future.