AP: Do your granddaughters get to see much of your work?
Lange: Well, obviously there’s a lot they can’t see, you know. I don’t want them to see “Frances” or to see, you know, “Blue Sky.” There’s a lot that they’ll see when they get older. ... I remember years ago when I won the Emmy for “Grey Gardens,” which they hadn’t seen, but they had seen a picture of me as like Edith Beale, which I’m sure was very confusing. But my daughter, in the morning when they woke up, showed them a little clip of me winning the Emmy and my speech and she told me later that day that my youngest granddaughter went to school and they asked if anybody had anything to share and she stood up and she said “my grandmother won a big prize!” So I thought that was great. That’s kind of like as far as it goes for them.
AP: How did Ryan Murphy get you on board for three seasons of “American Horror Story”?
Lange: He called me up out of the blue — I had never met him — and started talking. And I just thought “wow, he’s got quite a spiel here. This is really something.” I haven’t been kind of seduced like this in a long time. And you know he has a kind of uncanny intelligence about this, a talent, genius in a way and it became something really fascinating. ... He keeps kind of dangling that carrot out there. It’s hard to say no.
AP: What can you tell us about your new “Coven” character Fiona Goode?
Lange: It’s a woman who has ... all the powers in the world, and again I think it’s a metaphor for a lot of different things, and who misuses it for the most selfish, self-serving purposes. You know has that kind of confrontation with her own mortality, finally, and realizes, you know, a wasted life. And what do you do at this age when you think, “I’ve wasted it all? I’ve thrown it all away?” ... That’s a little bit of where that character is coming from and I don’t know where she’s going, to tell you the truth. I never know.