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American Horror Story's Naomi Grossman: LGBTQ Advocate

You want a little Pepper on that? Sure, I’ve got some for you – directly from the red carpet in at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills.

Actress Naomi Grossman – who played the character of Pepper on American Horror Story for two seasons – described herself as an “advocate” for the LGBTQ community. And I kind of believed her, seeing as how we were both at a major annual fundraiser for LA’s LGBT Center.

Why are you here tonight?

Because I’m a little bit Babs, kinda Liza…and a whole lot of…well, I’m my own self. At then end of the day I’m a real advocate [for the gay community}.

As an LGBTQ ally how would you describe your journey in terms of accepting gay people. Did you have to evolve into it or was it immediate for you?

It was immediate. My family had a million gay friends. We’re artists so we’re automatically sort of allowed. My parents were not, but I wondered about my dad. He was always so well-dressed, very artistic. He was an architect…the original metrosexual. So I always wondered.

He’s not…but he gave me hope. He made me feel like, “You know what? There are straight men out there that can dress. They care about the way things look.”

I’ve met straight guys who go to gay bars because gay guys’ straight girlfriends come with them and then they can just clean house.

Oh wow! I’ll have to try that. Actually, I do try that. [laughs]

A lot of people are here tonight because they value equality and social change. If you could                                                                                wave a magic wand…what kind of change would                                                                             you most want to see?

God. I think I’d just take away Trump’s Twitter.

I think that would solve a lot of problems. Obviously I’m being cheeky, but if we could just respect each other…which would be taking away his Twitter.

He’s been an advocate for anti-cyber bullying…and yet he’s the cyber bully OG!

On American Horror Story you played Pepper, a character living with microcephaly. What has having been on that show brought to your life?

I mean, it’s definitely been fan interaction. The fact that I, honestly…[would wake] up at night fearing a backlash. I assumed [the disabled community] would be after me, [seeing me as] taking away a role [from a disabled actor], but it’s been quite the opposite. Now [people with disabilities] ask me to come to their events and speak on their behalf.

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Gag On The New 'Heathers' In The Teaser For The TV Series

The 1988 cult classic film Heathers is slated to re-enter our lives as a series on the Paramount Network in 2018. The dark comedy is a new take on original stories. In the 80s, the Heathers were a group of pretty bitches who made high school a nightmare for their less desirable classmates with witty catch phrases that have equally cult following. They were the original mean girls. But 2018 will feature a new kind of Heather, perhaps being the outcasts, the underdogs, the subclass of high school student that the original Heathers would have made fun of. They are the new bitches and the ball is in their court. How very.

The new Heathers are:

Heather Chandler (played by Melenia Field) - is the thick queen bee leader of the Heathers who has an air of Nancy from The Craft

 

woke af. #Heathers

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Heather Duke (played by Brendan Scandell) - is a genderqueer individual reminiscent of Glee's Kurt Hummel

 

savage. #Heathers

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Heather McNamara (played by Jasmine Mathews) - a black lesbian with a Grace Jones sensibility

 

scandalous. #Heathers

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The show just released a teaser for the upcoming series which features the three Heathers as well as the new Veronica, played by Grace Victoria Cox, and the new JD, played by James Scully. The teaser has no sign of the original Heather Duke, Shannen Doherty, who is slated to appear on the series, but we can get nostalgic with a key catch phrase "Fuck me gently, with a chainsaw" that pops up to get us more excited!

Check it out here:

 

Coming in 2018 to the Paramount Network. #Heathers #

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This new approach to Heathers feels fresh and current, but can they capture the magic of the original we all love to watch over and over again?