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New! Pepper On American Horror Story Asylum: Naomi Grossman, Who Plays The Fan Favorite, Talks Musical And More!

Do I really need a lot of introduction here? It’s an interview with Naomi Grossman on Huffington Post, discussing playing Pepper on American Horror Story Asylum (and on possible future projects). I feel sort of stupid for not sniffing this piece out before,  since it was published right after “The Name Game” episode. It’s another great one, she’s entertaining and informative as always:

 

Pepper On ‘American Horror Story’: Naomi Grossman, Who Plays The Fan Favorite, Talks Musical And More.

 

 

I’m really going to miss “Asylum”, but I started missing Pepper the minute “Dr. Krump” gently told Jessica Lange that Pepper had passed in 1966. Too bad, I loved watching her playing “Candy land” with Jude, and also seeing them hanging out in the kitchen. Glad she knows how many fans she’s made happy!

 

Candy Land: The Great Lollipop Adventure

Candy Land: The Great Lollipop Adventure (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Breaking News: Pepper’s Back Next Week! Until Then, Read Naomi Grossman’s Piece From EW.com On Being Cast, Transformed Into Pepper the Pinhead on American Horror Story Asylum!

Mrs. Horror Boom (HorrorBoom.com):

When it comes to covering and Q&A about American Horror Story Asylum, I get more questions about Pepper than practically all the other characters combined. Is pinhead on ASHA real?  and Who plays pinhead on AHSA?  but the last month, the top question (more than who is bloody face ) is When is Pepper pinhead coming back?

For the answer on that last one, you can read my re-blog here; I highly recommend this piece that Naomi Grossman wrote herself. Right from the pinhead’s–er, horse’s–that doesn’t sound nice either, let me try one more time. Right from Naomi Grossman’s mouth!

 

Originally posted on PopStyle:

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America Horror Story: Asylum has such an amalgam of strange, creepy characters who slither in and out of the FX horror show’s criminally insane asylum, Briarcliff Manor. But one character that’s a hit with fans is Pepper, the childlike yet murderous microcephalic female inmate with a tuft of hair and a joyfully toothy grin recalling the derogatorily named “pinheads” in Tod Browning’s 1932 side-show film Freaks, and one of its stars, Schlitzie. In this funny, sassy exclusive essay to EW.com, actress Naomi Grossman explains her transformation from a pretty, comedic actress to mischievous Pepper with the aid of prosthetics and makeup. She even shaved her noggin for the part.

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American Horror Story Asylum Releases Official Featurette on Pepper The Pinhead – Watch “Meet Pepper” Now!

“I found out kinda late what I was getting myself into.” -Actress Naomi Grossman

Well, it’s about time – after we  scoured the internet for information on American Horror Story Asylum’s resident Pinhead, Pepper– and the brave actress who plays her– “Inside The Asylum” just released as official featurette! Warning: it’s rather surreal seeing Naomi Grossman in her full-on Pepper makeup and costume, but out of character, chatting away in her pretty, semi-valley Girl voice. Check it out below!

They also show some clips (“RATS!”). It’s funny how, when her character first popped up, I thought the same thing some people on set did – Holy shit, did they somehow find an actual pinhead with a SAG card Then I figured it was CGI. Then  I went looking, and started posting! I’m still amazed at the job they did, and the whole American Horror Story Asylum make-up effects team deserves an Emmy. If anyone we talked to didn’t think they deserved an award, then they haven’t seen this video.

Gabba Gabba HEY!

You know, she is actually kind of cute. Still not leaving her alone with a baby, though.

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See Proof Brave Actress Shaved Her Head To Play Pinhead ‘Pepper’ In American Horror Story Asylum!

Well well, it looks like Naomi Grossman has her own You Tube Channel! Cool. She’s done a lot of skits for Funny Or Die, as well as quite a few short films. First, she put up a video of herself stylin’ on the Red Carpet for the American Horror Story Asylum Premiere event (and yes, that’s a wig, you’ll find out why soon):

Here she is being asked about American Horror Story Asylum at the same event (though she can’t give up many details, of course) in a short interview:

Aaand  here she is being incredibly brave, getting all that hair off except for that little ponytail on top… WOW.

Any actress that dedicated deserves all the attention she’s getting for her role. She did say in an interview I posted a link to earlier that when she was on set without her costume/makeup, no-one recognized her. That’s definitely a good thing! Glad her character is becoming a fan favorite and getting so much attention. Ms. Grossman sure as hell earns every last bit of it!

“Pepper’s not harmless. She drowned her sister’s baby and sliced his ears off.”

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FINALLY! American Horror Story Asylum Fans, We Found An Interview With Actress Naomi Grossman – AKA “Pepper the Pinhead”

Wow, I did a ton of searches but missed this …until now!

To read the interview on the great Monsters and Critics site, click on the below composite/comparison photos.

If there is a glitch and this does NOT take you to the interview with actress/performance artist Naomi Grossman, please reply below and let me know so I can fix it. Cool?

Here’s some of the highlights from the interview Again, my source is the article American Horror Story: Asylum exclusive: Naomi Grossman’s amazing transformation to Pepper from Monstersandcriritcs.com and written by April MacIntyre, © Nov 8, 2012 – NOT Horror Boom!

So how the HELL do they get her to look like that? Read on:

 

MONSTERS AND CRITICS: Please, what are the prosthetic and makeup devices they do to you to transform?  How long does it take?

NAOMI: The make-up process is quite long, though they’ve gotten it down to about 2.5-3 hours.  Those first make-up tests took at least twice that though– they are incredibly meticulous– during those first couple times, I remember them very carefully placing freckles almost as if were a work of art!  The prosthetics are of course made of silicon, made specifically for my face, and consist of a forehead complete with punched-in eyebrows, a nose, ears, and even a bumpy little spine-piece for my back.  Again, depending upon the wardrobe, no one even sees that, but that’s the kind of detail-oriented professionals they are. I have fake teeth, which of course change the shape of my face (and speech).  There’s even a wacky lens for one of my eyes– it’s subtle, but effective (it’s disturbing having someone look at you, but not quite look at you, you know?).
It seems the only thing that’s truly mine is the hair!  At first they toyed with a bald-cap, but given Pepper’s condition, it was important to make my head look as small as possible.  So, it was obviously better for them to not have to stuff a bunch of hair into a cap.  Though the bald caps they gave me initially looked incredibly authentic as well.

Yup, Naomi Grossman was brave, dedicated and fearless enough to shave her head (except the very top –you know, to be able to add that pretty little ribbon) for the role of Pepper.*

I think at one point they’d talked about using CGI to actually shrink my head, but I’m sure it was easier and probably much cheaper to have me shave my head than [to] have to employ such advanced special effects.  Besides, the makeup crew takes pride in not having to rely on such tricks.  So instead of making my head small, they built up my body by putting me in a fat suit.  And well, the end-product is well worth the head-shave and hours in the chair.  …I actually have to introduce myself when I’m there out of costume.  I’m going to be the girl no one knows at the wrap-party!

Is Naomi Grossman aware of what happens for the rest of the season… and how much does she know?

 

M&C: What, exactly, is Pepper’s back story? What insight did Ryan Murphy give you?
NAOMI: Not a lot!  They’re so secretive.  Not even in the audition did I know what I was reading for!  It wasn’t until I’d gotten the part
and was meeting with makeup, that they told me what I’d look like …which obviously informs the character.  So I spent a lot of time watching and reading about Schlitzie from “Freaks.”  That was the inspiration behind Pepper, after all.  And though Schlitzie‘s time was well before Pepper’s, he no doubt had a similar, marginal existence. Other than that, I only get the sides I’m in!  Sister Mary Eunice (Lily Rabe)’s line about me slicing the ears off my sister’s baby was about all I knew too!

This is BEFORE…

M&C: …does she make it all the way to the end of the season?

NAOMI: Well, I can’t tell you that!  In fact, I don’t even know myself.  They keep us very much on our toes!  I only know what I’m shooting on Monday.  And well, I don’t die Monday anyway!  It seems like Pepper’s pretty popular, so hopefully they’ll keep me around… Though who am I kidding?  No one’s safe in “American Horror Story!”

I wholeheartedly agree with that! Check out the entire interview here on Monsters and Critics.

aaaaaand this is AFTER.

Here is the real-life character Pepper was based on – who was actually a man. I recommend this article for more about Schiltzie.

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Schlitzie (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

*When I say brave, I mean brave. The least amount of money it would take me to shave my head would probably be in the VERY high five-figure range.