‘AHS: Hotel’ Star Wes Bentley on John’s Flawed Dark Side
Bentley tells THR he had nightmares after reading the first three scripts.
[Warning: This story contains spoilers from episode two of American Horror Story: Hotel.]
Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk’s American Horror Story: Hotel mostly takes place within the walls of the Hotel Cortez, an establishment whose horrors go far beyond the fact that it doesn’t have cell service or WiFi.
During Wednesday’s “Chutes and Ladders” episode, fashion mogul Will Drake (Cheyenne Jackson) continues to make himself at home in the inhospitable Hotel Cortez. And he’s bringing along some other members of the fashion world with him, including model Tristan Duffy (Finn Wittrock), whom the blood-thirsty Countess (Lady Gaga) is drawn to.
While all the hotel’s horrors are going down, poor detective John Lowe (Wes Bentley) just wants to find some answers. During Wednesday’s episode, he digs into the hotel’s past and learns all about James March (Evan Peters), Hotel Cotez’s original builder and owner in the 1930s. It comes to no surprise that the man key to this particular hotel’s origins was a very bad guy. As Lowe learns more about the hotel, he gets even more stuck trying to solve the ever-expanding puzzle of the Ten Commandments Killer, his son’s disappearance and the mysterious, violent happenings at Hotel Cortez.
Here, Bentley — who starred in Murphy’s ill-fated HBO pilot and had an arc on AHS: Freak Show before being promoted to a regular for Hotel — talks with The Hollywood Reporter about the latest episode and Lowe’s arc. On Hotel, Bentley plays a human who is a little more grounded than the blood drinkers and other monsters that surround him, but as Bentley notes, sometimes it’s the more relatable parts of the show that disturb more deeply than the fantastical horror elements.