Emma Roberts Teases American Horror Story: Freak Show: The Scripts Gave Me Nightmares!

Exclusive: American Horror Story: Freak Show will be scarier than Coven, she promised

By Chris Harnick Sep 04, 2014 4:00 PMTags
Watch: "AHS: Freak Show" Scares Emma Roberts to Death

Emma Roberts is too scared to watch her own show.

"American Horror Story, in general, scares me to death," the Neutrogena Brand Ambassador told E! News at Target's annual After-Hours Shopping Event. "I was a fan the first two seasons before I came on."

Roberts, who joined the cast during American Horror Story: Coven, was on hand to talk beauty tips and help shoppers with their back-to-college needs, like Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash. The actress said she would rewatch episodes of American Horror Story and not remember scenes because she was hiding during them.

AHS: Coven featured a group of witches and was campier than other seasons, but Roberts said viewers better prepare for Freak Show. "I have to say, Freak Show is really scarier...I read the script and I was having nightmares," she said.

The new season is set in 1952 and stars Jessica Lange as Elsa Mars, the owner of a freak show in Jupiter, Fla. Some of her freaks include Sarah Paulson as conjoined twins, Kathy Bates as a bearded lady, Michael Chiklis as a strong man and Angela Bassett, who looks to have three breasts. The cast also includes Evan Peters, Denis O'Hare, John Carroll Lynch, Patti LaBelle and Frances Conroy. Roberts plays Maggie, who may not appear to be a freak on the surface, she told us.

"But that might not be true," she teased.

This will be Lange's fourth season of American Horror Story and perhaps her last. She previously told members of the press that she would depart following this season. But like her costar Paulson, Roberts said she's hopeful Lange will return to the fold for another go around.

"I think all of us have our fingers crossed that Jessica will come back next season. At least I do because I love working with her. I hope it's not her last season," Roberts said.

American Horror Story: Freak Show premieres Oct. 8 at 10 p.m. on FX.