Stevie Nicks' music has been a part of the hit series American Horror Story: Coven from the beginning, but Wednesday night's episode actually features an appearance by Nicks herself. In addition to acting in the episode, she performs two songs, and the Fleetwood Mac frontwoman calls the whole experience a "gift."
American Horror Story: Coven focuses on a group of witches in New Orleans, and one of them, a character named Misty Day, is obsessed with Stevie. Since the singer had become friendly with the show's creator, Ryan Murphy, when she visited the set of his other series, Glee, she gave permission for him to use her music on Coven early on. And while Nicks tells ABC News Radio that she was initially a bit shocked at how dark this show is, she's been thrilled at how her music has been used to highlight Misty's personality.
"She listens to my music. She looks at me as an adviser, as a person who makes her feel better when she's miserable," Stevie says of Misty. "She doesn't have any friends. I'm her only friend. I got that immediately...And I love it, because a) I love the story, and b) she's gonna take my music to people who've never heard it. I mean, that's a two-for-one for me!"
From there, it was only logical that Nicks herself would appear on the show. On tonight's episode, according to Murphy, Stevie, playing herself, will be introduced to Misty by the head witch, Fiona, who's portrayed by Jessica Lange. But Nicks says she was shocked at first when she arrived on set and realized that she was actually being expected to, you know, act.
"I thought I was just gonna do, like, a walk-through in a long black dress and really high heels...hair blowing, and I was just gonna walk through and go, 'Good evening, witches! Lovely to see you! Goodbye!'" she says with a laugh. "I thought I was just going to be like a vision that just came in and went out, in that big, beautiful white house. Well, not so."
After realizing the extent of her involvement int he episode, Nicks says she was "very nervous" at the prospect of sharing scenes with Lange. "I'm not good at remembering lines," she explains. "I can remember songs that I wrote, because I wrote 'em, but I'm not good at remembering stuff. So, I was terrified I wasn't going to be able to do it." But, she adds, "When we got in there...they just throw their arms around you, and they make it as easy for you as possible."
As for the singing, Nicks performs her Fleetwood Mac classic "Rhiannon" and one other tune. "The songs...fit right into Ryan and [co-creator] Brad [Falchuk's] crazy twisted story," she explains. "It was really fun for me because I felt like I got to do my own little mini concert, and they were all my captive audience...they couldn't move, y'know?"
Overall, Nicks tells ABC News Radio that she loved the experience. "I feel a part of that house now, and I feel a part of them," she says. "And it's really, it's really marvelous. It's really been a gift for me to have been asked to do this."
Despite appearing in the episode, Nicks still hasn't seen it yet, and she plans to watch it tonight, just like all of us, except that she's going to check it out after she finishes up her concert in Las Vegas with Fleetwood Mac, which is the last gig the band has on its current schedule.
"Right when I walk on stage is right when it comes on," she tells ABC News Radio. "So I'm flying from Phoenix to Las Vegas, doing our very last Fleetwood Mac show, and then flying back...so I'll watch the show at about three in the morning." Sounds about right for a show as dark and creepy as American Horror Story: Coven. It airs tonight on FX.
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