American Horror Story Season 2 Interview: Lizzie Bocheré Discusses Becoming Grace

Lizzie Bocheré

TV Equals was able to get the inside scoop on American Horror Story: Asylum from Lizzie Bocheré, who portrays Grace. During the conference call, Bocheré talked about being scared on set, finding Grace within herself and more.

Getting into character

During the call, Bocheré spoke on how she approaches her character, saying it wasn’t hard to find Grace within herself. “You know, how she always says amazing lines when you feel like she’s young little Tibetan monk,” she said. “She has all these lines that are so true. I don’t know; she was just someone I knew. I don’t know how to say it. It wasn’t that hard to tap into her, apart from the killing of my dad and all of that.”

Bocheré said there were many ways she got into character, but the biggest thing she worked on was Grace’s back story. “…[W]hen we started shooting, we already had the first four scripts, so I had the backstory of Grace in the fourth episode. I think that since she was based on this American character, Lizzie Borden, I read a lot about Lizzie Borden,” she said. “I discovered a source book with her inquest testimony; I loved reading it out loud. I thought she was so smart and strangely fascinating, that character. I don’t know if it helped my acting, but it was necessary for me to know a bit more of that character who was a very important American figure.”

She also went into how she creates Grace’s movements. “…[T]his is going to sound weird, but I did a lot of stretching, yoga and dancing, almost ballet. I felt, you know…you want her to be moving in a very smooth [way]…and she’s very sexy, so you want her to be moving in a smoother way than I do.”

The 1960s as a character

“I think America in the 1960s was a very interesting period concerning civil rights. So when you’re doing a show that questions the norms of society concerning human beings, you know, when you’re doing a show about asylums, I think it’s interesting to set it in the ’60s and…it definitely gives it a very precise, I mean a very esthetic design also that I like,” said Bocheré when discussing how the 1960s affect the tone of the show. “At the same time, I think sometimes when we put a story in a historical background, like when we put it in the past, in a historical perspective, it enables us more easily to see ourselves without feeling too concerned by it.”

What’s American about American Horror Story: Asylum?

“Everything is American about it,” said Bocheré when responding to the topic of what makes the show American. “All the myths and legends and the mythology are very American. I don’t recall zombies as being very European…All of the imagery is very American rooted. Even the thrill and the excitement of horror is not something that is very French.”

How to deal with scary subject matter

Bocheré said she has gotten scared while filming on set, so in order to decompress when not filming, joking comes into play. “[T]he crew, for example, is so much fun–I mean they’re totally disconnected from the cast …. Jok[ing] with the crew when you get out of set, for an example, that helped me so much,” she said. “Otherwise, in my day-to-day basis, it would be I guess, a bit of yoga. I go biking, read, watch shows, I go to music concerts. I’ve taken a lot of road trips since I’ve been here. I’ve been to The Joshua Tree. I’ve been camping on the Channel Islands. Each time that I have two or three days off, I’m off somewhere in California.”

Message to the fans

Bocheré wants to tell the fans that she’s grateful for their viewership. “Thanks for watching, that’s for sure,” she said. “…This season is getting more and more twisted, and going in darker and darker places. It’ll be a pleasure to talk to everyone once we’re allowed to actually say everything. That’ll be great.”

American Horror Story: Asylum airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. on FX.