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Emmy Contenders: Finn Wittrock gets bloody in 'Horror Story'

Emmy Contenders: Finn Wittrock gets bloody in 'Horror Story'
Part of The Times' Emmy Contenders chat series: Finn Wittrock of 'American Horror Story.' (Los Angeles Times)

Finn Wittrock was thrilled when he won a role on Ryan Murphy's television production of "The Normal Heart," but then when Murphy came up to him on set one day and flat-out offered the 30-year-old actor a role on his other project -- "American Horror Story: Freak Show" -- well, he just had to do a reality check. "Uh, is this real life?" the newly minted Emmy nominee wondered.

It was indeed, but it was another two months before he found out what he'd be doing on "Freak Show" -- small animals and little children beware. He's not sure exactly what Murphy saw in him to play the spoiled child-turned-murderous psychopath Dandy Mott, friend to killer clowns, but he's glad he saw something. How else could he have killed off Patti LaBelle? And then there's that whole blood bath thing.

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Take a look at what he has to say about the crazy extremes his character goes to in the video above. And check out other videos of your favorite TV stars.

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