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  • Advertised Extra:
    • Ariana Grande appears in just the pilot episode, and a cameo in another, yet was hyped up.
    • A lot of press was given to Charisma Carpenter guest starring. She has just a brief scene in one episode. Coincidentally playing the mother of Chanel #2.
  • Awesome, Dear Boy:
    • Ariana Grande was a huge fan of American Horror Story and describes herself saying to Ryan Murphy "I'll do anything you want. I'll be the first one killed off, I'll be the villain" - and so she was the first one killed off.
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    • Lea Michele has described Ryan Murphy asking her if she wanted to wear a neck brace and talk about having sex with dead bodies - and she responded "I'm yours!"
    • Ryan Murphy recalls being reluctant to ask Jamie Lee Curtis if she would do the homage to Psycho. He recalls simply sending the script, and getting a text from her which read "we need to do this shot for shot!" Even before that, Jamie took a day to think about doing the show, and agreed without even seeing the script.
  • Celebrity Paradox: In Season 2, Chad references Julia Roberts, who is of course the aunt of Emma Roberts.
  • Corpsing:
    • Skyler Samuels describes herself as the biggest corpser on set, claiming she's ruined the most takes by bursting out laughing. But apparently it went the other way around during filming of Grace and Zayday pushing Boone out the window - and it was Nick Jonas who corpsed.
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    • Jamie Lee Curtis apparently squeezed thumbtacks in order to prevent herself from corpsing in some of the takes.
  • The Danza: Just about. Niecy Nash plays a character called Denise - which is her middle name.
  • Dawson Casting: Hester is meant to be nineteen or twenty. Lea Michele was twenty-nine at the time. Overall the main cast is made up of several college freshmen and juniors, and most of them are a few years older. Glen Powell for example is twenty seven playing a character who is definitely under twenty-two. Abigail Breslin, Keke Palmer, Nick Jonas, Lucien Laviscount and Skyler Samuels are all within the right age though. Season 2 has a Time Skip of a couple of years, matching some ages up.
  • Directed by Cast Member: Jamie Lee Curtis directed the episode "Rapunzel, Rapunzel".
  • Disabled Character, Disabled Actor: Whitney Meyer, who plays Deaf Taylor Swift, is deaf in real life.
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  • Doing It for the Art: Jamie Lee Curtis studied the shower scene in Psycho carefully, right down to which hand reached for the soap, to recreate the smallest details.
  • Fake American: Diego Boneta is Mexican, and Nasim Pedrad is Iranian. They play the Americans Pete and Gigi, but speak with American accents naturally - making this a marginal example.
  • Hostility on the Set: Reports surfaced that Emma Roberts and Lea Michele were constantly at each other's throats on the set.
  • I Knew It!: The actors don't get the scripts until they filmed the scenes, but the YouTube feature the Scene Queens is about a recap of the latest episode and guessing who the killer is. One actress successfully identified Hester as the bathtub baby but was wrong as to her being involved in the killings - she named Wes as her suspect.
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  • Meme Acknowledgment: Skyler Samuels references the jokes about her hats during her Reddit AMA, and loves it.
  • Name's the Same: The Chanels don't believe Denise Hemphill when she informs her about the folk tale of the Kappas, thinking she is making that up just to mess with them.
  • Orphaned Reference: Dean Munsch's obsession with Wes is a leftover from when Joe Mangianello was going to play him - as he has a reputation for being a Mr. Fanservice. While Oliver Hudson is by no means unattractive, his physique certainly pales in comparison, making it feel like Informed Attractiveness at some points.
  • Playing Against Type:
    • Lea Michele was last seen on Glee as Rachel Berry, a fame-chasing diva but all-around decent person. Here, she's Hester, a death-obsessed girl who wants to call the Chanels "mom" and appreciates being called a psychopath. And she turns out to be a Magnificent Bastard who acted as the brains behind the Red Devil killings.
    • Jamie Lee Curtis was a horror movie Final Girl in her early days but later became as a Reasonable Authority Figure, quirky housewife or the Only Sane Man in a lot of her projects. Playing a Dean Bitterman who's also a Dirty Old Woman is quite different for her.
    • Abigail Breslin was a child star, playing various Woobies or precocious children. Playing a vapid ditzy Beta Bitch is a real change.
    • Skyler Samuels who was best known for her earlier roles as Alpha Bitches on television gets reversed here where's she's the Nice Girl foil to The Chanels.
    • Technically Emma Roberts, who was known as the Teen Idol of Unfabulous for years. Thanks to both this and American Horror Story, she is now primarily known for Alpha Bitch roles.
  • Playing Gertrude: Due to the Dawson Casting. Chanel #5 is meant to be a couple of years older than Hester. Lea Michele is in fact ten years older than Abigail Breslin. In fact, despite playing one of the older characters among the students cast, Abigail was the youngest cast member.
  • Production Posse: As soon as Glee finished filming, the entire crew and some of the cast moved to Louisiana to make this. There are also a few cast members who are on American Horror Story.
  • Real-Life Relative: Rodger and Dodger are played by twins Aaron and Austin Rhodes.
  • Real Life Writes the Hairstyle: Chad has longer hair in Season 2 because Glen Powell was filming Hidden Figures at the same time.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot:
    • Chanel #2 was going to have a significantly bigger role - appearing in nine episodes - but Ariana Grande had to go on tour and thus she was killed off in the pilot episode.
    • Skyler Samuels returned to college in 2016, having taken a semester out to film the first season. As a result, Grace is written out of Season 2, later explained that she's in Stanford (the university Skyler attends in real life), only to find out it's not the university, it's a mental asylum that shares the same name.
    • Chad being killed off was because Glen Powell was cast in Hidden Figures and wasn't available.
  • Star-Making Role:
  • Trailers Always Spoil:
    • The show's YouTube channel has Scene Queens which is the cast talking about the latest episode to appear and speculating who they think the killer is. While it's not so bad in the US, the UK airs the show about 6 weeks after the episodes air in the US so it's advised to watch the show first.
    • On a more serious note, the Scene Queens episode lined up with Ghost Stories has a picture of Boone in a Red Devil costume. This is a massive spoiler.
  • Unintentional Period Piece: Season 2 really dates itself to 2016 with several on point pop culture references - there's a Take That! to Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice, Denise dresses as Daenerys Targaryen for Halloween - and when Denise wakes up from her coma, she asks how Hilary Clinton is doing in office and gets an uncomfortable silence from the protagonists; the season aired while the 2016 election was going on, and Donald Trump had already been elected when the finale came around.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • An early trailer showed that the house's initials were KNT, though the trailer was later remade to be KKT, for Kappa Kappa Tau.
    • Julian Morris was cast as Pete but had to drop out before filming, and was replaced by Diego Boneta. The role had previously been offered to David Henrie, who turned it down.
    • Joe Manganiello was also originally cast as Wes but backed out due to his Magic Mike commitments, leading to Oliver Hudson being cast.
    • Ryan Murphy claims that once he met Whitney Meyer, the actress playing Deaf Taylor Swift, he liked her so much he considered sparing her and killing off another character. But he ended up sticking to the script.


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