The teaser clips and videos for the upcoming season of “American Horror Story: Freak Show,” may have made fans wince, cower and shriek from fear, but underneath it all, the so-called "freaks" are just like everyone else.
FX premiered a special segment called “Extra-Ordinary Artists” Thursday (October 2) that allows its viewers to see “a unique life in a unique body.”
“People stare at something they don’t understand,” says Rose Siggins, the actress that plays “Legless Suzy.” “Because we’re different doesn’t mean we’re entirely different. We’re like you, we just come in different forms. I kinda like the way I am, I would never change it. I couldn’t imagine myself being, I guess what everybody calls normal cause this is my normal."
Siggins goes on to explain that she was born with sacral agenesis, a disease in which all or part of the lower section of the spinal column has failed to form.
“My mom knew I was different and unique and everybody did stare at me,” she said. “I didn’t want to be a part of a 'freak show' in the sense of exploiting myself. I’ve pretty much lived a life where I haven’t done that.”
The married Pueblo, Colorado native, who had two children despite doctors’ warnings that no one with her condition had ever successfully given birth, described her character on the show as a “very scared and frightened person.”
“Mentally, you start thinking of yourself as ‘I’m not a whole person,’ so of course you would’ve joined a circus, too, because that was family,” she added. “It is a freak show. When you get so many people together that are uniquely different, what else can you call it?”
Ryan Murphy’s masterful horror anthology series returns on October 8 on FX.