‘American Horror Stories’ Sierra McCormick Reveals Why She Thinks Scarlett Can Escape the Murder House
SPOILER WARNING: Plot and ending details for American Horror Stories, ‘Rubber(wo)Man–Part One and Two’ and AHS: Murder House follows.
Sierra McCormick is an actress best known for Supernatural, Ramona and Beezus, A.N.T. Farm, Some Kind of Hate, and The Vast of Night.
She was introduced to Hollywood after participating in Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? Since then, she has appeared in over 25 movies and series.
Recently, she starred in American Horror Stories’ first two episodes, ‘Rubber(wo)Man—Part One and Two.’ She played the role of Scarlett, a troubled teenager who moves into an infamous house with her two dads, Michael (Matt Bomer) and Troy (Gavin Creel).
‘American Horror Stories’ and ‘AHS: Murder House’
The ‘Rubber(wo)Man—Part One and Two’ was based on the first season of the American Horror Story (AHS) anthology franchise, Murder House. It was about a mansion in Los Angeles, which contains the ghosts of its previous residents who haunt the house.
The mansion’s ghosts are so troubled and dangerous that anyone who stays at the house would die, eventually. From demons to entities who don’t realize they are dead, the murder house has it all.
However, there is one entity prominent in AHS: Murder House — Rubber Man. The character is called Rubber Man because wears a tight rubber suit that hugs every body part with a rubber mask as its accessory.
The suit is haunted by the entity that is devilish with murder on its mind. As a result, anyone who wears the suit turns violent.
On AHS: Murder House, Rubber Man possessed Tate Langdon (Evan Peters) and Dr. Ben Harmon (Dylan McDermott). However, for ‘Rubber(wo)Man—Part One and Two,’ McCormick’s character Scarlett wears the rubber suit and accepts herself as the Rubber (wo)Man.
Scarlett is an eccentric teenager who has fantasies about sad romance. Eventually, she realizes she loves to kill people, and with the help of the rubber suit, she kills her classmates who had done her wrong.
She befriends a ghost called Ruby and falls in love with her. Ruby wants Scarlett to stay at the mansion forever, and as a result, she kills her fathers.
Ruby has intentions of killing Scarlett as well so that they can live at the house for eternity, but Scarlett has other plans for herself. She does not want to die yet, and Ruby lets her love go.
Regardless, every Halloween, Scarlett comes back to the house to be with her love and dads.
Sierra McCormick on ‘American Horror Stories’
McCormick shared her experiences playing Scarlett with The Wrap on July 17, 2021. She talked about being the Rubber (wo)Man and being the only one to make it out of the infamous mansion alive.
McCormick believes that her character went through “her metamorphosis” to be a confident person in the end. But, for being the only one who made it out of the house alive, the actress said Ruby’s love made it possible.
Ruby was someone who validated Scarlett and her interests, so even if Scarlett left the house, she would always come back to be with the love of her life.
It was easy for McCormick to incorporate herself into the world of AHS since she was a fan of the franchise since high school. Out of all the seasons in AHS, the actress revealed that her favorite one was AHS: Murder House.
McCormick was excited to play Scarlett for two reasons — it was based on her favorite season, and she could play the “iconic and aesthetically striking” Rubber Man. However, the actress did not look at the performances of Peters and McDermott.
The show’s creators, Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk wanted to make American Horror Stories different from the original franchise. McCormick respected that and did her best to fulfill the creators’ wish.
Therefore, she made Scarlett becoming the Rubber (wo)Man “her own thing,” hence, bringing originality to the dangerous entity.