'American Horror Story': Jessica Lange on why next season will be her last -- EXCLUSIVE

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It’s hard to imagine American Horror Story without Jessica Lange—she has appeared in all three seasons after all. But Lange has confirmed that next year’s fourth season will be her last. “It ends up being a lot of time during the year being committed to something,” admits the actress. “I haven’t done that for a long time. It’s like doing a stage play between the rehearsal and the run. This is a 6-month commitment every year. That will be four years in a row. I want to have more time to myself I guess. Once it’s over and I have a full year ahead of me with nothing to do, who knows? It might not have been the best decision. But I think four years doing something is a sufficient amount of time.”

Co-creator Ryan Murphy says he’s already begun planning Lange’s AHS swan song. He’s already told EW that season four will not be contemporary and will either be shot in New Orleans or Santa Fe. More importantly, will Lange once again play the lead role? Says Murphy, “No but she’ll have this great juicy part.”

For more on American Horror Story: Coven, pick up the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly on stands now. 

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