It’s arguably the ultimate horror story in television news to hear Jessica Lange may retire from acting.
“I am coming to the end of acting,” Lange told the Los Angeles Times Tuesday.
The “American Horror Story: Coven” star, who plays the role of Fiona Goode, a witch searching for a fountain of youth while aiding her cohorts in self-protection, also indicated she’ll be leaving the series after next season.
“I have a list,” she said. “Another stage production, maybe one or two more movies, one more season of ‘American Horror Story’ … and then that is it for me.”
Lange’s humility about the finale of her acting career goes without saying. She’s won five Golden Globes, two Oscars, and an Emmy for her various roles on “AHS” – – she’s also played Constance and Sister Jude on the series. In addition, the FX show, which premiered on Oct. 9, raked in over 7 million viewers.
“It re-energized me; it re-energized my career,” the 64-year-old actress said. “There’s no shame in recognizing that. It’s exposed me to a whole new generation, which is a little strange. I’m not used to young people thinking I’m cool.”
But what’s really cool is how Lange continues to reinvent her artistic craft. Her latest endeavor is as a children’s book author and illustrator with her first work “It’s About A Little Bird,” which was originally a holiday gift for her grandkids.
“It was a story that I originally wrote and then did these illustrations for and put together in a little hand-bound book for a Christmas present for them one year,” she told The Huffington Post.
Still, Lange can’t stray too far from Hollywood as she’s indicated an interest in possibly directing a film. Whatever she decides to do next, she’ll certainly be missed on-screen.
I want to go out with a bang,” she told the Times. “Or should I say a scare?”