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Connie-Britton-American-Horror-Story.jpg“I mostly just scream and cry, these days, on ‘American Horror Story,'” says a hoarse Connie Britton, talking in early September.

“I’m doing a bunch of stuff with Zachary Quinto that is just great,” she says. “He’s playing such a fun character on this.”

Starting in the episode of the new FX psychosexual drama airing on Wednesday, Oct. 26 — part of one a two-part episode called “Halloween” — Quinto plays Chad, one of the deceased former owners of the haunted Los Angeles house that Britton’s character, Vivien Harmon, has moved into with her husband, psychiatrist Ben (Dylan McDermott) and teenage daughter, Violet (Tessa Farmiga).

Quinto is set for at least two more episodes beyond the two-parter.

Incidentally, for SF fans, James Wong (“The X-Files,” “Millennium,” “Space: Above and Beyond”) wrote part one; and Tim Minear (“Angel,” “Firefly,” “Wonderfalls,” “Dollhouse,” “Terriers,” “The Chicago Code”) wrote part two. David Semel (“Heroes,” “The Cleaner,” “No Ordinary Family”) directed both.

“We were shooting this stuff yesterday,” says Britton, “which, by the way, ended in me having a full-on nervous breakdown, hence my voice. Yet, we were both having such a hard time not dying laughing, cracking up.

“There were certain lines where we were like, ‘We’re not going to get through this line. We’re not going to get through it. We won’t be able to.’

“We’re just having such a good time. That’s the great irony — we’re doing this scene that is so dark, and yet there is really so much fun in shooting it. That’s one thing about anything that Ryan (series co-creator Ryan Murphy) does, there is always going to be a little bit of the tongue-in-cheek, no matter what.

“I love that with anything I do.”

Asked if it it’s true that the previous owners of the house are dead, Britton says, “Yes. You’re right about that. But it’s a little-known fact that on Halloween, dead people can walk the Earth. By the way, we live in a house where the ghosts are very much alive.”

On Halloween itself, Monday, Oct. 31, FX is running a marathon of the first four episodes of “American Horror Story,” leading up to the conclusion of the “Halloween” episode, the show’s fifth installment, which airs on Wednesday, Nov. 2.

As for what people should choose for their Halloween viewing, Britton says, “Watch ‘American Horror Story.’ You’re going to have a fun time.”

Posted by:Kate O'Hare