'American Horror Story: Asylum': Zachary Quinto talks Bloody Face, Dr. Thredson and Season 3

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zachary-quinto-thredson-bloody-face-american-horror-story-asylum-fx.jpgLast night's episode of "American Horror Story: Asylum" answered one of the miniseries' biggest questions so far. Who is Bloody Face?

And the reveal was a shocker: Zachary Quinto's seemingly noble Dr. Thredson exposed himself to captive journalist Lana Winters ( Sarah Paulson) as the man behind the flesh mask.

"Next week's show is called 'The Origins of Monstrosity,'" Quinto teased on a conference call with reporters to discuss the season so far. "It really dives into a lot of the roots of the characters in this asylum. A lot of things will become clear and probably even more disturbing in the next couple of weeks."

And it sounds like the nightmarish twists and turns won't end there. Quinto is currently working on the last few episodes of "Asylum," and even he's been shocked by what he's reading in the scripts.

Here's more of what Quinto had to say about "American Horror Story: Asylum," how the experience compares to playing Sylar on "Heroes" and the just announced third installment:

On when he learned that Thredson was Bloody Face...

"I knew from the very beginning. It was part of the conversation I had with Ryan [Murphy] about me coming back to the second installment show in the first place. [Knowing Thredson was Bloody Face] very much informed the character I was building from the beginning. I felt my responsibility was to create a character people could trust initially, and perhaps hope he's the one voice of reason and sanity in this chaotic world. It gave me more to play with and more to hold back, more secrets to keep."

On whether or not Thredson actually believes in his psychotherapy work...

"Part of being a psychopath is an ability to disassociate from one reality and create another one completely. He does that expertly. His level of medical training, intuition and instinct, he's very skilled. That's what allows him to get away with all that he does. It's another layer of tragedy to the character. He could've been something else, he could've made a significantly positive contribution [to society] if he only re-channeled his traumas and energy."

On whether or not the 2012 Bloody Face is also Thredson...

"Wouldn't that be cool. You'll find all that out. I just read the next episode [we're going to film] last night, it was pretty freaky and cool. It's really driving to a point. I think all the questions people have from the episodes that are airing now will definitely be answered."

On Thredson's motivation for subjecting Lana to "conversion therapy"...

"I think a lot of his actions in the first four and half episodes were serving some ulterior motive. I think he was trying to gain Lana's trust, some proximity and intimacy with her. He was definitely trying to show her that he could be there for her, that she could rely on him, even through something as ugly and brutal as that."

sarah-paulson-lana-winters-american-horror-story-asylum-fx.jpg On working with his off screen friend, Sarah Paulson...

"I have such a respect for Sarah as an actress but it's a rare and unique opportunity to show up to work with a really good friend. There's an implicit trust and sensitivity to each other and our needs, instincts and individual process. It's really a remarkable gift. We're also able to have more fun and laugh in a situation, there's less awkwardness to cut through. I think it strengthens the connection the characters share, whether it's friendship or torture or hostage situation, whatever it may be. She's doing such wonderful work on the show that I also just love watching her character and the journey she's taking. She's gone to so many extreme and challenging emotional places and done it so beautifully."

On his concerns about playing another villain after "Heroes"...

"Anytime an actor revisits territory that they've been in before it can be a source of trepidation, and it was for me. Part of the reason I loved what the ['Asylum'] opportunity stood for was I got to build something. With 'Heroes' that character was built before I was ever attached to it. There were eight episodes of anticipation, I had no participation in that, it was just a character spoken about. For me it was exciting to go in knowing all the information and being part of the process of creating the character. And it wasn't a six year commitment as it could be in another show. I wouldn't be carrying on for an extended period of time. It was something I could contribute to and then be on to other creative pursuits."

On his involvement with the next installment of "American Horror Story"...

"I just read that the show got picked up for a third installment. That's very exciting, I'm so glad it's doing well and people are responding it. FX has been so great and supportive and innovative in what they're doing, so it's great to work there and be a part of it. I haven't had any conversations with Ryan about what he's thinking for the third season, so I have no idea. I love my job and I love the people I work with and I always want that to be the case. I know he has plans and if they involve me I'm sure I'll have a call at some point. But I don't know anything about it. I'm just focused on getting through the rest of this season and moving on to the next phase of stuff I have lined up."

On how far is too far for "American Horror Story"...

"Ryan is a very sensitive artist. I think he's constantly striving for balance in his work and never go to far in one extreme direction or another. There's a process of refinement that the show goes through as its post-production happens. I think there's checks and balances and measures in place to make sure it's driving in the right direction and I think so far it is. But it's more uncompromising this year, it's sort of tackling more things at once and really diving in and examining. Hopefully that's generating a response, it seems to be, of people coming back to watch week after week."

And how far is too far for Zachary Quinto...

"After I read the episode last night I was asking myself the same thing. If there is a line I won't cross I haven't reached it yet, at least on this show. I'm sure I would know it if I was ever in that situation. I think things are handled with enough respect and professional and creative acumen in the world of 'American Horror Story' that I've always felt safe and supported. Those are the two most important elements, trust and professionalism and we have those in excess."
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