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Where You've Seen The Cast Of American Horror Stories Season 2 Before

Every episode of "American Horror Stories" (the spin-off of Ryan Murphy's "American Horror Story") Season 2 is an original tale filled with all the thrills and chills fans have come to expect from the franchise. While the first season did some things wrong and scored lackluster reviews as a result, it still managed to bring together a massive crew of actors old and new in a wonderful way. Season 2 is just as jam-packed, with dozens of new actors working together to give fans lifelong nightmares.

Just like the main series, there's some faces returning from the previous season along with some eyebrow-raising new guest stars added to the mix in Season 2. Every episode is bound to contain at least one actor that's ringing a distant bell in your mind, but don't worry about looking them up, because we've got you covered. Here's where you've seen the cast of "American Horror Stories" Season 2 before.

Bella Thorne

Bella Thorne is probably the most recognizable star who joined the cast ahead of "American Horror Stories" Season 2. Thorne got her start on the television series "My Own Worst Enemy." She continued picking up small roles until her work led her to the Disney Channel. There she had her big break when she joined the cast of "Shake It Up" which also included Zendaya. Thorne skyrocketed to fame and began branching out in her creative endeavors. She started to produce her own music and is still a popular singer and songwriter.

On the acting front, Thorne has continued to push into new territory. She's made her way into films like "Infamous" and "The Babysitter," which helped launch a new phase of her career as a horror star. Clearly, Thorne still hasn't given up on television shows. In addition to joining the cast of "American Horror Stories," she's also the star of the Amazon Prime Series "Paradise City." Thorne has continued to grow as an artist and is becoming something of a go-to actor in the horror world — she appeared in the sophomore episode of "American Horror Stories" Season 2.

Teddy Sears

Fans of sci-fi television have gotten to know Teddy Sears fairly well over the years. He had roles in mid-2000s series like "Dollhouse" and "Torchwood: Miracle Day." More recently he's been a part of the Arrowverse on "The Flash." Sears plays the Speedster Jay Garrick in addition to a handful of other characters thanks to some multiversal shenanigans.

Even if you aren't plugged into the latest sci-fi media, chances are you're still familiar with Sears and his work. Really, anyone who's been watching TV in the past decade has probably caught one of his guest appearances. Sears can count roles on "Mad Men," "Blue Bloods," and "How to Get Away with Murder" as part of his history. He's also had larger roles on hit shows like "Masters of Sex" and "American Crime Story."

Sears isn't actually a new face in the world of "American Horror Story." He previously played Patrick in the show's very first season, and if that's too far back to recall, he also had a role on the first season of "American Horror Stories." He's set to become a veteran of the franchise.

Nico Greetham

Whatever challenges Nico Greetham faces in "American Horror Stories" Season 2, there's a good chance he has the skills to fight his way out of any situation. One of Greetham's earliest roles was as the Yellow Ranger on "Power Rangers Ninja Steel." His character defeated the forces of evil for over forty episodes, but don't expect his "American Horror Stories" character to have that same success rate.

Greetham's career has also taken him to films like "First Lady," "Dramarama," and "The Prom." Recently, however, his time has been primarily taken up by horror projects. Greetham played the character Zinn in "The Naughty List" during "American Horror Stories" Season 1. He also landed a recurring role on the tenth season of the main series. He's already an "American Horror Story" regular and fans were no doubt excited to see what he would offer in Season 2 of "American Horror Stories" when he joined the cast of the sophomore season.

Cody Fern

Cody Fern is a good reminder that it's never too late to follow your dreams. Fern told Anthem Magazine that before becoming an actor he worked in finance. Though he had a steady job, he hated what he was doing and maintained a real passion for acting. Then one day, he said, "I walked out at lunch, and I just never went back." Fern went on to get his big break on the stage after being cast in a production of "War Horse" and later won the Heath Ledger Scholarship. Considering all the success he's found, it's fair to say leaving his day job was a great decision.

Though Fern has spent a considerable portion of his acting career working in the theater, there's still more than a few avid TV fans who are sure to recognize him, particularly for his work in recent years. In 2018 Fern landed roles in both "American Crime Story" and Season 6 of "House of Cards." In the same year he joined the cast of "American Horror Story," and he's returned for three additional seasons of the series. On top of that he starred in the episode "Feral" on the first season of "American Horror Stories," so by now fans should be more than familiar with him.

Denis O'Hare

Denis O'Hare is an "American Horror Story" cast member with an extensive amount of screen time in the series. He has appeared in seven different seasons and also starred in one episode of the first season of "American Horror Stories." Even without his "AHS" experience, O'Hare could be considered a sci-fi horror expert at this point. He played the villainous vampire Russell Edgington in HBO's "True Blood," and more recently starred as Dr. Edmund Hague in the network's new series "The Nevers." He also popped up as Tyr in "American Gods."

Outside of O'Hare's genre work, he's no stranger to dramatic television. His acting history is marked by shows like "The Good Wife," "This Is Us, "Law & Order: SVU," and "Brothers and Sisters." He's also found success on the big screen in films like "J. Edgar" and "Dallas Buyers Club." There's seemingly no project that O'Hare can't find a way to improve with his incredible screen presence.

Gabourey Sidibe

Some stories have explosive beginnings, and that's certainly true for Gabourey Sidibe's acting career. Sidibe was "a phone-sex operator" when she decided to pursue her acting dreams and audition for Lee Daniels's film "Precious," she told The Cut. Sidibe stunned audiences with her performance as the film's titular character, and in 2010, with only one acting credit to her name, she received an Oscar nomination for best leading actress. Since then, Sidibe has thrown herself into a wide variety of projects and most everything she touches turns to gold.

Sidibe has always been willing to explore different genres, from the drama of "Seven Psychopaths" and "Antebellum" to the comedic highs of "Tower Heist." She's also not afraid to take on long form television shows like "The Big C" and "Empire," and in 2021 she even tackled the scripted podcast, working on "If I Go Missing the Witches Did It." Sidibe joined the "American Horror Story" family back in 2013 and has since played the character Queenie across multiple seasons. Season 2 of "American Horror Stories" marks her first appearance in the anthology spin-off, which she will hopefully become a big part of in years to come.

Alicia Silverstone

"American Horror Stories" Season 2 has a former superhero in its ranks. Back in 1997, Alicia Silverstone was still in the early days of her career when she got a memorable role in Joel Schumacher's "Batman & Robin." Silverstone joined George Clooney and Chris O'Donnell in the Bat Family as the one and only Batgirl. Since then, Silverstone hasn't fought many bad guys, but she's maintained a busy acting schedule.

Silverstone debuted in 1992 with a part on "The Wonder Years" and went on to star in "Clueless" a few years later. She was just 18-years-old when she landed her role in the teen classic, a film that she's still associated with to this day. She's played dozens of different characters in the years since, many of which have been voice acting roles. That's not to say that Silverstone has been lacking in the live action department. She's put out dozens of films ranging from the goofy comedy of "Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed" to the harrowing drama of "The Killing of a Sacred Deer." More recently, she starred in another well-reviewed Netflix series, "The Baby-Sitters Club."

Quvenzhané Wallis

Saying that Quvenzhané Wallis has made some impressive accomplishments for someone her age would be a massive understatement. The 18-year-old star burst onto the scene with her first film and first leading role at age 9. Wallis starred as Hushpuppy in Benh Zeitlin's "Beasts of the Southern Wild," and her performance led to her being the youngest best actress nominee in Academy Award history. Wallis followed up that incredible beginning with strong performances in "12 Years a Slave" and "Annie."

It's only in more recent years that Wallis has taken her acting talents to the world of television. In 2019 she played Kyra in ABC's "Black-ish," and in 2021 she starred as Crystal Jarrett in the Apple TV show "Swagger." If you're a music fan, you may also recognize her from the music video for Beyoncé's "All Night." Wallis features in the fifth episode of "American Horror Stories" Season 2, which is titled "Bloody Mary."

Kristine Froseth

Kristine Froseth is still in the early days of her acting career, but she's already found some remarkable success. She landed a role on her first TV show "Junior" when she was 20 and went on to star in "The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair" and "The Society" before moving to a show that introduced her to a whole new group of fans. In 2019, Froseth starred as the titular character in Hulu's adaptation of John Green's novel "Looking for Alaska." The series received glowing reviews from critics and audiences alike and helped raise Froseth's growing profile — she was already riding a wave of exposure from "Sierra Burgess Is A Loser," in which she co-starred as a mean-girl type.

When it comes to horror, Froseth got her first bit of experience in the 2019 film "Prey." Now she's set to take that big screen experience and her undeniable talent to "American Horror Stories," which isn't the only anthology series featuring Froseth to drop in 2022: The up-and-coming star also plays the young Betty Ford in "The First Lady." Froseth has had a busy few years, but it's a safe bet that she's only just getting started in Hollywood.

Britt Lower

Britt Lower has starred in serious shows like the CBS police procedural "Unforgettable" and, more recently, the Apple TV dystopian thriller series "Severance," but she's adept at comedy, too. Many of her successes, like Hulu's "Casual" and FFX's "Man Seeking Woman," center on bizarre, off-the-wall comedy. Even her guest appearances, which range from one-offs in shows like "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" to recurring roles in the likes of "High Maintenance," skew toward comedy.

In the summer of 2022, Lower decided to take a brief break from filming shows to work in a circus in St. Louis. "I'm living on the circus lot and living my best daydream," she said (via Circus Flora). That's one way to keep your comedic chops sharp! Lower is on quite the career upturn, and she continued that momentum when she joined the cast of "American Horror Stories" Season 2. She is slated to appear in the ominous-sounding episode "Facelift."

Madison Iseman

Sometimes horror and comedy go hand in hand, and Madison Iseman has bounced back and forth between the two genres throughout her career. She's likely most often recognized for her role as Bethany in the "Jumanji" reboot and its sequel, but that's not the only franchise she's contributed to — Iseman is also officially part of the "Conjuring" universe, thanks to her role in 2019's "Annabelle Comes Home." In recent years, Iseman appears to be on something of a horror kick.

In 2020 she starred alongside Sydney Sweeney in Zu Quirke's "Nocturne," a film about two competitive sisters and a deal with the devil. In 2021 she worked with Katherine Heigl in the horror/thriller "Fear of Rain." Later that same year, she broke her long run of films with a TV series but kept to her horror theme: She joined the cast of the Amazon Prime series "I Know What You Did Last Summer." Iseman has been beefing up her horror resume big time, and adding "American Horror Stories" Season 2 to the list will only give it more weight. She will appear in Episode 7, "Milkmaids."

Max Greenfield

Max Greenfield is yet another comedic actor who is making a foray into a relatively new genre with "American Horror Stories." Eagle-eyed viewers might remember that he had a small role in Season 5 of "American Horror Story," appearing as a heroin addict named Gabriel who overdoses at the Hotel Cortez. Less observant viewers will probably still recognize Greenfield from "Ugly Betty," "Veronica Mars," or his longtime role as Schmidt on "New Girl." His voice might also sound familiar since he's stepped into a vocal booth for shows like "Bob's Burgers," "BoJack Horseman," and "Tuca & Bertie."

Though Greenfield has spent the majority of his time as an actor as part of one television show or another, he's also been in several big screen projects. His most recent films include "The Valet" and the Oscar-winning thriller "Promising Young Woman," which goes to show that he's capable of much more than just comedy. We'll see if he can get a scream out of his audience in the "American Horror Stories" Season 2 episode "Aura."

Judith Light

Judith Light is an incredibly accomplished actor who has tried her hand at just about everything. She started out in the late 1970s and went on to have a varied career in the decades that followed, but it was only fairly recently that Light started to make a name for herself as a talented actor. She's had four Emmy nominations to date, the first in 2006 when she was working on "Ugly Betty" alongside Max Greenfield. Since then she's picked up two nominations for her work on "Transparent" and another for her role in "American Crime Story." Those might be Light's most acclaimed roles, but she's also shown off her talents in shows like "Doubt," "Manhunt," and "The Politician".

On the big screen, Light's films have often split opinions between audiences and critics. According to Rotten Tomatoes, critics enjoyed "Digging for Fire" more than general viewers, and moviegoers wholeheartedly disagreed with critical opinions on "Ms. White Light" and "Hot Air." Luckily, everyone united in singing the praises of "Tick, Tick...Boom!" in 2021, which became Light's highest-rated film by far. Hopefully, there's a similar response when Light co-stars in the "American Horror Stories" Season 2 episode "Facelift" with Alicia Silverstone. With those two on board, it has the potential to be a standout episode.

Nancy Linehan Charles

If you're a fan of TV, then Nancy Linehan Charles has probably been on your screen at least once or twice. Looking at her filmography, it seems like Charles has had at least one guest role on every show that's ever been someone's favorite. For sitcom fans, there's "Full House" and "Seinfeld." Medical drama fanatics can catch her in "Chicago Hope" and "ER." For the crime fans, she has roles in "24" and "Criminal Minds." There's even room for comedy-drama addicts with "Six Feet Under" and "Shameless."

That list doesn't even scratch the surface of Charles' acting history. For one thing, it leaves out her current recurring role on "Young Sheldon," and for another, it doesn't get into her work on the big screen. Charles has had roles in feature films like "Bram Stoker's Dracula," "Minority Report," and "Charlie Wilson's War." She can elevate anything she's part of, regardless of the genre or even the size of her role. It's no surprise that this veteran of the industry landed a coveted place in the sophomore season of "American Horror Stories."