Meet the Rising It Girls Poised to Have a Major Moment This Fall
Who What Wear: Meet the Rising It Girls Poised to Have a Major Moment This Fall
Skyler Samuels (Scream Queens)
Dressing up was always a part of Skyler Samuels’s career plan, so when a stint as an ice princess didn’t pan out, she chose the next best thing: acting. “At 5 years old, I had a pretty solid sense of my life plan,” she tells us. “And now, some 16 years later, I still have the bug, so I guess I was a pretty decisive child.” Since then, Samuels has been forging a career on screen with performances on The Nine Lives of Chloe King, American Horror Story: Freak Show, and The DUFF. But it is her latest role, that of Kappa Kappa Tau pledge Grace on the whodunit horror-comedy Scream Queens, that has everyone talking. “I’m paying a brief homage to my own experiences in some regards, navigating big personalities and how to deal with girls.” Art is quite literally imitating life for the 21-year-old, who is currently a college junior and sorority member at Stanford University. But for this rising star, juggling acting and academics has proven to have its perks. “I’m very passionate about both, and I think being an actor has made me a better student and being a student has made me a better actor.”
Who What Wear: This isn’t your first time working on a Ryan Murphy production. What do you love about working with him?
Skyler Samuels: I wanted to work with Ryan for a really long time. Obviously, he makes really incredible shows that stand out in their category, and getting to do American Horror Story last year was a glimpse into his world. I’ve worked for maybe 12 or 13 years now, and I’ve never been on a set like a Ryan Murphy set. There’s this sort of X factor to what he does, and I think people are really excited to work on a Ryan show, because the stories he makes are so interesting, the characters feel so real, he’s very detail-oriented, and everything is very well cared for. Everyone really wants to be there, and it’s just a fun group of people, from our incredible special effects group to hair and makeup and our incredible wardrobe stylists. We really create the world together, and there’s just something special about being on his sets. It’s hard to imagine yourself being anywhere else after you’ve gotten to experience that.
WWW: The cast almost feels like one big sorority. Do you spend time together off set?
SS: Yes, absolutely. We definitely spend the bulk of our week at work together, but we do really like each other and get along really well, and it’s fun to explore New Orleans together. None of us are from [New Orleans], but some of us have filmed here for other things, so we like to share our spots. I think it’s been a really fun experience to get to know the girls on screen and off. Like Lea Michele, for instance, plays this totally kooky character on the show, but she’s the most normal, laid-back person you’ve ever met. It’s fun to step away from what’s happening on set and be a little more laid-back with one another.
WWW: How did you perfect your scream?
SS: I have to say I don’t think I’m going to master my scream this season. If I’m lucky enough to move forward, I’ve got to come up with some strategies. It’s intimidating, because a lot of the girls on the show have musical backgrounds. Lea Michele, Keke Palmer, Ariana Grande, Abigail Breslin, they’re all singers, so they scream the way they sing, which is from their diaphragm, and it’s very sustained. After two takes my voice has dropped like four octaves because I have no idea how to do that. I’ve never had musical training before. I definitely have learned from them, though, so it gets better episode by episode, but it was definitely more challenging than I thought. I didn’t think we would actually stand around and scream so much, but it is called Scream Queens, and we do in fact do scream takes where we just stand and scream for 20 minutes at a time.
WWW: Who are some of the women in the industry who inspire you?
SS: I’m a huge Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, and Jennifer Garner fan, those classic, badass ladies who are quirky and confident even in their mishaps; they’re just sort of standout ladies. But I have the biggest girl crush in the world on Keira Knightley. She hasn’t aged, and has the most amazing bone structure and makes rocking short hair look so easy. She just seems like the coolest lady. I’ve seen Love Actually a hundred times.
WWW: What are you studying in school?
SS: So I go to Stanford, which is sort of a techy school, and I’m studying marketing and intellectual properties, so definitely a big communications background. But we study a lot about the digital world and evolving media in the digital world and digital psychology. It’s really fun, very geeky, and I love it. It’s been interesting too, spending my time when I’m not working being in school. You know, I’m constantly breaking people down, right, so like my major is very much focused on understanding audiences and I would say the same is true in my job, so I guess I just have a love of understanding people and the way we think and what we want, and they sort of feed into each other, my job, and my major in more ways than I initially expected, I think.
WWW: How do you balance school and acting?
SS: People ask me that a lot. They’re like, “So what’s the strategy? Is there a plan in place?” And the truth is there’s not, because sometimes it’s hard to predict, you know, working on a TV show is like being in the circus, it’s hard to know where you’re going to go or what’s going to happen. It’s really day-to-day, and I think I’ve just always found a way to make it work. I do my homework when it’s assigned, and I definitely drink a lot of coffee and put in some hours at the library when I can. And I just hope that day-to-day getting by with the work I can somehow figure out a way to make it work, and I always do, I always find the time. I’m very passionate about both, and I think being an actor has made me a better student and being a student has made me a better actor. I think I need the balance of both in my life; it makes it interesting for me.
WWW: How would you describe your personal style?
SS: My personal style is definitely dynamic. Day-to-day Skyler is usually going to work really early or going to class, so I’m all about making jeans and a T-shirt look chic. But I also love bold statement pieces. I’ve really gotten into shoes lately, which is dangerous for my bank account, but who cares? You know, I’m a girl and I love shoes. I love matching a white tank top and jeans with a really bold, bright pair of pumps or strappy sandals, just like a fun statement piece. I would say my other obsession right now is ear jackets. Actually Lea Michele gave me a pair from Stella & Dot, which I’m just obsessed with. They are little bar earrings, and in the back they have this spikey ear jacket—I’m obsessed. I’ve been wearing them everywhere. But when it comes to events or red carpet stuff, I love to switch up. I hope there is always sort of a surprise element in what I’m wearing.
WWW: What’s your go-to fashion piece for fall?
SS: Well I would say two items. First is a scarf. You have to have a great scarf that goes with everything, because you can layer it and easily take it off when it starts to get warm—I love that. And I travel a lot, and it’s really cozy to sleep on an airplane with a good scarf. And I’m all about the boots. I miss my boots in the summer, especially here in New Orleans, where it’s 400 degrees every day. But tall riding boots and motorcycle boots when I’m in New York and L.A.
Skyler Samuels Goes From Stanford to ‘Scream Queens’
Hollywood’s Next Big Thing: Skyler Samuels Goes From Stanford to ‘Scream Queens’
“She gives me tips about being a young woman in the business and different ways to tell a joke,” says Samuels of working with Curtis. She was photographed Aug. 6 at the Beverly Hilton.
The actress talks about her decision to delay her education, her fashion and lifestyle app, and how Jamie Lee Curtis changed her life.
A version of this story first appeared in the Sept. 25 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.
Skyler Samuels grew up so close to Hollywood that when her mother, an Access Hollywood producer, needed someone to cover a Harry Potter junket, she sent her 7-year-old daughter. The Campbell Hall graduate then had acting gigs on Nickelodeon and Disney Channel before landing ABC Family’s The Nine Lives of Chloe King and an arc on American Horror Story. Now the Stanford junior has put college on hold for Fox’s college-set thriller series Scream Queens (Sept. 22).
You deferred Stanford for Scream Queens after talking with Brad Falchuk. How challenging was that decision?
At the time, I was finishing winter quarter and a computer science project as well as essay for my feminist history class. He said, “I know you’re super type-A and you love Stanford and you’re a brainiac, but you’re Grace Gardner now and if you let me, please take a chance when I ask you to stay on Scream Queens for a second. I promise you, it’ll be worth it.” It would have been hard to accept that offer from any other people. I am so thankful for having them believe in me that I was easily able to believe in them that I put down Stanford for a second and jumped head first into the Kappa Kappa Tau world on Scream Queens. It was hard to make that decision, but I’m glad that I did because I learn just as much making the show as I do in school every day. I’m a nerd and love going to class, but the work would have suffered if I had done both. It’ll be fun going back to school in January and moving back into my sorority house and going to class again after having lived in this fake sorority.
With a successful acting career, why is it important for you to finish school?
My parents were always adamant about me being a student-actor — not actor-student. I’m now a junior in college working on Scream Queens. It’s a daunting task and a little ambitious. Some days I’m like, “How the hell am I going to pull this off?” I’m a workaholic. One job isn’t enough. I’m also the co-owner of a fashion and lifestyle app that is advice-driven for fashion and lifestyle needs. We’ve gotten a couple million dollars in funding thus far and hopefully the app will be released by the end of the year. That’s been my creative brainchild on the side, though it’s very quickly becoming full-time job — like being a Stanford student or being on Scream Queens. It’s taught me to work on a different part of my brain than when I’m on set.
Ryan Murphy tends to go back to the same actors with new projects. What was the conversation like when Scream Queens came up? Did he write the role specifically for you?
I’ve been pestering Ryan for a few years and was hoping it was just a matter of time until he caved and let me on one of his shows. I had been auditioning for American Horror Story for a long time. I always got positive feed back on all the roles that I didn’t get —“She’s really great; she’s not quite right for this, but she’s right for something” — he said that for years. Finally, Horror Story rolled around and I auditioned with cryptic sides and I only had a couple lines. I got to jam pack all this stuff in to a tiny audition and thought, “This is the one.” Sure enough, it was. Little did I know that he had me in mind for that part before the audition happened for American Horror Story: Coven.
My first day on American Horror Story, Ryan was directing and I was sweating bullets. I wanted him to like me. He just kept asking me about my life in college because I’m in a sorority. He kept asking me about my sorority life and what my life was like at college. And I was like, “Really? This is what you want to talk about?” I was telling him about the new sorority house and what it’s like living with 60 girls. I thought it was weird that that’s what he wanted to talk about.
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It’s a thought that’s entered the minds of most pledging sorority girls in the midst of a grueling hazing season: “These girls are evil.” That’s the premise that Ryan Murphy expounded upon for his latest show “Scream Queens,” premiering on Sept. 22 on Fox. “I lived in a sorority house my sophomore year, I had 59 female roommates and learning to navigate the minefield of female politics — that’s a very real thing,” Skyler Samuels says. The 21-year-old star of the show is speaking to WWD on her way to LAX, heading back to the set in New Orleans.
“I guess New Orleans is kind of home now, and it’s funny, it’s the first place I’ve ever had a proper place of my own. I didn’t think it would be New Orleans, but it’s definitely a pleasant surprise that it is,” she says. “It’s a very charismatic city. It’s got its own flavor, it’s a spooky city, which is so perfect for ‘Scream Queens.’”
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“American Horror Story” fans will have a sense of what to expect from “Scream Queens,” rife with Murphy’s signature brand of camp and flare for gore. The show centers around the “It” sorority on campus at Wallace University, Kappa Kappa Tau, haunted today by a crime committed some 20 years ago. The cast is stacked with Gen Z faves. Lea Michele, like Samuels, plays a Kappa hopeful, while Emma Roberts is the sorority’s sinister queen bee, trailed by a pair of acolytes, played by Abigail Breslin and Ariana Grande, who call themselves the “Chanels.” As pledge season goes on, so does the murder mystery: one cast member is killed off each episode.
That said, “Queens” is fright-light. Similar to its predecessor, the show is a dark comedy; with the carnage punctuated by Millennial-friendly quips. Think “Mean Girls” meets “Scream.” “It’s definitely a comedy, it’s definitely a horror, crazy things are happening, but we’re also dealing with the very real truth that girls….They can be tough,” Samuels says. “The experience of dealing with very different types of girls, very different personalities, ambitions, knowing how to find a way to collectively get through the day and live together despite our differences — that is definitely the heart of the show.”
Born and raised in Los Angeles — “well, not technically: I’m a Valley girl” — Samuels is no stranger to a script. Her first job came at age seven, when her mom, a producer and developer for unscripted television, ran into a work emergency. “At the time she was a producer for ‘Access Hollywood,’ and her boss had organized this really big junket for the second ‘Harry Potter’ movie. They had hired another girl to come in and interview the actors, and the night before the junket she dropped out. They were panicking, and my mom’s boss was like, ‘Why don’t you just send Skyler?’ And my mom was like, ‘Skyler?! She’s seven and missing half her teeth, are you crazy?’”
The teeth came in, as did the roles, and Samuels was soon appearing on Disney Channel’s “Wizards of Waverly Place,” and later a small role in Murphy’s “American Horror Story,” her unofficial audition for “Scream Queens.” “I grew up watching ‘Glee’ and ‘Nip/Tuck,’ and I had always sort of wondered what is it about his shows that makes them stand out from other shows, what is that magic touch? When I got to be part of it, I realized there is no place like a Ryan Murphy set.”
Murphy’s involvement alone was enough to get her to want the role. “He’s like your superchic fun best friend slash parent. He’s kind of a dad, kind of your friend, kind of your boss, kind of somebody you’re constantly in awe of,” Samuels says. “I would work for him for the rest of my life if I could.”
On “Queens,” Samuels plays Grace Gardner, a girl she says serves as “the eyes and ears of the audience.” In other words, she’s the sane, relatable one. “We’re both very earnest, very loyal, very studious girls who are about friendships, sisterhood and doing the right thing. We’re also girls who want to seek out normal college experiences.” Samuels herself is a junior marketing and intellectual property major at Stanford, where, like Grace, she’s in a sorority. “I had no idea what it was all about,” she says of pledging. “I mean, it’s pretty mellow, I have great friends there, it’s nothing like Kappa Kappa Tau, but thankfully I don’t think anything is….But, I can’t speak for fraternities.”
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