Entertainment Weekly quoted Lange that Sister Jude has "a lot of bad history and secrets that would threaten her if it came out." The magazine added this character "used to be a girl named Judy who drank and slept her way around Massachusetts." Actor Joseph Fiennes, who plays Monsignor O'Hara, suggests "clearly she's attracted to the monsignor for his grace and religiousness...and the monsignor might play with that, manipulate that."
The magazine also reported "Sister Jude serves as the Nurse Ratched to Briarcliff's troubled inmates." That's a reference to the villain of the movie "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," who was a vicious, dictatorial ruler of a mental asylum.
Does this sound to anyone with brainwaves like a Catholic nun and priest attempting to "do their best" to be faithful to God and his church?
Murphy's producing partner, Brad Falchuk, confessed his ignorance to Entertainment Weekly "I'm a Jew. I don't know enough nuns. I saw 'Sister Act' and it freaked me out." But Adam Levine, that aforementioned pop singer in the cast, explained: "What's great about the fact that it's on FX is that you can go too far. You can do really unorthodox, crazy things that people are going to talk about."
It's easy to see the game that Murphy is playing here. He wants to "go too far" and build a big buzz -- but he also wants to claim his religious characters really try to "do their best." He wants critics to be outraged enough to draw publicity, but not so outraged that they get the show canceled. He wants enough outrage to maintain his place as the toast of sybaritic Tinseltown. In its first season, "American Horror Story" was touted by FX as the year's top-rated new cable series, and the Emmy tastemakers honored it with a whopping 17 Emmy nominations.
Once again, that "conservative" tycoon Rupert Murdoch is amoral enough to provide the Fox and FX platform with shows that have painted pornographers and perverted plastic surgeons as rebellious heroes and now will portray nuns as creepy villains. Murdoch must laugh all the way to the bank as his entertainment properties shred everything that's uplifting and decent in our popular culture.