Emma Roberts Accused Of Making Transphobic Remarks On ‘American Horror Story’ Set

Transgender actor Angelica Ross said Roberts played “mind games” and made transphobic jokes while filming “American Horror Story: 1984.”

Transgender activist and actor Angelica Ross has accused former co-star Emma Roberts of intentionally misgendering her when the two worked together on “American Horror Story: 1984.”

On Tuesday, Ross said on Instagram Live (which was later shared on X, formerly Twitter) that Roberts implied she was a man while the two were between takes on a set.

According to Ross, she was having a conversation with Roberts and director John J. Gray, when Roberts jokingly complained to Gray that Ross was being mean to her.

Ross recalls that Gray tried to defuse the situation by saying: “OK, ladies, that’s enough. Let’s get back to work.”

According to Ross, this prompted Roberts to reply with: “Don’t you mean lady?”

Angelica Ross at her Broadway debut as Roxie Hart in the hit musical "Chicago" in 2022.
Angelica Ross at her Broadway debut as Roxie Hart in the hit musical "Chicago" in 2022.
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Ross said that Roberts’ transphobic implication that Roberts was the only “lady” in the conversation left her outraged.

“My blood is boiling because I’m like, if I say something, it’s gonna be me that’s the problem,” Ross explained. “I know this because there was someone who spoke up about what she was doing, and they got repercussions from it.”

Elsewhere during her Instagram Live, Ross also claimed that Roberts often played “mind games” with those who worked on “AHS: 1984.”

“Folks seemed like they wanted to fight her all the time because she was playing psychological games on set,” Ross said of Roberts.

Ross claims that the “Nancy Drew” star got away with this behavior because Roberts made “it very clear that she was No. 1 on the call sheet, and she was the one in charge.”

Ross later claimed on X that Roberts’ made another transphobic joke about her during filming. Ross explained that she was imitating a co-star’s accent in front of Roberts, and so Roberts decided to do an impression of Ross.

“Emma then copies my voice & laugh and drops it several octaves. I was SHOOK,” Ross said, adding that she was “self conscious about my voice on set after that.”

HuffPost has reached out to Roberts for comment, but did not receive an immediate response.

Roberts, however, seems to have reached out to Ross to apologize.

On Wednesday, Ross posted a follow-up on X:

“Thank you @RobertsEmma for calling and apologizing, recognizing your behavior was not that of an ally. I will leave the line open to follow up on your desire to do better and support social justice causes with your platform.”

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