Your eyes weren’t playing tricks on you — you do know the guy who plays Gary K. Longstreet on this season of American Horror Story: Cult. The controversial character, a loud-and-proud Donald Trump supporter, is portrayed by the grown child of pop icon Cher!
Chaz Bono, the child of the “Believe” singer and ex-husband Sonny Bono, made his debut as the one-handed Gary in the premiere of the FX show. Viewers watched as the straight, male, cisgender grocery store clerk got into it with Sarah Paulson’s character, Ally Mayfair-Richards, a paranoid lesbian.
This isn't the first time the Emmy-nominated producer has appeared on TV. The transgender star, who chooses not to play trans characters on-screen, has dabbled in acting a number of times already — though he’s really making a name for himself with this role. Here’s a refresher on what you should know about Gary on AHS — plus, a little about Chaz himself.
Gary is a #TeamTrump member
Gary is a staunch Trump supporter, seen looking gleeful about the results of the 2016 election and wearing a MAGA hat. But in real life, Chaz doesn’t “mix politics” in his acting. “I felt like my only responsibility is to create as well-rounded a character as I could create within the bounds of American Horror Story, which obviously is a show that has extremes to it,” he tells TV Guide.
He’s recruited by the cult
In the Sept. 16 episode, Gary was recruited by Evan Peters’ Kai, a blue-haired leader of the clown mask-wearing, murderous cult.
He cut off his own hand
The grocery clerk was initially chained in a basement by Ivy and Winter, who were preventing him from voting for the now-president. Kai then convinced Gary to cut off his hand to escape and vote — before going to the hospital.
Chaz feels honored to be part of the show
"I'm so excited, honored, and humbled to be a part of this epic season," he wrote on Facebook ahead of the premiere.
This isn’t his first time on AHS
The 48-year-old appeared on AHS: Roanoke in 2016. Fans may remember him as Lot Polk/Brian Wells in five episodes of last year’s installment.
He made his mom proud
Mom Cher’s a fan, tweeting, “CHAZ IM SO PROUD OF YOU. YOURE A TALENTED ARTIST…KNEW IT FROM SEC. I SAW SCENE IN FILM. IT WAS MAGIC‼️YOU ARE AMAZING
CHAZ💋IM SO PROUD OF YOU. YOURE A TALENTED ARTIST…KNEW IT FROM SEC. I SAW SCENE IN FILM🎥.IT WAS MAGIC‼️YOU ARE AMAZING 🙌🏻
— Cher (@cher) September 6, 2017