‘American Horror Story: Hotel’ Star Matt Bomer Talks Donovan Hitting Rock Bottom, Teaming Up with Ramona Royale

After getting kicked to the curb by The Countess last week, Donovan (Matt Bomer) had a rough time to say the least in the latest episode of American Horror Story: Hotel.


Donovan, the drug addict-turned-infected former boy toy of The Countess, lost his way after being replaced by the young, wild model Tristan (Finn Wittrock) and returned to his old world of filth and addiction which eventually led him right to another of The Countess’ scorned, Ramona Royale (Angela Bassett). We also got to see him be completely awful to his poor mother Iris (Kathy Bates), only to save her life by the episode’s end.

Matt Bomer recently chatted with The Hollywood Reporter about why the breakup hit him so hard, teased what’s ahead for he and his mother Iris’ relationship now that he’s brought her back from the dead, and more:

On Donovan’s post-Countess rock bottom

“To me, so much of Donovan is the relationship between him and his real mother and the relationship between him and his sort of dream mother-slash-lover, who is The Countess. His real mother Iris being more of his nightmare mother from his point of view. He has had this incredible love [The Countess] who has educated him and cultured him and taught him so much about life and love and art and survival. He has relied quite heavily on her, and now he’s left to his own devices. So he goes back to the only thing he knows, which is going to the streets and trying to get high. So he’s in a particularly low place. And certainly when he and Iris get in their confrontation, he’s in a very raw state emotionally, which I think exacerbates that whole arc and brings to light a whole lot issues from their past that they haven’t been able to talk about for the past 20 years. He has always had The Countess to hide behind, and now he has to deal with all the things that he has cast aside for the past two decades.”

On what’s ahead for Iris and Donovan

“Where this episode left off, you have to see more of what’s going to happen with him and Iris moving forward. There has to be a further resolution beyond where we left him in this state of extreme. The reunion and grieving that they’re in when we leave them opens more wounds. There will be future scenes with Iris and Donovan. One of the things I like about the show is it is a bit merciless in its portrayal of the darker side of humanity. And that’s what we all experience. You would think after a reunion like this, everything would just be a bed of roses, but that’s often not how life works. We’re sometimes the most cruel to the people who are the closest to us. And when things get really dire, we’re reminded of our love for these people. But once they’re back in our orbit again, oftentimes, we revert to our old habits of treating them in an inhumane way.”

On Ramona Royale and Donovan teaming up against The Countess

“I would be scared of Ramona Royale for sure. She means business. She does not play around. She goes after exactly what she wants, and she will take no prisoners, and she is merciless. I can’t really speak on behalf of The Countess. But she doesn’t seem to be one who is threatened very easily. She has survived long enough that she has that wisdom to be able to handle a situation like that. We’ll have to see going forward. I still don’t know what’s going to happen.”

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