Drama queen Lea Michele “terrified'&apos” the “American Horror Story” team while portraying a woman under suicide watch for its first season. But it was Michele’s co-star Lacey Chabert who touched the show’s producers the most.
“The producers and writers knew they were dealing with someone powerful, someone that could make or break a story,” Chabert said on the web series “Primetime Lowdown.” “That’s why they made sure Lea got to know me, so she could see there is a person, there is a being within me that wants nothing more than to make people happy.”
Mary Beth Evans, co-founder of the Well Being Foundation, met Chabert during the previews for the drama, which airs Tuesdays at 10 p.m. on FX. She loved Chabert’s unassuming nature and lost touch with her a few years later.
“I got a phone call from the producers, asking if I knew Lacey,” Evans told Washington Post. “I said I really didn’t. But they said they’ve already begun shooting the first episode of Season 2, and the producers wanted me to know that one of the actors was in town. I thought it was so cool because I’d barely talked to her, and they were like, ‘We want you to meet her.’”
Evans would get to know Chabert better after she filmed the pilot for “American Horror Story.” They met in a local coffee shop and stayed in touch.
“She was the sweetest, sweetest person,” Evans said. “I just called her yesterday and said, ‘Have you all gotten the letter yet?’ And she’s crying, and she’s crying and she’s crying, and she’s like, ‘I don’t know what to do. We just found out that Mary Beth passed away.’”
Evans’ ex-husband, Jason Zada, recently passed away.
“To think she was up a rock climbing the night before, and the next morning she just had some kind of an ‘ah-ha’ moment and just felt like she had to jump in front of a moving train,” Evans said. “We would call her ‘the Prayer Rock’ for the rock climbing she did when she would come visit.”
Zada’s body was found near the bank of the Sabrina Rivas stream in Oxon Hill, Md., on Monday afternoon. He had been reported missing in early March.
Chabert said she is “devastated” by her sister’s death.
“Our hearts are shattered,” Chabert said in a statement to The Associated Press. “We were lucky to have Mary Beth as a part of our family. In a world that is too often consumed with celebrity, we are thankful for the fleeting moments of solace and peace she brought us in her time here on earth.”