Brace yourselves! Hell is about to break loose when Fox’s new comedy-horror series, Scream Queens, premieres on Sept. 22. From the creators of Glee and American Horror Story, the show follows a group of sorority sisters as a killing spree unfolds on their campus. But don’t expect it to be all mysterious murders and scream-out-loud chills—it’s just as funny as it is spooky. Oh, and did we mention that a character is killed off in every single episode? Consider yourself warned—now read on for more early scoop from the cast and crew.
1. CHANEL OBERLIN’S CLOSET IS EPIC.
Keep your eyes peeled for the two-level, white-lacquered, perfectly organized closet at the Kappa Kappa Tau sorority house. It belongs to main character Chanel Oberlin, played by Emma Roberts, and it’s like walking into a giant candy store, according to the show’s costume designer Lou Eyrich. “It’s lined with purses and shoes and feather boas. It’s really a character of its own and you find out later why she has it, but it’s just another layer of absurdity and ridiculousness of this character.”
2. WHODUNNIT? THE CAST DOESN’T EVEN KNOW!
Creator Ryan Murphy keeps a tight lock on upcoming episodes so that the cast is just as surprised about the weekly happenings as viewers. In fact they still don’t know who the murderer is. “You don’t know who’s good and who’s bad,” Emma Roberts tellsInStyle. “Everyone has shades of good, but there’s always that little twinkle of darkness in their eyes. That’s why I genuinely don’t know who the killer is. All of us are in the dark because Ryan won’t tell anyone.”
3. JAMIE LEE CURTIS IS THE DEN MOTHER ON SET.
Curtis plays the dean of Wallace University, and her younger co-stars are taking notes from the veteran horror actress. “We love when we’re with Jamie because she always takes us under her wing,” Keke Palmer, who plays one of the misfit pledges of Kappa sorority, says. Roberts adds, “She’s amazing and brought us gifts, like little parasols and books.”
4. THE CAST WEARS EVERYTHING FROM FOREVER 21 TO CHANEL
Designer duds weren’t in the costume budget, but Eyrich did wrangle a few vintage Chanel pieces for none other than Chanel Oberlin. “Emma Roberts’s character gets to wear more Chanel because she’s the peacock of the group and has to really stand out,“ says Eyrich. ”But we definitely mixed high and low pieces. Ariana Grande’s character wears a lot of Nasty Gal and House of CB London. Abigail Breslin wears Phillip Lim and Rag & Bone. I shopped a lot at Urban Outfitters, Madewell, and Forever 21 for Skyler Samuels and Keke Palmer.”
5. LEA MICHELE DITCHES HER RACHEL BERRY REPUTATION TO PORTRAY HESTER
“The inspiration for Hester’s look was to go as opposite from Rachel Berry on Glee as possible,” says Eyrich. “She also played a nerd on Glee in the beginning and I wanted to make sure we weren’t coming close to that, so we stayed away from the short plaid skirts and little dresses. Instead we came up with cat T-shirts and floral skirts.”
6. BLOOD STAINS ARE INEVITABLE.
As with any horror flick, blood and gore come with the territory. But what does that mean for the wardrobe? “It complicates things because there are multiple stabbings, killings, and accidents in every episode,” Eyrich explains. “It’s usually six outfits per character because we need triples for them, doubles for their stunt double, and one for their photo double.”
7. THE CAST BONDED LIKE A REAL SORORITY ON SET.
“I feel like I’m having the college experience and we’re all sorority sisters,” Abigail Breslin, who plays one of Chanel Oberlin’s minions in Kappa sorority, tells InStyle about the bond she’s developed with the cast. “We’ve all become really close and our conversations are about boys, drama, friends, and Snapchat.” Billie Lourd, who plays a minion of Oberlin as well, says, “It’s like camp. We have sleepovers, go to dinner, and we’re always in each other’s trailers. It’s so much fun.”
Consider us booked every Tuesday night this fall. We’ll be tuning into Fox’s Scream Queens, set to premiere on Sept. 22. And it’s not just the sure-to-be-addicting plot (sorority sisters get wrapped up in a campus killing spree, making hazing antics seem like child’s play) that has us marking our calendars—we’re crazy about the star-studded cast, too. Emma Roberts, Lea Michele, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Keke Palmer take on lead roles, andAriana Grande and Nick Jonas pop in for appearances.
Read on for our guide to the names you’ll need to know. Be sure to take notes: there’s one murder per episode, so you never know who might be off’d next!
1. CHANEL OBERLIN (EMMA ROBERTS)
As the head of the Kappa Kappa Tau sorority at Wallace University, Oberlin is Queen Bee (or Queen B—ch, rather) of campus. “She is always impeccably dressed, perfectly matched, and perfectly coiffed,” says costume designer Lou Eyrich. “We do a lot of icy pastels on her because she is such an icy character.”
2. SKYLER SAMUELS (GRACE GARDNER)
As a new freshman, Grace pledges Kappa in hopes of learning more about her mother’s past as a KKT sorority sister. She soon realizes that she doesn’t quite fit in with The Chanels though. “She’s the heroine of the show so we wanted to give her a cool vibe that other girls could relate to,” Eyrich says. “We went with an eclectic, almost ‘70s vibe.“
3. HESTER (LEA MICHELE)
Hester joins Kappa when the dean of campus forces sororities to accept all pledges, much to the displeasure of The Chanels. “She actually dresses pretty nerdy,” Eyrich tells InStyle. “She always wears a cat T-shirt and a bad nylon track jacket from the '80s. We shopped a lot of thrift stores for her.”
4. ZAYDAY (KEKE PALMER)
Reluctant to join a sorority, Zayday rushes with Grace anyway. “We dressed her fun and with a stylish flair,” says Eyrich. “She’s eclectic and hip and loves to wear patterns. I love mixing unexpected elements and making it work. She rocks it.”
5. CHANEL #5 (ABIGAIL BRESLIN)
Chanel #5 is one of Oberlin’s loyal minions, but fancies herself the sophisticated one of the group. “We gave her a little bit of a Marilyn Monroe vibe,” Eyrich explains. “It’s the same pastel color palette, but with pencil skirts to show off her curves. We tried for a sophisticated pinup girl look for her.”
6. CHANEL #3 (BILLIE LOURD)
As one of Chanel Oberlin’s minions, Chanel #3 is a core member of the cool-girl clique. She keeps her look in the pastel palette as well, but puts her own playful spin on it. “Chanel #3 is the Spice Girl of the group,” says Eyrich. “She’s more playful and takes risks, like wearing earmuffs with a tulle skirt and cropped tank.”
7. CHANEL #2 (ARIANA GRANDE)
Another member of The Chanels, Ariana Grande’s fun character gives off a sexier vibe than the rest of the group. “She is similar to Chanel #3 in that she’s playful, but it’s a little more sexy and daring,” says Eyrich. “She’s always in a faux fur jacket and killer high platforms.”
8. DEAN CATHY MUNSCH (JAMIE LEE CURTIS)
As head of Wallace University, Dean Munsch clashes with Kappa leader Chanel Oberlin and eventually forces the sorority to accept all pledges. “She’s the dean of the college so she has to look professional, but not too conservative and uptight,” says Eyrich. “She plays a bold character so we wanted to give her an edge—more like Band of Outsiders and Rag & Bone.”
9. PETE DILLER (DIEGO BONETA)
Pete, the outsider who works at a local coffee shop, tries to convince Grace (Skyler Samuels) that the Kappa sorority is no place for a cool, normal chick like her. “He doesn’t care if he’s liked or not liked,” says Eyrich. “We made him a James Dean–type misfit—kind of a loner, but also a rebel.”
10. CHAD (GLEN POWELL)
Chad is the Chanel Oberlin of his golf fraternity, so Eyrich made sure that his look is just as over the top as hers. “Ryan [Murphy] wanted a youthful Gatsby golf chic,” she says. “He and Nick Jonas’s character rule the campus, so we tried to pump it up and make them very bright and bold because that’s what their characters are.”
11. BOONE (NICK JONAS)
As Chad’s sidekick, Nick Jonas’s character received similar treatment with his wardrobe. “He has great muscles so we really tried to show off his guns,” says Eyrich. “But also, he cares a lot about his looks and wears designer clothes like Marc Jacobs and Band of Outsiders.”
12. JENNIFER, SAM, AND TIFFANY (BREEZY ESLIN, JEANNA HAN, AND WHITNEY MEYER)
These three misfits round out the pledge class of Kappa sorority. “They’re nerdy but I wanted them each to have their own individual look,” Eyrich explains. “Jennifer was just bland. We did elastic waist pants and oversized bland sweaters for her. Ryan [Murphy] wanted a Sam Ronson look for Sam, so we dressed her kind of boyish in skinny jeans, sneakers, and boy shirts. With Tiffany, we used early Taylor Swift as our inspiration.”
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