Alec Baldwin’s corner on the market is safe — Kathy Bates says she’s not bringing an impression of President TrumpDonald TrumpYoungkin ad features mother who pushed to have 'Beloved' banned from son's curriculum White House rejects latest Trump claim of executive privilege Democrats say GOP lawmakers implicated in Jan. 6 should be expelled MORE to “American Horror Story.”
“Oh, my lord … I doubt that would happen. I really do,” Bates told ITK with a hearty laugh when asked Wednesday about the chatter that she could be doing her best Trump impersonation on the FX show.
Ryan Murphy, the producer of “American Horror Story,” said last month that the next season of the anthology season would be based on the 2016 White House race. The revelation left many to speculate that Bates, who won an Emmy Award for her work on the thriller, would take on the role of Trump.
“I know Ryan Murphy is doing something about the election. You know, my eyes popped open when he said that,” Bates said, adding: “No. I don’t think I’ll be playing Donald Trump.”
Bates expressed confidence in Baldwin’s “Saturday Night Live” impersonation: “You know, I’m going to leave that to Alec Baldwin. I think he’s doing a smash job.”
While she won’t be sporting a Trump look, Bates is getting close to the political world in Washington. The “Misery” star is being honored Wednesday at Research!America’s Advocacy Awards for her work as the Lymphatic Education & Research Network (LE&RN) spokeswoman.
Bates, 68, developed lymphedema, a chronic and progressive lymphatic disease, after undergoing a double mastectomy to battle breast cancer.
“This award gives me the opportunity to spread the word,” Bates said. “It’s incurable. It’s not fatal. The doctors look at this as being cosmetic,” she added of the disease, which causes disfiguring swelling in parts of the body. “They sort of brush it aside. And it’s been that way — I’m not kidding you — for centuries.”
Bates will be joined at the awards dinner in Washington by 8-year-old Emma Detlefsen, an LE&RN youth ambassador. Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenOvernight Energy & Environment — Presented by American Clean Power — Methane fee faces negotiations White House rejects latest Trump claim of executive privilege The No Surprises Act: a bill long overdue MORE is also among the night’s honorees.
Bates says she expects to be back in the nation’s capital in the coming months to push for research funding to fight lymphedema. The Academy Award winner ticks off a list of senators she says she hopes to “lobby for research dollars, which we desperately need.”
Noting that she’s heard that “quite a lot of people in government” will be attending Wednesday’s awards dinner, Bates says she’s aiming to at least put a face to lymphatic diseases, which affect an estimated 10 million Americans. “To be able to get in the door and give them my story, and for them to meet Emma, I’m hoping to make an impact on them so we can at least know who we are.”