Naomi Grossman, best known as Pepper on FX’s American Horror Story, was a critically acclaimed fan favorite in the show. “In 2015 I traveled 44 of the 52 weekends to horror conventions to meet fans,” she says. Her hard work paid off. Grossman is currently an Emmy nominee for Outstanding Actress in a Short Form Comedy or Drama, portraying Lorna in Roni Geva’s and Margaret Katch’s Ctrl Alt Delete, a Facebook series that’s the first web comedy to depict real women’s abortion stories.
Grossman explains, “I feel it’s a unique opportunity to broach a serious subject through comedy. As artists, we have the power to make people laugh, cry and think.” Grossman describes Lorna as a “hot mess,” putting her comedic chops to the test. The show has a message to convey, and if she can do that and entertain too, “That’s an awesome two-for-one.”
It is a new day for TV and Grossman is no stranger to the new age of making one’s own way by writing and producing content. Her comedic shorts under her Red Meat Entertainment banner have been featured in numerous festivals and on her website.
She wrote and starred in two one-woman shows: Carnival Knowledge: Love, Lust and other Human Oddities and Girl in Argentine Landscape, which both enjoyed critical acclaim and sold-out runs in Los Angeles, New York, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and London’s West End.
Grossman, who got her SAG card on her 15th birthday, was 37 before she achieved mainstream, commercial success. She works toward her goals as a member of the FYC (For Your Consideration) Underdogs, a group dedicated to helping talent without big studio backing, to get their works out there for academy voters to see.
“If you build it, they will come,” Grossman laughs. And this lady is building a heck of a career.