Grossman in May 2015
|Alma mater||Northwestern University|
Naomi Grossman (born February 6, 1975) is an American actress, writer, and producer best known for her role as Pepper in the second and fourth seasons and also as Satanist Cardinal Samantha Crowe in the eighth season of the FX horror television series American Horror Story.
Grossman was born in Denver, Colorado. In her early life, she performed in community theatre shows. After attending high school in Argentina, she attended and graduated from Northwestern University with a theatre major, as the only university she applied to. She was a member of improvisational and sketch comedy troupe The Groundlings in Los Angeles, California, and wanted to ultimately perform on Saturday Night Live. When the group cut ties with her, she began teaching the Spanish language and separating herself from her acting career. Grossman also writes and produces and has cited Lily Tomlin, Tracy Ullman, Gilda Radner and Carol Burnett as inspirations.
Grossman began her career in 1990 with minor television roles, along with commercial and theatre appearances.
Not knowing what role she was auditioning for, Grossman sent in an audition for American Horror Story: Asylum in mid-2012 and was cast in soon after as Pepper, a microcephalic; the season premiered later that year on October 17. In preparation for the role, she shaved her head bald. In 2014, it was revealed that Grossman would return to the series in its fourth season, American Horror Story: Freak Show, reprising her role as Pepper from the second season, making her the first to play the same role in two different seasons of the show. She spoke of her casting in the fourth season saying that reprising her role was "the last thing from [her] mind" since it had never been done before.
|2000||Marisa, Where Art Thou?||Wendy||Short film|
|2005||Over the Shoulder||Goth Girl||Short film|
|Wacky Spoof Commercials||People's Bank Gal 2||Short film|
|Men at Work||Woman|
|Table for Three||Actress|
|The Hollywood Housesitter||Waitress||Short film|
|My Boyfriend Is a Blimp||Suzy||Short film|
|Jesus's Secretary||Mary||Short film|
|Hot Yoga||Amani||Short film|
|Food Poisoning||Naomi||Short film|
|Burka Girls Gone Wild||Unknown|
|2010||Random Chapters in the Life of Some Guy||Wife||Short film|
|Paradrunken Activity||Katie||Short film|
|Teat the Parents||Girlfriend||Short film|
|2012||Kev Jumba Dances with the Stars!||Dot|
|Touch My Junk||Traveler||Short film|
|2013||Bakersfield, Earth||Unknown||Short film|
|Rip||Bella Tiavas||Stylized as #RIP|
|2014||Just Me and All of You||Katrina||Short film|
|2015||The Ones||Dance Instructor||Post-production|
|2018||An Accidental Zombie (Named Ted)||Carrie|
|1990||Father Dowling Mysteries||Confirmation Kid||Episode: "The Passionate Painter Mystery"|
|1998||Sabrina, the Teenage Witch||Cheerleader||Episode: "The Pom Pom Incident"|
|2007||Destination Truth||Herself/Translator||3 episodes|
|2012||FammGlamm||Gazelda||Episode: "Quality Control"|
|2012–13||American Horror Story: Asylum||Pepper||7 episodes|
|2014||American Horror Story: Freak Show||10 episodes|
|2017||Hell's Kitchen||Herself||Episode: "Leaving It on the Line"|
|2018||American Horror Story: Apocalypse||Samantha Crowe||2 episodes|
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