Leslie Grossman displayed dynamic comedic skills during her two seasons on Ryan Murphy’s underappreciated late-90’s satirical teen comedy Popular. As social climber Mary Cherry (and at times her twin sister B-Ho), Grossman’s over-the-top portrayal helped elevate the series beyond the usual teen fodder of the time. Clever writing and an excellent ensemble (pictured below), combined with Grossman’s unabashed willingness to do anything for the role made her a standout. So the fact she’s reunited with Murphy for a meaty role in FX’s American Horror Story: Cult is casting magic. “It’s so special,” she told me recently of reuniting with Murphy. “Ryan and I speak all the time, so there’s always texting or something going on, and if ever there is a new script for something we’d talk about it. That’s not a bad text thing to be involved in.