Stevie Nicks talks about her guest appearance on "American Horror Story"

Lily Rabe, left, plays Misty Day, a backwoods witch who admires Stevie Nicks, right, on "American Horror Story: Coven." (FX)

Dreams are far from unwinding on "American Horror Story: Coven."

An ongoing thread in the third installment of the series has been the unbridled infatuation swamp-dweller Misty Day (Lily Rabe) has for rock heroine Stevie Nicks, whom Day firmly believes is a "White Witch."  After repeated listenings to "Rhiannon," the backwoods fangirl won't have to twirl in vain much longer.

The Fleetwood Mac frontwoman guest stars in Wednesday's episode, aptly titled "The Magical Delights of Stevie Nicks." And yes, there will be twirling.

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Already accustomed to working with show creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuck (she consulted on the Fleetwood Mac tribute episode on their other show, "Glee"), Nicks is taking it one step further by appearing in front of the camera on the horror drama.

Nicks' appearance comes courtesy of Fiona (Jessica Lange), who calls in a favor with the songstress in an effort to out Day as the next in line for the Supremacy.

Show Tracker spoke with the 65-year-old singer to talk about the episode, which she has yet to see. Read on for tales of drama class horrors, her love of set real estate, and who the diaphanous scarf-loving songstress fears.


Do you know how many people are eager for Wednesday's episode?

Yvonne. Wait. Wait. Wait. Wait.


I haven’t seen the episode yet so don’t tell me if you have. Wait, tell me. No, nevermind, don't tell me.

You’re supposed to have the scoop!

I haven’t seen it. [Fleetwood Mac] has a show tomorrow night at 8 o’clock when "American Horror Story" comes on in Phoenix so I won’t see it until we fly back to Phoenix at 2 a.m.  I could have gotten an advance link to see it, but I didn’t want to. I want to see it on the night that it goes out to the people.

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Are you nervous?

I’m extremely nervous. I want to run away and hide forever.

You know you’re Stevie Nicks, right?

Yvonne, I am not an actress. Since the fourth grade when I was in an incredibly bad play about the Alamo and I played one of the last two surviving girls in the Alamo, I have vowed to stay away. It was so bad that I came home--in the fourth grade!--and said to my mother, “never put me in a drama class again! Ever! Because I suck! I’m a terrible actress, mom!” From that moment on, all I did was sing. I have never had much faith in me as an actress.

In this situation, I wasn’t initially going to be on the show. When [Murphy and Falchuk] were just starting to work on this season, they asked me if they could use my music. I had never seen any of the other two seasons so I didn’t have any idea what I was getting into. But, you know, I definitely feel that I am a part of the “Glee” family because I was there for the “Fleetwood Mac” episode, and I was in contact with them when Cory [Monteith] died. I really felt like my heart was a part of theirs. And so when Ryan was like, “it’s called ‘American Horror Story: Coven,’ and it tells the story of a coven of witches and their problems. One of them is not in the coven, she lives out in the forest. She doesn’t know anybody, she has no family. She likes birds and animals and she thinks she’s weird. She has no friends. She just has an eight-track and a couple of your albums and that’s all she has. You’re like her friend and her mom and her conscious.”  That’s what I’ve always ever wanted to be to anybody with my songs. So, yes, I was like, "absolutely, Ryan, you can use my music." And I didn't give it much thought.  I was like, “OK, bye-bye, I’m off to Europe.”