"Thank god for Ryan Murphy, for him taking a chance on me," the "American Horror Story: Cult" actor tells TooFab.
Speaking with TooFab about his role as Donald Trump-supporting maniac Gary Longstreet on the current season of "American Horror Story," Bono said creator Ryan Murphy is one of the few who really gave him a fair shot.
"I think it is a hard thing. It's frustrating to be an actor who happens to be transgender and to have people not necessarily have the vision, which is why I don't really do trans parts," he said. "If I actually do that in this point in my career, people are not going to see me any other way. I really see myself as a character actor, that's what I love, that's what turns me on about acting."
Bono also said that he has turned down "a few trans roles" in the past, adding he's "yet to book anything that I'm not hired off the bat for."
"Thank god for Ryan Murphy, for him taking a chance on me," he explained. Murphy first cast him as an actor playing a cannibal hillbilly on 2016's "American Horror Story: Roanoke."
"I did a film a few years ago, an indie film called 'Dirty,' and when I saw my scene from it, literally my first thought was I've got to get this to Ryan Murphy," Bono continued. "I'd never met him before, but just from being a fan of 'American Horror Story,' I thought he would take a chance with me. He seems like that type of guy who isn't afraid to cast different kinds of people because he likes their work."
"It took me a few years to finally get somebody to get it to him, but when that finally happened was when I got offered the part for 'Roanoke,'" added Chaz.
"It's just like if Ryan wants me to be in the show in a season, I'm like, 'Great, thank you so much, what am I doing?' and that's kind of it. And when you find out, you go, 'That's awesome, it's going to be great,'" he said. "You know it's going to be interesting and as an actor, incredibly fulfilling."
As for what's next after the current season of "AHS," Bono said he's "always trying to find projects, create stuff and hustle."
"American Horror Story: Cult" airs Tuesdays on FX.