'AHS' reveals Pepper's back story, lets actress Naomi Grossman explore softer side

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'American Horror Story' Reveals Pepper's Tragic Backstory


Spoiler Alert: The article and video contain spoilers from the 12/18 episode of 'American Horror Story.'

On Wednesday night's episode of 'American Horror Story: Freak Show,' fans finally learned all about Pepper's surprising and tragic past. Grab some tissues, guys -- this one's definitely a tearjerker.

"Pepper has suffered great losses. I fear that she will perish from loneliness and a broken heart if she does not have someone who loves her," Elsa Mars said on 'American Horror Story.'

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'AHS' reveals Pepper's back story, lets actress Naomi Grossman explore softer side
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 13: Actress Naomi Grossman participates in The Hollywood Show held at Westin LAX Hotel on July 13, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)
This Friday, March 15, 2013 photo shows, Naomi Grossman, during the Paley Center for Media's PaleyFest sponsored by Samsung Galaxy, honoring “American Horror Story: Asylum” at the Saban Theatre, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Kevin Parry/Invision/AP)
Naomi Grossman arrives at the premiere screening of "American Horror Story: Freak Show" at the TCL Chinese Theatre on Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Dan Steinberg/Invision/AP)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 13: Actress Naomi Grossman participates in The Hollywood Show held at Westin LAX Hotel on July 13, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 06: Actress Naomi Grossman attends Los Angeles' Days Of The Dead Convention Day Two held at Los Angeles Convention Center on April 6, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)
BURBANK, CA - OCTOBER 27: Actress Naomi Grossman as Pepper from FX's 'American Horror Story' Asylum' attends Son Of Monsterpalooza held at Burbank Marriott Airport Hotel & Convention Center on October 27, 2012 in Burbank, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)
BURBANK, CA - OCTOBER 27: Enterrtainer Twitch, actress Naomi Grossman as Pepper from FX's 'American Horror Story' Asylum' and entertainer Heckles attend Son Of Monsterpalooza held at Burbank Marriott Airport Hotel & Convention Center on October 27, 2012 in Burbank, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)
Naomi Grossman arrives at the premiere screening of "American Horror Story: Freak Show" at the TCL Chinese Theatre on Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Dan Steinberg/Invision/AP)
Naomi Grossman seen at Premiere Screening Of "American Horror Story: Freak Show" - Arrivals at TCL Chinese Theatre on Sunday, October 5, 2014, in Los Angeles, Calif. (Photo by Tonya Wise/Invision/AP)
Photo by: JMA/STAR MAX/IPx 6/28/14 Naomi Grossman at the Celebrity Connected BET Awards Gifting Suite. (Hollywood, CA)
From left, actresses Naomi Grossman and Barbara Tarbuck during the Q&A session at the "American Horror Story: Asylum" sleepover on Monday, Oct. 7, 2013 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Paul A. Hebert/Invision/AP)
This Friday, March 15, 2013 photo shows, Naomi Grossman, during the Paley Center for Media's PaleyFest sponsored by Samsung Galaxy, honoring “American Horror Story: Asylum” at the Saban Theatre, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Kevin Parry/Invision/AP)
Los Angeles, California, USA. 5th Oct, 2014. Naomi Grossman attending the Los Angeles Premiere Screening Of FX's ''American Horror Story: Freak Show'' held at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California on October 5, 2014. 2014 © D. Long/Globe Photos/ZUMA Wire/Alamy Live News
Photo by: JMA/STAR MAX/IPx 6/28/14 Naomi Grossman at the Celebrity Connected BET Awards Gifting Suite. (Hollywood, CA)
This Friday, March 15, 2013 photo shows, Naomi Grossman, during the Paley Center for Media's PaleyFest sponsored by Samsung Galaxy, honoring “American Horror Story: Asylum” at the Saban Theatre, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Kevin Parry/Invision/AP)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 05: Actress Naomi Grossman arrives Premiere Screening Of FX's 'American Horror Story: Freak Show' held at TCL Chinese Theatre on October 5, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 14: Actress Naomi Grossman attends the Wayke Up Fundraiser presented by Wildfox and Ladygunn Magazine hosted by Nikki Reed at Sofitel Hotel on December 14, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 04: Actress Naomi Grossman is seen on June 4, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by JMA/Star Max/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 14: Actress Naomi Grossman attends the Wayke Up Fundraiser presented by Wildfox and Ladygunn Magazine hosted by Nikki Reed at Sofitel Hotel on December 14, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
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The 'Freak Show's' boss, Elsa Mars, revealed she found Pepper at an orphanage back when she was first starting her carnival. Pepper had been left there by her older sister after their mother died.

And after Elsa recruited Pepper for the show, she had to find her a husband to complete her happiness. And that's where Salty came into the picture.

Yes, Salty was Pepper's lover, not her friend or her brother, as the show has previously made them out to be. That helps to explain why Pepper was so completely devastated when Salty mysteriously died during last week's episode.

Come on, where's that tissue?

Then, as if things couldn't get any worse for Pepper, Elsa decided to reunite Pepper with her long lost sister.

If you've seen 'American Horror Story: Asylum,' you know that doesn't turn out so well. Pepper was framed for the murder of her nephew and sent to Briarcliff, an insane asylum.

This softer, less scary side of Pepper definitely does a better job of reflecting the actress who plays her, Naomi Grossman.

Playing Pepper is certainly a challenge -- and Grossman spends hours in the makeup chair to achieve that signature, uh, less-than-attractive look. "'It used to be about six hours with two guys, now it's three hours with one," she revealed to too fab.

"The transformation includes prosthetic nose, brow, ears, hands, fake teeth, "wonky" eye and daily head-shavings. Grossman was only 10 days from her last shave when she visited the toofab studio," the site notes.

Still, even with that endless work, Grossman was elated to take be part of the show. When Grossman was asked to reprise her role as Pepper from the second season of 'AHS,' she didn't know she would get to opportunity to explore Pepper's harrowing past.

The actress told E! Wednesday, "I think the story they wrote for me is infinitely lovelier than even the one I created for myself. ... It's complex and full - like an onion you keep peeling away and there's just more and you cry and cry and cry."

As for whether Pepper will be back for season five, Grossman told People she and the rest of the "AHS" cast aren't sure what the future holds for their characters.

Check out these pics of Jyoti Amge. She's the world's smallest woman and an 'AHS' star:
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'AHS' reveals Pepper's back story, lets actress Naomi Grossman explore softer side
HOLLYWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 05: (EDITORS NOTE: Image processed using digital filters) Actress Jyoti Amge arrives at the Premiere Screening of FX's 'American Horror Story: Freak Show' at TCL Chinese Theatre on October 5, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 05: Actress Jyoti Amge arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of 'American Horror Story: Freak Show' at TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX on October 5, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 05: (L-R) Actresses Jyoti Amge, Emma Roberts and Jamie Brewer pose at the after party for the premiere screening of FX's 'American Horror Story: Freak Show' at the Roosevelt Hotel on October 5, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
NAGPUR, INDIA - APRIL 10 : Jyoti Amge, worlds smallest woman certified by Guinness Book of World Records casts her vote for the Indian general election in Nagpur city of western state of Maharashtra on April, 10, 2014. (Photo by Ganesh Naik/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 12: Jyoti Amge visits at The Empire State Building on September 12, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images)
Actress Emma Roberts, right, and actress Jyoti Amge attend the after party for the premiere screening of "American Horror Story: Freak Show" at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel on Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Dan Steinberg/Invision/AP Images)
Actress Emma Roberts, right, and actress Jyoti Amge attend the after party for the premiere screening of "American Horror Story: Freak Show" at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel on Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Dan Steinberg/Invision/AP Images)
Actress Emma Roberts, right, and actress Jyoti Amge attend the after party for the premiere screening of "American Horror Story: Freak Show" at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel on Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Dan Steinberg/Invision/AP Images)
The world's shortest woman Jyoti Amge sits inside a car as she campaigns for a candidate of the Hindu hard-line political party Maharashtra Reconstruction Party in Mumbai, India, Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012. Amge stood just 62.8 centimeters (24.7 inches) tall, shorter than the average 2-year-old, when Guinness representatives visiting from London measured her at a ceremony attended by about 30 relatives and friends in the town of Nagpur, in Maharashtra state last year. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)
Jyoti Amge, center, is measured while posing for photos with her parents Kisan, left, and Ranjana at the Empire State building observation deck, Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013, in New York. Standing 24.7 inches tall, Amge holds the Guinness title for world’s shortest woman and came to New York to promote the “Guinness World Records” 2014 edition book. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
Jyoti Amge wipes her tears after getting the title of the Shortest Woman of the World, in Nagpur, India, Friday, Dec. 16, 2011. Amge was named the world's shortest measuring 62.8 centimeters (24.7 inches), as she celebrated her 18th birthday in central India, according to the Guinness World Records global authority on breaking achievements. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
Guinness World Records adjudicator Rob Molloy, right, confers the title of the shortet woman of the world to Jyoti Amge, in Nagpur, India, Friday, Dec. 16, 2011. Amge was declared the shortest woman in the world measuring 62.8 centimeters (24.7 inches) by the Guinness World Records. (AP Photo/ Manish Swarup)
Indian Jyoti Amge, 18, who stands at 61.95 centimeters (2 feet), puts on lipstick while her sister Archna looks on as she prepares for a press conference with Guinness World Records in Nagpur, India, Friday, Dec. 16, 2011. Officials from Guinness were expected to measure Amge later Friday and declare her the World's Shortest Woman. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
Indian Jyoti Amge, 18, who stands at 61.95 centimeters (2 feet), combs her hair in front of a mirror as she prepares for a press conference with Guinness World Records in Nagpur, India, Friday, Dec. 16, 2011. Officials from Guinness were expected to measure Amge later Friday and declare her the World's Shortest Woman. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
Relatives congratulate Indian Jyoti Amge, 18, who stands at 61.95 centimeters (2 feet), before a press conference with Guinness World Records in Nagpur, India, Friday, Dec. 16, 2011. Officials from Guinness were expected to measure Amge later Friday and declare her the World's Shortest Woman. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
Indian Jyoti Amge, 19, the world's shortest woman according to the Guinness Book of Records, poses for pictures during an event in Kuwait City, on March 14, 2013. Amge and Morocco's Brahim Takioullah, who has the largest feet in the world, are in Kuwait as part of a children's one-minute competition organized by the Guinness Book of Records. AFP PHOTO/YASSER AL-ZAYYAT (Photo credit should read YASSER AL-ZAYYAT/AFP/Getty Images)
Jyoti Amge and Erika Ervin seen at Premiere Screening Of "American Horror Story: Freak Show" - Arrivals at TCL Chinese Theatre on Sunday, October 5, 2014, in Los Angeles, Calif. (Photo by Tonya Wise/Invision/AP)
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