'American Horror Story's' Ma Petite: Don't treat me like a baby

'American Horror Story's' Ma Petite: Don't Treat Me Like a Baby

Indian actress Jyoti Amge stars in American Horror Story: Freak Show, but she also holds the official Guinness World Record for the world's smallest woman. She opened up to ET about working on the show and the reactions she usually gets from fans.

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At just 23 inches tall, Jyoti, 20, is only eight inches taller than an Emmy award. Her small stature comes from a form of dwarfism called achondroplasia, and it affects how fans react to her when they meet her in real life.

Jyoti Amge, World's Shortest Woman and 'AHS' Actress
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'American Horror Story's' Ma Petite: Don't treat me like a baby
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)
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)

"When people see me on TV, they become very happy because they don't have to interact with me," Jyoti said through a Hindi translator. "When they start interacting with me they ask me questions like I'm a baby or treat me like I'm a baby and hold me like I'm a baby, and that's what they do wrong, really."


Last week's episode ended unfortunately for Jyoti's character, Ma Petite, but the door is still open for her to reappear on the show, which would be just fine with the young actress.

"In American Horror Story she has to act but it's not normal acting," said her translator. "She has to get in cages and boxes and other things and pumpkins and that's the most fun part about working in this show and she doesn't know what's about to happen from episode to episode."

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Freak Show, the fourth installment of the smash anthology series, is set in the small town of Jupiter, Fla., in the 1950s. It follows Elsa Mars (Jessica Lange, who has already won two Emmys for AHS) and her band of misfit monsters as they struggle to make their show a success in the dying world of the American carny experience.

The title could be thought of as insensitive for those in the cast, but Jyoti never took offense to it.

"She didn't have any reservations because even though the name of the show is Freak Show nobody is a freak here," said Jyoti's translator.

American Horror Story airs Wednesday nights at 10 p.m. on FX.

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