Jyoti Amge, better known as Ma Petite on American Horror Story, has one thing to say to her fans: Don’t treat me like a baby!
The Indian actress happens to be the Guinness World Record holder for smallest woman — at 20 years old, she’s only 23 inches tall.
“When people see me on TV, they become very happy because they don’t have to interact with me,” Jyoti told ET 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.”
Amge is a newcomer on American Horror Story; she joined the cast as part of the current season, Freak Show. Her small stature is due to a kind of dwarfism called achondroplasia, ET reports.
The young actress’ small size comes in handy for her role, which she said she enjoys.
“In American Horror Story she has to act but it’s not normal acting,” her translator explained to ET. “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.”
Freak Show is the fourth season of American Horror Story. Set in a small 1950s town in Florida, it follows a cast of misfits trying to make a living as a carnie show. Despite the sensitive subject material, Amge’s translator said she’s not offended by the role or the season’s title.
“She didn’t have any reservations because even though the name of the show is Freak Show nobody is a freak here,” her translator said.
American Horror Story: Freak Show airs Wednesday nights at 10 p.m. on FX.