McDermott has been working closely with Murphy on new series American Horror Story and he insists the Glee creator is one step ahead of his competitors when it comes to bringing a story to life on the small screen.
He tells Advocate.com, "I believe that Ryan Murphy is a genius. His instincts remind me of Andy Warhol. I recently went to the Warhol museum in Pittsburgh, and you can see a lot of echoes of Andy in Ryan's work. Like Andy, Ryan's finger is so on the pulse of culture that he's ahead of culture. Their aesthetic and their vision of the world are very similar."
And McDermott is glad to have landed the lead role on the horror drama because he enjoys pushing boundaries with risk-taker Murphy.
He says, "Ryan is also so unafraid. Most people in show business are so afraid to fail that they don't take any risks, but all Ryan does is take risks. He puts himself out there all the time, and it's his bravery that really separates him from everybody else."