Sarah Paulson is a goddess. She’s a talented, fabulous, amazing character actress who, when you watch her in anything, throws herself full on into that role. She’s transformed herself multiple times for American Horror Story, become Marcia Clark for American Crime Story, all the while popping in on fantastic films like Carol, Mud and Martha Marcy May Marlene. Intuition tells you you’d love to grab a drink or seven with her, not just to be in the presence of her particular celebrity, but because she’d be that great a conversationalist — fascinating, smart, and witty. Reading her interview with the NYT only confirms those feelings; her observations about Clark and public perception are insightful; how she describes meeting the famous attorney, nuanced and personal, and the way she addresses eschewing others’ need for labels and exceptions is open and frank…Like she’s talking to friends, and we are (or wish we were) friends, aren’t we?
Confirming her love for “the most exquisitely beautiful woman I’d ever seen,” Paulson discussed the affecting nature of loving an older person; she’s only seriously dated people older than herself.
“There’s a poignancy to being with someone older. I think there’s a greater appreciation of time and what you have together and what’s important, and it can make the little things seem very small. It puts a kind of sharp light mixed with a sort of diffused light on something. I can’t say it any other way than there’s a poignancy to it, and a heightened sense of time and the value of time.”
On not allowing others to confine or label her:
“If my life choices had to be predicated based on what was expected of me from a community on either side, that’s going to make me feel really straitjacketed, and I don’t want to feel that. What I can say absolutely is that I am in love, and that person happens to be Holland Taylor.”
You guys, *I* might be in love (with Sarah Paulson).
Relating to Marcia Clark over public scrutiny of their every move:
“Every time that you go anywhere on the red carpet, now there are websites dedicated to picking you apart, like Tom and Lorenzo or whoever those guys are,” she said. “And they are so mean.
Marcia didn’t ask for any of it. I didn’t ask for any of it, but some of it comes with the job.”
The NYT profile, including Ryan Murphy’s observations about his muse, is well worth a read.