Sarah Paulson on her ‘secret history’ opposite Cate Blanchett in ‘Carol’ [Exclusive Video]

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“It’s always hard to play a person who has a secret history in life that’s not something out on the table,” reveals Sarah Paulson in our recent interview (watch below) about her role in the new film “Carol.” She plays Abby Gerhard, the former lover of married woman Carol Aird (Cate Blanchett) who has now moved on but remains one of her closest friends. The movie is set in 1950s New York, an era when a lesbian romance was simply not discussed in public.

Related: Watch our chats with ‘Carol’ stars Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara

Paulson adds, “A lot of the performances are in a style connected to the time period where not everything is said. We’re in an age now when people say anything and everything 25 times a day on Twitter and everywhere else. This is a movie that really, really captures the unspoken and unsaid.”

Paulson has spent much of her career on television, receiving four Emmy Awards nominations for her work in the “American Horror Story” anthology series and for the telefilm “Game Change.” She has also picked up two Golden Globe bids and a SAG Awards nomination as part of the “12 Years a Slave” film ensemble. She will next be seen on FX as prosecutor Marcia Clark in “American Crime Story: The People vs. O.J. Simpson” beginning in February.

Of her work on the small screen, she says, “I have certainly felt like on television anyways that it’s been the ‘Year of the Woman’ for a couple of years now. It just seems to be getting more and more so, which I think is exciting. Now to be in a movie with two of the greatest actresses we have going (Blanchett and Rooney Mara) and directed by Todd Haynes, I lucked out is what happened to me.”

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Photo Credit: Courtesy of The Weinstein Company

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