Sarah Paulson Q&A: ‘American Horror Story: Roanoke’
During our recent webcam chat (watch the exclusive interview above), Sarah Paulson confesses, “It literally makes my palms sweat,” after we rattle off the list of awards she won for playing embattled prosecutor Marcia Clark on “The People v. O.J. Simpson.” Paulson actually made TV history by taking home the Emmy, Golden Globe, SAG, Critics’ Choice and TCA Awards all within the same year. “Even though it actually happened to me, it sounds like it’s happening to someone else and my palms are sweaty,” Paulson laughs.
Paulson’s memory of the Emmy moment where she prevailed as Best Movie/Mini Actress is “a real blur,” though she talks candidly about some of the details she’ll never forget, including seeing showrunner Ryan Murphy out in the audience. “The reward was the fact that I got to play that part — it truly was,” she admits. “It probably will be the greatest part I will have for some time because those kinds of things don’t just fall off trees.”
After starring on “American Horror Story” for six seasons, Paulson says that one of the biggest challenges of the most recent “AHS: Roanoke” was playing three different people: “My Roanoke Nightmare” character Shelby Miller, British actress Audrey Tindall, and “AHS: Asylum” fan-fave Lana Winters. Paulson explains, “It was a weird thing from an acting standpoint to start the season knowing that I was an actress playing a part, and then midway through the season I was going to be playing the actress who was playing the part.”
When she first heard that she’d be reprising Lana in the Season 6 finale, Paulson was excited and says she wished she could have played her even more. “We could have done a whole season of Lana Winters in the 1970s,” she smiles, “running around with her pony tails and her fur coats.” Hmm, where do we sign the petition to get an all-Lana Winters cycle of “AHS”?
Also in our fun interview, Paulson talks about making out with Evan Peters, how she ad-libbed some of Audrey’s lines, and whether she’ll ever direct an episode of “American Horror Story.” She also teases a bit about the upcoming election-themed season of “AHS,” revealing, “What I can tell you is, I’ve never been more tired in my life, on any season of this show. Emotionally, physically, intellectually, any of it. It’s harrowing to say the least, right out of the gate.”