“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.And then, of course, the one thing I could see was that mole, illuminated and kissed by the sun.”In walked Marcia Clark.They ate, ordered tequila and talked for so long that they closed the place down.“The whole thing had this date quality,” Ms. Paulson, she is recast as a chain-smoking feminist underdog, hounded by the news media unfairly fixated on her perceived shrewishness and (questionable) perm.“That’s the first thing people say when they hear ‘Marcia Clark,’” Ms. “They don’t even think ‘lawyer.’ They just think ‘hair.’” Next week’s episode, “Marcia, Marcia, Marcia,” covers Ms. “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.Steadily, she made a career playing such divergent roles as the fragile Laura Wingfield in “The Glass Menagerie” on Broadway and a conservative Christian comedian on Aaron Sorkin’s series “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip.”“She’s effortlessly tough,” Mr. There’s no such thing as ‘a Sarah Paulson type.’”Nowhere has her versatility been more evident than on “American Horror Story,” the anthology series on which she has played a lesbian journalist (“Asylum”), the headmistress of a witch academy (“Coven”), a heroin-addicted ghost (“Hotel”) and, perhaps most memorably, a pair of conjoined twins (“Freak Show”).“She just has a real faculty for being somebody else,” said Ryan Murphy, a co-creator of “American Horror Story” and an executive producer and director of “American Crime Story.” “‘If I said, ‘Sarah, next year you’re going to play Pope Francis,’ she’d say, “O. “She does a hilarious impersonation of me, which I also love,” he said. Clark so that she could arrive at a characterization on her own. Clark now wears Acqua di Gio and “smells much better,” Ms. “Steve Mc Queen thinks she’s like Bette Davis, and I think that’s true,” he said.Her profile has risen in recent years thanks to a string of celebrated films including HBO’s “Game Change,” Steve Mc Queen’s “12 Years a Slave” and “Carol,” in which she played the former lover of the title character, played by Cate Blanchett. Paulson added.)“I like it when I don’t recognize myself,” said the actress, who wears Le Labo’s Musc 25 when she wants to smell like herself. He also attested to her spunky social presence: “There is nobody who is a bigger life of the party than Sarah Paulson.”Inevitably, her success has intensified the spotlight on her free-spirited romantic life. Clark, whose private travails were once splashed across the tabloids, Ms. But she does accept it as a fact of life.“Marcia didn’t ask for any of it,” she said.’”She was at a friend’s house in Brooklyn in 1994 when the notorious white Bronco chase took over the airwaves. Paulson was a fledgling 19-year-old actress whose focus, she admitted, was “decidedly self-interested.” She idolized Julia Roberts, whose image had been plastered all over her high school locker, and envisioned herself becoming a similarly “glamorous, glitzy, charming” leading lady.But she quickly discovered that she was a character actress, able to metamorphose into people who are off-center, off-putting, damaged or cruel. She’s warm, sexy, incredibly funny and very, very smart. Murphy first met her on his show “Nip/Tuck,” and was amazed by her dead-on impersonations of Kathleen Turner and Holly Hunter. Clark, through a mutual acquaintance, what perfume she wore during the 1995 trial (Lancôme’s Magie Noire), then scoured e Bay for a vintage specimen and wore it on set, despite its “fecund earthy dirt scent.” (Ms.
“I had a complicated home life, and my teachers, predominantly my theater teachers and my English teachers, were very dedicated to taking care of me in a particular way,” she said.They have now been together for a little more than a year. Paulson said she had never seriously dated anyone her own age.“There’s a poignancy to being with someone older,” she observed.She never kept her same-sex relationships secret, smooching Ms.Jones on live television at the 2005 Tony Awards and, more recently, appearing hand in hand with Ms. Taylor was “probably the most exquisitely beautiful woman I’d ever seen.”They crossed paths again a few years later, when the actress Martha Plimpton asked both to record videos for her reproductive-rights organization, A Is For. Paulson was filming “American Horror Story: Asylum” at the time, and Ms.
Taylor at the 2016 Critics’ Choice Awards and the Broadway opening of “Fiddler on the Roof.” (People Magazine declared it an “adorable PDA parade.”)But she has been wary of labeling her sexuality, for fear of being “skewered” should she change her dating habits later on.“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,” she said. Taylor was working on her one-woman play, “Ann,” about the former Texas governor Ann Richards.