Could Sarah Paulson’s drunken meetup with Marcia Clark help win her an Emmy?

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Sarah Paulson recently admitted that she did research for her role as Marcia Clarke in The People vs. O.J. Simpson by getting drunk with the actual Marcia Clark. Paulson, who has never been afraid to take on a role (look at any of her characters on American Horror Story), sat down with Ellen DeGeneres and spilled the hilarious “T” about her first meeting with the OJ prosecutor. She told Ellen, “I drank a lot of tequila with her. It was really fun. It was like the mole (Clark’s beauty mark) kept moving all over her face in my mind. It was like, ‘Is that you? Oh, now it’s on your forehead.'” Oh, just watch this. It’s beautiful.

Sarah, who had poured over the pages of Jeffrey Toobin’s book, The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson (the book that inspired the series) added, “When I saw her, it was like seeing someone I’d idolized or had a terrible crush on for my whole life. And she walked into the restaurant and I was like, ‘Ahhh,’And she sort of looked around like this was a sort of terrifying experience for her.” Sarah’s obsession could result in some major industry accolades, so I don’t think her “research” was in vain. At all.

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The New York Post feels that Sarah’s work (especially in last night’s episode) is enough to earn her an Emmy. Even though there’s more to come, I have to agree with the Post. Sarah really did some heavy lifting on last night’s ep. Marcia not only had to deal with fighting for custody of her kids, but with the press mocking her for her appearance – only to get a “makeover” that prompted one reporter to ask why she opted to now look like Rick James. Ouch. Oh, and there was a nude picture leak. Oof.

And, this latest installment of the series brought up the issue of whether or not real-life Marcia and her co-prosecutor Chris Darden hooked up. I, personally, could have sworn that I thought the pair ended up romantically linked, but a Google search makes me question that. Sarah and Sterling K. Brown, who (also skillfully) plays Chris Darden were asked if they felt their characters had more than a professional relationship and they had slightly different opinions. Sterling told E! News, “I remember in an interview he did on Oprah, he said that Marcia Clark is an extraordinary woman, so I definitely think he was attracted to her, and not just her physical being, but like her intellect, her spirit, etc.” Sarah, however, avoided the speculation, telling E!, “My take is probably not as important as what the facts are, and since some of it is really unknown to us, we are not giving the full breadth of what we believe to be true. Playing it was very easy with Sterling, he’s so lovely and available and wonderful and so good.”

I swear I thought these two were an item after the trial. But, if you watched the show last night, it looked like the two prosecutors had a little bit more than just a professional relationship. I have never slow danced to some sweet 70s R&B jams with any co-worker I’ve ever known. (And there’s a few I would have loved to do that with. Oh, just saying, of course.) So, if you saw last night’s episode, do you think that Sarah will be on the “best actress” ballot for next year’s Emmys?

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  1. Nancy says:

    All she has to do basically is walk up on stage and pick up the Emmy. She portrayed Marsha better than Clark herself.

  2. karen says:

    I wanted to hate this show but it’s actually pretty amazing, her portrayal in particular is stellar. I had forgotten how horrible the press was to Marcia Clark over the haircut, and that there had been nude pics of her released by an ex husband. I also had no idea she was in the midst of a custody battle during the trial. Last nights episode was probably the best of the season so far.

    • noway says:

      I did too, but it is really good. Also, they received a lot of crap for not focusing on the victims, but in all honesty this is much better. I am not sure anyone wants to see a story about the actual crime and the horrendous loss of life and promise. Plus with everything that has happened with celebrity, racism, and women in the media in the last 20 years you can delve into the social issues that affected the verdict much more now. Even with the dramatization of events, it shows how all these things came together to render this verdict. Last night’s episode was fantastic, and at the time I don’t remember feeling that bad for Marcia Clark, a bit about the hair because I have had some seriously bad hairdo’s in my day. Still remembering it with 20 more years of experience and you see how bad the direct and passive aggressive sexism was.

    • Sarah(too) says:

      I agree. The most fascinating parts to me are the portrayals of Clark and Cochran. The show is about them for me, and I love it. The only part I don’t like is Schwimmer’s Robert Kardashian and what seems like unnecessary wink-wink focus on the Kardashian kids.

      • CG says:

        I think the entire cast is outstanding. I only watched initially because I thought it would be cheesy and hilarious, and parts definitely are, but the whole series has just been really engrossing and well-written. The entire cast (even OTT Travolta) is bringing its A game and especially Paulson, Vance and Brown have given incredibly fantastic performances. (I even think David Schwimmer has done a really nuanced job of trying to show Robert Kardashian wanting to support his friend but at the same time being wracked with doubt over OJ’s innocence, and I never thought I’d say that about Ross!) Seriously, if this doesn’t win all the awards, that is some major BS! And yeah, I could have sworn it was reported at the time that Darden and Clark were hooking up.

  3. CharlotteCharlotte says:

    I really like Sarah, and I’m so happy every time she gets recognised for her ability.

  4. Patricia says:

    She’s a phenomenal actress, and her talent seems coupled with wit and intelligence. She’s but a dime a dozen kind of lady!

  5. Neelyo says:

    I can’t get past the lisp with her, always takes me away from whoever she’s playing. Haven’t seen her as Marcia Clark but I hope she doesn’t have it there.

    • Inconceivable! says:

      Sarah’s lisp is what made her THE perfect choice to play Meredith Grey’s mom on G. Anatomy years ago during the 1970’s flashback episode. I really like Sarah…I find her mesmerizing to watch her act because you can tell she has true talent.

  6. Livealot says:

    That interview is a delight. I’m a new fan. Swoon.

  7. Sullivan says:

    She’s delightfully odd. I really like her.

  8. Bob says:

    I love the neck on that silver dress. Would that count as a cowl-neck or is it called something else?

  9. Debutante says:

    Sarah Paulson has evolved into an amazing actress !

    She elevates anything she is in .

  10. K says:

    The series is amazing she will be nominate for mini series actress no question. The entire cast is worth nominating but Sterling Brown, Sarah Paulson and Courtney B Vance are stand outs. They are making you feel the hell of this trial!! Last week seeing what this did to Chris Darden, it ruined his life and my heart just breaks then turn to this week and see what Marsha went through my god.

    But Courtney is killing it because by god I believe what he is saying! I mean I’m watching that ans while I know OJ did it, I believe the verdict was the right one because I think they did shady stuff with the evidence and there is legitimate reasonable doubt.

    I mean it is a brilliant show, and it is truly examining and highlighting how the media, racism, sexism and dirty police shaped this trial.

    Also I mean i was a child but I didn’t remember Judge Ito being such a gross human but he was- spot on casting though. This show is taking all the awards.

  11. Lisa says:

    Thing is, if you’re going thru a horrible time, then it’s great if someone supports you and can understand because he’s suffering too.

  12. princessbuttercup says:

    We all need to start recognizing Sarah for the national treasure that she is.

  13. MollyO says:

    oh yes. Ever since the first episode, she’s had us at hello. Emmy, golden globe, you name it. She’s earned it.