Sarah Paulson on her love life: ‘I’ve always walked to the beat of my own drum’

Sarah Paulson, who should probably clear some space on her mantel for the Emmy we all know she’s going to get for her work on FX’s The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, spoke to People Magazine about her love life and what she learned while playing Marcia Clarke. The 41-year-old actress is currently dating Holland Taylor, 73, who may be Charlie Sheen’s mother on Two and a Half Men to you, but will always be Ruth Dunbar from Bosom Buddies to me.

Sarah, who said that bonding with Marcia Clark over an evening of tequila shots helped her nail down her role, told People recently that playing the persecuted prosecutor taught her that “That old saying of, ‘You can’t judge a book by its cover’ is incredibly apt when it comes to Marcia. She was painted as a person who was after fame and was too strong and tough for her own good, but that couldn’t have been further from the truth.”

Sarah is familiar with media scrutiny, especially when it comes to her same-sex, May/December relationship. She doesn’t care, admitting to People, “I’ve always walked to the beat of my own drum.” She has gone against type since auditioning for New York City’s Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts with a surprising monologue choice – one from the mom in the musical Bye, Bye Birdie. I actually played that same part in high school – where’s my Emmy?

In other ACS news, this week’s episode of the show re-enacted the infamous “if the gloves don’t fit, you must acquit” moment in that unforgettable trial. (If you want to review a spoiler-loaded recap of the episode – and a GIF featuring John Travolta’s mesmerizing eyebrows, check out all of the details here.) It seems O.J. is using the past to defend these new accusations.

The recent discovery of a knife at O.J.’s former property once again raised questions about whether or not O.J. killed ex-wife Nicole and Ron Goldman. Marcia Clark said she was glad the LAPD was taking the discovery seriously, but O.J. viewed the situation with much less seriousness, thanks to the revelations in a new book.

Retired correctional officer Jeffrey Felix, who claims to be O.J’s closest confidante at the Nevada prison where he is currently serving a 33-year sentence for kidnapping and robbery, just wrote a new (self-published) book about his relationship with the former football star called Guarding the Juice: How O.J. Simpson became my Prison BFF. Felix told ABC News that, “O.J. thinks the knife thing is a complete joke and he wants to know why it was held on to for 18 years before it was turned in. He jokingly says, ‘If the knife is rusted, I can’t be busted.'” Yes, the statute of limitations may have expired, but, according to The Wrap, the LAPD has refuted TMZ‘s report that the knife found on OJ Simpson’s Rockingham estate contained no DNA evidence. An LAPD spokesperson said that the lead investigator on the case “has advised that he has not received any such information yet from the crime lab.”

It’s kind of amazing that an over 20-year-old trial still captivates. I secretly hope that the knife has the DNA that will finally prove that O.J. was guilty. Every good crime story has closure, and I think this one deserves it.

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  1. trishy says:

    Her Fresh Air interview was very good. She was intelligent, thoughtful and passionate. Wishing her all good things!

  2. GlimmerLinnie says:

    I hoep she does get her Emmy this year. I still think she was SO robbed for playing Lana Winters in American Horror Story: Asylum.

  3. kri says:

    I love Holland. That voice, that bone structure..fabulous. As for OJ, well…karma seems to have visited him a couple of times. I don’t know if we will ever get the truth. But in my heart, I truly believe that OJ slaughtered those two people that night. I also think about his kids. I cannot even imagine the havoc he wrought in their lives.

  4. paolanqar says:

    I just realised that she looks like a skinny Adele.

  5. TwistBarbie says:

    Did anyone read that interview where she talked about why she likes dating older people (As it says above, her current partner is 73)? It really rubbed me the wrong way, she seemed to imply that it was the poignancy of knowing you may not have too much time together that appealed to her, and it made me feel like she was fetishizing age in a weird way. Kind of like “I love her because she’s going to die soon and it makes things exciting”. None of my business of course, but I was wondering if anyone else got this vibe.

    • Wren33 says:

      I just read that quote, not the whole interview, and it did strike me as an odd think to say about someone you love.

  6. Abbess Tansy says:

    She has that part down pat. I hope she gets recognition for it. Also love her in American Horror Story past seasons.

  7. Heather says:

    The thing is, this 20 year old trial does NOT captivate anyone anymore. That’s why it’s a cable tv movie and not a real one.

  8. Londongal says:

    GODDESS. Bone Fide.

  9. mialouise says:

    People are so fascinated by this trial, I wish I was old enough to remember anything about it. I’ve never heard d Marcia Clarke, but the glove sounds familiar!

    • susanne says:

      I remember seeing the headlines on the newspaper in the grocery store in my hometown when the murders happened. And I remember exactly where I was when I heard the verdict. In grad school in a psych program in NYC focused on multiculturalism. We were all so sad.
      I don’t remember anything about the subway ride home, or the feeling in the streets of Manhattan and Brooklyn.
      I’m glad it’s getting attention again, if it helps the Brown and Goldman families at all. HEY. Are they getting a cut? Why should cable make money off the murder of their kids? That’s a good question.