Sarah Paulson on media attention to her relationship: ‘there’s a meal of it for people’


As you may have noticed in my previous posts, I’m a big fan of Sarah Paulson. I love her work with Ryan Murphy and I usually dig her fashion choices – but I have to agree with CB that the beaded Prada gown she wore at the Met Gala wasn’t one of her better looks.

The 43-year-old actress, soon to be seen in the eagerly anticipated Oceans Eight, spoke with InStyle magazine for their June issue. She discussed, among other things, her professional relationship with Ryan Murphy (Sarah is set to star in his new Netflix series Ratched, about One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest’s evil nurse and on the upcoming season of American Crime Story), and her ongoing romance with 75-year-old actress Holland Taylor – which is still going strong.

Sarah shared that her first job was as a waitress after high school, only to realize it wasn’t for her, quitting after one day. She then got into acting, often as part of an ensemble cast, which promoted her to ponder her acting future. “No one really knew what to do with me. There’s this expression, ‘Not for all markets’—that used to be a very scary notion to me.”

Fortunately Sarah found her niche, thanks, in part, to Ryan, who helped her embrace her talent for being able “to morph into different things.” She’s been quite busy ever since, with a slate of projects on the way, including another movie with Sandra Bullock, Bird Box and an M. Night Shyamalan project, Glass. Here are some highlights from the interview:

She likes to work for parts
I like to go into an audition room, particularly when they think I’m not right for a part, and really fight for it. There’s something so exciting and challenging about proving to yourself that you can pull it off.

She wasn’t sure where she fit as an actress until she met Ryan Murphy
I found a real home with Ryan. He was interested in the character; it wasn’t about making me more attractive. There’s something that’s not articulated about my face that allows me to morph into different things. That characteristic, which stopped me from getting jobs when I was younger, is exactly what allows me to get them now.

On media attention to her relationship with Holland Taylor
[It’s] a funny dance. On one hand, when you’re in a relationship that makes you happy, you would be telling anyone who wanted to know about it. On the other, there’s a sort of…meal of it for people. That’s not my favorite thing. But I don’t want to spend my life jumping from shadow to shadow.

Her beauty routine
If I don’t comb my eyebrows and have ChapStick, I don’t feel like I can face the day, and I’m not kidding.

Her fashion inspiration is Bea Arthur.
I have a uniform. That’s new for me. It’s Golden Girls time for me all the time. Give me sparkle and a shoulder pad and you’ve never met anybody so happy in your life

[From InStyle]

I really like how down-to-earth Sarah seems to be. And she has a great sense of humor, keeping the Oceans Eight cast laughing by attempting to sing like Rihanna. It seems like she’s in the business for the long haul too, telling InStyle, “All I want is to be able to do this when I’m 80. And the only way to ensure that happens is that I continue to do good work.” Keep on keeping on, Sarah.

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  1. Alissa says:

    it’s great that she’s happy with her and they’re in love and I’m happy for her. But I’m not going to lie, that picture totally looks like her mother is with her.

    • Ellen Smith says:

      That’s exactly what I thought even though I already knew about their relationship.

  2. Yup says:

    They are a cute couple, I like them together.

  3. Christin says:

    I think Sarah is using a wise career strategy. As a classic movie viewer, I have come to appreciate character actors. I find myself liking their work better than the A-listers. Many enjoy decades-long careers in solid movies, whereas a good portion of the once-lead actors had bumpier or far less prolific careers.

    As for convincing directors who doubt someone is right for a part, there is a long-ago story about an actress (pretty sure it was Bette Davis) arranging lunch with a director who was casting a role he felt was too dowdy for her. She came to the restaurant and sat near him as he waited, and he did not recognize her. She got the part.

  4. Veronica says:

    I honestly had no idea they were dating. F*ck yeah for older lesbians/LGBT+ representation!

    • adastraperaspera says:

      Holland Taylor is quite a catch! She’s one of the celebs I’d love to have as a guest at a dream dinner party.

  5. FLORC says:

    They’ve swapped hairstyles in the header photo. Exact hair styles. That’s all I got because they are awesome.

  6. lucy2 says:

    Sarah is a very talented actor, I hope she continues to get a lot of good work. I’m not a fan of Ryan Murphy projects, but I’m glad they’ve been good to her.
    Holland has been the picture of elegance to me since I was a kid and she was on Bosom Buddies. 😀

  7. Reef says:

    Sometimes in gossip, you just got to mind your business. That’s how I feel about their relationship. I enjoy Sarah Paulson’s work, how she handles her career, I just enjoy how she moves through life. It’s refreshing.

  8. Summer says:

    I like Sarah’s work and find her to be intelligent and humble. (The bit about her “not articulated” face was spot-on!) That said, this relationship feels like a fetish. Significant age differences (outside young adulthood) can work, but 32 years is HUGE, esp when one person is over 70 when the romance starts. We become more vulnerable as we age, so a breakup would be very hard for Holland. And losing a partner would be very hard for Sarah.

  9. Milla says:

    I am just leaving comment to support great actress and lgbtq community.

  10. Ashley says:

    I find the age difference to be creepy

  11. Lorelei says:

    I love her and think they make a great couple. This is not a very interesting comment, but it’s true! 🙂

  12. DesertReal says:

    Eyebrows and lip tint or moisturizer- that’s all a woman really needs!
    Not foundation, concealer, powder, bronzer, blush, eyeliner, mascara, eyeshadow… even just typing that out makes me knackered.

  13. Valerie says:

    Holland Taylor is awesome. I loved her on Bosom Buddies. I will admit to raising an eyebrow when I heard they were together, but I’ve always been attracted to older men. This is really no different. Past a certain age, the gap becomes irrelevant.