Sarah Shares Her Opinion About Trump’s Transgender Military Ban

Sarah Paulson has one word for Donald Trump in the wake of his decision to ban transgender people from the military … despicable.

We got the much-sought-after actress with Holland Taylor Saturday night leaving Craig’s, and you can plainly hear the unbridled contempt in her voice with her one-word answer.

On a more optimistic note, Sarah thinks the students who triggered a world-wide march against assault rifles have already changed hearts and minds.

One step forward … and then there’s Donald Trump.

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NEW SARAH INTERVIEW WITH VULTURE

NEW SARAH INTERVIEW WITH VULTURE

In three seasons on FX’s American Horror Story, Sarah Paulson has had to telepathically commune with the dead, breast-feed an adult sociopathic killer, and have sex while surrounded by dozens of snakes, to pick just a few discomfiting scenes from a series that has become a hit thanks its gothic blend of the camp and the demonic. Yet it was filming a seemingly mundane sequence for the first episode of American Horror Story: Freak Show, as the new season is titled, that caused Paulson to melt down, worried she might not be up to the task of playing Bette and Dot, conjoined twins who are recruited to help revive an embattled freak show in 1950s Florida.
The trouble? While eating a roll of bread (as Bette), Paulson had to simultaneously write in her diary (as Dot), a disorienting feat of mind-body multitasking. “They have two heads and two brains in one body, but, of course, I only have one of each,” explains the actress, 39, over a boozy dinner in New Orleans, where the show is currently shooting. “So I was doing my part as Bette”—here Paulson begins buttering a roll with her left hand—“but as Dot I’m writing with my dominant side” — she pantomimes the movement with the fork in her right — “and my voice kept wanting to come out as Dot. I freaked out. Before I knew it, I was crying on set.” Ryan Murphy, the show’s co-creator, stopped shooting to take Paulson for a reassuring walk. “He was like, ‘Lady, you’re doing something that no one has ever done before,’” Paulson says. “Which was nice, but I was just so scared.” She pauses, then adds, “I am so scared.”

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SARAH DISCUSSES HER UPCOMING ROLE AS O.J. SIMPSON PROSECUTOR MARCIA CLARK

SARAH DISCUSSES HER UPCOMING ROLE AS O.J. SIMPSON PROSECUTOR MARCIA CLARK

“Ryan had mentioned it very casually to me, in the way that he does sometimes,” Paulson said. “The Marcia Clark thing to me was incredibly juicy, because I remember. I was young at the time. I was barely out of high school. I remember where I was when that Bronco was on the freeway. I remember her in the courtroom.

“He presented it to me as a casual thing, then didn’t mention it for months again.”

Then, weeks later, Murphy said he would send Paulson the first two scripts.

“I was like, ‘I know I want to do it. You don’t have to send me the scripts,’” she said. “He said, ‘You should read it, and see if you want to do it.’ I said, ‘I’m telling you, I want to do it.’

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Performer of the Week: Sarah Paulson

Performer of the Week: Sarah Paulson

THE PERFORMER | Sarah Paulson
THE SHOW | American Horror Story: Freak Show
THE EPISODE | “Tupperware Party Massacre”
THE AIRDATE | December 10, 2014
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THE PERFORMANCE | Performer of the Week doesn’t seem like a sufficient accolade to bestow upon Sarah Paulson after this latest Freak Show. Maybe, since she blew us away as not one character but two, we should name her Performers of the Week?
First, as the Tattlers argued about whether to undergo the surgery that would separate them — and possibly kill one of them — the actress reminded us of how cold Dot could be about their “infinite, intolerable arranged marriage” and how sweet Bette could be. When the latter revealed that she was willing to go so far as to give up her life in order to secure her sibling’s future happiness, even her twin was moved.

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