Sarah Paulson discusses her history with Ryan Murphy projects like American Horror Story, noting she might not return as she’s seeking new ventures.
Sarah Paulson says she isn’t sure if she’ll return to American Horror Story. The actress began her career acting in New York City stage productions, before moving on to star in series like American Gothic and Jack & Jill. While she had been in a few movies before, the early 2000s included her delving into film more. From 2006-2007, Paulson starred in Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip and received her first Golden Globe nomination. She also appeared on Broadway and later in a number of independent films. The 2010s notably saw Paulson featured in critically-acclaimed films like 12 Years a Slave, Carol, and The Post, all of which were nominated for multiple Academy Awards. Other notable films in her filmography include New Year’s Eve, Ocean’s 8, Bird Box, Glass, and Run.
Paulson is also largely known for her work with writer, director, and producer Ryan Murphy—the man behind many popular series, including Glee, American Horror Story, Scream Queens, American Crime Story, Pose, and Ratched. She first began working with Murphy in 2011, guest appearing in “Murder House,” the first season of American Horror Story. Paulson has been in every AHS season except 1984, the series’ ninth. Amidst her history with American Horror Story, she also starred in the first season of American Crime Story, “The People v. O.J. Simpson,” which landed her an Emmy, as well as the third season, “Impeachment.” She’s also appeared in the first season of Feud, “Bette and Joan,” and starred as the titular character in Ratched.
Now, per Variety, Paulson isn’t sure about her American Horror Story future. While the actress says she’s always open to returning, she says she feels like she’s been on the show for so long and people might be sick of her. As a series veteran, she welcomes the idea of others taking her place, while she explores other ventures. Read her full quote below:
“It’s not that I’m not open to it. I’m always open to it, but I feel like I’ve been doing it for a long time, and people might start getting sick of me in that world. Let someone else scream and run and cry for a second. Other people can do that too! Also, my nervous system. There was a time when I was younger when I was like, ‘I can do this all night. I love it!’ Now I’m like, ‘Momma’s tired!’ What I’m looking for is new. I’m looking for new experiences and looking to collaborate in new ways with young filmmakers. I’m interested in this idea of being the old lady on the set.”
While it’s understandable that Paulson may prefer to take on other projects, as she’s been in the world of American Horror Story for over 10 years now, her comments are sure to worry fans. A series veteran, she’s practically become synonymous with the series, especially given it’s what most people know her for. It’s garnered her five wins of her eight Emmy nominations, and she’s appeared in nearly every season of it. Still, Paulson has alluded to progressing from the series before, and as she says now, she wants to shift to new experiences.
Paulson’s shift in trajectory is evident. While there haven’t been any recent announcements as to whether she will appear in any of Murphy’s many upcoming projects, including American Horror Story season 11, which is set to premiere later this year, she recently booked a starring role in an upcoming horror movie called Dust. Additionally, Paulson has recently signed on for a film adaptation of Bruce Norris’ play Clybourne Park and the starring role in a series based on Glennon Doyle’s memoir Untamed. While Paulson’s future with American Horror Story may be unclear at the moment, fans can at least be rest assured that she’s booked and busy, on her way to adding more to her extensive filmography.
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