You know her. You love her. You can’t think of American Horror Story or OJ Simpson or Martha Marcy May Marlene without her. Sarah Paulson has become one of Hollywood’s favorite faces. She took some time to talk about one of her latest projects, Mrs. America, in which she plays Phyllis Schlafly’s best friend.
I have added the entire set of captures from Sarah’s role as Alice McRae in the Hulu/FX Series Mrs. America to the gallery.
I have added some HQ stills of Sarah’s role as Alice McRae in the Hulu/FX Series Mrs. America to the gallery.
Sarah talks with Gold Derby on her new series Mrs. America and working with her co-stars.
Sarah Paulson (‘Mrs. America’) on how funny Cate Blanchett is in real life: ‘She’s a goony-goon!’ She chats with Gold Derby’s Charles Bright and Marcus Dixon.
Sarah did a virtual visit to Jimmy Kimmel Live recently to talk about her upcoming role on American Crime Story as Linda Tripp and her series Mrs. America.
Sarah talks about playing Linda Tripp in “American Crime Story,” going through a major physical transformation for it, her newfound love affair with her cell phone during quarantine, and “Mrs. America” on Hulu. Jimmy will be making a donation to a worthwhile cause that is chosen by our guest every day during this quarantine. Sarah chose The Loveland Foundation. Please help them provide free therapy for young black women and children across the United States. Go here to donate – https://thelovelandfoundation.org> #JimmyKimmelLiveFromHisHouse
I am so excited to announce that Sarah was announced as part of the Hollywood Walk of Fame Class of 2021.
2021 Walk of Fame Class Announced
HOLLYWOOD, CA. June 17, 2020 —A new group of entertainment professionals in the categories of Motion Pictures, Television, Live Theatre/Live Performance, Radio and Recording have been selected to receive stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame by the Walk of Fame Selection Panel of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. These honorees were chosen from among hundreds of nominations to the committee at a meeting held on June 15, 2020 and ratified by the Hollywood Chamber’s Board of Directors. Ellen K, Chair of the Walk of Fame Selection Panel and Radio personality, announced the new honorees with Rana Ghadban, President/CEO for the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. The new selections were revealed to the world via the Walk of Fame Facebook page beginning at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 18. “The Walk of Fame Selection Panel is pleased to announce 35 new honorees to the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The Selection Panel, made up of fellow Walk of Famers, hand-picks a group of honorees each year that represent various genres of the entertainment world,” said Chair and Walk of Famer Ellen K, “The Panel has done an exemplary job in choosing very talented people. We can’t wait to see each and every honoree’s face as they realize that they are becoming a part of Hollywood’s history as we unveil their star on the world’s most famous walkway!” Ellen K added.
The Hollywood Walk of Fame Class of 2021 are:
In the category of MOTION PICTURES: Josh Brolin, Don Cheadle, Morris Chestnut, Benedict Cumberbatch, Zac Efron, Giancarlo Giannini, Shia LaBeouf, Jimmy Smits, Naomi Watts and a double star for Ali MacGraw and Ryan O’Neal.
In the category of TELEVISION: Nick Cannon, Courteney Cox, Marla Gibbs, Jenifer Lewis, Laura Linney, Judge Greg Mathis, Dr. Mehmet Oz, Sarah Paulson, Peter Roth and Christian Slater.
In the category of RECORDING: The Chi-Lites, Kelly Clarkson, Missy Elliott, Ana Gabriel, Jefferson Airplane, The Judds, Don McLean, Salt-N-Pepa, Trisha Yearwood and Charlie Parker (Posthumous).
In the category of LIVE THEATRE/LIVE PERFORMANCE: Sarah Brightman, Luciano Pavarotti (Posthumous) and August Wilson (Posthumous)
In the category of RADIO: Big Boy The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and its Walk of Fame Selection Panel congratulate all the honorees. Dates have not been scheduled for these star ceremonies. Recipients have two years to schedule star ceremonies from the date of selection before they expire. Upcoming star ceremonies are usually announced ten days prior to dedication on the official website www.walkoffame.com.
Variety spoke with Sarah and Dahvi to talk about Mrs. America and Sarah’s character Alice.
When the character of Alice Macray in FX on Hulu’s “Mrs. America” was brought to actor Sarah Paulson’s attention, only two scripts had been written for the limited series. Alice is the lone central character that is not based on an iconic woman in American history, so there wasn’t source material to which Paulson could turn to get a deeper understanding of the woman described as a homemaker and loyal friend of Phyllis Schlafly (Cate Blanchett), fighting against ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment. But, she was an essential part of the story because she was the only character who could change her stance on the movement over the course of the series.
That’s where the relationship between Paulson and showrunner Dahvi Waller became so crucial.
As Paulson recalls it, Waller told her she couldn’t make a promise that Alice was going to be as prominent in early episodes as in the later part when Alice’s worldview opened.
“It has to be a slow burn so the impact will be [stronger] later on,” Paulson recalls Waller telling her. “And so there may be times when you’re sitting around in a way that you’re not used to, but I hope you’ll trust me and have faith that I am going to give you something really delicious.”
Citing a “real connection” with Waller “instantly,” Paulson did just that, and it changed the trajectory of the show.
“Casting Sarah was critical to Alice’s journey,” Waller says. “Alice is the way into the series because she’s the everywoman and the person we can all relate to, but when we cast Sarah we hadn’t finished breaking the second half of the season. And to be honest if Sarah hadn’t agreed to play Alice I don’t know that I would have felt like Alice could carry an entire episode, and take Alice’s storyline where we took it. When you have someone like Sarah, it completely changes what you can do.”
In the writing of the character, Alice was “based on several people, including a woman I spoke to who was a Phyllis Schlafly Eagle in the ‘70s in Indiana and a neighbor of Phyllis,’” says Waller. But in fleshing her out further for the performance, Paulson says she drew a bit from her own grandmother — who “is a very religious woman and married my grandfather right out of college and had two children and didn’t work and was a devoted homemaker and very fulfilled in doing so.”
Alice staunchly stood by Phyllis’ side in the beginning of the series, afraid that her status as a homemaker would be challenged if the amendment went through. But Paulson and Waller shaped Alice’s conservatism so that it “had a cloak of innocence to it,” Paulson says. “Alice is a real product of her time and it really has to do with what hasn’t been learned and what hasn’t been investigated.”
Adds Waller: “We didn’t believe that all of the women in Phyllis’ movement were Birchers or racists, and we knew it was important to have women on her side who were very much anti any kind of bigotry. We wanted Alice to have those characteristics, but we wanted to be below the surface with it. Sarah can play 1,000 things on her face or with her eyes so you can get all those different layers and complexity, while at the same time playing a character who’s so pure at heart.”
Deadline share that Sarah will be one of the stars to star in HBO’s Coastal Elites.
HBO has set Coastal Elites, a comic satire special centered around five characters from New York to Los Angeles coping with politics and the pandemic. Bette Midler (Hello Dolly, The Rose), Kaitlyn Dever (Unbelievable), Dan Levy (Schitt’s Creek), Sarah Paulson (The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, Game Change) and Issa Rae (Insecure) star in the special from Paul Rudnick (Addams Family Values, In & Out) and Jay Roach (Bombshell, All The Way, Game Change). It’s slated for premiere in September.
Produced entirely under quarantine, the special, written by Rudnick and directed by Roach, “tells stories of breaking down and breaking through in the summer of 2020 that are funny, searing, poignant and now,” according to HBO.
Exploring our current world of deeply divided politics and the universal pursuit of human connection during a pandemic, Coastal Elites features a series of confessionals from five main characters, played by Midler, Dever, Levy, Paulson and Rae.
Rudnick and Roach executive produce with Tony winner Jeffrey Seller (Broadway’s Hamilton, In the Heights), Flody Suarez (Rise, 8 Simple Rules), Scott Chaloff, and Michelle Graham (Bombshell).
“Paul Rudnick and Jay Roach bring their razor-sharp perspective and wit to HBO,” said Casey Bloys, President, HBO Programming. “We are thrilled to partner with them in telling this story, which is uniquely resonant for these times.”
A specific air date will be announced in the coming weeks.
I have spent the last week adding missing photoshoots to the gallery along with updating with additional outtakes to shoots that were already there. Enjoy!
– Sarah Paulson Fan > Photoshoots > Outtakes
Hello! My name is Ali and I am the new webmaster here at Sarah Paulson fan! I have added a beautiful new set of themes to the site thanks to the talents of Claudia at Never Enough Design in honor of the site’s 2nd anniversary! I look forward to sharing all of the news and information related to Sarah’s career with you … stay tuned as I update the site and add lots of new content. Also be sure to follow us on twitter @SPaulsonFan_.