Sarah Catharine Paulson is an actress from the United States. She has received several honors, including a Primetime Award and a Golden Globe Award. In 2017, Time magazine her one of the world’s 100 most influential people. Paulson began her acting career on stage in New York City before appearing in the short-lived television programs American Gothic and Jack & Jill. Later in her career, she acted in comedies like What Women Want (2000) and Down with Love (2003), as well as dramas such as Path to War (2002) and The Notorious Bettie Page (2005). She featured as Hayes in the NBC comedy-drama series Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip from 2006 to 2007, for which she got her first Globe Award nomination.
Mrs. America and Blue Jay:
Mrs. America is a Dahvi Waller-created historical drama series starring Cate Blanchett, Rose Byrne, Uzo Aduba, Elizabeth Banks, and Kayli Carter. The series focuses on the Equal Rights Amendment ratification effort and the unexpected response spearheaded by conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly. Gloria Steinem, Betty Friedan, Bella Abzug, and Jill Ruckelshaus are renowned feminists. Blue Jay, a romance drama directed by Alex Lehmann, featured Paulson in 2016. She portrays Amanda in this independent film, who stumbles across her high school years after they broke up. The film is raw, sensitive, and emotional, shot entirely in black and white, heightening the emotional impact. The role allows the spectator to experience the painful feelings that often accompany a couple’s reunification.
12 Years an enslaved person and Ratched:
12 Years an enslaved person, directed by Steve McQueen, was a box office and awards season smash. The film is based on Solomon Northup’s book from 1853, which tells the experience of his servitude at Louisiana plantations until his eventual escape. Ratched, developed by Evan Romansky in 2020, saw Paulson Ratched, the person we all know and fear from Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. As a prelude to the hit film, the series recounts Mildred’s descent into darkness. We witness a human side to her and how circumstances led to her mental deterioration, finally leading to her callous treatment of the patients we see.
Carol and American Crime Story:
Carol, directed by Todd Haynes in 2015, is based on Patricia Highsmith’s 1952 romance novel The Price of Salt. Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara play the dual role who having a forbidden love affair when Carol undergoes a painful divorce. In the middle of the intense drama, Paulson plays Carol’s ex-girlfriend Abby, who tells Carol to follow her heart. Ryan Murphy gained success with the spin-off American Crime Story after the success of American Horror Story. American Crime Story follows a similar concept: the narrative and characters change every season. Still, this time the series represents real-life crimes or controversies that captivated American culture.
American Horror Story and Abominable:
Paulson began her long-term collaboration with Ryan Murphy with her role in American Horror Story: Murder House. Her role was little compared to her earlier appearances on the program, but she took a role as Lana Winters in American Horror Story: Asylum. Paulson came in nine of the ten episodes to date, and she brings star power to each role, seamlessly moving between distinct polar personas. Despite the title, Abominable, a 2019 animated film about a group of youngsters who set out to help a lost Yeti find its family, looks to have a lot to grant. Of course, the word refers to the Abominable Snowman, like a creature from the past.
Diggers and Serenity:
Paulson carries her own against the 2006 period comedy Diggers, with an all-star cast that includes Paul Rudd, Ken Marino, Ron Eldard, and Josh Hamilton. The film, set on 1970s Long Island, examines a group of close friends’ maturation, or lack thereof. With significant changes on the horizon, the friends who want to maintain their small village lifestyle. Julie, played by Paulson, is one of the friends that go to Gina and Zoey when they are in trouble. Serenity, Joss Whedon’s long-awaited big-screen adaptation of the cult series Firefly, stars Dr. Caron. The absurd crew of Serenity, a space spacecraft harboring a dangerous fugitive, is the focus of the sci-fi adventure.
Sarah Paulson debuted in an episode of Law & Order in 1994, and she has since performed in both film and television, showing dedication for becoming nearly unidentifiable in her performances. She is one of the most in-demand actors, with legions of fans, due to her outstanding performances. After appearing in Ryan Murphy’s long-running series American Horror Story, she became a household celebrity, and her acting career took off. She may appear in all but one season of the show, usually as a lead character, and her ability to shape-shift into any role Ryan Murphy threw at her is massive.