Of the prowess of Sarah Paulson’s acting abilities and skills there is little doubt. Her nuanced performances demand attention as she disappears into one character after another. In particular Tosha Rachelle Taylor writes about the importance of Sarah’s character, Lana Winters, in the second season of American Horror Story:
“[T]he aversion therapy scene in Asylum made me feel physically ill. The scene references the real-life practice of committing queer women (and men) to mental institutions, where they could be subjected to painful procedures in the guise of therapy or, at times, even lobotomized. Knowing that the actress portraying the victim of this practice was queer made the scene even more powerful. This was part of her history, too. Had she been born a generation earlier, that scene could have easily been her real life experience.”
Her work has continued on American Horror Story where she has, to date, further portrayed Cordelia Foxx, a witch who discovers her true power, conjoined twins Bette and Dot Tattler, a desperately lonely junkie Sally, and a re-enactor Audrey Tindall.
In another of Ryan Murphy’s projects, American Crime Story: The People vs OJ Simpson, Sarah truly shone. Her staggering portrayal of prosecutor Marcia Clark left audience in awe of her ability to bring so much gravity and nuance to a person who many people already had an opinion of. It enlightened the world as to the true nature and story of Marcia Clark. Sarah’s staggering performance also earned her several, long overdue, awards including a Golden Globe, Emmy, and SAG award, amongst others.
There is little doubt that Sarah Paulson is a force to be reckoned with on the screen and off it. More so, she is an exceptional role model for all who wishes to live their life with authenticity.