Sarah Paulson is maverick! Paulson features in Esquire’s annual celebration list of those who aren’t afraid to go against the grain.
The actress resists categorization on the red carpet, too, where she’s shaking up Hollywood’s predictable fashion scene. At the London premiere of Ocean’s 8, she wore a pink Valentino gown that was equal parts arty and feminine, then went punk for the New York premiere in an electric lime-green Prada number. “I look like a giant highlighter,” she later joked. We call it a bright spot. If anyone knows Paulson at her core, it’s Ryan Murphy, with whom she’s collaborated nonstop since Nip/Tuck in 2004. The partnership isn’t likely to end anytime soon. “He makes me feel seen,” Paulson says. “You don’t leave somewhere where you’re being celebrated and challenged. It’s like being in a marriage that works.” That marriage has garnered Paulson six Emmy nominations, and a win for American Crime Story.
Paulson’s back on the big screen next fall as part of the stellar cast of The Goldfinch. She will also return to another Murphy project—playing Nurse Ratched in a Netflix series exploring the origin story of everyone’s favorite battle-ax. We bet you’ll hardly recognize her. —A. W.
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