Even Sarah Paulson, who is an Emmy winner (for American Crime Story) and who was a five-time nominee (for American Horror Story), acknowledges that in the era of Peak TV, anything can happen when it comes to TV’s biggest night.
“I wasn’t nominated last year for American Horror Story and sometimes that happens, where a show has been on for a long time and the voters just start to move on,” Paulson told The Hollywood Reporter when speaking about her sixth Emmy nomination this year. The nod, for her role on FX’s American Horror Story: Cult, came as somewhat of a surprise. “There is so much content and so much extraordinary work happening on television these days. I wasn’t unaware that the nominations were happening, but I wasn’t expecting to hear my name.”
Variety-Somehow, despite their long careers in the industry, Sandra Oh and Sarah Paulson have never met. They’ve both worked for two of the most prolific creators on television, Shonda Rhimes and Ryan Murphy. They’ve both done the Emmy dance before — Oh’s nomination for “Killing Eve” is her sixth, while Paulson won the trophy back in 2016 for “ The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story,” and just earned her seventh nom overall for the latest iteration of “American Horror Story.” But television is a peripatetic business, which found both on sets all over the country, if not the world, throughout their working lives.
What do awards mean to you?
Sarah Paulson: I could pretend it’s meaningless. I couldn’t pretend it doesn’t thrill me because it’s cooler and you don’t want to give too much weight to these things, because to me the work itself has been the reward. But I can’t deny that doing any work that is recognized or appreciated is meaningful to me, and to be recognized by other actors is obviously very meaningful and also maybe it means I will get to continue doing it for more years, which is always going to be the goal. It sure doesn’t suck! I can put it bluntly like that.
Channel 24 – It’s been more than 10 years since an Ocean-led crew has conned their way to millions of dollars.
Now a new gang is banding together to carry out the ultimate heist.
WATCH THE TRAILER HERE:
Joining Bullock as the title eight are Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Awkwafina, Rihanna and Helena Bonham Carter.
Paulson who plays Tammy a former black market traded who has traded the black market for the supermarket. She looks for all the world like a typical wife and mother unless you look in her garage, full of stolen merchandise.
Sarah sat down for a Q&A about her role in the film, the dynamic between the cast and what it was like to film at The Met Gala.
What drew you to Ocean’s 8?
One day, [screenwriter / actor] Danny Strong, who wrote Game Change and was good friends with [Ocean’s 8 director/co-screenwriter] Gary Ross, texted me, asking if he could give Gary my phone number. Gary called me about two minutes later, and then within a few days, he sent the Ocean’s 8 script to me. Gary then asked if I wanted to be a part of it – as if I could say no!
As fans of “American Horror Story” eagerly await more spoilers about Season 8, which will be a crossover between “Murder House” (Season 1) and “Coven” (Season 3), Sarah Paulson teased this little nugget of information in our recent interview: “My character is something I’ve never done on the show before.” Hmm, does that mean she’ll be playing a brand new character? Have we truly seen the last of her former roles, “Murder House’s” medium Billie Dean Howard and “Coven’s” supreme witch Cordelia Foxx? Watch our “AHS” Season 8 discussion above, which begins at the 12:08 mark.
Paulson declares, “I can confirm now that I’ve read it all that Ryan Murphy has said publicly about the hybrid nature of the tone. [It’s] a real combination of sort of earlier days of ‘Horror Story’ in tone mixed with the newer versions of things. I think he’s kind of doing something again where he’s reinventing it, and its exciting. My character is something I’ve never done on the show before.”
Sarah Paulson is in London to promote Ocean’s 8 and she stopped at Lorraine TV Show today to discuss about the movie. She reveals how empowering it was to be part of an all-star female cast, and shares how child-friendly the set was. She also speaks openly about how well she is feeling after finding success in her forties. Watch below and visit our gallery:
Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, and Awkwafina sit down with Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb to talk about their heist film “Ocean’s 8” and the challenges faced by women in Hollywood, including the pressure to be thin: “The big elephant in the room is the media,” Blanchett says. Kaling calls the film “a great summer movie.”
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