Sarah stepped out on Good Morning America to promote her new movie “Glass,” watch below her interview (screencaptures will be added to our gallery soon!)
Sandra Bullock and Sarah Paulson only worked together for the first time in this summer’s Ocean’s 8, but the actresses share a connection that they say feels like decades of friendship.
Bullock, 54, and Paulson, 44, teamed up again for the new Netflix thriller Bird Box, in which they play sisters thrust into the beginning of apocalyptic chaos. When it came time for Bullock and director Susanne Bier to pick who would play her sibling, the two came up with the same name.
“When we were talking about who would play the role of my sister [Bier] said, ‘It has to be someone who you will miss terribly and you can see in a very short time that you’re sisters,’ ” Bullock says in the latest issue of PEOPLE. “So when she called and said I want to talk to you about somebody, she says, ‘What do you think about Sarah Paulson?’ I was like, ‘I had literally had the same thought.’ And the fact that we were able to get her given the fact that she works 364 days a year was a tiny baby miracle.”
The Oscar winner says that it’s hard for actors to build such a strong connection in the short amount of time they have before shooting. For Paulson and Bullock, that bond was immediately there when they stepped onto the Ocean’s 8 set months before.
“We connected when we did Ocean’s, it just felt like there was a shorthand that was there by the time that we met for the first time,” Bullock says. “I don’t know why that is, it just is.”
“I think the goal is to make it somewhat believable that we had you know, a lifetime of sisterhood, which we don’t and we didn’t, but we had really bonded from that last ‘picture,’ as they used to call it in olden times,” Paulson says.
The fast friends act like sisters even when they’re not on camera and often lovingly tease each other. But they’re sincere about their admiration for each other.
“The hardest part is to look at a fellow actor and believe what they’re giving you in silence, and I can just look at her and I get the entire mood, I get the feeling,” Bullock says of Paulson. “It makes you better because you are reacting to it, rather than having to muster it up yourself.”
For Paulson, it’s Bullock’s endless capacity for kindness off camera that she admires most.
“She’s an incredible mother, she’s an incredible girlfriend, she’s one of the producers, she takes care of every single actor on the set, she knows every member of the crew, she’s genuinely interested,” Paulson says. “It was an incredible thing.”
She continues, “And also, I think she’s one of the most moving actresses of anybody that’s ever been on screen. Not only does she make you laugh uproariously but she can literally crack your heart open with one look, because she’s a truth teller as a performer.”
Bird Box starts streaming on Netflix Friday.
NY Post — Sarah Paulson is best known for her role as the determined lawyer Marcia Clark on FX’s miniseries “The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story,” and is a regular on Ryan Murphy’s “American Horror Story.” Now, Paulson is playing Sandra Bullock’s sister in new apocalyptic movie “Bird Box,” opening on Netflix and at the IFC Center Dec. 21, about a spontaneous wave of mass suicides brought on by invisible creatures.
Here, Paulson tells The Post about filming the frightful flick.
This is one of the most emotionally brutal movies of the year. Have you seen the final product?
I don’t watch anything I do. I have a sheer perfectionist streak, and I tend to be incredibly hard on myself. I used to watch it all because it was such an extraordinary thing to me that I was being hired to do this, and I was making my living as an actor. When I did “[The] People v. O.J. Simpson,” I decided I was not going to watch myself [anymore]. I didn’t think I could watch [Marcia Clark] lose. Also, as I said, I’m a perfectionist and Marcia Clark is left-handed. I’m a right-handed person, and I just knew I was going to see all the moments where I pick something up with the wrong hand.
You and Sandra Bullock also worked together in “Ocean’s 8.” Are you pals off-screen?
We’d met once at an awards show in a very brief way years ago, and we didn’t really meet properly until we were going to start “Ocean’s 8.” She came to the hotel where I was staying. And we had lunch and we just talked and yakked and it became clear that we shared a similar sensibility and humor. It became easy for us to needle each other all the time the way sisters do. It was she who came to me and said, “Would you play my sister in this movie? It’s not a big part, but it would really mean a lot to me.” She brings so much integrity and soul to everything she does. I think she’s one of our great actresses. She paid me a lot of money to say that, by the way.
You tend to play serious roles. Would you ever want to do a comedy?
I would love to do one. The truth is in Hollywood you tend to get hired to play a particular thing, and that’s the only thing you’re asked to do. And there are so many people who have wider ranges than anyone knows. I think not a lot of people know that I have a funny bone, and having not been asked to do it I started to get a complex.
There’s a massive disaster scene in the middle of a city. What was filming that like?
Walking into traffic. That’s not something I, uh, ever wanted to do. But there’s sort of a sweet thing. I remember Sandy [and I], we had to crawl out of that car. And right before we did the bit where I had to walk into traffic, Sandy did the sweetest thing: She’d be holding my hand and she’d just squeeze it, like she didn’t want to say goodbye. I’m sure it was an involuntarily, unconscious thing she was doing, but it was very, very sweet. And it helped me.
Hello, everyone! Sarah is covering the new issue of Flaunt Magazine featuring a new photoshoot and interview.
Flaunt Magazine – As an editor at Flaunt the job is rarely straightforward. They say jump, you say how high? If the boss says, “We’ve got confirmation on the motorcycle for the Paulson shoot tomorrow, we need to find a kitten ASAP,” you say, “What breed?” I admit, this was a tall order even for Flaunt, but come 9 a.m. the next morning I am signing adoption papers. Full disclosure, I lied to the Pasadena Humane Society. I adopted a kitten with no intention of keeping it—but don’t be so quick to judge me. Within an hour of putting that orange tabby in my car, I was holding him in my arms and crying, “I promised I wouldn’t let myself fall in love with you,” like he was the most beautiful prostitute at the Moulin Rouge.
An hour later, I arrive at the chateau-style mini-mansion anachronistically located in the heart of Koreatown, Los Angeles. I’m holed up in the foyer bathroom with the cat, keeping him well out of clawing distance from the thousands of dollars of Rodarte tulle in the hallway. There’s a knock on the door, our fashion assistant tells me Sarah wants to meet the kitten. I present him with the ’ah zebenya!’ fanfare of The Lion King. Paulson takes him in her arms. Lots of purring and awwwwws coming from both Sarah and her partner Holland Taylor; two women I’ve just about worshipped for nearly a decade. They each give him a little smooch goodbye before Sarah departs for hair and makeup. I feel like the pope just kissed my newborn son.
I meet Paulson again three days later at a restaurant in the Beverly Hills Four Seasons, this time with no livestock in hand. It’s 82 degrees, and she’s wearing a sweater, overcoat, and beanie. “I like to be cozy,” she says, calling it out before I have a chance. “I’m from New York. I’ve lived here for years but I haven’t figured out the whole LA thing.”
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.”
Last night (June 15) Sarah was on The Graham Norton show alongside her Ocean’s 8 Cast. Watch below the interview and visit our gallery for screencaptures and stills!