Sarah Paulson’s career has been on an incredible roll over the past few years, thanks to her critically acclaimed performances as prosecutor Marcia Clark in “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story”, her ongoing work on “American Horror Story” and in films such as “12 Years a Slave”, “The Post”, and as part of the star-studded, all-female ensemble in the upcoming “Ocean’s Eight”.
In the February 2018 issue of Town & Country, the 43-year-old actress opens up about a plethora of topics, including achieving her greatest success in her 40s, her relationship, and the prospect of kids.
In the wide-ranging interview, the openly gay actress also discusses her “unconventional” relationship with former “Two and a Half Men” star Holland Taylor, 74.
“I do not want to be defined by who I share my bed, my home, my soul with,” she declares. “My choices in life have been unconventional, and that’s my business… Our relationship represents a certain amount of hope and risk. Maybe there’s something brave in it. Maybe it encourages others to make brave choices. What else can I say? We love each other.”
Paulson is also aware of the challenges before her as a woman of a certain age in Hollywood.
“I’ve got a window as a woman of 43. I’m trying to keep it open with both hands, as wide as possible, for as long as possible,” she tells the mag, admitting that climbing the Hollywood ladder is a challenge, but one she’s ready to tackle.
“Going to the next level means that you’re at the bottom of the next rung,” she says. “Look, many of them [top-tier actresses] have won Academy Awards. I don’t expect to get offered those roles before them, but I still want them. All it means is that I have to keep working the way I always have, leaving my ego at home and trying to just think about what is true.”
With her career on the rise and her schedule busier than ever, Paulson also opens up about her fears of having children. “I don’t want to be torn,” she says. “I don’t want to look at my child and say, ‘You’re the most extraordinary thing that ever happened to me, but also the death knell.’ It was hard for my mother to be everywhere, to come to the school play and make a living. I’ve always known what I wanted out of professional life, and I didn’t want to turn around and go, ‘If I had only made the choice to just dedicate this time in my life to me.’ It’s selfish, but I think the word ‘selfish’ gets a bad rap.”
You can read more with Paulson in the latest issue of Town & Country, which hits newsstands on Tuesday, Jan. 2.