Sarah Paulson is getting real about life, her career and her relationship with Holland Taylor.
In November’s issue of Elle magazine, the “American Horror Story” actress, 43, joins Lady Gaga, Angela Bassett, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Shonda Rhimes, Mia Farrow, Keira Knightley, Yara Shahidi and Charlize Theron as cover stars.
With the ongoing success of Ryan Murphy’s horror anthology series and this summer’s box office hit “Oceans 8”, Paulson admits while she’s successful now, it might not stay that way: “Somebody once said to me, ‘You can have anything you want, but you can’t have everything.’ You can’t be awake and asleep, or here and also at home. You have to make choices.”
She continued, “But I’ve gotta strike while the iron’s hot. Right now, people are calling. They may stop really soon. So I want to make hay while the sun shines. That’s a lot of things I just did there…iron, hay. But you know, the window is open. I’m just trying to muscle it open as long as I can and get it as wide as possible.”
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Another thing Paulson admits is her “unconventional” relationship with Taylor.
The Emmy Award-winning actress, 75, told Elle, “I didn’t choose to fall in love with the person I fell in love with.”
Taylor added, “But I think why it’s interesting to people is that on paper, it’s unconventional. For a person who might find themselves in a situation that they fear will be misperceived or judged, maybe they could see me living my life in a way that is authentic to me—just trying to be as real as possible. If that inspires anybody else, that can’t be a bad thing.”
While the couple don’t have kids, Paulson says she has “a lot” of fulfilling relationships in her life, “I don’t have children; I’m not married. But I have a lot of intimate relationships—my nieces and nephews, and a wonderful circle of friends. I don’t see them enough. This idea that you can have it all is another thing to be challenged.”
The November issue of Elle hits newsstands Oct. 23.