Sarah Paulson’s biographySarah Paulson is a true queen of transformation and a method actress, widely known and loved for her work in anthology horror television series American Horror Story. Sarah is not often cast in leading roles, however, no matter what she does, her execution is always flawless and believable, which speaks volumes about her extraordinary acting talent and work ethic.
ChildhoodSarah Catharine Paulson was born on December 17, 1975, in Florida. She spent her early childhood in Tampa, the major city, located near the Gulf of Mexico. Her parents, Catharine Gordon and Douglas Paulson divorced when Sarah was only five and agreed on shared custody so Sarah together with her younger sister and mother left to New York, while her dad and older sister stayed in Tampa.
Sarah dreamed of becoming an actress from an early age, therefore, it is not surprising that she was a part of her school theater. In 1989, she managed to get a scholarship to attend the famous Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School, the alma mater of many brilliant actors, including Al Pacino and the one and only Liza Minnelli. While still being a student at LaGuardia, Sarah began taking parts in various productions in order to improve and perfect her acting skills. Despite being unable to become A Broadway actress, Paulson was listed as a double in one of the theaters.
The beginning of the careerAt the beginning of 1995, a 20-years-old actress made her television debut in one of the Law & Order episodes. In spring of that same year, she appeared in a Canadian-American television drama Friends, at Last, starring Kathleen Turner.
Best rolesSarah Paulson was seldom offered the leading roles, however, she managed to turn even the background characters into the most memorable and charismatic ones. Critics praise her ability to transform herself into anyone she wants as well as her unfailing work ethic.
However, it was only after Sarah appeared in a thriller drama Martha Marcy May Marlene alongside Elizabeth Olsen and Christopher Abbot, and a television series Pretty/Handsome, starring Joseph Fiennes, that a real breakthrough happened in her career.
In 2012, Paulson joined the cast of a political drama Game Change and was highly praised for her performance, getting both an Emmy and Golden Globes nomination. Julianne Moore, Woody Harrelson, Jamey Sheridan and Ed Harris also appeared in the film.
In the film about the cult writer Jerome Salinger, who was leading a reclusive lifestyle, Paulson played a literary agent, supporting the writer throughout his life. The biographical drama Rebel in the Rye received mixed critic and viewer reviews, as many believe that the life of the brilliant author, just like his books, shouldn’t be turned into Hollywood films. Salinger was portrayed by Nicholas Hoult while Kevin Spacey portrayed his mentor.
In 2018, the fan-favorite appeared in a post-apocalyptic thriller Bird Box alongside Sandra Bullock and John Malkovich and despite being well received by the viewers, the film was bashed by the critics.