It’s almost uncanny how much actress Sarah Paulson (American Horror Story) looks like prosecutor Marcia Clark in FX’s miniseries The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story. But the actress actually didn’t meet Clark until well into production on the show at the behest of the producers, including AHS‘ co-creator Ryan Murphy.
“I really wanted to,” Paul admits to EW. “The more I read about her the more I just completely fell in love with her and I thought I have to talk to this woman. I went through sorta funky routes and found out little things, like what her perfume was during the trial.”
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Eventually the pair were connected through a mutual friend and had dinner. “It was a very extraordinary thing,” remembers the actress. “It felt like I was meeting Meryl Streep or something. I had a great deal of sympathy for her. When I first saw her, I just sort of started to squeal and I hid my face. I thought I was gonna start to cry or something. We had a lovely meal. It was a very wild thing.”
Adds the actress, “The first time I met her, Marcia did say to me, ‘I’m sorry about the hair. And the blazers — I’m sorry about the blazers.’ I actually like these blazers. I love a shoulder pad!”
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