For Sarah Paulson, who portrays Marcia Clark on FX’s The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, letting go of the O.J. Simpson prosecutor was not as easy as taking off that permed wig.
In an interview with EW senior writer Tim Stack on SiriusXM, the actress admits that she “had a total sob-fest” after filming her final scene for the anthology series: “I wept like a baby.”
Paulson has previously spoken out about the extent to which she connects to the character — even picking up some of the attorney’s habits — and it was this deep understanding of Clark that led Paulson to breaking down into tears.
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“The thing that I always think about with Marcia that is a big-deal thing is that before the murders happened she asked for a demotion so that she could go back into the courtroom, because she couldn’t stand not being in the courtroom,” Paulson explained. “It was where her passion was, it was where her fire was. And since this trial she’s never prosecuted a case again. So the great, real truth of this is that her life was irrevocably changed and something was actually taken from her.”
Unfortunately, Paulson wasn’t able to get the sense of closure she wanted when ending her role on the series. When she went to visit the sets in which she embodied Clark, they had already been packed away.
“The set was coming down. My office, everything was on the floor,” Paulson recounted. “It was over, and it was all in one moment.”