Will the real Marcia Clark please stand up?
On Sunday, the former prosecutor hit the Emmy Awards red carpet with Sarah Paulson, whose performance as Clark in The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story has earned her a nod for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie. While Clark donned a black lace dress, Paulson went glam in a green cleavage-baring ensemble.
Once the show got started, host Jimmy Kimmel was sure to mention the pairing. “Everyone in L.A. knows, if you want to win, sit next to Marcia Clark,” he said as the camera focused on Clark and Paulson.
Kimmel took it a step further, saying, “This must be very strange to you. Are you rooting for O.J. to win this time?”
But Clark and Paulson were good sports, laughing with the rest of the audience.
In early September, Clark revealed Paulson asked her to be her date at the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards. “I was incredibly honored that Sarah asked me to go with her to the Emmys,” Clark told Access Hollywood, “and it will be my privilege to be there to cheer her on.”
Clark has also praised Ryan Murphy’s critically acclaimed project, which partly shows Clark’s perspective of the O.J. Simpson murder trial in the ’90s. “This is a credit to the filmmaking — or I guess TV-making, though it feels like we’re watching a 10-part film — that they can create all that dramatic tension even though you know what’s going to happen,” Clark told EW in April. “And they’ve done such a nice job of getting the dynamic right. I’ve been very impressed with that. It’s not easy to do and I didn’t really expect it. I can’t resist seeing how it’s all going to end.”
“It changed everything,” Paulson told W of her role. “I was one of those women who didn’t like Marcia Clark. And that was based on believing what I was told by the media — that she was this total monster and a bulldog and so aggressive. It was really transformational to realize, God, I had it all wrong. Most people did.”
Paulson, a six-time Emmy nominee, is also up for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie for her performance in American Horror Story: Hotel. Find out who else is nominated for an Emmy here.