My First Time in Variety

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My First Time in Variety


Birnbaum, Debra, Variety


March 31,1995

"Friends at Last

"Sarah Paulson

"I feel like when I was a zygote I wanted to be an actress."

With the fourth incarnation of "American Horror Story" now underway - this time out she'll be playing Siamese twins - Sarah Paulson (who co-starred in last year's Oscar winner, "12 Years a Slave") channeled her 19-year-old self to recall one of her very first roles, in Hallmark TV movie "Friends at Last," opposite Kathleen Turner. "Getting to work with her was mind-blowing to me," Paulson says, debra birnbaum

What did you learn from working with Kathleen Turner?

Kathleen is incredibly focused and dedicated, and she's not a complainer. She has rheumatoid arthritis, but I never heard her complain. She was never late for work. She was never short with anyone because of the pain she must have been in. It was a very early lesson for me to be aware of people around you, to keep whatever's going on with you privately private, and show up and do your work.

Did you always want to be an actress?

I feel like when I was a zygote I wanted to be an actress. I feel like I came out of the womb wanting to act. No one in my family was an actor, so it's not like I even know that you could do that for a living. Once it became clear to me that I could do it as a profession, I never wanted to do anything else. …

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