Give Sarah Paulson all the awards, now. Not only was she breathtaking in ‘American Horror Story: Hotel’ as a drug addict, but who knew that she would film for 12 hours, then go right into Marcia Clark makeup to film ‘American Crime Story: The People V. OJ Simpson.’ Watch this behind-the-scenes video!
“This year, Ryan Murphy asked me to take on a daunting task,” Sarah Paulson says in the new behind-the-scenes clip. “For the past five months, I have been filming, simultaneously, two very different characters on two very different shows.” Of course she’s talking about playing on both Ryan Murphy‘s show — Hypodermic Sally on AHS: Hotel and Marcia Clark, attorney, on American Crime Story: The People V. OJ Simpson. So, what’s the process like? Well “daunting” is a bit of an understatement. Just watch!
Sarah’s call time begins at 5:30 PM for AHS: Hotel — 40 minutes on hair, 20-25 on makeup. She’s then on set until 6 AM. “Every time I go into the trailer, we have to take Sally off… It’s part of leaving Sally, becoming Marcia.” The hair and makeup for Marcia Clark takes longer because the precision must be there. “She is a real person,” Sarah points out.
“It’s not like she’s doing two mall parts — she’s doing two major roles in two major productions and it couldn’t be more different,” Denis O’Hare, dressed as Liz Taylor, says. “As Marcia, she’s got mouthful of dialogue.” Cuba Gooding Jr., who plays O.J. Simpson, also chimes in. “I don’t know when she memorizes. Sarah brings a real humanity to Marcia Clark — and I just got back from the premiere of American Horror Story and I saw her as this beastly woman. The transformation was so impressive!” Catch up on American Horror Story: Hotel here!
Sarah did admit it was “a bit schizophrenic, though,” and then when she leaves, she sometimes forgets which character she is. “When I’m going back and forth, people always do a double take,” she said. “I think that’s a good sign. It means we must be doing something right.”
The best part of the video — Denis’ point: “She had two heads, why not two shows?” Good point, Liz. Very good point. ACS premieres on FX on Feb. 2 at 10PM ET.