Sarah Paulson will take on the epic role of Marcia Clark in FX’s ‘People V. O.J. Simpson,’ so here’s what you need to know about the prosecutor before the Feb. 2 premiere.
“When I first heard this series was happening, I was like, ‘Please don’t let it happen,'” Marcia Clark said in a new interview. “When I heard it was Sarah Paulson playing me, it was an honor. I’ve been a fan of hers for years. So there was a silver lining. And Ryan Murphy directing? I thought, if it has to happen, at least I got the best.” So, who is the attorney behind the biggest case, ever?
1.) Her life changed drastically — including a naked photo leak — after the case.
While Marcia loved nothing more in life than being in the court room — she even asked to go back to her old job after being promoted to a managerial position — after O.J.’s case, she was too exhausted to return and her life took a turn. There were stories about her hairstyle, her clothing, her personal relationships, and even a topless photo leaked in to the National Enquirer. So, she took her life elsewhere.
2.) She didn’t even know who O.J. was before the case.
While most knew him as the charitable, all-star athlete and all-around role model, when Marcia got the call about the case, she wasn’t sure who they were talking about. “I had a vague memory of him being in Naked Gun,” she says, “but I didn’t know what sport he had played – to me, in terms of celebrity, he was no big deal.”
3.) She’s written many novels and short stories. In 1998, right after the case, she wrote, Without A Doubt. The in 2011, she began releasing one novel a year — Guilt By Association (2011), Guilt By Degrees (2012), Killer Ambition (2013), and The Competition (2014). She also has written two short stories, If I’m Dead and Trouble In Paradise.
4.) She’s actually been on one of your favorite shows. While her main career was prosecutre, Marcia went on to not only become an author, but also be on TV. She starred as an attorney on an episode of Pretty Little Liars in August 2013, and also was portrayed by Tina Fey in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.
5.) She’s still really upset about the case’s outcome. She closed out her latest interview with New York Post on a serious, and sad note. “I could sit back and appreciate the brilliance of the performers, but I kept coming back to the idea that two people are dead. Ron Goldman and Nicole Brown Simpson. It was pretty hard sitting through the first two episodes. Whatever you think of [OJ] Simpson, the murderer walked away. No one was brought to justice. And that will never — never — be OK with me.”