American Horror Story is a show that celebrates diversity without a hint of tokenism, a balls-to-the-wall horror adventure that thrives on pushing boundaries with unlimited creativity. The show does its own thing, flipping a solid bird to haters - just like its recurring leading lady, Sarah Paulson.
Ten years ago, Sarah Paulson outed herself at the Tony Awards, by accident. Her then-girlfriend Cherry Jones (who you may know as President Taylor from 24) won an award for her role in Doubt and Paulson did what any supportive partner would do: Gave her a congratulatory kiss. Paulson talked about the moment with PrideSource:
"I was very young, and I was in love. It was the reality of the person I was with. She just won a Tony Award – I’m not gonna pat her on the back, give her the big thumbs up and say, “Go up there and get your award, sweetie.”
It was not a really conscious thought. I didn’t think of what the implications were gonna be. I just did what was true and honest to me in that moment."
Although Paulson and Jones broke up in 2009, their relationship lasted for five years, and Paulson remains open to attractions with both men and women, eloquently slamming the biphobic reaction that many "no labels" lovers experience:
"I’ve done both, and I don’t let either experience define me. I don’t let having been with a man make me think I am heterosexual, or make me want to call myself that, because I know I have been attracted to women – and have lived with women.
So, for me, I’m not looking to define myself, and I’m sorry if that is something that is seen as a rejection of or an unwillingness to embrace (my sexuality) in a public way, but it’s simply not. It’s simply what’s true for me, and that’s all I can speak to."
Paulson has had great success playing queer characters before—her turn as lesbian reporter Lana Winters on American Horror Story: Asylum was especially powerful—and her newest movie Carol is certainly testament to the passion of love without boundaries.
"What it really made me think about is the power of love and how, at the end of the day, love is love, period. The end. It sounds cliche, but I think most cliches are cliches because they're very, very true.
And it's very interesting, because I've been with men and women, and (the movie) puts a very fine point on that truth, which is that it's very personal and that love is love, and sometimes you love a person you weren't expecting to love - and how glorious is that?"
Carol sees Abby (Sarah Paulson) caught up in a love triangle between Carol (Cate Blanchett) and Therese (Rooney Mara). Check out the beautiful trailer from the ever-inventive Todd Haynes:
Oh, and form an orderly queue, because Sarah Paulson is currently single...
"I can meet a man tomorrow and fall in love with him and marry him and I wouldn’t discount any of the experiences that I’ve had with women, or vice versa."
And now, because the only thing better than Sarah Paulson is two Sarah Paulsons, here's Bette & Dot Tattler to sing us out...