Emmy® and Golden Globe® and nominated actress Sarah Paulson has built an impressive list of credits in film, television and on stage, challenging herself with each new role.
In television, Paulson was most recently seen in HBO's critically-acclaimed telefilm, Game Change. Paulson co-starred with Ed Harris, Julianne Moore and Woody Harrelson. For her performance, Paulson received a 2012 Emmy Award Nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or A Movie.
In film, Paulson most recently completed production on director Steve McQueen's Twelve Years a Slave, opposite Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender and Paul Giamatti. Paulson plays Fassbender’s jealous wife in this drama. Prior to that, Paulson wrapped production on Jeff Nichols' film Mud, a drama about two boys who make a pact to help a fugitive escape from a Mississippi island. Paulson stars alongside Reese Witherspoon and Matthew McConaughey in the role of “Mary Lee.” The film premiered at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.
Upcoming, Paulson has The Time Being alongside Wes Bentley and Frank Langella. The film is centered on an artist who meets a mysteriously wealthy benefactor, and Paulson portrays “Sarah,” a museum tour guide whose connection to Langella’s character proves to be emotionally ravaging for the characters. The film will premiere at the 2012 Toronto Film Festival.
Recently, Paulson was seen in Fox Searchlight’s critically-acclaimed film Martha Marcy May Marlene, which premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. The film, nominated for a Gotham Award™ for Best Ensemble Cast, was written and directed by Sean Durkin and also stars Elizabeth Olsen, John Hawkes and Hugh Dancy. Paulson’s other recent film work includes Lionsgate's Christmas Day 2008 release, The Spirit, opposite Samuel L. Jackson, Eva Mendes, and Scarlett Johansson.
Paulson’s other film credits include Marry Harron's The Notorious Bettie Page; Down with Love with Renee Zellweger, Ewan McGregor and David Hyde Pierce; What Women Want opposite Mel Gibson and Helen Hunt; The Other Sister directed by Garry Marshall and starring Diane Keaton and Juliette Lewis; and Diggers alongside Paul Rudd and Ken Marino.
Paulson's Golden Globe® nominated role was in Aaron Sorkin's Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, in which she starred opposite Matthew Perry, Amanda Peet, Bradley Whitford, and Steven Weber. Paulson portrayed “Harriet Hayes,” a cast member of a late-night sketch comedy series who is also in a complicated relationship with the show's executive producer, played by Perry.
Her major television credits also include the lead role on the drama Leap of Faith; Deadwood; Path to War opposite Alec Baldwin and Donald Sutherland; Jack and Jill; Cupid opposite Bobby Cannavale; and the series American Gothic with Gary Cole.
On stage, Paulson most recently starred on Broadway in the two-hander Collected Stories opposite Linda Lavin. Previously she appeared on Broadway as “Laura Wingfield” in the revival of Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie, alongside Jessica Lange. She also starred opposite Alfred Molina and Annette Bening in the critically-acclaimed Cherry Orchard for the Mark Taper Forum playing “Varya.” Her other stage credits include Tracy Lett's off-Broadway production of Killer Joe (opposite Scott Glenn and Amanda Plummer), Horton Foote's Talking Pictures at the Signature Theatre, and the off-Broadway production The Gingerbread House opposite Bobby Cannavale.
Paulson currently resides in Los Angeles.