Sarah Paulson as Ally Mayfair-Richards | AHS: Cult on FX

American Horror Story: Apocalypse


Sarah Paulson

Ally Mayfair-Richards

Sarah Paulson stars as “Ally Mayfair-Richards” in the seventh installment of American Horror Story.

Award winning actress Sarah Paulson has built an impressive list of credits in film, television and on stage.

Paulson’s Emmy® win for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie was earned for her portrayal of attorney Marcia Clark in the critically acclaimed limited series The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story on FX. Also for this role, Paulson received a Golden Globe® Award in the category of Best Actress in a Miniseries or Television Film, a Screen Actors Guild Award in the category of Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie, a Critics’ Choice Award in the category of Best Actress in A Movie Made For Television Or Limited Series as well as a Television Critics Association Award in the category of Individual Achievement in Drama.

Most recently, she was cast in Steven Spielberg’s film, The Papers, which is inspired by The Washington Post’s role in publishing the infamous study about America’s role in the Vietnam War. Paulson will star opposite Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep, Alison Brie, Carrie Coon, David Cross, Bruce Greenwood, Tracy Letts, Bob Odenkirk, Jesse Plemons, Matthew Rhys, Michael Stuhlbarg, Bradley Whitford, and Zach Woods in this ensemble drama which will see a limited release on December 22, 2017 and a wide release on January 12, 2018.

Upcoming, Paulson will be seen in Danny Strong’s Rebel in the Rye. This film is the story of the legendary J.D. Salinger. Opposite Kevin Spacey and Nicholas Hoult, Paulson stars as “Dorothy Olding,” the agent that believed in young Jerry Salinger. IFC will release the film fall 2017. Following that, Paulson has Gary Ross’ Ocean’s 8. The female-driven spinoff of Ocean’s Eleven will also star Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Rihanna, Helena Bonham Carter, Mindy Kaling and Awkwafina. Warner Brothers is slated to release June 8, 2018.

Paulson will soon begin lensing Liz Garbus’s narrative-film Lost Girls. The film was adapted by Michael Werwie from Robert Kolker’s 2013 non-fiction book of the same name. The story focuses on a Long Island mother (Paulson) who, while searching for her missing daughter, discovers the bodies of four murdered girls. Amazon Studios will produce and distribute this film.

For American Horror Story, Paulson has received four consecutive Emmy nominations for her roles in the franchise: “Sally” in AHS: Hotel; “Bette and Dot Tattler,” conjoined twins, in AHS: Freak Show; “Cordelia Foxx” in AHS: Coven; and “Lana Winters” in AHS: Asylum. Paulson has also earned two additional Critics’ Choice Awards for her roles in the anthology.

Paulson was seen in Alex Lehmann’s Blue Jay, opposite Mark Duplass, who also wrote the screenplay. Prior to that, she co-starred in Todd Haynes’ critically acclaimed Carol alongside Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara. In 2013, Paulson was seen in Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave, which received an Academy Award® for Best Picture. Paulson appears alongside Michael Fassbender, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Lupita Nyong’o as “Mistress Epps.” That same year, Paulson was also seen alongside Reese Witherspoon and Matthew McConaughey in Jeff Nichols’ film Mud. The cast received the Robert Altman Award at the Film Independent Spirit Awards. She previously starred in the critically acclaimed independent feature Martha Marcy May Marlene alongside Elizabeth Olsen.

Paulson received her first Emmy nomination and second Golden Globe nomination for her role as “Nicolle Wallace” in HBO’s critically acclaimed telefilm Game Change. Directed by Jay Roach, the film follows John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign.

Paulson’s additional film credits include Lionsgate’s The Spirit, opposite Samuel L. Jackson, Eva Mendes, and Scarlett Johansson; 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 Gary Marshall and starring Diane Keaton and Juliette Lewis; and Diggers alongside Paul Rudd and Ken Marino.

Paulson received her first Golden Globe nomination for her performance 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 made her return to the stage in 2013 in the Roundabout Theatre Company’s production of Lanford Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize winning play Talley’s Folly. She previously starred on Broadway in the two-hander Collected Stories opposite Linda Lavin, and as Laura Wingfield in The Glass Menagerie, alongside Jessica Lange. On stage she also appeared opposite Alfred Molina and Annette Bening in Cherry Orchard, as well as in Tracy Letts’ critically acclaimed Killer Joe.