Ocean’s 8 Sarah Paulson is breaking boundaries on and off screen

Ocean’s 8 Sarah Paulson is breaking boundaries on and off screen


Text: Rachel Ng

Image: Facebook | MsSarahCatharinePaulson

Ocean’s 8 isn’t the only place she’s breaking the rules. We love how Sarah Paulson is a star who flouts the norms of Hollywood success

1. Ocean’s 8 is the icing on the cake of her illustrious career
Box office-topper Ocean’s 8 may have aroused excitement with its powerful all-women cast, but it is definitely not the first success for Sarah Paulson, who plays Tammy in this heist-comedy. The 43 year-old has starred in other groundbreaking projects such as Oscar-winning drama 12 Years a Slave, critically acclaimed FX series Nip/Tuck and true crime anthology series, American Crime Story. Individual accolades include a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress nomination for her role as Harriet Hayes in NBC’s Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip and the Critics’ Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actress in Movie/Miniseries for her performance in the second season of American Horror Story, amongst many others. 

2. She's held her head high through her fair share of flops
As successful as her endless list of achievements may suggest, Paulson’s journey has not been a bed of roses. She had previously starred in American Gothic (2016) and Leap of Faith (2002), both of which were short-lived, as well as played a supporting role in the ABC Series, The D.A., which ended only after a few episodes. But if it has impacted Paulson in any way, her rocky journey has only contributed to her success, says the self-made actress.

“If any of what I’m having happen now would have happened to me when I was younger, I would have been ruined. Because when you’re young, and things come super easily to you, and you have success right out of the gate, you’re liable to think that’s how it actually works," she said in an interview. "You start to think you don’t need to be fully prepared or committed to have these things meet you.” Paulson’s word of advice to all budding actors? “Start out disappointed if at all possible”. 

3.  She has a controversial love life
After two years of keeping it in the down-low, Paulson has recently opened up about her relationship with 75-year-old actress and playwright Holland Taylor, and sheds no apologies for it. When warned that such controversial dynamics to her relationship would affect her career negatively, she rebutted with an inspiring self-confidence.

“I believe that everyone should be allowed to speak their truth and just say what they want to say and show the world who they are," she said. "You should be able to love whomever you f***ing well please.” She believes that her relationship represents a hope and risk, and will likewise encourage others to make brave choices. Prior to this, Paulson had dated actress Cherry Jones from 2004 to 2009, as well as playwright Tracy Letts who is nine years older than her, and to whom she was engaged.

4. She has had her eggs frozen
In 2018, Paulson had once again, embarked on an uncommon path of undergoing cryopreservation, a procedure whereby a woman’s hormones to produce excess eggs are harvested and stored for years until she’s ready to start a family. A fickle Paulson shares that she can’t decide if she wants to have children, and opting to freeze her eggs will give her room to make a decision she won't regret. 

5. She is a cancer survivor
Just another road block to the list, Paulson had developed a melanoma on her back when she was 25 but had it removed before the cancer could spread. Is there anything that can bring Paulson down?

Catch Ocean's 8 on 14 June in cinemas.

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