It’s hard to out-act Sterling K. Brown’s thoughtful Christopher Darden, or David Schwimmer screaming “JUICE,” or whatever the hell John Travolta was doing, but that’s exactly what Sarah Paulson did on The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story. In a show dominated by loud performances, hers made the most noise, and Paulson was nominated for a well-deserved Outstanding Lead Actress In a Miniseries or Movie Emmy for her achievement.
It’s actually the sixth time she’s been recognized by the Emmys, five of which came from Ryan Murphy shows. Paulson, who first worked with the Glee creator on Nip/Tuck, has been in every season of American Horror Story, and she’ll soon add his next project to her filmography. Murphy revealed on Twitter that he’s “excited to announce Sarah Paulson will be playing legendary Oscar-winner Geraldine Page in FEUD.” In case you’ve somehow forgotten, Feud “stars Jessica Lange and Susan Sarandon and tells the story of the legendary rivalry between two of the greatest movie stars of all time — Joan Crawford (Lange) and Bette Davis (Sarandon), and how they came together in 1962 to collaborate on a picture each hoped would revive their careers.”
That film was the Oscar-nominated What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?, not to be confused with What Ever Happened to Aunt Alice?, which Page starred in. Playing the actress is yet another juicy role for Paulson to sink her teeth into, not that she’d turn down Murphy. Last year, she said, “There’s nothing he could ask me to do that I would say no to. Ever.” Just wait until season two of American Crime Story, when Murphy asks her to play an actual American horror story, Karl Rove. Then we’ll see how dedicated she is.