'American Horror Story' star Sarah Paulson pulls off playing multiple roles on and off-screen with great flair
Sarah Paulson is no stranger to playing multiple characters on American Horror Story, but Season 8 will be taking things to the next level.
'American Horror Story' season 8 premiered a while ago and actress Sarah Paulson has taken on the role of playing director, along with essaying a host of other characters. Paulson will be playing three different roles in the series - Cordelia Goode, Billie Dean Howard, and Venable. For those of you who don't remember, Cordelia is the character from 'American Horror Story: Coven' and Billie Dean is from 'American Horror Story: Murder House'.
Paulson had revealed about directing episodes of the sixth season at the Television Critics Association press tour in 2018 and from the looks of it, she seems to have fun on sets and with her co-stars.
Their camaraderie can be seen in the photos from the set. Co-star Taissa Farmiga and Paulson are pretty tight not only in the series but also in real life. In season six, Taissa's character is seen as Cordelia's second in command.
Paulson has not just been brilliantly portraying her character on-screen but is guiding many off-screen as well. Newcomer Cody Fern believes Paulson is responsible for the fear his character Langdon invokes in others and the authority he exudes when he walks into a room. The first scene Fern shot was the stomach-churning few minutes in Episode 2 when Langdon confronts Venable (Paulson) in an attempt to put her in her place. He seduces her with power before putting her to shame.
In an interview with SYFY Wire Fern says, "It was like me discovering who Langdon was and how he operates and how alive he is or how manipulative he is," Fern says. "I got the entirety of the character from Sarah because of the power that she lent to Langdon and how she responded to him and her level of fear — it fed into my performance and it [helped] me to establish really who he was… Sarah is a real leader. She really embodies what it means to kind of lead the series. She looks out for every actor. She's always getting to the heart of the story. She has choices for every scene. She's endlessly fascinating," he added.