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Hulu's 'Run': Meet Sarah Paulson and Kiera Allen, the mother-daughter duo in 'Searching' director's next

Two characters drive the upcoming film, titled 'Run', which is directed by Aneesh Chaganty and slated to release on streaming service Hulu on November 20
Producer Natalie Qasabian, Director Aneesh Chaganty, Kiera Allen and Sev Ohanian at Hulu's 'Run' drive-in premiere (Getty Images)
Producer Natalie Qasabian, Director Aneesh Chaganty, Kiera Allen and Sev Ohanian at Hulu's 'Run' drive-in premiere (Getty Images)

Two characters drive the upcoming film titled 'Run' directed by Aneesh Chaganty that is slated to release on the streaming service Hulu. The film centers on a mother and daughter who live together, one depending on the other. Sarah Paulson, who was last seen in Netflix's 'Ratched' will be seen playing the role of mother Diane Sherman, and newcomer Kiera Allen, who like her on-screen character Chloe Sherman is also a wheelchair user, plays Diane's daughter in the film. 

Sarah Paulson

Sarah Paulson attends FX's "American Horror Story" 100th Episode Celebration at Hollywood Forever on October 26, 2019, in Hollywood, California.

Actor Sarah Paulson is back to play a character who is seen wearing a mask in public while she struggles with her inner demons in private. A mother who wears the mask of being a supporting adult, a caring mother who wakes up every day to care for her daughter is actually a mentally-ill person who values the feeling of being needed by someone in her life more than anything. She was recently seen in Netflix's show 'Ratched', in which, Paulson is seen wearing a mask as well. 

In a strange way, Paulson could very well be setting herself up to fit a mold. A mold that allows her to play complex and layered characters but very soon, these layers will stop being nuanced. It would be interesting to see if Paulson is able to set herself apart from, say an actor such as Patricia Arquette, who also played a similar role in Hulu's tv show 'The Act'. Both the characters are a treatment of a mother who suffers from Munchausen by proxy disease and to draw a comparison between the two characters would be an interesting exercise. 

Paulson, who has been an important part of Ryan Murphy's television universe in the form of 'American Horror Story' and most recently 'Ratched' was also seen in FX show 'Mrs. America'. 

Kiera Allen

Kiera Allen attends the Hulu "Run" Drive-In Premiere at The Grove on November 16, 2020, in Los Angeles, California.

'Run' is Kiera Allen's first movie. As a wheelchair user who also plays the role of a wheelchair user in the film, Allen plays Diane's daughter Chloe who until one fine day believes that there is nothing wrong with her life. She was told that all her medical conditions including partial paralysis are a result of premature birth and she continues to believe this. 

'Run' also stars Pat Healy as Tom and Sara Sohn as Kammy. The film is scheduled to release on November 20, however, it was originally scheduled to release on Mother's Day. The release postponed due to the Coronavirus pandemic and later arrived on Hulu.