Sarah Paulson is an award-winning Hollywood actress. She commenced her acting career on the stage at the age of 12, however, she had to wait until she was 32 before she landed her breakthrough which came with her role as Harriet Hayes on the NBC series, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. Since that breakthrough, Paulson has appeared in several TV series and movies and won many awards in the process. Some of them include an Emmy in 2016 and a Golden Globe in 2017. Paulson is also a director and producer and in 2017, Time Magazine named her among the 100 most influential people in the world. We highlight moments in her life and career, as well as details about her sexual preference.
Sarah Paulson Bio
Sarah Catharine Paulson was born on the 17th of December 1974 in Tampa, Florida. She hails from a family of four. Her father’s name is Douglas Lyle Paulson II and her mother’s name is Catharine Gordon. Paulson and her sister grew up with their mom after their parents’ divorce. The divorce happened when the actress was just five and their mom relocated them to New York. Their father, on the other hand, stayed back in Florida. Paulson and her sister would come to split their time between Florida and New York. They attended school in New York and spent summers with their dad in Florida.
Sarah Paulson attended various schools including P.S. 29 and the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School. To hone her acting skills, she trained at the renowned American Academy of Dramatic Arts.
She commenced her career on stage at the age of 12. At the time, she appeared in a handful of off-Broadway production but also found time to focus on her education. Upon leaving school, she focused completely on her acting career. She featured in several stage productions in New York and landed her very first screen role in 1994 in the TV series, Law & Order.
From there, Paulson went on to land roles in other TV series such as American Gothic (1995) and movies such as Friends at Last (1995), and Levitation (1997). Her filmography also includes; The Other Sister, Held Up, What Women Want, 12 Years A Slave, Ocean’s 8, Bird Box and more. While focusing primarily on her screen career, Paulson hasn’t forgotten her roots as she occasionally makes theater appearances.
Is Sarah Paulson Gay or Lesbian?
Previously, Paulson dated only men. One of the men she dated was Tracy Letts. Letts is an actor, playwright, and screenwriter and won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for drama. The exact timeline of their relationship is not known but they were even engaged to be married before they called it quits.
Since the early 2000s, Paulson has dated women exclusively. She, however, refuses to label herself as a lesbian. According to her, her situation is fluid and she doesn’t want the society to force her into picking a side. Even though she does not want to identify as a lesbian, one would not be wrong to see her as one since she now dates women only.
Who is Her Wife (Partner) or Girlfriend?
Paulson has never been married. However, she has a girlfriend and her name is Holland Taylor. Taylor is an award-winning actress who is most popular for her roles in Two and a Half Men as well as Legally Blonde. Paulson and Taylor first met in 2006 at a dinner party but didn’t really interact.
Their paths crossed again a few years later while working on a project. They followed each other on Twitter and started exchanging DMs. The DMs eventually led to dinner and later, a relationship. The couple reportedly started dating in December 2015 but officially confirmed it in March 2016.
Since revealing their relationship, the couple has faced criticism due to the age gap between them. Taylor is 32 years older than Paulson. The couple has ignored this criticism and have instead focused on strengthening their love. However, Paulson is no stranger to dating older women; she previously dated actress, Cherry Jones, between 2004 and 2009. Jones is 18 years her senior. Paulson has revealed that she prefers to date older people because they appreciate the important things in life and do not waste time bickering over unimportant stuff.