Actress who plays Marcia Clark on TV feels “incredible sense of kinship” with O.J. prosecutor

Sarah Paulson as Marcia Clark and Sterling K. Brown as Christopher Darden in “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.” (FX Networks)

The gripping FX miniseries The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story has thrust Marcia Clark, the prosecutor on the infamous case, back into the spotlight after more than 20 years. Much of that has to do with how she’s portrayed in the TV docudrama — as a strong, feminist, take no prisoners lawyer on whose appearance the insatiable media is fixated. The woman responsible for bringing her to life onscreen, American Horror Story star Sarah Paulson, said she feels “an incredible sense of kinship” with her subject. Paulson strikes an uncanny resemblance to a mid-1990’s-era Clark, that is apparent even in promotional photos for the show. The two recently met for a dinner date at a restaurant in Los Angeles, Paulson revealed in an interview with The New York Times. Paulson, who first glimpsed Clark from behind while she was waiting for the attorney to arrive for their meal, said she instantly recognized Clark because she’s closely studied her mannerisms. After the two finally met, they hit it off so well, Paulson said, that they ate and drank tequila until the restaurant closed for the evening. “The whole thing had this date quality,” Paulson recalled, before drawing a parallel between the media scrutiny Clark faced while trying Simpson to the scrutiny she faces in Hollywood. “That’s the first thing people say when they hear ‘Marcia Clark. They don’t even think ‘lawyer,’” Paulson said. “They just think ‘hair.’” It’s an experience that wasn’t hard to replicate for the character she’s playing. “Every time that you go anywhere on the red carpet, now there are websites dedicated to picking you apart, like Tom and Lorenzo or whoever those guys are,” she said. “And they are so mean.”

Deputy District Attorney Christopher Darden (L) and prosecutor Marcia Clark are shown during a court hearing December 9, in the OJ Simpson trial - RTXF3PQ

Deputy District Attorney Christopher Darden (L) and prosecutor Marcia Clark are shown during a court hearing December 9, in the OJ Simpson trial – RTXF3PQ

Paulson was also recently the subject of intense tabloid interest not because of her sartorial choices, but over her choice in romantic companions. The profile of the charming 41-year-old Paulson by the Times revealed that the actress met her current partner, Holland Taylor, at a dinner party 10 years ago and saw her as “probably the most exquisitely beautiful woman I’d ever seen.” News of the May-December romance grabbed headlines far and wide, which were largely positive given that Taylor is 32 years older than Paulson. “There’s a poignancy to being with someone older,” Paulson observed. She went on to discuss her relationship with Taylor in greater depth and even divulged the unique way the two got together in the first place.

Read the full story at The New York Times.


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