We have an interview, now, with sarah paulson, known for her starring role in the series "american horror story." Now, she's in a critically acclaimed 12 years a slave. Amy sat down with her to talk... See More
We have an interview, now, with sarah paulson, known for her starring role in the series "american horror story." Now, she's in a critically acclaimed 12 years a slave. Amy sat down with her to talk about her busy year and this incredible role. 12 years a slave" tells the powerful and true story of one man's fight for survival and freedom. It's a true story. The oscar buzz is deafening for this film. I saw it. I see why. For its electrifying star in this, sarah paulson. Take a look. Sarah paulson's two latest roles are earning her accolades. In "american horror story." Who is it? Reporter: And 12 years a slave." Master bought you to work. That's all. Reporter:12 years a slave." One in the best in history. The oscars. Have you thought about what it would be like to win? I've been doing this for a long time. I've never been in a movie nominated for an oscar. I've been in some big movies. This is a moment that's not lost on me. Reporter: In the pic, paulson plays mistress epps. I don't think I've played a villain ever. I would like to imagine that's because I'm not a villainous kind of gal. From an acting standpoint, it felt like a challenge. Reporter: The raw film is being praised as groundbreaking. Stay out. Reporter: Unfiltered portrayal of slavery. I feel like, you know, the hardest things in life to hold are the things that we should probably be investigating. And I think because it's an uglier time in our country's history, people don't want to look at it. Reporter: But it is a great story of hope, too. And the power of the human spirit. Reporter: Were these the most violent scenes you've ever participated in? They are the most violent scenes where I am inflicting. My character on "american horror story" I was on the receiving end. Reporter: Did that help you? It was a wild year to play two sides of the same coin. Reporter: The other side is core delia fox in "american horror story." She is the daughter of fiona good, played by jessica lange. I'm a good witch. And jessica's character is a very bad witch. We're at cross purposes. Reporter: What makes "american horror story" different? It's about like sitting on your couch and going on a wild ride that's sometimes quite implausible. But it's something we all kind of wish we could be witches and just desperately wishing you were a member of the coven. And how cool it all seems. Reporter: When she hangs up her hat and broom -- what happens when you're just sarah? A lot of "the real housewives." I really like teresa giudice. I'm a voracious leader. And I watch the "real housewives" franchise. That's what it's like on my downtime. How great is sarah paulson. A brilliant actress. She wanted that part in "12 years." She got it the old-fashioned way. She auditioned for it. And she is so grateful to DIRECTOR steve McQueen, who says he doesn't care if you're a big name, that you're the best for that role. I encourage everyone to see this movie. An important lesson in american history.
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