Sarah Paulson Has Taken FX, the Emmys and Movie Studios by Storm. Next up: Netflix

Why she's the future of TV

Sarah Paulson won an Emmy, SAG Award and Golden Globe for her performance as Marcia Clark. Photographed in Rarities at Lotte New York Palace by Sasha Maslov for Adweek.

She won an Emmy, SAG Award and Golden Globe for her bravura performance as Marcia Clark in last year’s FX miniseries, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, but it took Sarah Paulson almost another year to confirm what the TV industry really thinks about her acting chops. Earlier this year, her longtime collaborator and O.J. executive producer Ryan Murphy offered the actress the lead in Ratched, an origin story he is executive producing that focuses on Nurse Ratched, the iconic, sadistic nurse from the 1975 film One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. Murphy shopped the project around to networks, offering a package for the first time that included his frequent muse Paulson attached as star and producer.

This story first appeared in the Oct. 2, 2017, issue of Adweek magazine. Click here to subscribe.
@jasonlynch Jason Lynch is TV Editor at Adweek, overseeing trends, technology, personalities and programming across broadcast, cable and streaming video.