Everyone, including one of the series' most enduring stars, Sarah Paulson
, seems to have a favorite (and least favorite) season of "American Horror Story
Paulson spoke about her illustrious stage and screen career, as well as her professional relationship with writer
and producer Ryan Murphy, on this week's episode of The Hollywood
Reporter's "Awards Chatter" podcast
The actor first collaborated with Murphy in a 2004 episode of "Nip/Tuck," and has since appeared in many of his most acclaimed projects, including "Ratched," "The People
v. O.J. Simpson
: American Crime
Story," and, of course, seven seasons of "American Horror Story."
Despite her praise for the majority of her collaborations with Murphy, Paulson admitted that the sixth season of "American Horror Story," titled "Roanoke," left her "underwhelmed."
“I just don’t care about this season at all,” she admitted to host Scott Feinberg. “I know people will get mad at me for saying it, but to me, this was post-having played Marcia [Clark, on ‘American Crime Story.’] It was what I went to do right after finishing Marcia and I was so underwhelmed by the whole experience.”
The actor went on to say that she felt "trapped by my responsibility and contractual obligation to do 'American Horror Story.'" However, her performance on "The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story," for which she won both an Emmy and a Golden Globe, made her crave a new challenge.
“I felt like I had entered into a new place within myself in terms of what I thought possible, in terms of what I might be willing to see if I can do,” she said. “As much as [‘American Horror Story’] is my home, and I’ve always loved it, it was the first time I wished I could have gone to Ryan and said, ‘Please let me sit this one out.’”
“Roanoke,” which premiered in 2016, follows a young couple (Lily Rabe and André Holland) who relocate from Los Angeles
to a haunted house
in North Carolina
. Paulson appeared in the second half of the series as an actor portraying Rabe's character in a made-for-TV series that depicts the couple's experiences.
That mid-season meta twist proved to be perplexing for both viewers and critics, and “Roanoke” is frequently listed as one of the worst “American Horror Story” installments.
And, true to form, Paulson, who will be back in Murphy's orbit this summer in "American Horror Story: Double Feature," had nicer things to say about her roles in previous "AHS" seasons, including "Asylum
" and "Coven."
Check out Sarah Paulson's full "Awards Chatter" interview