Sarah Paulson recently revealed why she thinks Marcia Clark was relentlessly criticized during the O.J. Simpson murder case.
Paulson, who plays Clark on the FX miniseries American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson, has helped portray the prosecutor in a much more sympathetic light than the way she was treated in the media in the '90s.
The actress spoke with TVGuide.com in a new interview about why she thinks Clark was treated so poorly during the Simpson case.
"Well, I think the whole trial became such a circus. And I think Marcia was the kind of woman that didn't sort of play into anybody's version or idea of womanhood that most people are comfortable with, which is soft, easy, loving, maternal," Paulson said. "Marcia had a real job in front of her, and that was to try to convict a person she believed was guilty of a double homicide, murdering two innocent people. So, what was she supposed to do, come in there in a flouncy hoop skirt and a bow in her hair, and try to be as pleasant as possible? She was working with some very tough men, and she knew she had a tough case ahead of her."
Paulson discussed how Clark's main goal was to convict Simpson, and had little to no regard about how she was presenting herself as a public figure.
"She had all of the evidence to prove that to herself, and she wanted to prove it to the jury," Paulson said. "I just think she just wasn't terribly interested in appeasing anyone's notions or ideas about what she should be and how she should behave. And people didn't like that. They didn't want to see that."
The latest episode, titled "Marcia, Marcia, Marcia," centered almost exclusively on the treatment of Clark by the media. The episode has received rave reviews and according to many Twitter users, could very well help win Paulson an Emmy.
American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson airs Tuesdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on FX.