Sarah Paulson has yet to watch FX's The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, even though she just got nominated for an Emmy for it!
Paulson played prosecutor Marcia Clark in The People v. O.J. Simpson, a role that earned her much critical and audience acclaim and a corresponding Emmy nomination. The actress is grateful for the nomination, but she still hasn't taken the time to watch the FX miniseries.
"I will watch it, I think, when all of this is all over - when it's no longer the year of O.J.," Paulson admitted to Variety recently. "There was something about playing Marcia that was so so close to my heart that I just don't want to sully it by being self critical. I'm really hard on myself and I'm having a nice time enjoying the lovely things people are saying to me about it and I just want that to be my reality. It's a little act of self care that I'm doing for myself."
Not only is Paulson Emmy nominated for the O.J. miniseries, she's also nominated for playing Hypodermic Sally in American Horror Story: Hotel, making her a double nominee this year. This obviously doubles her chances of taking home that elusive Emmy trophy, but she wants to focus on the work itself for the time being.
"I feel a little bit of pressure. I don't want to let anybody down," she admitted, of the September Emmy ceremony. "I appreciate that people feel that passionately about wanting a victorious night for me, but I personally have to sit in the place of if I give it that much weight, it will take away everything I learned about being a woman, a human, my experience with the other actors - and am I going to let an award take that away? No. So the experience has to be paramount and the other stuff has to be the gravy. But don't get me wrong, I like gravy!"
Paulson has had a great run at the Emmys over the few years, receiving nominations every single year since 2012. The actress was first nominated for playing Nicole Wallace in the HBO TV movie Game Change. The following year, she was nominated for her iconic role as Lana Winters in American Horror Story: Asylum. She would then be nominated the next year for playing Cordelia Goode in American Horror Story: Coven and then last year for playing Bette and Dot Tattler in American Horror Story: Freak Show. She has yet to win - but this is looking to be her year, one way or the other.
The 2016 Primetime Emmys will air live Sunday, Sept. 18 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT on ABC.