“The People v O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” star Sarah Paulson got to meet the woman she portrayed in the series, Marcia Clark, who prosecuted O.J. Simpson in the famous 1995 trial. Clark praised Paulson’s portrayal, and even cracked a joke.
"The first thing she said to me when we sat down was, 'I want to apologize for the hair,'" Paulson, 41, said at FX Network's 2016 Upfront in New York Wednesday. "And she meant as an actress. It was not going to be nothing for me to put the big sort of Chia Pet wig on my head and be on national television and all of that. … I didn't meet with her until we were almost done shooting, though. I'd already been wearing that wig long enough that it was like, 'That's a cold comfort, Marcia. Thanks for nothing.'"
Jokes aside, Clark had positive things to say about Paulson’s depiction. "She said some very nice things, but what was she supposed to say?” the “American Horror Story” alum said, thinking aloud. “To me she's been incredibly kind and supportive and made me feel like I didn't mess it up."
But Clark isn’t the only one who doled out compliments. Paulson praised Clark for the work she did on the trial. "She was sort of collectively abandoned by her people, you know, and she didn't really have a lot of support from other female attorneys or just women in general, and that, I think, is a great shame and that is the thing that I think of more when I read that episode and I thought, 'This is just harrowing,” the actress said. “I don't know how she did it.' I really don't know how she got up in the morning."
Clark has since moved on. She doubts that the knife found by Los Angeles police earlier this month on property Simpson once owned was authentic. "I don't know whether to say it is truly evidence. None of us knows that yet — it might be a hoax, it might be somebody who planted it and then just pretended to find it and gave it to the off-duty police officer, you don't know," Clark told Entertainment Tonight Online in an exclusive interview at the time. Ultimately, no DNA was found on the knife.
“American Crime Story” airs every Tuesday at 10 p.m. EDT on FX. When that is over, fans can look forward to Season 6 of “American Horror Story.”
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