PAULSON’S PROM­ISE TO DO OJ ROLE JUS­TICE

Herald Sun - Switched On - - COVER STORY - ANNA CALD­WELL EN­TER­TAIN­MENT WRITER

Sarah Paulson was laugh­ing and cry­ing all at once when she first put on one of the four wigs she needed to play Mar­cia Clark, the famed pros­e­cu­tor in the OJ Simp­son case.

“It was one of those mo­ments as an ac­tor where you’re like — you’ve got to leave your van­ity at the door,” she says.

“You’ve just got to hang it up, be­cause this is a woman for whom that re­al­ity was not at the fore­front of her mind.”

And so Paulson found her­self caught up in Clark’s quest for jus­tice as the pros­e­cu­tor grap­pled with be­ing ham­mered in­ter­na­tion­ally over her looks.

Al­most 22 years af­ter foot­baller OJ Simp­son was charged with the mur­der of his ex-wife Ni­cole Brown and her friend Ron Gold­man, Ryan Mur­phy ( Amer­i­can Hor­ror Story) has recre­ated the trial with a cast in­clud­ing Cuba Good­ing Jr as Simp­son, John Tra­volta as lawyer Robert Shapiro and David Schwimmer as Simp­son’s friend Robert Kar­dashian.

Paulson met Clark to speak with her about the role.

“You feel a very big re­spon­si­bil­ity,” she says of play­ing a real per­son. “At the crux of it, which is the heart­beat of Mar­cia’s march step, was jus­tice for th­ese vic­tims.”

Paulson says she was struck by how the scru­tiny af­fected Clark, who as a lawyer was not used to me­dia at­ten­tion.

“Mar­cia was a pub­lic ser­vant, she was not used to be­ing in the pub­lic eye. This is the first time some­one is go­ing, ‘Your skirt is bad, your hair is bad’,” Paulson says.

Paulson was a teenager in Brook­lyn when the OJ Simp­son story broke. She re­mem­bers watch­ing TV with a friend when the story ran across the screen.

“We knew OJ from the Naked Gun movies, we were not foot­ball peo­ple, we were girls in school,” she says.

Now, she’s ap­palled that she was so dis­mis­sive: “I was too young to ap­pre­ci­ate the value of it in the mo­ment … which now I’m quite hor­ri­fied about.”

THE PEO­PLE v OJ SIMP­SON, TEN, SUN­DAY, 8.30PM

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