Emmys: Sarah Paulson Wins Best Actress in a Limited Series or a Television Movie
"I kept thinking, 'God, I hope this doesn’t hurt Marcia any further," Paulson recalled of the pressure of playing a real-life person. "I hope the things we're doing don’t inflict anymore pain."
The People v. O.J. Simpson's Sarah Paulson won the Emmy for best actress in a limited series or a television movie on Sunday night.
Paulson, who won for her portrayal of prosecutor Marcia Clark on the FX series, brought the real-life Clark along with her to the show and apologized to her in her acceptance of the award, saying, "I had been superficial and careless in my judgment of [Clark]."
The actress beat out Kirsten Dunst in Fargo, Felicity Huffman in American Crime, Audra McDonald in Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Gril, Lili Taylor in American Crime and Kerry Washington in Confirmation. Emmy Award winners Claire Danes and Bryan Cranston presented the award.
Backstage, Paulson said her first win was a blur. "I don’t remember any of it so in my imagination, I was saying a lot of things and smiling," she said. "The real thing is much better than what I imagined."
She also discussed the pressures of playing a real-life person who is still alive, which she called a "big responsibility."
"I kept thinking, 'God, I hope this doesn’t hurt Marcia any further," Paulson recalled. "I hope the things we're doing don’t inflict anymore pain."
Paulson also discussed the part of her speech that addressed Clark directly. "I think an apology was in order so I was very, very happy to be able to do it in such a broad way," she said. "I just feel very, very proud and glad that through this show new eyes are able to view her and she's able to have another experience that she deserves, I think."
Paulson's celebration plans also included Clark, her date for the ceremony. "I will reunite with Marcia and we'll have a good night."
Jimmy Kimmel hosted the 2016 Primetime Emmy Awards, which aired live on ABC from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.