Vera Farmiga to Sarah Paulson: I Wanted Your '12 Years a Slave' Role (Video)

Sarah Paulson earned acclaim for her small but meaty role as a villainous slave mistress in 12 Years a Slave.

What she didn't know was that Vera Farmiga was among her fiercest competitors during the casting process.

"I wanted that role in 12 Years," Farmiga told Paulson during The Hollywood Reporter's actress roundtable.  "It was a high-stakes role. Girl, I made a full-blown audition tape with hurdy-gurdies playing in the background."

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Paulson's response?  "Oh my God. That's so extraordinary."

The actresses made their comments during THR's drama actress roundtable. Read the full roundtable here for more from Claire Danes, Julianna Margulies, Keri Russell, Jessica Pare, Paulson and  Farmiga. And see exclusive photos of the actresses here.

THR's roundtable series is part of the leadup to Emmys season, and has already included a discussion with TV's hottest drama showrunners. Watch the uncensored drama showrunners roundtable here.

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