As of this morning, American Horror Story’s Sarah Paulson became a four-time Emmy nominee, with the Academy honoring the actress for her intense, nuanced portrayal of Dot and Bette Tattler — the double-headed conjoined twins that not only survived the season but even found happiness in the end with Jimmy (Evan Peters). But even though this is far from the actress’ first time getting these types of calls, don’t expect Paulson to be over them anytime soon.
“I can’t imagine it would ever get old. And if it does, someone should take my SAG card away!” Paulson told EW with a laugh. “I’m a little geeky actress from way back, and there were many years in my career where I was working in a way that was not satisfying to me, or in a way that certainly wasn’t allowing anyone to be even aware of me. So it sounds sort of hokey, but to be a little kid from Tampa, Florida, who dreamt of doing this and who remembers watching every Emmys I can think of … to be included amongst these wonderful people and to be recognized by my peers and to be able to go to that party and sit there in that room and feel a part of that is a really extraordinary feeling.”
Paulson will start shooting American Horror Story: Hotel on Monday but for now, she’s enjoying the fact that she gets to share her nomination with co-stars Angela Bassett and Kathy Bates. “A lot of shows, one person gets singled out but because there are so many of us, it’s a very sort of sweet moving thing to really feel like you’re sharing it with your company members,” she said. As for how it felt to sleep in, since nominations were moved to a few hours later this year?
“It’s nice, but it’s a little disconcerting because it’s so not the way it’s normally done,” Paulson admitted. “So you sort of look around going, ‘Wow, it’s daylight, no one is calling me! I guess it didn’t happen!’ And then I have to remind myself that it’s happening at a much more reasonable hour this year.”
This year’s Emmys air Sept. 20. See the full list of nominees here.