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Sarah Paulson felt 'trapped' in her 'American Horror Story: Roanoke' role and was 'so underwhelmed' by that season

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Sarah Paulson on the red carpet at the 2020 Vanity Fair Oscars party.
Sarah Paulson in 2020. Frazer Harrison/Getty Images
  • Sarah Paulson revealed that she was "so underwhelmed" by "American Horror Story: Roanoke."

  • "I wish I could have gone to Ryan and said please let me sit this one out," Paulson said.

  • She also said that she didn't "care" about that season of the horror anthology series "at all."

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Sarah Paulson revealed in a new interview that she was "so underwhelmed" by "American Horror Story: Roanoke" and didn't "care" about the season at all.

During her appearance on The Hollywood Reporter's Awards Chatter podcast, Paulson explained that she struggled adjusting to her role on that season of the horror anthology show since she had just finished playing Marcia Clark in the limited series "The People vs. OJ Simpson."

"I just don't care about this season at all, I know people will get mad at me for saying it," Paulson said of "AHS: Roanoke," which was co-created by Ryan Murphy.

"I was so underwhelmed by the whole experience because I felt like I had entered into a new place inside of myself in terms of... what I might be willing to see if I could do," she added.

According to Paulson, she "felt really kind of trapped" by her contractual obligation to film the series, even though she'd become an "American Horror Story" mainstay.

Sarah Paulson in "American Horror Story: Roanoke"
Paulson did not love being in "American Horror Story: Roanoke," the anthology series' sixth season. FX

"As much as it's my home and I've loved it always, it was the first time I felt I wish I could have gone to Ryan and said, 'Please let me sit this one out.' You know, let me out," the actress said.

But despite her misgivings about "Roanoke," Paulson said that she was more than happy to return to the show for its seventh season, which was titled "Cult" and focused on the aftermath of the 2016 presidential election.

"I didn't really have to be there, I wanted to be there," the "Mrs. America" star said. "I liked the idea that it was sort of mirroring what we were experiencing [as a country]."

Paulson has appeared in almost all seasons of "American Horror Story," as well as other Murphy-helmed projects like "American Crime Story" and "Ratched."

She's set to appear in the upcoming tenth season of the horror series titled "American Horror Story: Double Feature," debuting August 25 on FX. Meanwhile, new spinoff "American Horror Stories" will premiere its first season July 15 on FX on Hulu.

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