Sarah Paulson Experiments on the Red Carpet
In this year's television sensation American Crime Story, Sarah Paulson plays prosecutor Marcia Clark, who was suddenly, brutally thrust into the spotlight when she took the lead on the OJ Simpson trial in 1994. Though her character might have been shocked by the sudden scrutiny — especially concerning her appearance — Paulson herself is no stranger to the microscope sometimes cast on her looks and her personal life. "Every time that you go anywhere on the red carpet, now there are websites dedicated to picking you apart," she once told the New York Times. And on the red carpet, Paulson has had her share of hits and misses alike; over the past 15 years, she's come into her own, sartorially speaking, eventually eschewing the very pretty, yet sometimes characterless, looks of her early career in favor of chic designs by smaller labels like Cushnie et Ochs, Etro, and Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini. She's gotten more experimental and more dramatic, and she's developed an on-trend bleached bob that adds instant edge to anything she wears. Here, we look back at Sarah Paulson's best red carpet moments, from her early days as a stage actress to one of Ryan Murphy's favorite screen presences.