Sarah Paulson recently opened up about her long-rumored relationship with fellow actress Holland Taylor.

Sarah Paulson On Holland Taylor

In American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson, Paulson plays prosecutor Marcia Clark. Unbeknownst to Clark, taking on the high-profile trial involving well-known celebrity O.J. Simpson would make her something of a celebrity as well, thrusting her personal life and her appearance into the spotlight.

While Paulson has long been acting, and has been on the receiving end of critical acclaim for several years, she hasn’t been a celebrity in the traditional sense. She wasn’t stalked by paparazzi, her social media profiles weren’t scoured for quotes – until people started speculating that she could be the younger actress dating Taylor.

“Marcia didn’t ask for any of it. I didn’t ask for any of it, but some of it comes with the job,” Paulson told The New York Times of becoming tabloid fodder. “My choices in romantic partners have not been conventional, and therefore the idea that it is ‘other’ makes it compelling.”

Paulson, who has dated actress Cherry Jones and actor and playwright Tracy Letts in the past, declines to label her sexuality, but she has no trouble declaring that she’s in love with Taylor, who she’s been dating for a little over a year.

“If my life choices had to be predicated based on what was expected of me from a community on either side, that’s going to make me feel really straitjacketed, and I don’t want to feel that,” said Paulson, 41. “What I can say absolutely is that I am in love, and that person happens to be Holland Taylor.”

As for the fact that Taylor, 73, is 32 years older than Paulson, the Carol actress uses the world “poignancy” to describe what it adds to their unique relationship.

“There’s a poignancy to being with someone older,” Paulson explained to the Times. “I think there’s a greater appreciation of time and what you have together and what’s important, and it can make the little things seem very small.”

Paulson added of her first meeting with Taylor roughly 10 years ago that she was “probably the most exquisitely beautiful woman I’d ever seen.”

As for Taylor, she previously hinted at her relationship with Paulson back in December. In an interview, Taylor, who had never spoken publicly about her sexuality, admitted that she was in a serious relationship with a younger actress, who at the time, she wished not to name.

“I am understood by the person who loves me before I am understood by myself,” Taylor said on WNYC’s Death, Sex and Money podcast. “That is really sort of a stunning experience that has taken me a while to accept it.”

Taylor went on to hint that a wedding could be in their future.

“She’s mentioned it because just from a spiritual point of view, from a heart point of view, as a deed that has a very rich symbolic gesture to it, it has its attraction,” Taylor said of marriage. “But it’s been a very casual conversation at this point. But it’s not — it would be a very private thing. I would not do that publicly. But as a symbol, as a pledge, as a plighting one’s troth I would see it — that it would be a wonderful thing to do.”

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