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Sarah Paulson felt ‘underwhelmed’ by American Horror Story’s ‘Roanoke’

‘I just (didn’t) care at all,’ said the actor

Actor Sarah Paulson has revealed that she felt ‘trapped’ and ‘underwhelmed’ by American Horror Story’s sixth season, Roanoke.

Paulson – who has starred in almost all seasons of the horror anthology series – admitted in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter that she found the sixth season to be underwhelming. Further, she regretted not asking the show’s producer, Ryan Murphy, to sit the season out.

“I just (didn’t) care about this season at all,” said Paulson. “I know people will get mad at me for saying it, but for me, this was post having played Marcia (Clark in The People vs OJ Simpson) and it was what I went to do right after finishing Marcia.”

In Roanoke, Paulson played a British true-crime detective in a docu-series about a haunted house. After starring as the OJ Simpson trial’s lead prosecutor in The People vs OJ Simpson, however, Paulson noted that she felt she had entered a “new place inside of myself in terms of what I thought possible, in terms of what I might be willing to see if I can do.”

“I felt really kind of trapped by my responsibility and my contractual obligation to do American Horror Story,” the actor continued. “As much as it’s my home and I’ve loved it always, it was the first time I felt like I wish I could have gone to Ryan and said please let me sit this one out. You know, let me out.”

According to Paulson, Murphy asked if she wanted to sit out of AHS’s seventh season, Cult, but she continued her role due to interest in the season’s storyline which followed the United States’ 2016 presidential election.

Currently, the show’s tenth season titled Double Feature is in the works, starring model Kaia Gerber, Paris Jackson, and Macaulay Culkin alongside the show’s regular cast members. The season promises “two horrifying stories” throughout the season, set on the seaside in Provincetown, Massachusetts.

Otherwise, Ryan Murphy has officially released the first poster for the AHS spin-off American Horror Stories, which will consist of 16 episodes of “horror myths, legends, and lore.” Premiering on July 15, the series will star Pose’s Dyllón Burnside, Glee’s Kevin McHale, Riverdale’s Charles Melton, and The Prom’s Nico Greetham. As teased by Murphy, Paulson will direct part of the series, herself. 

Check out the American Horror Stories poster below.