Sarah Paulson and Holland Taylor have been an adorable couple for almost two years now, but in a new interview with The Edit, Paulson reveals that people close to her urged her to keep her romance with Taylor under wraps.
“Early on, when people found out I was with [Taylor], some said, ‘I think you have to be careful, I’m afraid it’s going to affect your career negatively,’ ” Paulson said in the interview.
“I was like, what? It never occurred to me at all.”
When Paulson was nominated for an Emmy for her work in The People v. O.J. Simpson in 2016, she confesses that it crossed her mind not to talk about Taylor when she was interviewed on the red carpet.
“It occurred to me, ‘Should I not?’ And then I thought, ‘Why would I not?’” she said. “The fact I’m having this thought is wrong. But I had a moment of societal concern; wondering if, maybe, people who didn’t know that about me would be like, ‘Wait, what?’ But then, you know, I did it anyway.”
Paulson ended up saying “hi” to Taylor on national television. “If you’re watching, Holland Taylor, I love you.”
If I'm watching…?? If I'm WATCHING???
YES, I'm watching–!!!
good LORD! …
I LOVE you!!! pic.twitter.com/63341mz81C
— Holland Taylor (@HollandTaylor) September 18, 2016
She understands that some people might find it odd the two women are dating despite a 32-year age difference, but Paulson defends her decision.
“My life choices are, um, unconventional. I’m with a much older person and people find that totally fascinating and odd, and, to me, it’s the least interesting thing about me,” she explained.
“But I do feel a bit unconventional. I am a woman of a certain age who chose not to have children, and who has made my career my priority. I am the captain of my own ship, and I’ve never looked to anyone else to validate that, or tell me it’s okay.”
Paulson and Taylor have been public about their relationship since March 2016, but they actually met a decade earlier when Paulson was dating actress Cherry Jones. It wasn’t until years later when Paulson ran into Taylor again at a party that the two started direct messaging on Twitter and eventually met for a date.
“There’s a poignancy to being with someone older,” Paulson told The New York 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.”