Sarah Paulson: I’m ‘Absolutely’ in Love With Holland Taylor

Sarah Paulson and Holland Taylor
Sarah Paulson and Holland Taylor pose at the opening night for "Fiddler On The Roof" in 2015. Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic

Talk about PDA! Sarah Paulson got candid in a profile for The New York Times that ran on Wednesday, March 2, telling the publication — and the public — that she is undeniably in love with her girlfriend of more than a year, Holland Taylor.

The Carol and American Crime Story actress, 41, explained that while she prefers not to put a label on her sexuality (she has dated both men and women in the past), she isn’t ashamed to admit that she’s head over heels for Taylor, 73.

“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,” she said. “What I can say absolutely is that I am in love, and that person happens to be Holland Taylor.”

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The pair went public with their relationship in December, and have had nothing but kind things to say about each other. In the Times profile, Paulson recalled meeting Taylor for the first time at a dinner party nearly a decade ago.

“[She was] probably the most exquisitely beautiful woman I’d ever seen,” the Emmy- and Golden Globe-nominated star said.

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Shortly after the couple — who have 32 years between them — began to step out together, social media erupted in excitement. Paulson insists she doesn’t know what all the hubbub is about, though.

“My choices in romantic partners have not been conventional, and therefore the idea that it is ‘other’ makes it compelling,” she said of the media attention.

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Paulson previously dated actress Cherry Jones for seven years (Jones was 18 years her senior), and was once engaged to actor and playwright Tracy Letts.

“There’s a poignancy to being with someone older,” she said of what makes her relationship with Taylor so special. “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. It puts a kind of sharp light mixed with a sort of diffused light on something. I can’t say it any other way that there’s a poignancy to it, and a heightened sense of time and the value of time.”

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