Sarah Paulson Confirms She’s Returning to ‘American Horror Story’ as a ‘Central Character’

Sarah Paulson Wearing Prada Goldfinch Premiere Returning To AHS
Sarah Paulson attends the premiere of 'The Goldfinch' at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 8, 2019 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Andrew H. Walker/Shutterstock

She’s back! While Sarah Paulson sat out American Horror Story: 1984 due to other projects, she will be returning to the franchise, the actress confirmed to Us Weekly and other reporters on Thursday, January 9.

“I did ask Ryan [Murphy], ‘If the question was asked to me, could I say that I was coming back?’ and he said, ‘Yes, you could say.’ So, yes I will be back on American Horror Story,” she said during the Television Critics’ Association’s winter press tour, following the panel for FX’s Mrs. America. That said, she has no details about season 10 of the Ryan Murphy hit.

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“I have no idea what it will be,” she shared, before confirming she won’t just be making a cameo. “I’m not coming back as a guest part. I would be a central character.”

Sarah Paulson Returning To AHS American Horror Story
Sarah Paulson as Sally in ‘American Horror Story.’ Suzanne Tenner/FX

The Emmy winner, 45, recently wrapped filming Murphy’s Ratched, as well as limited series Mrs. America. She also just began preparing to play Linda Tripp in American Crime Story: Impeachment.

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“I am doing vocal exercises. We had a prosthetic meeting yesterday, which was really scary and exciting in terms of what pieces I’m going to wear,” the People v. O. J. Simpson alum shared. “I tried on a pair of teeth, we’re talking about wearing contacts versus not wearing contacts because you know, her eyes were blue.”

While she added that they’re not sure yet “how far we’re going to go” when it comes to nailing the look, she has changed her diet for the show.

Sarah Paulson Returning To AHS American Horror Story
Sarah Paulson as Ally Mayfair-Richards in ‘American Horror Story: Cult.’ Frank Ockenfels/FX

“I have begun to eat some food to begin my portion — I have committed to doing that,” Paulson said. “I think it’s important to not just allow the costume to do everything but to do what I can physically, like you said, vocally, physically to try to evoke who she was at that time.”

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However, she also noted that it has been difficult to juggle all her jobs: “I had finished Ratchet 72 hours before I flew to start Mrs. America, so it was a bit of a schizophrenic situation where I felt a little bit like the character I played in season 4 of American Horror Story with two heads, only now I’m just playing two different characters within minutes of each other.”

Mrs. America premieres on Wednesday, April 15, on Hulu.

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