More tequila, please! Sarah Paulson had a grand ol’ time when she first met Marcia Clark. The actress caught up with O.J. Simpson‘s former prosecutor before playing her in FX’s limited series The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story — and the alcohol was flowing.
The actress, 41, recalled their first meet and greet during an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Tuesday, March 8.
“I drank a lot of tequila with her,” Paulson told host Ellen DeGeneres. “It was really fun. It was like the mole kept moving all over her face in my mind,” she added, referring to Clark’s beauty mark. “It was like, ‘Is that you? Oh, now it’s on your forehead.'”
Paulson may have drank too much to calm her nerves. After all, she was “so excited” to meet the famed DA, 62. “I made a lot of weird, sort of squeal-y pig noises,” Paulson admitted. “I had spent so much time with my nose sort of in a book, about her, her actual book, the Toobin book.” (Jeffrey Toobin wrote The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson in 1996. Clark wrote her own book, Without a Doubt, in 1998.)
“When I saw her, it was like seeing someone I’d idolized or had a terrible crush on for my whole life. And she walked into the restaurant and I was like, ‘Ahhh,'” Paulson continued. “And she sort of looked around like this was a sort of terrifying experience for her.”
As previously reported, Clark has been impressed with Paulson’s portrayal of her on the FX drama. “I’ve been a fan of hers for years. I just love her,” Clark told Entertainment Weekly last month. “She was even more wonderful in person.”
Clark has also been watching the Ryan Murphy–created show — and following new developments in Simpson’s case. Late last week, it was revealed that a knife was found buried on the former NFL star’s property. A retired policeman has reportedly had it in his possession for years. The LAPD confiscated it, and the situation is under investigation to see if it is connected to the 1994 murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman.
“I don’t know whether to say it is truly evidence, none of us knows that yet — it might be a hoax, it might be somebody who planted it and then just pretended to find it and gave it to the off-duty police officer, you don’t know,” Clark told Entertainment Tonight on March 4. “But, of course, I’m glad the LAPD is taking it seriously and subjecting it to testing so we can find out.”
Watch Paulson’s interview in the video above!
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