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Sarah Paulson

Naturalist Project

photos Nino Muñoz  style Johnny Wujek  featuring Sarah Paulson  text Alec Holland 

This issue deals with Naturalism, and Sarah Paulson is a natural. As part of the ensemble of the wickedly glorious anthology series American Horror Story, she manages to insert a sense of realism into characters that are made up of anything but. Paulson grew up in New York City, and went to the famed High School of Music & Performing Arts. Just four months after graduating, she found work in plays like Horton Foote’s Talking Pictures, and Wendy Wasserstein’s Broadway hit The Sisters Rosensweig. Paulson moved to LA and started taking on TV, in shows like American Gothic, Jack & Jill (where our paths first crossed) and Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. Since then, she’s been back on Broadway in The Glass Menagerie, and turned in notable performances in films like Martha Marcy May Marlene and 12 Years a Slave. But it’s her deliciously varied roles on American Horror Story that’s got the world going gaga. Even, it would seem, Gaga. 


hair: Laini Reeves @ Something Artists

makeup: Adam Breuchaud @ TMC-LA using Chanel les Beige 

manicurist: Sarah Chue @ Exclusive Artists Mgmt. using Séche Vite

studio manager: Ursula Strauss @ Nino Muñoz Photography 

styling assistant:Alana Van Deraa

photography assistants: Gregory brouillette & John Fitts 

digital tech: Carl Novick

location: Milk Studios, L.A.