Sarah Paulson said she might be leaving American Horror Story (Picture: AFF-USA/REX/FX)
It may be game over for Sarah Paulson and American Horror Story.
Created by Ryan Murphy and Brad Fulchuk, the horror anthology series focuses on various spooky characters and locations, ranging from a witch coven to a farmhouse.
The 47-year-old was involved in the incident more than a decade ago and has donned several masks, playing a psychic, a journalist, a witch, a two-headed twin and a drug addict ghost.
But Ocean’s eight stars mean she is moving to new pastures, citing a number of reasons, including her ‘nervous system’, which is no longer able to withstand the terrifying scenes.
‘It’s not that I’m not open to it. I’m always up for it, but I feel like I’ve been doing it for a long time, and people might start getting sick of me in that world,’ she told Variety.
‘Let someone else shout and run and cry for a second. Other people can do this too!
‘Also, my nervous system. There was a time when I was younger when I was like, “I can do this all night. I love it!” Now I’m like, “Mom is tired!”‘
Sarah has been a part of American Horror Story for over a decade (Picture: FX)
And it’s not just American Horror Story that Sarah is thinking of leaving — her stint at American Crime Story could be coming to an end, too.
The Ratched actress starred in two seasons of the true crime drama, which was also co-produced by 56-year-old Ryan, one centered on the OJ Simpson murder case, while the other documenting the Bill Clinton and Monica LeVinci scandal.
Explaining that she had a ‘wild’ year from acting, Sara said: ‘Trust me, don’t think I don’t know what a privileged place it is to sit and know that I can take a year off. I can take it and still live. I am able to live my life and not in a fearful way and that is a really lucky thing.
Sarah has played some terrifying roles in American Horror Story (Credits: Tina Campbell) Sarah has a working relationship with Ryan Murphy (Picture: AFP via Getty Images)
‘I’ve said no to certain things, which is a wildly new thing. I think shows have always been exceptionally well crafted and things I have always been proud to be a part of.
‘So, never say never, but I’m ready to visit this new location to see what comes and not pre-plan, which is the opposite of me! I am not saying that I am comfortable there right now, but I am experimenting.
For civil servant Linda Tripp in American Crime Story: Impeachment, Sarah wore a ‘fat suit’, which was widely criticized.
Addressing the response, Star told the Los Angeles Times that ‘the controversy is legitimate.’
Sarah next to the real Linda Tripp (Picture: FX/BACKGRID/Getty)
She continued: ‘I think fat phobia is real. I think pretending otherwise does more harm. And this is a very important conversation. But I don’t think it’s the entire responsibility on the actor to do something that’s for sure, and I’m talking about the challenge of a lifetime, from the inside out.’
Next on the horizon for Sara is a project where she is the ‘old lady on the set’.
She continued: ‘What I’m looking for is new. I am looking for new experiences and want to collaborate with young filmmakers in new ways. I am interested in this idea of having the old lady on the sets.’
Fans will next see the 12-year-old Ghulam actress on her screen in the horror film Dust, which follows a woman trapped in a dust storm.
All seasons of American Horror Story and seasons one and two of American Crime Story are available to stream on Disney Plus in the UK.
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