Sarah Paulson Wants to Play President Trump on Election-Themed ‘American Horror Story’

March 27, 2017 1:52 pm
(Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
(Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)

Emmy-winner Sarah Paulson would elect to play President Trump in the next season of American Horror Story if producers would let her.

“Why not?” the Emmy award-winning actress told The Hollywood Reporter, noting that prosthetics would likely need to be involved. “That’s an acting challenge to be sure.”

Ryan Murphy, who is the mastermind behind both American Horror Story and American Crime Story, confirmed in February that the upcoming show is about the election. He asserted to THR that he’s interested in exploring all sides of the election — not just an obvious or “single-minded” point of view.

American Horror Story is going to be about the election that we just went through. And all of the stuff that I’m developing now is going to be about illuminating and highlighting people who don’t have a voice in our culture — people who are ignored by the current administration and who are afraid and feel terrorized that their lives are going to be taken away,” Murphy said.

There’s no confirmation of whether or not President Trump or his opponent, Hillary Clinton, will be portrayed in the upcoming season, or if current events will provide a less literal story for the show. Paulson, an AHS favorite, is confident that regardless of which characters end up onscreen, the season will be an inventive one.

“Ryan has a very unique perspective on everything. Is there anything that he has put out into the world that hasn’t been a sort of unique or inventive way to look at something that maybe some could say has been done before? He reinvents everything,” she said. “Whatever the angle he’s going to take, it will be unique, which will make it new, which will make us interested and make our eyes and ears open probably in a way that we hadn’t thought about.”


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