Do Not Criticize Marcia Clark in Front of Sarah Paulson

By
Get out of my face. Photo: Byron Cohen /FX

In taking on the role of Marcia Clark, the head prosecutor in the O.J. Simpson case, in The People v. O.J. Simpson, Sarah Paulson helped us all reevaluate the status of a long-derided figure. In the process, it turns out Paulson got pretty protective of Clark herself. In a roundtable for The Hollywood Reporter, Paulson recalled an incident on the set of People v. O.J. in which Jeffrey Toobin, who wrote the book on which the series was based, said something about Clark not being the best attorney. "And he said something similar to Sterling K. Brown, who plays Chris Darden," she said, "and we both were like, 'Motherf—er, get out of my face.' We have to play this thing, first of all, and I don't agree with that assessment of her at all." Paulson also gets into a larger defense of Clark: "When I look back at it, I just wonder why people weren't rallying around her and why she didn't have a support system from other women saying, 'Why are we talking about how short her skirt is and her bad hair?'" Now, at least, Clark does have that support system. Her name is Sarah Paulson.