Sarah Paulson and Holland Taylor attend the 2019 Vanity Fair Oscar Party (Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
Sarah Paulson has opened up about the “ageist” criticism of her relationship with the Holland Taylor.
The Ratched star, 45, has been in a happy and thriving relationship with Legally Blonde actress Holland Taylor, 77, for six years.
In an interview with Roxane Gay for Harper’s Bazaar, Paulson spoke about people’s adverse reactions to the 32-year age gap relationship.
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Paulson said: “To feel that I belong to anyone other than a person I would like to belong to, like Holland or my dog or my best friend or my sister… a bunch of strangers claiming me as their own feels a little confusing.
“Since I’m not an expert at figuring out how to move around it, I end up giving more than I want to sometimes.”
She suggested that people are preoccupied with the age gap due to an unwillingness to confront mortality, adding: “Our own ageist thinking and the idea that to be old is to cease to have any desire.”
The American Horror Story star also had a clear message for fans who deride Taylor: “Anybody says anything about any person I love in a way that is disrespectful or cruel and I want to cut a b***h.”
Sarah Paulson: ‘I am in love, and that person happens to be Holland Taylor.’
Paulson previously broached the subject in a 2016 interview with The New York Times, explaining she fell head-over-heels for Taylor because she is “probably the most exquisitely beautiful woman I’d ever seen”.
The actress, who has had a number of relationships with older women, said: “My choices in romantic partners have not been conventional, and therefore the idea that it’s ‘other’ makes it compelling.”
She added: “If my life choices had to be predicated based on what was expected of me from a community on either side, that’s going to make me feel really straitjacketed, and I don’t want to feel that.
“What I can say absolutely is that I am in love, and that person happens to be Holland Taylor.”
Paulson also reflected: “There’s a poignancy to being with someone older.
“I think there’s a greater appreciation of time and what you have together and what’s important, and it can make the little things seem very small. It puts a kind of sharp light mixed with a sort of diffused light on something.
“I can’t say it any other way than there’s a poignancy to it, and a heightened sense of time and the value of time.”