TODAY | January 29, 2014
>>> emmy and golden globe nominated actress sarah paulson has appeared in more than a dozen tv shows and film. she's currently playing cordelia fox on the cult favorite "american horror story ."
>> we've also seen sarah recently on the big screen in "12 years a slave," nominated best picture along with many other academy awards . so great to see you.
>> thank you for having me.
>> what an exciting time for you. you're in this film "12 years of slave" and some people think we'll win the big one at the oscars. is this a fun time in your life?
>> no, it's the worst time i've ever had in my life. no, it's extraordinary. i've been doing this a long time and never been in a movie that's been on track to hopefully have the end game that would be really great, to win best picture .
>> seeing you as mrs. epps and you're a nice person, but mrs. epps. wow.
>> i know.
>> how do you shake that when you're done with the scene?
>> it wasn't easy but at the same time, i'm an actress, it's my job to try to get inside the mind of that woman. and i was able to kind of do it and leave it at home, take a hot bath and shake her off.
>> thank god. you don't want to be her.
>> you haven't made it any easier on yourself, the big premiere is tonight. i've heard you say you get scared just by the opening credits .
>> yeah, i don't want the opening credits of the show. the show -- the great thing about the show, every year it reinvents itself. and this year it's campier and lighter than last year. i can watch the show this year. tonight is the big finale and the big reveal about who is the supreme. i think a lot of people are excited. we're not doing that terrible thing where we promise you you're going to find out and tease you. i'm guaranteeing the reveal is happening tonight.
>> "american horror story " watch it tonight. can you give us an idea in are you guys all returning?
>> jessica lane is coming back and a bunch of people are coming back. i am on track for that.
>> so you don't die?
>> well, the next year the show is an entirely different thing. it's a new story, entirely new thing.
>> if people who haven't seen it and want to do a little binge watching, it is a different mini series .
>> every year, this is the third season of the show, you do not have to watch season one or two to be -- to enjoy season three. you can start with episode one of season three and watch it through in two days and be scared and eat popcorn and, i don't know, take a valium or something.
>> maybe. you always look amazingly well put together, just gorgeous.
>> thank you.
>> and your fashion -- your awards come, as well, when we see you on the red carpet , you look equally as great. i wanted to go through some of your fashions. the golden globes , i think -- i think we have the dress. the golden globes .
>> beautiful marcasa.
>> and s.a.g. awards, you were on the best dressed list.
>> and i know some people were like what is your dress? you look like a cupcake. but for me --
>> how do you go about picking the fashions?
>> someone dangles something in front of me and i'm like, that one. it's not sophisticated.
>> i'd love to live in that space for a day.
>> sarah, it's great to see you doing so well. it's an exciting time and good luck with the rest of awards season and the big premiere tonight on fx at