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Sarah Paulson brings the real Marcia Clark as her date to the Emmys

by Gina Vivinetto / / Source: TODAY

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True-crime TV buffs may do a double take watching this year's Emmys broadcast.

Sarah Paulson, who's nominated for an Emmy for her portrayal of Marcia Clark in "The People v. O.J. Simpson," brought the former Los Angeles County prosecutor as her plus-one to the 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday.

Image: Sarah Paulson, Marcia Clark
Sarah Paulson, left, and Marcia Clark arrive at the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.Jordan Strauss / AP

With Clark just feet away, Paulson chatted with E!'s Giuliana Rancic on the red carpet Sunday night, and shared that she hasn't yet watched her "People v. O.J. Simpson" performance.

"I don't think I want to watch her lose (the court case) and I know that's what happens," said the actress.

Image: Sarah Paulson, Marcia Clark
Sarah Paulson, left, and Marcia Clark arrive at the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.Jordan Strauss / AP

“I was incredibly honored that Sarah asked me to go with her to the Emmys, and it will be my privilege to be there to cheer her on,” Clark recently told Access Hollywood.

And we bet she really will be cheering.

Clark told TODAY's Savannah Guthrie this past April that 41-year-old Paulson's portrayal of her in the FX mini-series was spot-on.

"I think she’s a genius," she said. "I try to just watch her, because she’s fabulous. She’s amazing."

Sarah Paulson, Marcia Clark
Marcia Clark (L) and Sarah Paulson portraying Clark in "The People Vs. O.J. Simpson"TODAY

Paulson's made no secret of her admiration for Clark. In March, Paulson told Ellen DeGeneres that she geeked out when she met Clark in person.

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"I'd spent so much time with my nose in a book about her," the actress continued, "that when I saw her it was like seeing someone I idolized or had a terrible crush on for my whole life or something."

Paulson, who's been dating "Two and a Half Men" star Holland Taylor, 73, since 2015, is actually a contender in two Emmys categories this year.

Her portrayal of Clark nabbed her a nomination in the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie category, and she's also nominated for an Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie for her role on "American Horror Story: Hotel."

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