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Sarah Paulson on meeting O.J. prosecutor Marcia Clark: 'I drank a lot of tequila'

To prepare for the role of the famous prosecutor, Paulson read books about the case, watched courtroom clips — and consumed plenty of tequila.
/ Source: TODAY

In FX's "The People v. O.J. Simpson," Sarah Paulson plays embattled prosecutor Marcia Clark to perfection. To prepare for the role, she read books about the famous case, watched courtroom clips — and consumed plenty of tequila.

During an interview with Ellen DeGeneres, the actress explained that before she finished filming the 10-part miniseries, she had an alcohol-fueled face-to-face meeting with the real Clark.

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"I drank a lot of tequila with her," Paulson said with a smile. "It was really fun. It was like the mole kept moving all over her face. It was a lot of tequila — a whole lot."

Sarah Paulson portrays real-life attorney Marcia Clark in the FX miniseries "The People v. O.J. Simpson."FX / NBC News

Maybe tequila was just an attempt to calm her nerves. After all, Paulson may be a celebrity, but meeting the famous face from the trial of the century was a really big deal to her.

"I made a lot of weird — sort of squealy pig — noises, because I was so excited," she recalled. "I'd spent so much time with my nose in a book about her ... that when I saw her it was like seeing someone I idolized or had a terrible crush on for my whole life or something."

Sarah Paulson discusses playing Marcia Clark on Ellen.Ellentube

She even let out a little screen when Clark walked in the room.

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"I sort of went 'Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!'" Paulson said. "And she sort of looked around like this was a terrifying experience for her."

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