The actress pops up as Geraldine Page on the current season of Feud: Bette and Joan, and she might step into another real-life figure’s shoes next year for Feud: Charles and Diana. The second season of the Ryan Murphy anthology series will break down Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s tumultuous relationship. Now, one might expect Paulson would want to play Diana -- but that’s not the case.
“I wanna play the Queen Mother!” Paulson spills to ET. “I don't think he's gonna let me do that. That might be a bridge too far … he might also be like, 'Oh, lady... no!’ I could play one of the corgis.”
ET caught up with the actress at the Family Equality Council’s Impact Awards, which she co-chaired, at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel over the weekend. She says she’s game to take on any part Murphy offers her.
“I mean, has he ever done me wrong?” she asks. “If he thinks I can do it, I'm liable to agree with him. Even if I'm scared beep-less, I like a challenge. I do my best when I'm scared out of my mind, and I don't mean scared [as in] spooked, I mean challenged, and really, really questioning whether I can pull it off.”
Paulson, of course, swept the awards shows with her role as Marcia Clark in The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story. The actress confesses that it’s the scariest role she’s ever taken.
“I was absolutely terrified and completely convinced I would never be able to do it,” she shares. “It felt like a very Herculean task. It turned out OK, so maybe the fear thing works for me, and I should just do parts that scare the crap out of me.”
“I'm having a wild thing where I do keep all the statues currently within eyesight when I first wake up,” she says. “Just to remind me. When I go to sleep, I'm like, 'Goodnight, Globie! Goodnight, SAG. Goodnight, Emmy.' You know, I like to try to commune with them, because it feels a little bit separate for me. It was a really wild, incredible, unprecedented experience for me. So, it's taking a little time for me to believe I'm the person that that happened to.”
For now, the star is focused on her upcoming movie, Ocean’s Eight, which doesn’t hit theaters until summer 2018. Paulson’s co-stars include Sandra Bullock, Rihanna, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway and Mindy Kaling.
“We all had such an incredible time together,” she says. “It's really -- a lot of people always say this, and it's probably some load of hooey -- but we have the most incredible time together, and it was a really kickass group of women in all respects. So, we had a blast.”
Take a first look at the upcoming film in the video below.