American Horror Story: Asylum may have officially finished terrorizing the TV viewing public --in the most addicting way possible--but the show’s breakout star, Sarah Paulson, is still on everyone’s radar. The actress is currently starring in the Roundabout Theater’s revival of Lanford Wilson’s Talley’s Folly through May, but she took a little time to chat with W magazine about just what her AHS character Lana Winters meant to her.
“I never in my life have felt so protective of a character [like I did of Lana]," Paulson said. "I really cried like a baby at the end of the shooting. I didn’t want to say goodbye to her."
The out lesbian actress had a pretty great year with AHS’s success and her Emmy nom for Game Change, and she will be back for the third season of Murphy's unusual horror hit. But that hasn't stopped Paulson from being as endearing in her frankness as ever. She went on to explain what Lana’s "L" pin—the one that looked suspiciously like the “L” Laverne DeFazio wore on Laverne and Shirley—meant to her. And it wasn’t just about her character's first initial.
“I kept my little Lana pin [that I wore on the show], the little ‘L.’ Which I decided was for labia, lesbian, Lana,” Paulson said, adding that the "L" was an “all-encompassing symbol.”
Not only that, but Paulson does a great impression of a dolphin it seems. She tells W:
"No, it was when I was in high school, I smoked a lot of pot one night. And we were really stoned, my three best girlfriends and I, and I was like, ‘You know, it’s kind of like just being a dolphin!’ And I just made the noise and my friends were like, ‘Oh my god. That was crazy you really do sound like a dolphin.’ And then it was something that I would just pull out every once in a while as a party trick. I’ve gotten a lot of mileage out of it: I did it in The Other Sister; I did it on David Letterman; it’s in Studio 60; I did it on Anderson Cooper… So cannabis can further your career, I guess, help you find your inner dolphin."
Watch a clip of Paulson in Tally's Folly below: