Everyone’s talking about Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara in Carol (and rightfully so because they’re both fantastic in it), but the movie also features one heck of a supporting performance from Sarah Paulson. She steps in as Abby, Carol’s best friend and former fling. When things start heating up between Carol and Therese, Abby is one of few who has Carol’s best interests in mind and does what she can to support their relationship.
With Carol due for a limited release on Friday, November 20th, I got the opportunity to sit down with Paulson to talk about her experience making the film. We’ve got loads of details on how she scored the role, what it was like working with Blanchett and more coming your way soon, but first, how about a round of “Would You Rather?” You can catch Paulson playing the game and teasing American Horror Story: Hotel and American Crime Story in the video interview below.
Here’s the official synopsis for Carol:
In an adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s seminal novel The Price of Salt, CAROL follows two women from very different backgrounds who find themselves in an unexpected love affair in 1950s New York. As conventional norms of the time challenge their undeniable attraction, an honest story emerges to reveal the resilience of the heart in the face of change. A young woman in her 20s, Therese Belivet (Rooney Mara), is a clerk working in a Manhattan department store and dreaming of a more fulfilling life when she meets Carol (Cate Blanchett), an alluring woman trapped in a loveless, convenient marriage. As an immediate connection sparks between them, the innocence of their first encounter dims and their connection deepens. While Carol breaks free from the confines of marriage, her husband (Kyle Chandler) begins to question her competence as a mother as her involvement with Therese and close relationship with her best friend Abby (Sarah Paulson) come to light. Carol is directed by Todd Haynes and written by Phyllis Nagy with moving performances from Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Sarah Paulson, Kyle Chandler, Jake Lacy and Cory Michael Smith.