The groundbreaking vision of AMERICAN HORROR STORY may not be to everyone's taste, particularly with its dark and unsettling second season, "Asylum." However, no one can deny that AHS features one of the strongest ensemble casts assembled for any screen -- silver or otherwise. With careful precision, filmmaker and television powerhouse Ryan Murphy ("Glee," "The New Normal") gathered a cast of players that not only committed themselves to the challenging, genre-driven material at hand, they elevated it to vertiginous heights. And next to the legendary Jessica Lange, no other AHS player proved themselves as fearless than Sarah Paulson.
As intrepid reporter Lana Winters, Paulson brought a humanity and soul to the often soul crushing abuse she endures at the infamous Briarcliff asylum. What made Winters such an unforgettable character was Murphy and the series writers never allowing her to become a horror victim stereotype. Winters always has a plan, keeping her wits about her no matter how dire the circumstances. She may look like Mary Richards, but she possesses an edge and a survivor's mettle that makes her all the more unique.
The contrast between Paulson's contribution to the first season of AHS, where she played a moony psychic, to her role as a lesbian journalist in "Asylum" is a testament to her versatility and strength. And, with the series finale now here, the last act of Ms. Winters harrowing journey is appropriately mindblowing, indeed.
Find out what made Paulson the MVP of this second season of television's most provocative series in this interview with Jorge Carreon, now on The MediaJor Channel.
Watch the season finale of AMERICAN HORROR STORY: ASYLUM on Wednesday, January 23 on FX @ 10pm.
Interview produced by Jorge Carreon; edited by Sara Gordon Hilton for The MediaJor Channel.