Sarah Paulson Got Hooked on Cigs While Playing a Chain-Smoking Marcia Clark

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Ryan Murphy’s American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson is plainly the best thing Murphy has done, having reignited the long-lost fervor that swept through the nation back in the ’90s when O.J.’s trial brought true-crime and celebrity gossip together forever. It’s also a terrific platform for Sarah Paulson, who plays Marcia Clark with such chain-smoking intensity that, while watching, you really can’t tell the actor from the subject. Neither could she, apparently, as she developed a bit of a smoking problem, as she told Stephen Colbert on his Late Show last night.

Specifically, Paulson charmingly says she “got a little crazy for the ciggies.” This is after Paulson talks about the ’90s sexism that led to her incorrectly thinking Clark was an asshole.

Also on the episode, Paulson says that she is one of the few people in America not watching the show. For his part, Colbert says that his wife is cheating on him with the program, breaking the sacred bond of binge watching by viewing ahead.

Tatiana Maslaney of Orphan Black was also on the show, and revealed the German word for Ted Cruz — or, really, just “a face that begs to be punched.”

Pretty solid episode of TV from Colbert. There was even a Bernie appearance!