Fiction and reality will become one at the Emmy awards.
Sarah Paulson, who is nominated for her depiction of Marcia Clark in "The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story," is bringing none other than Marcia Clark to the awards show as her date, the Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
Sarah is thought to be the frontrunner in the category of outstanding lead actress in a limited series for her depiction of the lead prosecutor in the so-called "Trial of the Century."
The five-time Emmy nominee prepared for the part by reading Jeffrey Toobin's "The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson," on which the hit FX series is based, and by getting drunk off tequila with the real woman at the center of the trial.
"I did meet her -- I drank a lot of tequila with her," the actress told Ellen DeGeneres in March of her first meeting with Marcia.
"I made a lot of weird sort of squealy pig noises because I was so excited," Sarah continued. "I had spent so much time with my nose sort of in a book about her, her actual book [and] the Toobin book, that when I saw her, it was like seeing someone I'd idolized or had a terrible crush on for my whole life or something. She walked into the restaurant, and I just started going, 'Ahhh!' And she sort of looked around like this a very sort of terrifying experience for her."
Marcia, for her part, said watching the show was "pretty awful," but she lauded Sarah's acting ability.
"When I watch it, all I can do is think about what went wrong and what was crazy about it. I go back into the nightmare. I needed people there to kind of balance me out and say 'it's all right,' to get a normal person's perspective on it because I don't think I am," she told Entertainment Weekly.
Marcia said she was hoping the show wouldn't ever hit the small screen, hoping that something would go wrong with production.
"In life, you never know when something good is going to come out of something horrendous. It was one of those," she said, of Sarah portraying her on the show. "When I found out that she was going to play me, I thought, if this has to happen, then the honor is huge. I've been a fan of hers for years. I just love her."