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How Losing a Job Led American Crime Story's Sarah Paulson to Stardom

Originally posted 03/17/2016 11:20AM

Talk about a silver lining!

Sarah Paulson had been planning on doing a play in New York City, but when that fell through she found herself being presented with the opportunity of a lifetime.

Suddenly with free time, she accompanied actress Jessica Lange – who had starred with Paulson in The Glass Menagerie on Broadway in 2005 – to a Project Angel Food event in Los Angeles.

"She had just gotten into town to start doing season 1 of American Horror Story, and L.A. is not really her town," says Paulson, who is featured in the current issue of PEOPLE. "She didn't know a ton of people so we were spending a lot of time together."

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Also at the event was AHS creator Ryan Murphy, who had previously cast Paulson in a memorable guest-starring role on his FX drama Nip/Tuck.

"At one point, Jessica just threw her arm around me and said to Ryan, 'Oh, can't you find something for Sarah to do on the show? She's going to be in town now.' And he said, 'Oh. Yeah. I think I could do that,' " Paulson recalls.

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Evan Peters Is Back for American Horror Story: Hotel: We Rank His 4 Characters in the Series

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Evan Peters Is Back for American Horror Story: Hotel: We Rank His 4 Characters in the Series

Originally posted 04/24/2015 03:20PM

Evan Peters hasn't been scared off yet.

The actor is returning to American Horror Story for the anthology's fifth season, AHS: Hotel, FX announced Friday.

This makes the 28-year-old the only actor to have a starring role in each season so far: AHS vet Jessica Lange won't be checking in to Hotel, and Sarah Paulson only appeared in three episodes of 2011's Murder House.

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American Horror Story's Naomi Grossman: 'Viewers Will be Satiated' by Pepper's Backstory

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American Horror Story's Naomi Grossman: 'Viewers Will be Satiated' by Pepper's Backstory

Originally posted 12/17/2014 05:25PM

Originally touted as a standalone anthology series, all of the gruesome stories in Ryan Murphy's American Horror Story are now connected – and Naomi Grossman's Pepper is the character to tie it all together.

Having first appeared in Asylum, AHS's second season, Grossman was back for its fourth – Freak Show – in an expanded role in the canon. The timeline, set 12 years before the events of Asylum, has Grossman's costar Lily Rabe reprising her role as Sister Mary Eunice in Wednesday night's episode.

PEOPLE chatted with Grossman exclusively to discuss Pepper, her backstory, the American Horror Story universe, a Pepper/Matt Bomer sex scene and how working with the "freaks" has changed her worldview.

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American Horror Story's Sarah Paulson Is Freaked Out by Her Own Show

Sarah Paulson Is Freaked Out by Her Own Show, American Horror Story

Originally posted 01/24/2013 10:35AM

It's a good thing American Horror Story wrapped up its second season Wednesday night. One of its stars, Sarah Paulson, can sleep a little easier now.

"I can't watch it at night and I'm on it," the Emmy-nominated actress, 38, tells the Associated Press.

"There are some people who like to be scared and I understand that, but I am not one of those individuals. I like to cozy up with a nice book and a bath and a teddy bear. I am not interested in being terrified before I go to sleep."

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