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Many American Horror Story fans were disappointed when Sarah Paulson did not star in the anthology’s ninth season 1984. However, fans rejoiced earlier this year when it was confirmed Paulson would be returning for the show’s upcoming tenth season.

Now, Paulson is revealing the exact reason why she didn’t appear in American Horror Story: 1984. She is also sharing what is in store for Ryan Murphy‘s next project American Crime Story: Impeachment.

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Paulson currently stars on the Hulu show Mrs. America alongside Cate Blanchett. Mrs. America tells the story of the movement to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) and the unexpected backlash led by a conservative woman named Phyllis Schlafly.

Paulson reveals in a new interview with Vulture that in order for her to star in Mrs. America, she could not appear in American Horror Story:1984.

“It [Mrs. America] was shooting exactly when American Horror Story was shooting, and I thought there was no way I could do both,” Paulson shares. “So I went to Ryan Murphy and I said, ‘do you mind if I sit this season of American Horror Story out? I want to do this instead’ and he very graciously said ‘yeah.'”

However, with the filming of Mrs. America now completed, Paulson is waiting to see what will happen with Murphy’s upcoming shows.

Murphy revealed that due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, filming for season 10 of American Horror Story has been put on hold. The plot for the next season of the anthology is dependent on warm weather. Since the show’s filming schedule has been pushed back to the colder months, Murphy does not know what the future for next season will hold.

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Joining Paulson for season 10 will be Evan Peters, Kathy BatesLeslie GrossmanBillie LourdAdina PorterLily RabeAngelica Ross and Finn Wittrock. Macaulay Culkin will also be joining as an AHS newcomer. There is no word yet on if Emma Roberts will be making an appearance in the new season.

When the coronavirus pandemic began, Paulson was in the middle of preparing for her role in American Crime Story: Impeachment. The show follows the events leading up to the impeachment of former president Bill Clinton and was scheduled to premiere in September of this year. However, just like American Horror Story, Impeachment, which Monica Lewinsky is a producer on, has been put on hold.

Despite these delays, Paulson is still preparing for her role as Linda Tripp in Impeachment. Tripp was a civil servant who played a prominent role in the 1998 Clinton-Lewinsky scandal.

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“I was in the middle of prepping for Linda and I’m still prepping for Linda,” Paulson says. “There’s so much we don’t know yet, in terms of how all this will settle, that I’m trying to just be gentle with my brain.”

Although some of his projects have been delayed, Murphy is still revealing everything he is working on. Earlier this month, he revealed that an American Horror Story spin-off series is in the works called American Horror Stories. It was also reported this month that Murphy is currently working on a new series involving AHS stars Leslie Jordan and Dylan McDermott.

Are you looking forward to the new seasons of American Horror Story and American Crime Story? Let us know in the comments below!

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