Sarah Paulson Is Dating Holland Taylor, Sources Confirm
Paulson is confirmed to be in a relationship with Two and a Half Men actress Holland Taylor, who you also probably remember as Elle Woods’ (Reese Witherspoon) challenging, supportive and cool professor in Legally Blonde.
Rumors of their relationship sparked after Taylor, 72, gave an interview to WNYC’s Death, Sex, and Money on Nov. 30 in which she casually opened up about her sexuality, revealing she’s never come out before because she lives “out.” She also casually mentioned she’s in committed relationship with a younger woman (her first-ever committed relationship at that).
She told the podcast, “I am understood by the person who loves me before I am understood by myself. That is really sort of a stunning experience that has taken me a while to accept it.”
“There’s a very big age difference between us which I’m sure shocks a lot of people, and it startles me,” Taylor noted, before joking, “but as they say, ‘If she dies, she dies.'”
“Most of my relationships have been with women,” Holland added, “and I don’t like talking about them because I don’t like talking about the politics of it all. Because I’m not political about it. I think we’re ridiculous in this country about it. Ridiculous.”
Holland also said, “It’s awkward because if I talk about relationships in my life or people that’ve been in my life or somebody I’ve been seeing for a while — I like to just be able to say that without having to stop and say, ‘Oh, have you come out?’ No, I haven’t come out because I am out. I live out.”
While Holland declined to name her partner, People’s sources say that her younger love is indeed Sarah Paulson, 40.
On the subject of marriage, Holland expressed it wasn’t a priority but that her partner (now named as Paulson) has brought it up in passing. “Given my generation it would not be something that would automatically occur to me,” Taylor explained. “But as a symbol, as a pledge, as a plighting one’s troth, it would be a wonderful thing to do.”
Paulson was previously in a five-year-relationship with actress Cherry Jones, 59, before splitting in 2009. She currently stars as Cate Blanchett’s ex-flame, Abby, in Todd Haynes’ Carol, telling PrideSource last month, “…I’ve been with men and women, and (the movie) puts a very fine point on that truth, which is that it’s very personal and that love is love, and sometimes you love a person you weren’t expecting to love – and how glorious is that?”
On her sexuality and being publicly “open,” she also added:
I refuse to give any kind of label just to satisfy what people need.
…All I can say is, I’ve done both, and I don’t let either experience define me. I don’t let having been with a man make me think I am heterosexual, or make me want to call myself that, because I know I have been attracted to women – and have lived with women. So, for me, I’m not looking to define myself, and I’m sorry if that is something that is seen as a rejection of or an unwillingness to embrace (my sexuality) in a public way, but it’s simply not. It’s simply what’s true for me, and that’s all I can speak to.
Furthermore, ET notes that Taylor and Paulson have been affectionate and flirty on social media.
A couple weeks ago, Taylor tweeted a photo of Paulson with the caption, “When captions fail…”
When captions fail… pic.twitter.com/b6ECRSA6D3
— Holland Taylor (@HollandTaylor) November 17, 2015
And on Nov. 7, they had this lovable exchange:
.@MsSarahPaulson I love your appreciation. It’s you with the fine (and beautiful) head…
— Holland Taylor (@HollandTaylor) November 7, 2015
On Oct. 30, Taylor affectionately tweeted at Paulson,
For the record, @MsSarahPaulson is great. Period. The end.
— Holland Taylor (@HollandTaylor) October 30, 2015
Back in September, Paulson shouted out to Taylor,
Hey @HollandTaylor get off Twitter and call me. I mean, JESUS.
— Sarah Paulson (@MsSarahPaulson) September 8, 2015