After the premiere of FX’s “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story,” former prosecutor Marcia Clark appeared on “The View” Wednesday morning, detailing her reaction to watching the new anthology series. “I think it’s amazing,” she said.
While Clark — who is portrayed in the series by Sarah Paulson — is impressed, she still explained that watching the series is extremely painful.
“I can’t watch it the way most people do. For me it’s reliving a nightmare, it’s awful. Every bit of it is awful and hard for me,” she said. “It’s a painful experience and yet I have to tell you it’s a measure of how good it is that it hurts that much because that tells you and they’re getting the big stuff so right. I’m super impressed.”
Continuing to speak on the show tackling important issues, she said: “They really nailed the racial issue in the biggest way possible. And good, people will talk. That’s a good thing. And sexism, no one wanted to talk about it. The S word never happened and no one wanted to talk about it even when I did the lecture tour. Women would stand up to me and say I didn’t feel any sexism in the workplace. Good for you. And he did that and I think that took guts and vision and so it’s an amazing job.”
Clark also applauded Paulson for her stellar portrayal. “You know they say don’t meet your heroes because it can really be disappointing,” Clark said on “The View.” “She surpassed all expectations. She’s the funniest, sweetest, nicest, most brilliant person. We closed the restaurant down. It was a wonderful experience. She’s phenomenal. It’s great to meet somebody who’s beautiful on the outside and the inside.”
Paulson also had nice things to say about Clark, whom she met after shooting six episodes of the FX series, which broke records for the network with 5.11 million viewers.
“I wrote her a very long, very gushy email about how lucky I felt that I was getting to play her, how honored I was, how much I’d come to revere her, both in heart and mind,” Paulson told Variety. “I must have checked my email every five minutes for about five hours. It was like I was trying to ask someone out on a date and wanting to hear back from them. It was really embarrassing.”
Watch Clark’s interview on ‘The View’ below: