Sarah Paulson, 42, opens up about 'unconventional' romance with 74-year-old Holland Taylor

Sarah Paulson readily admits that her relationship status has given some people pause.

"My life choices are, um, unconventional," Paulson, 42, told The Edit as she opened up about her relationship with 74-year-old Holland Taylor. "I'm with a much older person, and people find that totally fascinating and odd, and, to me, it’s the least interesting thing about me."

That said, she added, "But I do feel a bit unconventional. I am a woman of a certain age who chose not to have children, and who has made my career my priority. I am the captain of my own ship, and I’ve never looked to anyone else to validate that, or tell me it’s okay.”

Despite the notable age difference, Paulson was surprised when friends voiced concern about how the relationship would be perceived by the public.

"Early on, when people found out I was with Holland, some said, 'I think you have to be careful, I'm afraid it's going to affect your career negatively,'" she recalled. "I was like, what? It never occurred to me at all."

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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MARCH 04: Sarah Paulson and Holland Taylor attends the 2018 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted By Radhika Jones - Arrivals at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on March 4, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Presley Ann/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
2018 Vanity Fair Oscar Party ? Arrivals ? Beverly Hills, California, U.S., 04/03/2018 ? Actresses Sarah Paulson (L) and Holland Taylor. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MARCH 04: Sarah Paulson (L) and Holland Taylor attend the 2018 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Radhika Jones at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on March 4, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MARCH 04: (EXCLUSIVE ACCESS, SPECIAL RATES APPLY) Joan Collins, Sarah Paulson and Holland Taylor attend the 2018 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Radhika Jones at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on March 4, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/VF18/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MARCH 04: Sarah Paulson (L) and Holland Taylor attend the 2018 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Radhika Jones at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on March 4, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by J. Merritt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 30: Sarah Paulson and girlfriend Holland Taylor seen out in Manhattan on April 30, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Robert Kamau/GC Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 28: Actresses Sarah Paulson and Holland Taylor are seen arriving at film director M. Night Shyamalan's Halloween party 'Shyamaween' on October 28, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/GC Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 21: Actresses Sarah Paulson and Holland Taylor are seen out and about on October 21, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 25: Sarah Paulson and Holland Taylor attend the 2017 TIME 100 Gala at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 25, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Patrick McMullan/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 25: Sarah Paulson and Holland Taylor attend the 2017 TIME 100 Gala at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 25, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Sean Zanni/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
Actress Holland Taylor takes a photo as actress Sarah Paulson (2nd R) prepares for the red carpet at the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, California September 20, 2015. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 20: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Sarah Paulson and Holland Taylor pose at the Opening Night After-party for 'Ripcord' at The Brasserie 8 and 1/2 on October 20, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
SANTA MONICA, CA - JANUARY 17: Actors Sarah Paulson and Holland Taylor arrive at the 21st Annual Critics' Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on January 17, 2016 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MAY 31: Actresses Holland Taylor (L) and Sarah Paulson attend the 5th Annual Critics' Choice Television Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on May 31, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for Critics' Choice Television Awards)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 20: Holland Taylor and Sarah Paulson attend the Broadway Opening Night Performance of 'Fiddler On The Roof' at the Broadway Theatre on December 20, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Walter McBride/WireImage)
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But the feedback weighed on her a bit as she took to the Emmys stage in 2016 to accept her well-deserved award for "American Crime Story: The People v. OJ Simpson." She wasn't sure, she said, if she should publicly declare "I love you" to her girlfriend.

"It occurred to me, should I not do that? And then I thought, why would I not? The fact that I'm having this thought is wrong," she explained. "But I had a moment of societal concern, wondering if, maybe, people who didn't know that about me would be like, wait, what?! But then, you know, I did it anyway."

Before finding love with Taylor, who is more than 30 years her senior, Paulson dated actress Cherry Jones, who is 19 years older. And before Jones, she mostly dated men.

Read The Edit's full interview with Sarah Paulson here.

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HOLLYWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 08: Sarah Paulson attends the premiere of Neflix's 'The Haunting Of Hill House' at ArcLight Hollywood on October 8, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
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LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 17: Sarah Paulson attends the 70th Emmy Awards - Arrivals at Microsoft Theater on September 17, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 15: Sarah Paulson arrives to the 2018 Entertainment Weekly Pre-Emmy Party at Sunset Tower Hotel on September 15, 2018 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/Getty Images)
WESTWOOD, CA - JUNE 20: Actress Sarah Paulson attends Reprise 2.0 Presents 'Sweet Charity' Opening Night Performance at Freud Playhouse, UCLA on June 20, 2018 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Earl Gibson III/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 13: Sarah Paulson attends the 'Ocean's 8' UK Premiere held at Cineworld Leicester Square on June 13, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 05: Sarah Paulson attends the 'Ocean's 8' World Premiere at Alice Tully Hall on June 5, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Stewart/WireImage)
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NEW YORK, NY - MAY 07: Actor Sarah Paulson attends the Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for New York Magazine)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 07: Sarah Paulson arrives at the 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 7, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 17: Actress Sarah Paulson arrives at the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 17, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 11: Actress Sarah Paulson attends the 71st Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 11, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 19: Actress Sarah Paulson attends NBC's 'Late Night With Seth Meyers' FYC Event at the Television Academy on May 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 01: Sarah Paulson attends the 'Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art Of The In-Between' Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 1, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 01: Actors Sarah Paulson, Lupita Nyong'o and Jessica Chastain are seen leaving the 'Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art Of The In-Between' Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 1, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 30: Sarah Paulson and girlfriend Holland Taylor seen out in Manhattan on April 30, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Robert Kamau/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 25: Actress Sarah Paulson attends the Time 100 Gala at Frederick P. Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 25, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Gary Gershoff/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 06: Sarah Paulson attends the FX Network 2017 All-Star Upfront at SVA Theater on April 6, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew Toth/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 19: Sarah Paulson attends the Broadway Opening Night of 'Lillian Helman's The Little Foxes' at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre on April 19, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Walter McBride/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 26: Actress Sarah Paulson attends the 'American Horror Story: Roanoke' event at the Paley Center for Media's 34th annual PaleyFest at Dolby Theatre on March 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 14: Sarah Paulson (L) and Creative Director, Jimmy Choo, Sandra Choi at the Power Stylists Dinner, hosted by The Hollywood Reporter and Jimmy Choo, on March 14, 2017 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Donato Sardella/Getty Images for The Hollywood Reporter)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MARCH 11: Actress Sarah Paulson attends Family Equality Council's annual Impact Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on March 11, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MARCH 11: Actress Sarah Paulson attends the Family Equality Council's Impact Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel on March 11, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Family Equality Council )
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 01: Actress Sarah Paulson attends the premiere of 'Feud: Bette and Joan' at TCL Chinese Theatre on March 1, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Sarah Paulson attends the 2017 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 26, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
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