How Many Seasons of ‘American Horror Story’ Has Sarah Paulson Been In?

Eight seasons of American Horror Story prove Sarah Paulson can play any character. Fans watched as the actress transformed herself to fit into whatever role co-creator Ryan Murphy envisioned for that season. And the execution has always been nothing short of phenomenal.

Now, as the FX anthology series nears its ninth season, fans are wondering how many seasons of American Horror Story Paulson has been in. As it turns out, the actress has appeared in every season of the show thus far.

Every character Paulson has played on ‘American Horror Story’ so far

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For those of you who may not remember, Paulson has tackled at least one role per season of American Horror Story thus far. She made her first appearance as Billie Dean Howard, the medium hired by Constance (Jessica Lange) in Murder House. At the time, Paulson only appeared in three episodes. However, she was upgraded to the main cast in the second season, Asylum, where she played the brilliant journalist, Lana Winters.

Paulson then appeared in Coven as everyone’s favorite Supreme, Cordelia Foxx. In season 4, Freak Show, she took on Bette and Dot Tattler, the conjoined twins with vastly different personalities. From there, Paulson moved on to Sally McKenna, the ghost junkie in Hotel. The actress then juggled multiple characters in Roanoke, where she played Shelby Miller and Audrey Tindall. She also reprised her role as Lana. When Cult made its debut, Paulson headlined the series as Ally Mayfair-Richards. And finally, Paulson returned to the FX drama for Apocalypse, in which she portrayed the cunning Cordelia Goode and the brutal Wilhemina Venable.

In total, Paulson has played 11 different characters in the span of eight seasons. Now, will she collect another role in 1984? Maybe.

Will Paulson star in ‘AHS: 1984’?

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In July, Variety reported Paulson would not be headlining the 1984 cast. Although the publication revealed the actress could appear in a cameo sometime in the ninth season, they claimed Paulson would not be given a major role. In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Paulson confirmed she wouldn’t be heavily involved with 1984.

“It’s a little bittersweet because I have a lot of friends who are still on the show. So I’m getting updates about how it’s all going and what they’re doing,” Paulson shared. “And I’m like, ‘Wait, what? You worked until two? Oh, I remember working until two on that show.'”

Nevertheless, Paulson is cheering on her American Horror Story colleagues. “It’ll be hard. I’ll be watching and cheering everybody on,” she said. “I’m really excited for this season. I think it’s a really cool idea for the show this year.”

That said, the actress still managed to tease her potential cameo in the upcoming season. “And you never know, I may pop up,” Paulson said. “You never know. No promises though.”

In all honesty, it doesn’t look like American Horror Story will ever shake Paulson. The actress currently has a few major projects in the works, including the third season of American Crime Story, Mrs. America, and Netflix’s Ratched. So Paulson’s hint at her — albeit short — return to American Horror Story Season 9 proves she is dedicated to the show. But did you expect anything less?

In the past, Paulson has openly applauded the FX series. When Collider asked her if she would ever consider taking a break from American Horror Story, Paulson promptly refuted the idea.

“I’d rather be on American Horror Story than on anything I could think of, ever,” the actress told the publication in 2013. “If you’re in the group of actors that Ryan Murphy wants to write for, you count your lucky stars. Going anywhere is not ever going to be something I’m gonna be looking to do, unless he’s decided that he’s had enough Sarah Paulson.”

It’s been five years since Paulson made that statement, but it continues to be relevant today. Clearly, Murphy hasn’t had enough of Paulson — and neither have the fans.

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