By Tami Katzoff
Sarah Paulson’s experience on the set of Joss Whedon’s first feature film, “Serenity,” wasn’t exactly a positive one. “It was awful,” she semi-seriously said while promoting the upcoming historical drama “12 Years a Slave,” starring another “Serenity” vet, Chiwetel Ejiofor.
“And here’s why: I didn’t get to act with anybody. I was on an enormous soundstage, we shot it in one day, and it was a big green screen, and I had to act like I was being attacked and mauled by Ravers. Reavers. Raspers. What were they? Reavers. And I had to put a gun to my head and kill myself. In front of all these people, being attacked by these things that weren’t actually there.”
Yet Paulson understands the importance of “Serenity” to Whedonites old and new. “I’m so glad to have been a part of it,” she said.
And despite her less-than-fond memories of the “Serenity” shoot, Paulson, who had the small but pivotal role of Dr. Caron in the film, is eager to resurrect her working relationship with Joss Whedon. “He’s never hired me again, so can we do something about that?”
Paulson has heard that Whedon is a fan. “He tells everybody I know that knows him that he loves me, and it’s like, well, dude, where’s the offer?” So she suggested that we do a “big piece” about the unfortunate lack of Sarah Paulson in Whedon’s post-“Serenity” projects. “I think you should really get on that,” she said.
Happy to oblige, Sarah.