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  • Coat by Marc Jacobs; earrings by Sophie Buhai

    We’re in Manhattan, on
    the first truly frigid day of the season. Paulson has been shooting The Edits cover story, and is apologetic for having now changed into leisurewear. Not only is it perfectly excusable – she’s flying home to La shortly, overnight, for just 24 hours to attend an event – but this is mighty stylish leisurewear: sweatpants by Rag & Bone; overcoat by Acne Studios; a scarf by Valentino; Céline sneakers.

    The day we meet, new
    revelations have emerged about sexual abuse and harassment in Hollywood. “I think that’s what happens when you take the top off something that’s been pressurized for a long time,” observes Paulson. “But there is one positive coming

    out of this, and that is this knitting together of women. There’s this feeling of being really supported by other women, and that’s incredibly powerful. It’s very clear that there’s a new world order.”

    Next up, Paulson stars in The Post, playing Tony Bradlee, the wife of former Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee. While any film examining power and corruption would feel timely and prescient, The Post seems particularly so. Directed by Steven Spielberg, starring Tom Hanks as Ben Bradlee and Meryl Streep as publisher Katharine Graham, it is the story of the Pentagon Papers, leaked government documents about America’s involvement in the Vietnam War, and the newspaper’s battle to publish them. It is also, 

    “I come from a family
    of Women who want things. I am Ambitious; I always want More

    Paulson is candid about the effect that playing the iconic lawyer has had on her life, though is endearingly uncomfortable describing it. “The difference in terms of my recognizability and my...oh, this is a disgusting word…” – she rolls her eyes – “my profile. It definitely all changed.”


    Words: Emma Sells. Fashion: Jessica Steuart. Photograph: Bruce Anderson

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