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Sarah Paulson and Holland Taylor attend the 2020 Vanity Fair Oscar Party on 9 February 2020. (Rich Fury/VF20/Getty for Vanity Fair)
Love is a beautiful thing and it doesn’t get any more beautiful than the bond that Sarah Paulson and Holland Taylor share.
Let’s be honest, the pair are just pure couple goals, and fans melt any time the pair are seen enjoying each other’s company.
The couple are titans of the acting world, so they made waves in Hollywood when they went from quietly dating to sharing their relationship with the world.
Their beautiful romance has proven that age is just a number as they’ve helped normalise age-gap relationships within Hollywood and the queer community.
Paulson, 47, positively beams anytime she is seen around Taylor, who is celebrating her 79th birthday today (14 January).
And what a better way to celebrate Holland’s special day than to look back at some of the moments the acting legends were just serious couple goals.
The lovebirds reportedly met at a dinner party in 2005 – just all too relatable. But they were with different people at the time so they didn’t start dating. So that just adds this whole slow-burning romance angle to their love story.
In 2016, a year after they started dating, Paulson shared what her first impression was when she first saw Taylor at that dinner party.
She told the New York Times that she thought Taylor was “probably the most exquisitely beautiful woman I’d ever seen”. Swoon.
Years after their party meet-cute, the two were reintroduced through social media of all things and started following each other on Twitter. But it was Taylor who made the first move and slid into Paulson’s DMs on social media.
On a 2019 episode of Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, Paulson said there was a “Twitter thing that happened” after the pair did a PSA together for an organisation that partnered with Martha Plimpton.
Fellow guest Billy Eichner asked if “Holland Taylor slid into your DMs” and Paulson confirmed that she “actually did”.
In November 2015, Taylor confirmed she was in a relationship with a younger woman, but she didn’t confirm it was Paulson at the time. She said that there was a “very big age difference between us”.
Rumours began to swirl that Taylor was dating the American Horror Story star after she posted a photo of Paulson wearing a shimmering floor-length gown on Twitter.
“When captions fail…” Taylor wrote.
When captions fail… pic.twitter.com/b6ECRSA6D3
— Holland Taylor (@HollandTaylor) November 17, 2015
It not only made fans immediately speculate that Paulson was the girlfriend, but it also shared the first inklings of how deeply Taylor and Paulson cared for each other.
The Ocean’s 8 star has absolutely no time for anyone for criticising the 32-year age gap between her and Taylor – which is totally understandable. Paulson has had some of the best responses to critics of her relationship.
“If anyone wants to spend any time thinking I’m strange for loving the most spectacular person on the planet, then that’s their problem,” she once said. “I’m doing just fine.”
She also pointed out in an interview with the Guardian that there was a double standard when it comes to reactions about the age differences between heterosexual and queer couples in Hollywood.
“I don’t remember people going nuts about Michael Douglas and Catherine-Zeta Jones, in terms of their age difference,” she said.
In 2021, Paulson penned a loving tribute to Taylor for her 78th birthday, which remains one of the most pure things on the internet.
Paulson posted a candid black-and white photo of the Legally Blonde star putting on shoes while smiling at the camera. It’s honestly just one of those moments where Paulson probably looked at her partner and just thought about how much she loved her.
“All roads lead me to this face, those eyes, that soul,” Paulson wrote. “You are, quite simply- everything to me.”
A post shared by Sarah Paulson (@mssarahcatharinepaulson)
She even joked that Taylor couldn’t get mad at her when she saw it, adding she made the photo “black and white since you prefer it”.
“It’s a perfect picture of a perfect person,” Paulson cheekily added.
No thoughts, only tears of joy that true queer love exists.
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