Sarah was born on December 17, and the year of 1974. Her father name is Douglas Lyle Paulson, and mother name is Catherine Gordon. She was at five years of age when her parents divorced. She spent her early days in South Tampa. After the divorce, she transferred the location with her mother and sister to Maine. After this, she relocated to New York City. Lately, her mother works as a waiter. Her father lives in Park Slope, Brooklyn. She remembers the time as her mother is only 27 years old when they moved to a new location. She was new in New York City at that time; she did the job at Sardi's Restaurant. She is so brave that she handled the situation very well. Also, she did debutante in Tampa, Florida.
In her childhood, Sarah resides with her father in the summer duration. In Florida, Her father was an executive at a Tampa door manufacturing company. She did her schooling from P.S.29. And completing her college from Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Sarah started her works in acting since her high school. She did the Horton Foote play Talking Pictures in the Signature Theatre and an episode Law and Order in the year 1994. She also did the short-lived television series American Gothic in the year 1995, in which she has played the role of the ghost of a murdered woman.
She debuted with the feature thriller film ‘Levitation' in the year 1997, in which she depicted the role of a woman who recognizes that she is pregnant after the anonymous sexual encounter. Aftermath of Levitation she did various films. Sarah diagnosed with the melanoma when she was at the age of 25. Sarah was in a relationship with the actor Cherry Jones from the year 2004 to 2009. Since 2015, Sarah was in a relationship with the actress
. Sarah's upcoming movies are Glass, Bird Box, which will release in Netflix in December month and the year 2018, and The Goldfinch. She has received various awards including Primetime Emmy Award for American Horror Story, and one Golden Globe Award, Critics' Choice Television Award. Her two films are under Oscar-nominated for Best Picture 2013 film '12 Years a Slave' and 2017 film The Post. She is also merited with the ‘'The 100 Most Influential People'' and TCA individual Achievement in Drama.