“People v. O.J. Simpson” star Sarah Paulson 'immediately texted' Marcia Clark after Simpson's death

The star says she received a few messages about the news due to her role as the prosecutor in Ryan Murphy's series.

Sarah Paulson is opening up about her reaction to O.J. Simpson's death, revealing that the first person she reached out to in the wake of the news was Marcia Clark, the lead prosecutor in the former football star's murder trial whom she portrayed on screen.

“When I heard that he died, I felt a couple things— or thought a couple things more than felt anything," Paulson shared on Tuesday's episode of Jesse Tyler Ferguson's Dinner's on Me podcast. "I immediately texted Marcia. I thought immediately about the Goldman and the Brown family, but [also] the idea that there's going to be another national news story about this person when their loved ones are no longer on the planet."

"I thought about that. And I felt bad for his family," Paulson continued. "Because there are people — whether I believe in him or liked him, doesn't matter. I do think he did it — but there are people in the world who he belonged to, who loved him. And that is sad for any person who loses anybody.”

<p>Byron Cohen / FX / Courtesy: Everett; Bill Nation/Sygma via Getty </p> Sarah Paulson as Marcia Clark in 'The People v. O.J. Simpson'; the real Marcia Clark during the murder trial

Byron Cohen / FX / Courtesy: Everett; Bill Nation/Sygma via Getty

Sarah Paulson as Marcia Clark in 'The People v. O.J. Simpson'; the real Marcia Clark during the murder trial

“I felt like you probably would have reached out to her," Ferguson said of Clark. "I mean, it was a crazy moment.”

Paulson played Clark in 2016's The People v. O.J. Simpson, the first season of Ryan Murphy's American Crime Story anthology that revolved around Simpson's 1995 murder trial, in which the former athlete was acquitted of the murder of his ex-wife Nicole Brown and her friend Ron Goldman.

Because of the role, Paulson said she received many messages following Simpson's April 10 death from prostate cancer. "The number of people who texted me as if I was Marcia Clark, you know? Wondering what I thought. And I'm like, well, here are my thoughts as Sarah Paulson," Paulson told Ferguson. "But I don't know how Marcia feels. I am not Marcia Clark."

Clark herself issued a brief statement to Entertainment Tonight following Simpson's death, writing, "I send my condolences to Mr. Simpson's family."

Listen to Paulson's interview in full below.

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