Sarah Paulson was put through the wringer on FX's second installment of American Horror Story. In Asylum, Paulson plays Lana Winters, a 1950s-era lesbian journalist determined to expose the wrongdoings inside a mental institution. What she doesn't count on is that the facility's sadistic matron, Jessica Lange's Sister Jude, uses Lana's sexual orientation against her, torturing the intrepid reporter with electroshock therapy. Other horrific traumas follow, from aversion conversion therapy to rape. It was a cathartic journey for the Game Change actress who, thanks to the drama's anthology format, was given the opportunity to portray Lana's journey from beginning to end, when, at age 75, she becomes the final Briarcliff survivor.
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