Sarah Paulson as Cordelia Foxx in American Horror Story: Coven.
Sarah Paulson: The electric shock therapy scene was something that I shot on the first day of shooting. When I saw it, I couldn’t believe what I did with that body in that scene. Nobody was moving the bed. I did all of that with my body. I remember getting up out of the bed and the whole bed was soaking wet with my sweat, and I remember Jessica [Lange] putting her arm around me. In order to do that to your body, what is happening is that all your muscles are contracting, and I did it again and again and again and again, for close-ups and wide shots. It was hours and hours of doing that. My body knew that I was not having electric shock done, but muscularly and emotionally, my body doesn’t know that I’m not experiencing something very, very traumatic.
Michael Fassbender & Sarah Paulson | ‘12 Years A Slave’ - 2013 TIFF