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Sarah Paulson on Buying Her First Home from Co-Star Emma Roberts and the Surprise She Found Buried in the Backyard

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Sarah Paulson’s first pad has a famous past.

The actress recently purchased a 3-bedroom, 3.5-bathroom house in the Hollywood Hills, and she wasn’t the first American Horror Story star to call the 1949 build home.

“I think Emma [Roberts] was doing Scream Queens at the time and I was still doing American Horror Story, and I was standing with one of the producers, who is a friend of Emma’s as well, and she texted very casually, ‘Oh, I want to sell my house.’ I don’t think she was that serious,” Paulson tells Architectural Digest.

She continues, “I was sitting there and I said to him: ‘Tell her right now I want to go see that house!’ And it happened very, very quickly, and I’m not 100 percent sure she really wanted to do that but it’s too late now.”

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Although Paulson says Roberts has “incredible taste,” the 42-year-old still had a few structural tweaks she wanted to make to the 2,100-square-foot space. So she went to work replacing wood floors with polished concrete, introducing her collection of “Moroccan farm French weird things” into the palette and digging up a backyard secret that Roberts was unaware of.

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“It turns out there is a pool already underneath the ground!” she says. “I just saw [Roberts] the other day and I’m like, ‘Did you know you had a pool under there?’ She was like, ‘What! I would have charged you so much more money!'”

The renovations will keep Paulson out of her new digs until Thanksgiving, but she’s accepted that the surprisingly lengthy realities of remodeling happen to the best of us.

“You live and you learn when you buy your first house and I’m trying to be comforted by the fact everyone says to me that this is par for the course,” she says. “They just told me to be patient, and that’s not my strong suit.”