While days off are rare for Sarah Paulson , she knows how to make the best of them

By Deirdre Durkan
January 18, 2019 09:43 AM

While days off are rare for Sarah Paulson, she knows how to make the best of them.

After a whirlwind year in her career, the American Horror Story actress, 44, is revealing to how she likes to recharge between projects.

“There was a lot of output this last year in terms of what was coming from me. I wanted a little bit of intake,” the actress, whose new film Glass opens Friday, tells PEOPLE. “So I came to New York and I saw ten plays in nine days, and got refueled from an artistic standpoint.”

Last year saw Paulson star on the big screen in Ocean’s 8, and on the small screen in Netflix’s Bird Box and American Horror Story: Apocalypse.

She credits visiting friends and catching up with movies as being “really helpful” in coming down from the phenomenal success of Bird Box, which hit the streaming platform in December.

After teaming up again with Sandra Bullock, Paulson admits she knew the thriller, which had the women play sisters thrust into the beginning of apocalyptic chaos, would be a hit.

“I think anytime you have Sandra Bullock in a movie, it doesn’t surprise me that people want to see something like that,” she explains. “I can’t say enough wonderful things about her, both as a performer and as a person. So it doesn’t surprise me.”

Bullock previously revealed the pair bonded immediately on the Ocean’s 8 set months before.

“We connected when we did Ocean’s, it just felt like there was a shorthand that was there by the time that we met for the first time,” Bullock told PEOPLE. “I don’t know why that is, it just is.”

Glass is the third film in M. Night Shyamalan’s trilogy of “superhuman” films, that began with the Willis-led Unbreakable in 2000.

The movie will reunite Willis, 63, with his Unbreakable costar Samuel L. Jackson (Elijah Price), and the two men will join James McAvoy’s Kevin Wendell Crumb, who made his debut in 2016’s Split.

In addition, Unbreakable alums Spencer Treat Clark (Joseph Dunn) and Charlayne Woodard (Mrs. Price) will also be back, as will Split‘s Anya Taylor-Joy (Casey Cooke). Paulson is new to the cast, as Dr. Ellie Staple.

Glass opens Friday.