As of late 2009, Sarah is no longer with longtime girlfriend Cherry Jones but the two remain great friends.
Sarah is a big fan of playwright Tracy Letts.
Although Sarah enjoys working in television and film, she prefers live theater.
In 2006 Sarah was nominated for a Satellite Award in the Best Actress in a Series, Drama category for her role on Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip.
In 2007 Sarah was nominated for a Golden Globe in the category Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television for her role on Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip.
Sarah's off-Broadway acts include Killer Joe, Talking Pictures, Colder Than Here, Stalin's Daughter and most recently Crimes of the Heart.
As a youngster, Sarah was so enchanted by acting that she even involved her siblings into many theatre productions at home.
Sarah was inspired by the film musical Annie when choosing her career as an actor.
Sarah worked with a number of prominent actors, such as Mel Gibson, Diane Keaton, Jamie Foxx, and David Hyde Pierce.
As Sarah is an out lesbian, she also played one in the movie The Other Sister.
In 2006 Sarah was in three movies. A Christmas Wedding (as Emily) was released in early December. Griffin & Phoenix (as Peri) and Diggers (as Julie) were both completed earlier in the year.
Sarah favorite actress growing up was Jessica Lange. She had the opportunity to work with her in Broadway's act The Glass Menagerie.
Sarah is an activist for gay rights.
When Sarah was younger, she and her family spent some time living in Maine before moving to New York and settling.
Sarah was five years old when her parents divorced. She and her sister primarily lived with their mother but they stayed with their father during the summer months.
Sarah spent first five years of her life in Tampa.
Sarah made her Broadway debut on the stage of Barrymore Theatre in the Tony Award-winning play The Sisters Rosensweig in 1993.
Sarah was indirectly outed by then girlfriend Cherry Jones during the 59th Tony Awards on Sunday, June 5, 2005.
Sarah is 5' 6" (171 cm) tall.
Sarah is the younger sister of casting director Elizabeth Paulson.
She attended American Academy of Dramatic Arts and Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, both in New York.
Sarah: (on 'Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip') The engine was running so long on this baby before it ran out of the gate, I think it just overpowered people. It was like the audience was being held at gunpoint and the message was, 'You better watch the best damn show on television or else.' That's liable to turn anybody off.
Sarah: (on criticism against 'Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip') It's not the easiest thing to deal with because it's kind of your baby. You feel like, 'Hey, don't pick on my kid because you don't like his shirt or you think he's not talented'.
Sarah: Most new shows that break, Lost, Desperate Housewives, all these shows had an opportunity to just kind of let the audiences find them. I think people are always a little reticent when things are being slammed down their throats.
Sarah: (on her love of acting) I can't imagine doing anything else. I like to get dressed up and act like someone else. That's what I like to do. So I couldn't be more thrilled that I get to do this every day.
Sarah: (on her Golden Globe nomination) It does make me feel a certain sense of affirmation.
Sarah:(about Ewan McGregor) He's a great singer. Everyone should lobby him to record something of his own. He should cut an album. I'd buy one for me and one for all my friends. When I told him, he just laughed and said, 'What am I, J.Lo?