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Sarah Paulson Admits She Was 'Deeply Nerdy' Around Rihanna During 'Oceans 8' Filming—& We Get It

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The star-studded cast of the upcoming Oceans 8, starring Sandra Bullock as the titular super-criminal, also features pop mega-star Rihanna as one of the 8 women aspiring to rob the Met Gala of its most valuable jewels. Though she may be higher billed in the movie, Emmy-winning actress Sarah Paulson was the one with some serious butterflies when her co-star was on set. To promote the new movie, she appeared on The Ellen Show and told DeGeneres all about it.



Apparently Paulson was so excited to be around the one, the only Rihanna, that Sandra Bullock had to tell her to cool off:

It was sort of a daily struggle not to embarrass myself because every time I looked at her, I was like, 'Work, work, work, work, work, work.' It's just deeply nerdy, and [Sandra Bullock] would just constantly look at me like, 'Hey, dial it down. Just stop.' And I'd be like, 'What? I gotta just do it.'


Paulson even came of with a bit she KNEW Rihanna would love! What if she wrote songs off the top of her head for the 9-time Grammy winner?

She'd be like, 'No … I really need you to stop singing.' She thought my lyrics weren't so bad but my melody was terrible. And she gives great side-eye, so the minute she does it, you're like, 'I'm really sorry.'


Fortunately, over the course of a long shoot, Paulson and Rihanna got to know each other a little better. They even hung out together and watched Madonna at the Met Gala!



When DeGeneres asked if she and Rihanna are pals, Paulson finally got to say:

Yeah, we're best friends.

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