Fans of star actress Sarah Paulson now have a new television series to eagerly anticipate.
Back in August 2020, Deadline reported that Glennon Doyle’s memoir Untamed was set to be adapted into a television series by J.J. Abrams’s Bad Robot production company — Adele recently credited the book as being behind her newfound confidence. In Untamed, Doyle shares her story of meeting and falling in love with her wife, soccer super star Abby Wambach; of following her heart and upending her life; and about finding her truest self. She tells it all with humor and heart, and it’s the kind of part actors dream of. Now we know who’ll be stepping into the role of Doyle for the series: Paulson.
As Doyle shared on the podcast We Can Do Hard Things, Paulson wasn’t only her top pick but her only pick. “I, in my little sweaty heart, have known the person that I needed the universe to provide to play me in the Untamed show that I have always known in my little sweaty heart. One shot, one shot for this human,” she said, adding, “Sarah Paulson comes once in a freaking lifetime.”
Because Doyle was set on Paulson from the beginning, the team at Bad Robot suggested that she reach out to the actor by writing her a letter, which she did — and she shared both her hilarious email and Paulson’s reply on the episode.
“Dear Sarah, everything is hard right now,” the letter began. “The way I love the world when things are hard is to keep creating beautiful, true, hopeful things. And the way I love myself is to co-create those things with beautiful, true, hopeful people. To that end, I have forever worshiped you as an actor. I understand that this is not a unique experience as the entire world worships you as an actor. I will tell you this. I never imagined [I’d] dare to ask you to play me.” Doyle went on to compliment Paulson — the actor and the person — and made a case for why she’d be the perfect fit for the role.
Paulson was beyond moved. “OK, let me be frank. I have never gotten an email that made me sweat and cry, and sweat and laugh, and sweat and cry and sweat, whilst, that’s right, whilst making my hands shake a little. Also, did I mention the sweating?” wrote Paulson. “Here’s what I know. I revere you top to toe.” In other words, she was in.
There is no confirmation on who is to portray Wambach. On Twitter, actress Gillian Anderson jokingly said she was in for the role when asked by fans. Doyle responded to thw tweet with "we love you."
Untamed is Doyle’s third memoir, following Carry On, Warrior, and Love Warrior, all three of which are New York Times Best-Sellers.