Sarah Paulson and Holland Taylor

Sarah Paulson and Holland Taylor

Sarah Paulson felt like she "belonged" when she won an Emmy award.

The 'American Horror Story' star won Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie for her role in 'The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story' and says it was an amazing experience.

She said: "As an actor, you're always afraid that you don't belong, especially when you keep getting let into rooms that you're not sure you should be in, with more people that you respect and admire.

"You say to yourself quietly, 'I hope they don't realise that they let me in here and make me leave.' Somehow, standing there with all of those people, their reaction made me think that I belonged."

And the 41-year-old actress feels honoured to receive the award at 41 and quipped it will lead to more job offers for her.

She added to Variety magazine: "This means someone else will ask me to do something great.

"To be 41 years old, approaching 42, and to have all of this? We all know what goes up must come down, right? I'm just trying to keep my eye on the horizon."

When Sarah collected her award at the ceremony, she paid tribute to her girlfriend Holland Taylor, 73.

Speaking after the win, Sarah added: "To me it seems like an odd thing, like I'm supposed to not thank the person that I love more than anyone in the world because somehow it would be shameful? I just don't subscribe to that sort of belief.

"I want to shout from the rooftops all the time about how much I love that person, so if I can do it in front of millions of people then why not?"