Sarah Paulson hides ‘weight gain’ for Linda Tripp role under a sweat as Ryan Murphy defends casting

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Sarah Paulson stepped out on Thursday in the wake of a response to her casting as Linda Tripp in American Crime Story: Impeachment.

The actress, 44, was seen with a female friend walking her rescue dog Winnie, who she shares with girlfriend Holland Taylor, 78, amid a widespread discussion of her ‘weight gain’ defended by Ryan Murphy.

Sarah hid the weight gain she’d taken for the role of the former Defense Department whistleblower under a baggy pink sweater and black sweatpants.

Recent first-look images of the set have sparked rumors that the actress is wearing a fat suit, but there is no corroboration of the claims.

On the road: Sarah Paulson stepped out on Thursday in the wake of backlash over her casting as Linda Tripp in American Crime Story: Impeachment

Sarah’s casting has sparked debate about the representation of major actors in Hollywood, as many argue that the role should have gone elsewhere.

ACS co-creator Ryan Murphy remained defiant in his choice AND last week: ‘Sarah in particular was really committed to that role and she wanted to do it naturally and she arrived to play Linda Tripp …

And then, you know, put the wig on your hair and it’s kind of an amazing thing she does physically. It’s very transformative. It reminds me a lot of what Christian Bale did a few years ago [in Vice] – that kind of dedication …

“We talked a lot about how to keep her going for months until she’s done shooting, so it’s hard.”

Puppy Love: The Tampa-born 46-year-old also walked her rescue dog Winnie, which she and 78-year-old girlfriend Holland Taylor adopted from Paw Works last year

Puppy Love: The Tampa-born 46-year-old also walked her rescue dog Winnie, which she and 78-year-old girlfriend Holland Taylor adopted from Paw Works last year

Athleisure Clothing: Sarah hid the so-called 'weight' she 'won' for the role of the former Department of Defense whistleblower under a baggy pink sweatshirt and black sweatpants

Athleisure Clothing: Sarah hid the so-called ‘weight’ she ‘won’ for the role of the former Department of Defense whistleblower under a baggy pink sweatshirt and black sweatpants

Photos of Paulson on set from April 26 confirm that she definitely had help from padding or a thick pack, which was reported in an April 30 article by Refinery 29.

Other recent examples of stars wearing fat suits include Viola Davis in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (2020), John Lithgow in Bombshell (2019) and Gary Oldman in Darkest Hour (2018).

The Run actress also shaved her eyebrows to portray Tripp more authentically under prosthetic makeup in the third season of the acclaimed FX anthology.

‘I think the scripts are very special. Really. Really. And it’s a huge challenge for me as an actor and that’s exciting – exciting for me, ”Sarah said Collider in November.

And to put myself in a role at the age of 45 and almost 46 that, you know, in terms of the complexity, there’s nothing about this woman, that’s – what’s the right word? She’s complicated.

ACS co-creator Ryan Murphy told ET last week, `` Sarah in particular was really committed to that role and she wanted to do it naturally and she arrived to play Linda Tripp ... It's kind of an amazing thing that she does physically.  It's very transformative.  It reminds me a lot of what Christian Bale did a few years ago [in Vice] - that kind of dedication '

ACS co-creator Ryan Murphy told ET last week, “ Sarah in particular was really committed to that role and she wanted to do it naturally and she arrived to play Linda Tripp … It’s kind of an amazing thing that she does physically. It’s very transformative. It reminds me a lot of what Christian Bale did a few years ago [in Vice] – that kind of dedication ‘

The 55-year-old showrunner continued: 'We've talked a lot about how to keep her going for months until she's done shooting, so it's hard' (photo November 13)

The 55-year-old showrunner continued: ‘We’ve talked a lot about how to keep her going for months until she’s done shooting, so it’s hard’ (photo November 13)

“Dear Hollywood, can you please just hire real fat people?” However, photos of Paulson on the April 26 set confirm that she certainly had help from padding or a thick pack, which was described in an April 30 article by Refinery29.

Other recent examples of stars wearing fat suits include Viola Davis (photo April 25) in Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

Viola Davis admitted that she wore padding under her dresses to look more like the 'Mother of the Blues'

They are richly rewarded for it! Other recent examples of stars wearing fat suits include Viola Davis (pictured) in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (2020), John Lithgow in Bombshell (2019), and Gary Oldman in Darkest Hour (2018)

And it’s not like a Marcia Clark situation where you end up facing your sense of how wrong we were. Not that you won’t feel that for Linda if you have some context for what her life was like. ‘

Linda famously recorded her telephone conversations with Monica Lewinsky, a White House intern in 1997, in which she confessed to her affair with President Bill Clinton, which led to his impeachment.

Impeachment – based on disgraced author Jeffrey Toobin’s 2000 book A Vast Conspiracy – will also feature Beanie Feldstein, Billy Eichner, Clive Owen, Annaleigh Ashford and Betty Gilpin, Edie Falco and Mira Sorvino.

Frenemy: Tripp (L, pictured in 1998) famously recorded her phone calls with White House intern Monica Lewinsky (R) in 1997 and confessed to her affair with President Bill Clinton, leading to his impeachment

Frenemy: Tripp (L, pictured in 1998) famously recorded her phone calls with White House intern Monica Lewinsky (R) in 1997 and confessed to her affair with President Bill Clinton, leading to his impeachment

“So honored!” Impeachment – based on disgraced author Jeffrey Toobin’s 2000 book A Vast Conspiracy – will also feature Beanie Feldstein, Billy Eichner, Clive Owen, Annaleigh Ashford and Betty Gilpin, Edie Falco and Mira Sorvino (pictured)

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