Sarah Paulson responds to criticism surrounding her decision to play the role of Linda Tripp in the upcoming series Impeachment: American Crime Story, which revolves around the Bill Clinton-Monica Lewinsky scandal.
To turn into Tripp, the acclaimed actress put on 30 pounds, wearing a nearly five-pound “thick suit,” prosthetic teeth, a prosthetic nose, and a wig to mimic Tripp’s signature ’90s-style helmet of blond hair.
Critics believe that by taking on the role, Paulson prevented a worthy actor, with Tripp’s bigger body shape, from getting the part in what will be the third season. from the FX true crime anthology American Crime Story.
Addressing the problem: Actress Sarah Paulson discusses backlash from her latest role as Linda Tripp Impeachment: American Crime Story, which centers on the Bill Clinton-Monica Lewinsky scandal that erupted in 1998
In a new interview with the Los Angeles Times, Paulson did not shy away from the controversy and admitted that she understands the criticism of the quilted suit.
“It’s very hard for me to talk about this without feeling like I’m making excuses. There’s a lot of controversy around actors and fat suits, and I think that controversy is legitimate,” she explained.
“I think fat phobia is real. I think pretending it’s different causes more damage. And it’s a very important conversation. But I don’t think that whole responsibility rests with the actor who chooses to do something that is arguably — and I’m talking from within — the challenge of a lifetime.’
She continued, “I think the only thing that an actor should offer to play this role is their physical selves is a real reduction in the offer the actor has to make.”
Criticism: In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Paulson admitted that she understands the criticism of the quilted suit: She is pictured with Beanie Feldstein, who plays Lewinsky
In agreement: “There is a lot of controversy around actors and fat suits, and I think that controversy is justified,” explained Paulson; Clive Owen is seen as President Bill Clinton
Shared Responsibility: “But I don’t think that whole responsibility falls on the actor who chooses to do something that is arguably — and I’m talking from within — the challenge of a lifetime,” Paulson added; actress Edie Falco plays Hillary Clinton in the new season of American Crime Story
“I would like to believe that there is something in my being that entitles me to play this role. And that the magic of hair and makeup departments and clients and cinematographers that has been part of making movies and suspending faith since the invention of cinema,’ she suspected.
‘Should I say no? [to the part]? This is the question.’
Knowing more about the issues, Paulson admitted that, in fact, she would have reacted differently to Linda Tripp’s offer of the role.
“I think what I think most about is that I regret not thinking more deeply about it. And that’s important for me to think about and think about. I also know it’s a privileged place to think about it and think about it because I’ve already got to do it and have an opportunity that no one else had,” the 46-year-old Golden Globe winner shared. .
‘You can’t learn what you learn until you learn it. Should I have known? Abso-f***ing-lute. But I do now. And I wouldn’t make the same choice in the future.’
Tripp was a White House aide in George HW Bush’s administration and kept her job when Bill Clinton became president in 1993. In the summer of 1994, senior White House aides wanted to remove Tripp, so they arranged for her to get a job in the public affairs office in the Pentagon.
At the center of the storm: In January 1998, Tripp gave the taped tapes to independent counsel Kenneth Starr in exchange for immunity from prosecution (photo 2001)
Scandalous: The scandal that followed led to the impeachment of President Clinton
Controversy: Impeachment: American Crime Story is based on Jeffrey Toobin’s book – A Vast Conspiracy: The Real Story Of The Sex Scandal That Almost Brought A President (1999)
Tripp secretly recorded Monica Lewinsky’s confidential phone calls about her relationship with President Clinton. In January 1998, she gave the tapes to independent counsel Kenneth Starr in exchange for immunity from prosecution.
The scandal that followed led to President Clinton being impeached, but not removed from office.
Impeachment: American Crime Story is based on Jeffrey Toobin’s book – A Vast Conspiracy: The Real Story Of The Sex Scandal That Almost Brought A President (1999).
In addition to returning cast members Paulson (Linda Tripp), Annaleigh Ashford (Paula Jones), and Judith Light (Susan Carpenter-McMillan), the upcoming season will feature new cast members Beanie Feldstein (Monica Lewinsky), Clive Owen (President Bill Clinton), Edie Falco ( Hillary Clinton), Margo Martindale (Lucianne Goldberg).
The cast also includes Billy Eichner (Matt Drudge), Cobie Smulders (Ann Coulter), Taran Killam (Steve Jones), Mira Sorvino (Marcia Lewis), Colin Hanks (Mike Emmick), Elizabeth Reaser (Kathleen Willey), Dan Bakkedahl (Kenneth Starr), Kathleen Turner (Susan Webber Wright), and Anthony Green (Al Gore).
Impeachment: American Crime Story premieres on FX on September 7.
Impeachment: American Crime Story Premieres September 7 on FX