What a Tripp-y transformation! See the stars of Impeachment: American Crime Story next to the prominent figures they play, including Monica Lewinsky, Linda Tripp and more.
Hail to the incredible transformations in Impeachment: American Crime Story.
Tuesday, Sept. 7 marked the season three premiere of the Ryan Murphy-produced true crime anthology series. And, as was teased for the last several weeks, the new season takes a deep dive into the all-consuming drama that was former President Bill Clinton‘s affair with a White House intern, named Monica Lewinsky.
Due to the high-profile nature of the show, we aren’t surprised that Murphy and his team nabbed an A-list ensemble for this Impeachment installment of ACS. The actress front-and-center of the season is Booksmart‘s Beanie Feldstein, who transformed herself into the public figure, beret and all. On playing Lewinsky, who served as a producer for season three, Feldstein told W Magazine, “It’s my job to portray her pain, because I feel so much for her.”
Of course, the season wouldn’t be complete without whistleblower Linda Tripp, who is being portrayed by the always talented Sarah Paulson. While Paulson seems to have nailed Tripp’s style of speaking and demeanor, she’s already apologized for one part of her transformation: the fat suit.
In a chat with the Los Angeles Times, Paulson, who gained 30 pounds to play Tripp, revealed she regretted using extra padding to play the former White House staffer. “I think fat phobia is real,” she said in the August interview. “I think to pretend otherwise causes further harm. And it is a very important conversation to be had. But that entire responsibility, I don’t think, falls on the actor for choosing to do something that is arguably—and I’m talking about from the inside out—the challenge of a lifetime.”
American Crime Story airs Tuesdays at 10 p.m. on FX.