Will You Still Watch 'Impeachment' Even Though Sarah Paulson Wears a Fatsuit?
Tomorrow night ""Impeachment: American Crime Story" will appear on FX. It will tell the story of the Bill Clinton/Monica Lewinsky scandal from the late '90s, with Lewinsky as a producer. Actor Sarah Paulson is also a producer on the show and plays Linda Tripp. Paulson has faced criticism for wearing a fat suit for the role.
In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Paulson admits to immersing herself in the character with research, speech lessons as well as gaining 30 pounds as well as wearing a fat suit for the role of Tripmorrow night is the premiere of "Impeachment: American Crime Story"p.
“It’s very hard for me to talk about this without feeling like I’m making excuses,” says Paulson. “There’s a lot of controversy around actors and fat suits, and I think that controversy is a legitimate one. I think fat phobia is real. 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. "
However, knowing what she knows now, Paulson may skip one part of character transformation in future roles.
"The thing I think about the most is that I regret not thinking about it more fully," says Paulson to the Times. "And that is an important thing for me to think about and reflect on. I also know it’s a privileged place to be sitting and thinking about it and reflecting on it, having already gotten to do it, and having had an opportunity that someone else didn’t have. You can only learn what you learn when you learn it. Should I have known? Abso-f—ing-lutely. But I do now. And I wouldn’t make the same choice going forward.”
"Impeachment: American Crime Story" airs Sept. 7 at 10pm on FX.