Did Sarah Paulson wear a fat suit in Impeachment: American Crime Story?

IMPEACHMENT is the third story in the FX American Crime Story series.

Season three of the show covers the national crisis that led to the first impeachment of a U.S. President in over a century and Sarah Paulson is one of the stars.

Did Sarah Paulson wear a fat suit in Impeachment: American Crime Story?

Paulson, 46 is an award-winning American actress who portrays Linda Tripp, the civil servant who played a "prominent role" in the Clinton–Lewinsky scandal.

As the series is about to premier, Paulson has opened up about her role and revealed that she regrets wearing a fat suit to portray Tripp.

"It's very hard for me to talk about this without feeling like I'm making excuses," she told the The Los Angeles Times.

"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."

After she revealed a first look at her portrayal of Tripp, many were outraged at Hollywood's use of fat suits as Paulson looked unrecognizable.

Later on in her interview with the Times, Paulson questioned if she should have just said no to the part in the first place.

"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," Paulson continued.

"I do think to imagine that the only thing any actor called upon to play this part would have to offer is their physical self is a real reduction of the offering the actor has to make. I would like to believe that there is something in my being that makes me right to play this part. And that the magic of hair and makeup departments and costumers and cinematographers that has been part of moviemaking, and suspension of belief, since the invention of cinema. Was I supposed to say no [to the part]? This is the question."

What else has Sarah Paulson been in?

Despite her controversial part in the upcoming series, Paulson has been in multiple other productions since she started out in 1994.

Paulson can also be recognized in:

  • American Horror Story as Mamie Eisenhower
  • Ratched as Nurse Mildred Ratched
  • Mrs. America as Alice Macray
  • Glass as Dr. Ellie Staple
  • Run as Mother/Diane
  • 12 Years a Slave as Mistress Epps
  • American Gothic as Merlyn Temple
  • The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story as Marcia Clark

Over the years, Paulson has also guest-starred in the Law & Order and Law & Order: SVU franchises.

When does Impeachment: American Crime Story air?

The countdown has officially started for Impeachment as the premiere is only a few days away.

Season tree of American Crime Story is set to air on FX, September 7, 2021, at 10pm EST.

During the production of the show, the real Monica Lewinsky was an executive producer and even including the infamous thong flash that made headlines back in the day.

Other season of American Crime Story have covered the O.J Simpson case as well as the assassination of Gianni Versace.

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