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Sarah Paulson Has “Regrets” About Her Fat Suit in ‘Impeachment’

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Sarah Paulson Has "Regrets" About Her Fat Suit in 'Impeachment'

Sarah Paulson wishes she had made different decisions while filming her latest series Impeachment: American Crime Story.

In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, the Emmy Award-winning actress said she regrets playing Linda Tripp, a controversial public figure who worked on exposing the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal in 1998. Fat activists criticized Paulson’s use of synthetic padding to play Tripp (a role she also gained 30 pounds for). They also called their casting a missed opportunity to let a great actor play the role.

“It’s very hard for me to talk about it without feeling like I’m making excuses,” Paulson told the publication. “There is a lot of controversy over actors and fat suits, and I think that controversy is legitimate. I think the fat phobia is real. I think doing something else will cause further damage. And it’s a very important conversation. “

The Ratched star also spoke about industry-wide responsibility for size-conscious casting, saying that she wants to believe she is the right person to play Tripp. “But I don’t think all that responsibility rests with the actor who has chosen something that – and I speak from within – is the challenge of his life,” she said. “I think I can imagine that the only thing an actor called for this role would have to offer is being his physical self, a real reduction in what the actor has to offer.”

She continued, “I would like to believe that there is something in my being that entitles me to play this role. And that the magic of the hair and makeup departments, the clients and the cameramen that has been part of filmmaking and the dissolution of belief since the invention of cinema. Should i say no? [to the part]? That is the question.”

Paulson also admitted that she regretted not considering the wider implications of her casting before accepting the role, saying, “I think what I think about most is that I don’t regret it Having thought about it in more detail. And that’s important to me to think about it and reflect on it. I also know that it’s a privileged place to sit and think about it and think about having already done it and having an opportunity that others didn’t. You can only learn what you learn if you learn it. Should i have known? Abso-f-ing-Lautely. But I am doing it now. And I wouldn’t make the same choice in the future. “

In addition to the four-and-a-half pound padded suit, the actor wore a prosthetic nose and dentures to become Tripp and told the point of sale that she spent three hours on the makeup chair each morning.

Impeachment: American Crime Story begins airing September 7th on FX.


Quinci LeGardye is an LA-based freelance writer who explores culture, politics, and mental health through a black feminist lens.

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