‘Impeachment: American Crime Story’: Why Sarah Paulson Says Playing Linda Tripp Is a ‘Huge Stretch’

by Jeremy Spirogis
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Sarah Paulson is all set to star in Ryan Murphy’s upcoming drama, Impeachment: American Crime Story. The actor will painting Linda Tripp, a key determine within the Clinton impeachment scandal.  She’s portrayed intense characters earlier than, however Paulson lately confessed enjoying Tripp looks like an enormous stretch. 

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Sarah Paulson will play one other real-life character in ‘Impeachment: American Crime Story’

Paulson has been working with Murphy for years. She’s been in eight seasons of American Horror Story and can be part of the solid for season 10. And in 2016, the actor picked up a Primetime Emmy and a Golden Globe Award for her efficiency in Murphy’s true-crime drama, The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story.

Murphy’s subsequent American Crime Story venture, Impeachment, is predicated on the 1998 impeachment of President Bill Clinton and the White House scandal that concerned his sexual relationship with Monica Lewinsky. 

'American Horror Story' co-creator Ryan Murphy and actor Sarah Paulson at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in 2020'American Horror Story' co-creator Ryan Murphy and actor Sarah Paulson at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in 2020
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Paulson will tackle the position of Lewinsky’s co-worker, Linda Tripp. After secretly recording Lewinsky’s non-public cellphone conversations, Tripp gave the tapes to impartial counsel Kenneth Starr and acquired immunity from prosecution.

Why Sarah Paulson calls enjoying Linda Tripp a ‘stretch’

By now, audiences know that Paulson is a grasp of her craft. And it doesn’t matter what position she performs, it at all times appears and feels easy. 

But when speaking to Collider, the actor famous that Tripp is a wholly completely different sort of character. And she acknowledged what an thrilling stretch it’s to play her.  

“I think the scripts are very special,” Paulson mentioned.  “I really do, I really do. And it’s a huge stretch for me as an actor and that is thrilling – thrilling to me.”

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“And to find myself at 45 and almost 46-years-old being given a part that, you know, in terms of the complexity,” she continued. “She’s complicated, and it’s not like a Marcia Clark situation where you ultimately have to confront your feeling of how wrong we were. Not that you won’t feel some of that for Linda when you have a little bit of a context for what her life was.”

‘Impeachment: American Crime Story’ began filming in October

The COVID-19 pandemic has delayed manufacturing schedules everywhere in the world. Those who’re restarting have needed to take a number of security precautions to maintain their casts and crews secure. 

When speaking to The Wrap in September, Paulson famous that Murphy and Disney’s 20th Television have been taking additional precautions as they start manufacturing on Impeachment: American Crime Story and American Horror Story season 10. 

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“The consideration around all of it has been extraordinary,” she instructed. “Disney and Ryan Murphy Television have all been very, very on top of it. And so I feel as protected as I can feel, given that I will be mask-free, working on a set around a bunch of people.”

Paulson additionally revealed that Impeachment: American Crime Story would start filming in October. “That could, of course, change,” she added. “Because everything is very much alive in that way and changing constantly.”

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