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An all-star cast including Beanie Feldstein, Sarah Paulson and Edie Falco tackle what is perhaps the most defining scandal of the 1990s.
American Crime Story deals with one of the most memorable scandals of the 20th century. The latest installment in Ryan Murphy’s historical drama will focus on President Bill Clinton’s affair with an early 20-year-old White House intern Monica Lewinsky and the media circus and impeachment proceedings that followed soon after. Instead of focusing on Clinton, however, Impeachment: American Crime Story focuses on the women who were involved in the scandal: a young Lewinsky, a devious Linda Tripp, the outsider Paula Jones, and more. Upfront, let’s compare the limited series’ all-star cast to their real-world counterparts – try not to double-take.
The Booksmart actress takes on the role of Monica Lewinsky in the upcoming drama. Beanie Feldstein transformed herself into the ex-White House intern turned anti-bullying attorney with the help of a few of Lewinsky’s signature stylistic points: blown bangs, moody lipstick, and a sleek, Capitol Hill-approved wardrobe.
Clive Owen is the 42nd President of the United States and easily adapts to the deep Southern longing and the charming manner of the Commander-in-Chief at the time.
In one of the biggest transformations of the upcoming series, actress Sarah Paulson portrays Clinton scandal whistleblower Linda Tripp with the help of a range of boxy suits, facial prostheses, and a serious demeanor.
The Sopranos star then becomes First Lady Hillary Clinton with the help of some of Clinton’s characteristic style elements of the 90s: pearl necklaces, pastel-colored dresses, eye-catching suits and her signature coiffed bob.
Annaleigh Ashford portrays former Arkansas state employee and Clinton prosecutor Paula Jones, who takes on the officer’s nervous but determined demeanor.
The Transparent actress portrays Susan Carpenter-McMillan, the “conservative feminist” advising Clinton prosecutor Paula Jones in the series.
Margo Martindale plays the curious, drama-hungry publishing agent who works with Linda Tripp to spread the word about President Clinton’s long-standing affair.