Sarah Paulson Talks ‘Regret’ Over Wearing Fat Suit In ‘American Crime Story’ After Backlash


At this level, if Sarah Paulson isn’t sporting some type of prosthetic and iconic coiffure (reminder: she wore separate wigs to play Marcia Clark in “American Crime Story”), is it actually a Sarah Paulson efficiency? 

For her function within the subsequent installment of Ryan Murphy’s anthology sequence “Impeachment: American Crime Story,” the Emmy-winning star has reworked as soon as once more to play Linda Tripp, the whistleblower who uncovered former President Bill Clinton’s affair with Monica Lewinsky. 

But this time round, Paulson went to further lengths to painting Tripp, gaining 30 kilos and sporting practically 5 kilos of padding to intensify the character’s form together with a prosthetic nostril and tooth. 

While her efficiency appears assured for Emmys consideration, early pictures of Paulson on set sporting what she later described as “body transformational accoutrements” sparked some backlash online. Critics noticed Paulson’s newest transformation as yet one more instance of Hollywood’s unlucky historical past with fats phobia and sidelining plus-sized actors from getting elements. 

Speaking with the Los Angeles Times in an interview printed this previous week, Paulson thoughtfully addressed the dialogue surrounding her casting, saying, “There’s a lot of controversy around actors and fat suits, and I think that controversy is a legitimate one.”

Sarah Paulson as Linda Tripp in "Impeachment: American Crime Story."

Sarah Paulson as Linda Tripp in “Impeachment: American Crime Story.”

“I think fat phobia is real. I think to pretend otherwise causes further harm. And it is a very important conversation to be had,” she continued. “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.”

She went on so as to add that casting one other actor to play Tripp solely due to a bodily resemblance to the real-life determine can be 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,” Paulson continued. “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,” she added.

While Paulson addressed the numerous nuances of the problem, one excellent “regret” that has endured is “not thinking about it more fully” given the leisure trade’s monitor file for celebrating sure our bodies over others. 

“That is an important thing for me to think about and reflect on,” she mentioned. “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.”

She continued, “You can only learn what you learn when you learn it. Should I have known? Abso-f–king-lutely. But I do now. And I wouldn’t make the same choice going forward.”

Back in 2019, Paulson steered she wouldn’t be sporting a fats swimsuit for the function, because the sequence, which was produced by the real-life Monica Lewinsky, makes an attempt to rewrite long-held narratives about girls within the public eye. 

“I’m going to take about three months off to eat some food, because I’m going to gain some weight to play her,” Paulson said at the New Yorker Festival. “I don’t want to wear a suit because I think it will feel very strange.”

But apparently issues modified over the venture’s prolonged manufacturing course of, which was closely delayed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.  

“Impeachment: American Crime Story” is about to premiere on FX on Sept. 7.