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Sarah Paulson Addresses People Who Have a Problem With Her Wearing a Fat Suit to Play a Character

Sarah Paulson sat down for an interview with the Los Angeles Times where she talked about her role in the upcoming series, Impeachment: American Crime Story.

The actress had faced backlash for wearing a fat suit to portray Linda Tripp, the whistleblower who exposed former President Bill Clinton’s affair with Monica Lewinsky, and now admits that she has regrets about wearing prosthetics to match the heavier body type of Tripp.

“It’s very hard for me to talk about this without feeling like I’m making excuses,” Paulson told the publication. “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.”

Paulson went on to add that while her body type is different from Tripp’s, she still believes there’s something inside her that made her right for the part. “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,” she explained. ”I would like to believe that there is something in my being that makes me right to play this part.

And asked whether somebody should have played the role, she said it was a valid question. “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,” she added. “Was I supposed to say no [to the part]? This is the question.”

Paulson said that she does have “regret” for “not thinking about it more fully.”

Paulson, who also gained 30 pounds for the role and serves as an executive producer on the series, maintained that playing the White House staff member was the “challenge of a lifetime.”

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