Beanie Feldstein Admits She ‘Would Probably Do the Exact Same Thing’ as Monica Lewinsky
Beanie Feldstein will be the new face of the "Impeachment: American Crime Story," a story that follows the life of Monica Lewinsky, the young woman whose affair with then-President Bill Clinton led to his impeachment.
Monica Lewinsky was a 22-year-old intern working at the Whitehouse during Bill Clinton's tenure. The ensuing scandal resulting from the affair became a national concern, leading to Clinton's impeachment.
When it was discovered that the two were involved sexually, Lewinsky was moved to the Pentagon to start a job there, away from the White House. While there, she met Linda Tripp, who would then become a close friend and confidant.
However, Tripp betrayed Lewinsky and secretly recorded their conversations, which she later released to the media, and Clinton was exposed. In the saga that would follow, Clinton denied any involvement with Lewinsky.
The 22-year-old had, however, kept evidence of her affair with the president, which helped incriminate him. The truth came out, but it led to years of tabloid harassment for the young lady.
And this toxic relationship with Tripp is what 28-year-old Feldstein, who will be playing Lewinski in the new FX series, premiering this fall, relates with. She says:
“I felt gutted by some of the things that Monica went through. My task is to be Monica’s bodyguard—to put my body in front of hers. It’s my job to portray her pain because I feel so much for her.”
She relates so much with Lewinsky, from their Jewish heritage to their choice of music when working out. And even though the two have only met once, Feldstein feels that she fills Lewinsky's shoes perfectly.
She says had been in the same position as Lewinsky, she'd have done the same thing. She continues to say that when the most powerful man in the world puts his spotlight on you, chances of things going the Lewinsky's way are almost a guarantee.
And it is this admission that makes her the right candidate to play the role of Lewinsky in the series, which features Clive Owen as the President and Sarah Paulson, who plays the role of Linda Tripp.
The show will also focus on the sour relationship between Lewinsky and Tripp after the betrayal.
Following the scandal, Lewinsky, still in her early years of adulthood, was lost on what path her life would follow, seeing as she'd become the center of tabloid criticism and the laughing stock of the whole continent.
In 1999, she started a handbag line and then became a spokeswoman for Jenny Craig - a weight loss company. She would then go on to make TV appearances, even hosting a dating show on Fox TV.
Today, Lewinski is an advocate for anti-bullying and has spoken extensively on the topic of cyber-bullying. During a TED talk in 2015, she recalls the events of her life:
“In 1998, I lost my reputation and my dignity...I lost my sense of self. When this happened to me, 17 years ago, there was no name for it. Now we call it cyber-bullying.”
She is also the producer and inspiration behind the upcoming series. Seeing as she suffered all the shame, it is only right that she makes money off of it.
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