Sarah Paulson addresses criticism over portrayal of Linda Tripp in ‘fat suit’ in ‘Impeachment’
“It’s very hard for me to talk about this without feeling like I’m making excuses,” Paulson informed 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,” Paulson continued. “And it is a very important conversation to be had.”
Paulson, who likewise acquired 30 pounds for the function and works as an executive manufacturer on “Impeachment,” stated that playing Tripp was the “challenge of a lifetime,” which she wants to think she was best for the part.
“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,” Paulson included. “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. I would like to believe that there is something in my being that makes me right to play this part. 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.”
Tripp passed away in 2020 of pancreatic cancer.
Of taking the function, Paulson included, “I think the thing I think about the most is that I regret not thinking about it more fully.”
“You can only learn what you learn when you learn it,” she stated. “Should I have known? Abso-f—ing-lutely. But I do now. And I wouldn’t make the same choice going forward.”
Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.