Don’t get tripped up if you don’t recognize Sarah Paulson in her next role.
The 45-year-old actress and muse of uber-producer Ryan Murphy has revealed her huge transformation — courtesy of extensive prosthetics — into former White House staffer Linda Tripp for “American Crime Story: Impeachment.”
“Linda. American Crime Story: Impeachment has begun principal photography,” she wrote in a caption for a photo showing her new wigged look.
The Season 3 installment of Murphy’s anthology series will look at the sex scandal involving President Bill Clinton and former intern Monica Lewinsky. Filming had been set to start last spring with a fall 2020 premiere but was delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“This is going to require a lot of things,” Paulson said of her portrayal during an appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” in June. “I’ll be wearing a lot of prosthetics and body transformational accouterments — if that’s a word I can use.”
Clive Owen last year signed on to play Clinton with Beanie Feldstein (“Ladybird,” “What We Do in the Shadows”) as Lewinsky and Annaleigh Ashford as Clinton accuser Paula Jones.
Murphy’s production is based on the 2000 book “A Vast Conspiracy: The Real Sex Scandal that Nearly Brought Down a President” by Jeffrey Toobin, who faced his own scandal recently because of alleged inappropriate behavior during a Zoom call.
Previous installments of “American Crime Story” have examined the 1997 murder of designer Gianni Versace by serial killer Andrew Cunanan (played by Darren Criss) and the high-profile murder trial of O.J. Simpson (in which Paulson played prosecutor Marcia Clark).