How Do the The People v. O.J. Simpson Stars Match Up with Their Real-Life Counterparts?
SELMA BLAIR & KRIS JENNER
Blair channels the matriarch in the long-awaited docuseries, which spotlights a tense time for the Kardashians. The family was forced to take sides following defense attorney (and Jenner's then-husband) Robert Kardashian's decision to back up O.J. Simpson in the trial, while Jenner supported friend Nicole Brown Simpson's family. "[Kris] is a very strong person, and I'm happy to be associated with her in any way," Blair told PEOPLE in October.
CUBA GOODING JR. & O.J. SIMPSON
How did the Oscar winner feel about playing the polarizing Simpson? While Gooding Jr. admits he was an avid football fan and followed Simpson's career "back in his heyday," he tackled the former football star's "charismatic personality" with the help of people who personally knew Simpson. "A lot of people would come up to me during filming and tell me their personal encounters with him and what a charismatic, gregarious personality he was," he tells Parade. "So that's what I used as my guiding rod for putting together this performance."
COURTNEY B. VANCE & JOHNNIE COCHRAN
"Johnnie Cochran became the man we know him as to this day because of this trial," Vance, who portrays the infamous defense attorney, said at a press panel for the show. "I think that's what happens when you put something on television. If it weren't on television, I mean, it's human nature. People, not just Johnnie, started playing for the camera."
SARAH PAULSON & MARCIA CLARK
The veteran American Horror Story actress steps into the shoes of the trial's lead prosecutor – a role, she hopes, will change the world's perception of Clark. "All I want is for there to be a proper holding for who Marcia Clark is in the world instead of this two-dimensional idea that was slapped together by the media," she tells E!. "For Marcia, she was a civil servant, and being scrutinized in that way was never part of what she signed up for ... It was like putting someone into battle without proper armor. She just didn't have that kind of skin."
DAVID SCHWIMMER & ROBERT KARDASHIAN
Much like costar Selma Blair, the Friends alum spent time with Kris Jenner to learn more about the late defense attorney. "Kris was really, really generous with her time," Schwimmer tells PEOPLE. "It was really great to learn about how much a man of faith he was and how loyal and considerate he was. He was a very humble, very private person. Not at all seeking the limelight – that was inadvertent."
CONNIE BRITTON & FAYE RESNICK
When it came time to portray Resnick, who testified during the trial – and has also starred on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills in recent years – Britton turned to past episodes of the Bravo franchise for research. "I have to admit, I was kind of into The Real Housewives of New York. It just thrilled me to no end," she told Adweek. "Whenever I'd get sick, that would be my go-to. But I did watch Faye on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, which was fantastic. I adore Andy Cohen, and of course he was way into it, so he helped me out."
JOHN TRAVOLTA & ROBERT SHAPIRO
To portray Shapiro, one part of Simpson's defense "dream team," Travolta turned to hours of video footage and an uncanny physical transformation for inspiration. "That helps me. If I feel like I look like the guy, I can become him a little easier," he tells E!.
KENNETH CHOI & JUDGE LANCE ITO
Choi, who has starred in The Wolf of Wall Street and Sons of Anarchy in recent years, will head to the courtroom to portray Judge Lance Ito, who presided over the 1995 trial.
BILLY MAGNUSSEN & KATO KAELIN
We can't help but do a double-take! The Into the Woods actor portrays Kaelin, the defense team's witness, who claimed to have visited the Simpson home the night of the two murders.