Linda Tripp is a former U.S. civil servant whose secret tape recordings of her conversations with Monica Lewinsky exposed Lewinsky's affair with former President Bill Clinton

By Ally Mauch
November 14, 2020 02:02 PM
Sarah Paulson of 'Mrs. America' attends the FX Networks' Star Walk Winter Press Tour 2020 at The Langham Huntington, Pasadena on January 09, 2020 in Pasadena, California.
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Sarah Paulson has shared the first look at her transformation into Linda Tripp for the upcoming series, Impeachment: American Crime Story.

On Friday, the actress posted a photo to Twitter of her in costume as Tripp, a former U.S. civil servant whose secret tape recordings of her conversations with Monica Lewinsky exposed Lewinsky’s infamous affair with former president Bill Clinton.

“Linda. American Crime Story: Impeachment has begun,” Paulson, 45, captioned the photo.

Impeachment will cover the affair between Lewinsky and Clinton, the late '90s scandal that captivated the nation and ultimately led to the president’s impeachment. It will primarily follow the perspectives of Lewinsky, Tripp and Paula Jones, who sued Clinton for sexual harassment.

Clinton was impeached by the House of Representatives on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice for the Lewinsky affair in December 1998, but acquitted by the Senate in February 1999.

Booksmart’s Beanie Feldstein will star as Lewinsky, with Clive Owen as Clinton and Annaleigh Ashford as Jones. American Horror Story alumnus Billy Eichner has been cast as the famed journalist and Drudge Report founder, Matt Drudge.

Lewinsky, 46, is a producer on the series, which is based on Jeffrey Toobin’s book A Vast Conspiracy: The Real Story of the Sex Scandal That Nearly Brought Down a President.

Written by Sarah Burgess, the show will explore “the overlooked dimensions of women who found themselves caught up in the scandal and political war that cast a long shadow over the Clinton Presidency,” FX previously said.

Pres. Bill Clinton wagging finger, emphatically denying having affair w. former White House intern Monica Lewinsky, during White House childcare event w. First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton at his side. (Photo by Diana Walker//The LIFE Images Collection via Getty Images) Monica Lewinsky "Monica's Story" Book Signing - March 9, 1999 Monica Lewinsky (Photo by Tom Wargacki/WireImage)
Bill Clinton, Monica Lewinsky
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Burgess will also executive produce the show alongside Ryan Murphy, Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson, Brad Falchuck, Larry Karaszewski, Scott Alexander, Alexi Martin Woodall and Paulson.

A premiere date for Impeachment: American Crime Story has not yet been confirmed.

Paulson recently opened up about her role in the FX series, telling Entertainment Weekly that she doesn't believe it benefits her "to have any kind of judgment" about Tripp.

"I like to play the horrible, because there's always an opportunity to learn a little bit more about what we think we know," she said.