In the next Impeachment: American Crime Story, the 46-year-old Emmy-winning actress plays Linda Tripp, but Sarah is not exactly a doppelganger for the late civil servant.
In order to transform into Linda, Sarah gained 30 pounds and wore a nearly five pound “fat suit” with “being fitted with prosthetic teeth and a prosthetic nose, plus a wig inspired by Tripp’s 90s-style blonde hair helmet.”
However, Sarah received a lot of negative feedback for wearing the big suit, with critics claiming it prevented people with Linda’s body shape from getting the role.
In a new interview, Sarah broached the controversy.
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“It’s very difficult for me to talk about it without feeling like I’m looking for excuses” Sarah explained with the Los Angeles Times. “There is a lot of controversy around actors and big costumes, and I think that controversy is legitimate. ”
She continued, “I think the big phobia is real. I think claiming otherwise causes even more harm. And that’s a very important conversation to have. But I don’t think that full responsibility lies with the actor for choosing to do something that is arguably – and I’m speaking from the inside out – the challenge of a lifetime. I think to imagine that the only thing an actor called to play this role would have to offer is that his physical self is a real reduction in the offer that the actor has to make.
“I would like to believe that there is something in my being that gives me reason to play this role”, Sarah added. “And that magic of the hair and makeup departments, costume designers and cinematographers that have been part of filmmaking, and the suspension of belief, since the invention of cinema. Was i supposed to say no [to the part]? This is the question. “
Sarah then admitted that she would have reacted differently if offered the role of Linda, knowing what she is doing now.
“I think the thing I think about the most is that I regret not having thought about it more in depth”, Sarah noted. “And that’s an important thing for me to think about and think about. I also know it’s a great place to sit and think about it and reflect on it, having had the opportunity to do it before and had an opportunity that someone else didn’t.
She continued, “You can only learn what you learn when you learn it. Should I have known? Abso-f-roi-luthly. But I am doing it now. And I wouldn’t make the same choice in the future.
Impeachment: American Crime Story premieres on FX on September 7th. You can watch the trailer here.