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Sarah Paulson Talks Meeting Monica Lewinsky... and Becoming Linda Tripp!

Sarah Paulson Talks Meeting Monica Lewinsky... and Becoming Linda Tripp!
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Sarah Paulson won an Emmy and a Golden Globe for her portrayal of Marcia Clark on "American Crime Story." Now, she's gearing up to play another woman caught up in the headlines — she will portray Clinton-era figure Linda Tripp in "Impeachment: American Crime Story."

Sarah was with “Extra” celebrating 100 episodes of the "American Horror Story" franchise, talking about preparing to play the White House employee who became Monica Lewinsky's confidant — and helped to almost take down a president.

"There are going to be some prosthetics involved," she said of her preparations. "I’m going to gain some weight. She was a taller woman than I, so I’m sure there’s going to be some large shoes, and the shoulder pads will help create a different physical silhouette for me that I think will be helpful."

As challenging as the physical transformation may be, Paulson said, "The biggest part of the work is going to be all the research, the deep-dive research that I have yet to begin because we don’t start shooting until probably early March, when I finish what I’m working on now. I will begin that in earnest." She has already met Monica, who will serve as an EP on the series, saying of her, "She’s an incredibly smart, soulful woman, and I feel very excited and honored and grateful that she’s going to be a part of our telling."

On a different note, can she believe they are already celebrating 100 episodes of another of her famous projects, "American Horror Story"? She laughed, admitting, "Yes, I can! Having been in, I think I was in 81 of them, Mama's tired, so I can believe it. I can believe it, yeah."

She also took time out to express her gratitude to Ryan Murphy, who co-created "AHS" with Brad Falchuk. "My success came much later in a working life for an actress... Most people would be like, "Well, I guess it’s not gonna happen,' and I had kinda made peace with that to a degree, and then I just got really lucky in that Ryan, for whatever reason — and still to this day I don’t exactly understand what made him go from having me in three episodes, Season 1, to giving me the female leading role alongside Jessica Lange and Evan Peters for the second season... How he decided to do that, I don’t know, but I’ll be forever grateful."

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