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Beanie Feldstein reveals how much she ‘wants to do right’ by Monica Lewinsky in Impeachment

Beanie Feldstein opens up about how much it meant to her to ‘do right’ by Monica Lewinsky in her hit FX series Impeachment: American Crime Story.

The 28-year-old actress plays Lewinsky in the show, with the real Lewinsky not only serving as the subject of the show, but she also produces it as well. 

Feldstein spoke about her research into playing Lewinsky, and speaking to her for the show during an appearance on Late Night with Seth Meyers. 

Do right: Beanie Feldstein opens up about how much it meant to her to ‘do right’ by Monica Lewinsky in her hit FX series Impeachment: American Crime Story

‘It was really something like I’d never done before. Most of what I’ve been lucky enough to be part of in the past has been leaning comedic you know like a dramedy or like a true comedy or a musical and Impeachment is not only a drama, but it’s someone’s real life,’ Feldstein began.

She added, with having Monica on board as a producer, portraying her right was, ‘a tremendous amount of responsibility for me.’

‘I really felt like I wanted to do right by her in every way that I possibly could. And so to do that, I had to really send myself into some really intense places,’ Feldstein said.

Responsibility: She added, with having Monica on board as a producer, portraying her right was, 'a tremendous amount of responsibility for me'

Responsibility: She added, with having Monica on board as a producer, portraying her right was, ‘a tremendous amount of responsibility for me’

They showed a clip from the show where Monica screams at Linda Tripp (Sarah Paulson) while being interrogated, with Feldstein adding that Ryan Murphy directed that episode. 

‘He’d come up to me, and he would be like, “How you doing? Can we go again?” And I just would be like, “It’s for Monica, we have to go again. If you need to go again — I have to do right by her,”‘ she added.

‘That’s like all I — I brush my teeth thinking about it I go to sleep thinking about it. Like, I do — everything in my life revolves around doing right by her so I — you know, it’s — what she had to go through was really disturbing and intense so, yeah, it was very different,’ Beanie said.

Clip: They showed a clip from the show where Monica screams at Linda Tripp (Sarah Paulson) while being interrogated, with Feldstein adding that Ryan Murphy directed that episode

Clip: They showed a clip from the show where Monica screams at Linda Tripp (Sarah Paulson) while being interrogated, with Feldstein adding that Ryan Murphy directed that episode

Since she was the subject of the show, though, Feldstein added it was ‘tricky to navigate’ what to ask her, so she didn’t relive the worst moments.

‘By the time I met her, I’d been researching her for ten months, which is like a really weird interaction of like, “Hello, I know almost everything about you,”‘ Feldstsein said with a laugh.

She mentioned that Monica was interviewed 22 times by Kenneth Starr’s Independent Council, and she wanted to know, ‘things that I just couldn’t find in any book or any transcript.

Tricky: Since she was the subject of the show, though, Feldstein added it was 'tricky to navigate' what to ask her, so she didn't relive the worst moments

Tricky: Since she was the subject of the show, though, Feldstein added it was ‘tricky to navigate’ what to ask her, so she didn’t relive the worst moments

‘I wanted things that, like, you’ll just never be able to find, like her best friend’s name is Catherine. And I was like, “Is she cat? Is she Cathy like, when the two of you are just, like, alone and hanging, like who is she to you?”‘ Feldstsein said. 

‘And she was so gracious, and she was so giving to all of us from every stage of the project, and I just — yeah, I hope we did right by her,’ she added.  

Feldstein will next be heading to Broadway, in the first ever revival of the iconic musical that made Barbra Streisand a star, Funny Girl.

Never find: 'I wanted things that, like, you'll just never be able to find, like her best friend's name is Catherine. And I was like, "Is she cat? Is she Cathy like, when the two of you are just, like, alone and hanging, like who is she to you?"' Feldstein said

Never find: ‘I wanted things that, like, you’ll just never be able to find, like her best friend’s name is Catherine. And I was like, “Is she cat? Is she Cathy like, when the two of you are just, like, alone and hanging, like who is she to you?”‘ Feldstein said

The actress revealed she was ‘obsessed’ with Funny Girl since she was two years old, when her mother showed her the movie.

‘She was like, “Look at this iconic jewish woman on the screen,”‘ Feldstein said while imitating her mother.

She added that she made her mother throw her a Funny Girl-themed birthday party when she was three years old, but she didn’t even tell her when she auditioned.

Obsessed: The actress revealed she was 'obsessed' with Funny Girl since she was two years old, when her mother showed her the movie

Obsessed: The actress revealed she was ‘obsessed’ with Funny Girl since she was two years old, when her mother showed her the movie

‘It’s going to hurt her so much more than it’s going to hurt me,’ and when she finally got the part, she told both her parents in what was a rather emotional moment. 

‘I was like, “I’m going to be Fanny Brice on Broadway. And I — I’ve never seen her that happy it was honestly like — and even my dad, who’s like — I think my dad says like ten words a year like, he literally doesn’t speak was like, “Bean, that is — that is incredible.’

Funny Girl will officially open Sunday, April 24, 2022 at Broadway’s August Wilson Theatre, with previews beginning on Saturday, March 26, 2022. 

Hurt: 'It's going to hurt her so much more than it's going to hurt me,' and when she finally got the part, she told both her parents in what was a rather emotional moment

Hurt: ‘It’s going to hurt her so much more than it’s going to hurt me,’ and when she finally got the part, she told both her parents in what was a rather emotional moment


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