Monica Lewinsky claims she requested that a thong-flashing scene be included in the impeachment proceedings.
Monica Lewinsky is sharing some of the input she provided while shooting Impeachment: American Crime Story for the forthcoming series.
“The FX drama is based on the infamous affair between former White House intern Monica Lewinsky Beanie Feldstein and former President Bill Clinton (Clive Owen)”, which led to Clinton’s impeachment.
Lewinsky, 48, is a producer on the program and recently told The Hollywood Reporter that she battled to get a scene included in the show that writer Sarah Burgess claimed she took out of her screenplay because she didn’t want to “retraumatize Monica.”
The notorious moment in which Monica Lewinsky flashes a sliver of her thong to Clinton was documented in the Starr Report, which included the conclusions of counsel Ken Starr’s investigation of the then-president.
“Listen, I would’ve liked to have been very selfish and said, ‘That’s wonderful that you guys don’t believe we have to show that, terrific,’ but I’m extremely experienced in knowing how people perceive this narrative,” Lewinsky told THR, adding that she expected to be blamed if the scene was cut.
“In the end,
I felt two things: one, that I shouldn’t get a pass because I’m a producer; and two, that it was unjust to the crew and the project since it would put everyone at risk,” she said.
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In another portion of the conversation, Lewinsky said that there was one segment of the program she
didn’t take notes on.
“The one area where I felt less comfortable weighing in for a variety of apparent reasons was on the more
intimate sequences with the Clintons,” she added, referring to Edie Falco’s portrayal of President Bill
Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
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“I simply thought it would be best if it was left to others.”
Lewinsky also discussed how she assisted Feldstein, 28, in preparing for her part, saying the two
exchanged films, texted, and spent “many hours on Zoom” looking through her family photos.
“I simply thought, because we couldn’t hang out [due to COVID-19], I’m not going to sit down with
Beanie like a new therapist and say, ‘OK, let me tell you the narrative of my life,’ and this way she’d come
to understand my world in a more organic manner,” she added.
“However, I’ve never done something like this before, and it was difficult for me – I’m a complete control freak.”
Feldstein piped in, “But you’ve been so kind to me.”
“You never told me how to accomplish anything or asked, “How were you going to do this or that?
” You helped me discover my own self in a wonderful manner, and you’ve been very honest with all of us along the process.
Yes, there were occasions when I texted her and said, “So, what nail polish color were you wearing here?”
Feldstein also stated that she had no reservations about taking on the role of Monica Lewinsky.
She remarked, “It was an immediate yes.”
“It’s one thing to portray a genuine person, but it’s quite another to play someone who messages you.
I mean, I’m playing someone who sends me videos, and when I go to reply, I’m wearing her hair completely.
But, of course, it was intimidating since all I wanted to do was do the right thing by her.
It doesn’t matter to me what she thinks.”
Monica Lewinsky Says She Asked to Include Thong-Flashing Scene in Impeachment