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American Crime Story Impeachment viewers were stunned by Sarah Paulson’s transformation into Linda Tripp

Viewers of American Crime Story were stunned by Sarah Paulson’s incredible transformation into Linda Tripp after the series premiered in the UK last night.

The latest edition of the true crime anthology series, broadcast on BBC2, is titled Impeachment and depicts the scandalous relationship between Monica Lewinsky and Bill Clinton.

Clive Owen stars as former President Clinton, whose 1990s affair with White House intern Lewinsky (Beanie Feldstein) rocked the White House and led to the first impeachment of a US president in more than a century.

But the most impressive transformation of all, according to fans, was Sarah, 46, as civil servant Tripp, then 49, whose recordings of phone conversations between herself and Lewinsky became the linchpin in the 1998 impeachment proceedings against Clinton.

Officer Tripp, pictured addressing reporters outside the Federal Courthouse in Washington in 1998, recorded 20 hours of conversations between herself and Lewinsky, who became the linchpin in the 1998 impeachment proceedings against Clinton.

Viewers were stunned by Sarah Paulson's transformation (pictured) wearing prosthetics and a thick suit

Viewers were stunned by Sarah Paulson's transformation (pictured) wearing prosthetics and a thick suit

American Crime Story viewers were stunned by Sarah Paulson’s incredible transformation into Linda Tripp in the latest installment of the true crime anthology series, which aired on BBC2 last night. Left: Tripp, pictured in a speech to reporters outside the Federal Courthouse in Washington in 1998. Right: Paulson after her transformation into Tripp on the BBC show

Viewers were impressed by both Sarah’s “incredible” performance and her physical transformation into the official, joking that her prosthetic makeover was “witchcraft.”

“Sorry what kind of witchcraft has the prosthetics department on #AmericanCrimeStory been doing with Sarah Paulson? I had to google if it was her,” wrote one fan.

“Enjoy the first episode of #impeachment and Sarah Paulson reminding us that she is one of the best actresses of her generation #AmericanCrimeStory,” said another.

A third said: ‘OMG finally got to watch the first episode of #ImpeachmentACS on BBC tonight. @MsSarahPaulson literally crushed this role! The transformation is incredible, great performance! I can’t wait until next week!’

Viewers were impressed by both Sarah's 'incredible' performance and her physical transformation into the official, joking that her prosthetic makeover was 'witchcraft'

Viewers were impressed by both Sarah's 'incredible' performance and her physical transformation into the official, joking that her prosthetic makeover was 'witchcraft'

Viewers were impressed by both Sarah’s ‘incredible’ performance and her physical transformation into the official, joking that her prosthetic makeover was ‘witchcraft’

‘Fantastic first episode of #ImpeachmentACS. Sarah Paulson and Beanie Feldstein are great casting picks! Looking forward to the rest of the season. #AmericanCrimeStory,” said another.

Paulson wore a prosthetic nose and thick suit, but the actress faced criticism from critics on social media for the thick suit, with several arguing it would be more appropriate to have a plus-size actress in the role. cast.

Speaking in an interview with the LA Times about the controversy, Paulson said the concern was “legitimate” but that it was not the actor’s “entire responsibility” to “choose the challenge of his life.”

The series, which premiered in the US last month, received critical acclaim after its first two seasons, which chronicle the murder trial of OJ Simpson and the murder of designer Gianni Versace.

Paulson starred in the first series of the anthology series as Marcia Clark, an American prosecutor and correspondent who served as the lead prosecutor in the infamous case.

Last night's episode showed Tripp's first meeting with then 22-year-old Lewinsky (played by Beanie Feldstein, right) in which the official questioned the former intern about her transfer from the White House to the Pentagon in April 1996.

Last night's episode showed Tripp's first meeting with then 22-year-old Lewinsky (played by Beanie Feldstein, right) in which the official questioned the former intern about her transfer from the White House to the Pentagon in April 1996.

Last night’s episode showed Tripp’s first meeting with then 22-year-old Lewinsky (played by Beanie Feldstein, right) in which the official questioned the former intern about her transfer from the White House to the Pentagon in April 1996.

Lewinsky shared details with Tripp about the affair, which began in November 1995 and ended in March 1997, with Lewinsky later stating that she had nine sexual encounters with Clinton in the Oval Office.  Pictured, Beanie Feldstein and Clive Owen as Lewinsky and Clinton

Lewinsky shared details with Tripp about the affair, which began in November 1995 and ended in March 1997, with Lewinsky later stating that she had nine sexual encounters with Clinton in the Oval Office.  Pictured, Beanie Feldstein and Clive Owen as Lewinsky and Clinton

Lewinsky shared details with Tripp about the affair, which began in November 1995 and ended in March 1997, with Lewinsky later stating that she had nine sexual encounters with Clinton in the Oval Office. Pictured, Beanie Feldstein and Clive Owen as Lewinsky and Clinton

The transformation: Paulson wore a prosthetic nose and a fat suit, but the actress faced criticism from critics on social media for the thick suit, with several arguing it would be more appropriate to wear a plus-size actress in the role to cast

The transformation: Paulson wore a prosthetic nose and a fat suit, but the actress faced criticism from critics on social media for the thick suit, with several arguing it would be more appropriate to wear a plus-size actress in the role to cast

The transformation: Paulson wore a prosthetic nose and a fat suit, but the actress faced criticism from critics on social media for the thick suit, with several arguing it would be more appropriate to wear a plus-size actress in the role to cast

Last night’s episode featured Tripp’s first meeting with then 22-year-old Lewinsky in which the official questioned the former intern about her transfer from the White House to the Pentagon in April 1996.

“You have to be someone’s favorite rock,” Tripp asks Lewinsky in the drama “It means someone in the White House is watching you.”

She begins to suspect an unwelcome relationship after wondering how Lewinsky landed such a high-profile political role at such a young age and found out she would be returning to the White House in a few months.

Later episodes of the series will show how Lewinsky confided in Tripp, who died of pancreatic cancer last April, how she “fooled” Clinton by giving him oral sex.

She also revealed that she still had an unwashed navy blue dress that had been stained by the president during a meeting, which Tripp encouraged her to keep as an “insurance policy.”

In the telephone conversations — recorded from September 1997 — Lewinsky described to the woman she believed was a close friend, all the gruesome details of her affair with the incumbent US president.  Pictured: Mrs. Lewinsky with Clinton during her time in the White House

In the phone calls — recorded from September 1997 — Lewinsky described to the woman she believed was a close friend, all the gruesome details of her affair with the incumbent US president.  Pictured: Mrs. Lewinsky with Clinton during her time in the White House

In the telephone conversations — recorded from September 1997 — Lewinsky described to the woman she believed was a close friend, all the gruesome details of her affair with the incumbent US president. Pictured: Mrs. Lewinsky with Clinton during her time in the White House

Officer Linda Tripp's recording of nearly 20 hours of telephone conversations between herself and former White House intern Monica Lewinsky became the linchpin of Bill Clinton's impeachment proceedings in 1998. Above: Tripp and Mrs. Lewinsky together

Officer Linda Tripp's recording of nearly 20 hours of telephone conversations between herself and former White House intern Monica Lewinsky became the linchpin of Bill Clinton's impeachment proceedings in 1998. Above: Tripp and Mrs. Lewinsky together

Officer Linda Tripp’s recording of nearly 20 hours of telephone conversations between herself and former White House intern Monica Lewinsky became the linchpin of Bill Clinton’s impeachment proceedings in 1998. Above: Tripp and Mrs. Lewinsky together

Tripp began recording their phone calls, which she repeatedly broke down in tears over her relationship with the former president, after being encouraged by literary agent Lucianne Goldberg.

Lewinsky shared details with Tripp about the affair, which began in November 1995 and ended in March 1997, with Lewinsky later stating that she had nine sexual encounters with Clinton in the Oval Office.

Tripp eventually revealed the 20 hours of talks to the public after details of the affair were told in special counsel Kenneth Starr’s report into scandal.

The report came after former Arkansas official Paula Jones sued Clinton in 1994 for sexual harassment.

After becoming famous on television for saying, “I had no sexual relations with that woman, Mrs. Lewinsky,” Clinton was impeached for perjury and obstruction of justice.

While Clinton ultimately survived the impeachment proceedings and was not forced to resign, the scandal shaped his entire presidency and became a worldwide media storm.

Tripp told Daily Mail TV in 2017 that she felt “forced to act,” even if it meant “shattering Monica’s dreams,” because she believed Clinton was a “sexual predator.”

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