Who plays Monica Lewinsky on Impeachment: American Crime Story?

Impeachment: American Crime Story -- Pictured: Beanie Fieldstein as Monica Lewinsky. CR. Kurt Iswarienko/FX
Impeachment: American Crime Story -- Pictured: Beanie Fieldstein as Monica Lewinsky. CR. Kurt Iswarienko/FX /

When Ryan Murphy isn’t telling scary stories with American Horror Story, he’s telling stories that make you think with American Crime Story. The series has tackled the O.J. Simpson case and the murder of Gianni Versace, and now it’s turning to politics with Impeachment.

The story of Monica Lewinsky’s relationship with President Bill Clinton captivated America, and now the actor who brings Lewinsky to life is captivating audiences in Impeachment: American Crime Story.

Beanie Feldstein is the actor who plays Lewinsky. She’s known for her roles in movies like Lady Bird, How to Build a Girl and Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, and she’s also Jonah Hill’s sister.

Feldstein worked closely with her real-life counterpart to make sure that she brought Lewinsky’s story to life as faithfully as possible and by all accounts she has done a fantastic job.

Beanie Feldstein plays Monica Lewinsky in Impeachment: American Crime Story

In an interview with The Times UK, Feldstein talks about how, when asked back in 2018 who she would love to play, she said Monica Lewinsky. It wasn’t long afterwards that she received the call from Ryan Murphy asking if she was interested in the new season.

Part of the allure of the role is that it allows her to help give Lewinsky a chance as having her side heard, which wasn’t possible in the middle of the 1990s scandal that shook American politics to the core and led to the impeachment of the president.

Whether you’re a Lewinsky supporter or not, the sad truth is that the young woman never had a chance to tell her side of the story fairly. This was a time before social media existed and she was a young intern locked in a battle with the President of the United States, also known as the most powerful man in the world.

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Feldstein, who is known for comedic roles, took time to get to know Lewinsky so that she could portray the events as realistically as possible. She and Lewinsky serve as producers of the series, and she considers Lewinsky a personal friend after this experience brought them closer.

Watch Impeachment: American Crime Story Wednesday nights only on FX.