Sarah Paulson Responds To Critics Of Her Linda Tripp

“I slept, I breathed, I cried, Linda Tripp bled for two years.”

Earlier this year, Sarah Paulson portrayed Linda Tripp in the final season of american crime story – Specifically, her wearing a fat suit for the role – elicited huge criticism.

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During a recent interview with Cynthia Erivo on The Wrap, Paulson once again addressed the criticism surrounding her portrayal of Tripp.

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“It hurt my feelings, but partly because I felt it, as it often happens when you’re criticized for your work, but it’s very hard not to personalize,” Paulson claimed.

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And it’s very hard not to say, ‘I just had two years of my life and then gained 30 pounds to play that role. Linda Tripp slept, breathed, cried and bled for two years.”

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“So for you to sit down at your computer and decide that this quest probably wasn’t feasible, and maybe I wasn’t supposed to be the one playing it, that’s very painful and wrong, too.”

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This isn’t the first time Paulson has defended her portrayal of Tripp.

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“It’s very hard to talk about this without feeling like I’m making excuses,” Paulson told the Los Angeles Times earlier this year. “There is a lot of controversy about actors and fat suits, and I think the controversy is legit. I think obesity-phobia is real… I would like to believe there is something about me being right for this part.”

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Check out Paulson and Erivo’s interview here.

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