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Beanie Feldstein has compiled a resume over the last few years. Between Broadway, Bogsmart, big fashion campaigns and more, her rise to superstar seems inevitable.
Now, of course, it is the actress’ latest achievement that has attracted worldwide attention: to play Monica Lewinsky in Impeachment: American Crime Story, which is broadcast every Thursday at 10pm on FX. Since Feldstein’s fans and followers are used to seeing her in comedies, this role has allowed her to step into a new light – and truly embrace her range. Talking to With style at Kate Spade’s presentation at New York Fashion Week, Feldstein admits the job has been a “huge task,” but it is also something she is “incredibly proud of.”
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“Da Ryan [Murphy] called me, it was such a big moment in my life because he believed in me as a dramatic actor, and I also told a story about a real person, “she says. It’s completely different from an imagined circumstance with an imagined human being – it’s the life of a real person. What [Monica] going through was incredibly traumatic and emotional, so I had to go through it right with her. “
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The role is further proof that Feldstein is developing an extremely versatile career that is capable of jumping between genres (next time is the lead in the musical Gladly we roll together). When asked if this is something she is aiming for when looking for new projects, she has the perfect answer.
“I always want to learn and grow as a person, as an actor, as everything that I always want to challenge myself, and I always want the next one to feel deeper,” she says. “I just want to feel like I’m jumping in the deep end with everything I do.”
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Feldstein also tells us that the work of such accomplished co-stars for Trial – from Sarah Paulson, who plays Linda Tripp, to Clive Owen, who plays Bill Clinton — was comparable to a “10-month masterclass” in acting for film and television, especially since her background is in theater. But there is a cast member she says she was particularly excited to work with.
“Sarah Paulson and I can not keep quiet about Edie [Falco], ”She says, talking about the iconic Sopranos and Nurse Jackie actress taking on the role of Hillary Clinton. “We literally stopped being able to make words and whole sentences. We’re like, ‘Edie!’ We’re just losing our minds. She’s just the best. “
Feldstein also can’t help but sing praise from those working behind the scenes, including the show’s costume designer, Meredith Markworth-Pollack, and the hair and makeup team, who managed to replicate Lewinsky’s look right down to the smallest of details.
“So many of Monica’s looks are so familiar – her hair, her lipstick color, it was all so iconic. So we always wanted to be so close to it,” Feldstein says. “We wanted to spend 15, 20 minutes just on the shape of the hair to make sure it exactly matched the photo we had found. In Ryan Murphy’s world, all shows are so visually epic and specific, with the most talented artists, hair and makeup, scenographers and costumes. It requires very detailed work and specificity and collaboration. It’s just a joy to play in that sandbox with those people. “
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In fact, the actress’ style preference definitely suits Kate Spade, and Feldstein tells With style she enjoys how the brand plays with color and print.
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“It’s so gratifying and whimsical,” she says of the brand, which has made New York the focus of her fall campaign. “I smiled as I saw all the ads with the dance as I walked the streets of New York. My partner was like, ‘It’s just so gratifying!’ It’s like a breath of fresh air. “
As for the upcoming season, Feldstein says she is most excited to reunite.
“I’ve been in LA for almost two years, so just the thought of putting on a coat. I was reunited with my coats the other day, and I was like, ‘Get ready, girls! We’re going out!'”
It’s especially the piece, says Feldstein, that will be the highlight of her future fall and winter outfits – even if it’s just a walk around the neighborhood.
“You have to have a colorful coat, as with Kate Spade there is always print and color — it’s like a little pom-pom of joy,” she says. “I have this really nice pink coat that I would wear with some boots and jeans. I just miss putting it on. It’s so much fun. I also love accessories, so a great bag and you’re out the door. “