Monica Lewinsky is past the purpose of needing an apology from former President Clinton . However, “he should want to apologize within the same way I would like to apologize any chance i buy to people my actions have hurt,” she said Tuesday, hours before “Impeachment: American Crime Story,” a limited TV series about the sex scandal that almost ended Clinton’s presidency, is about to premiere on FX. Lewinsky, who co-produced the 10-episode third season of Ryan Murphy’s anthology franchise, said seeing the scandal that altered her life play out on screen was challenging.
“I’m nervous for people to ascertain a number of the worst moments of my life and tons of behavior that I regret,” she said in an exclusive interview on NBC’s “TODAY” show. “I’ve really worn two hats during this project,” Lewinsky said, adding she’s “proud” of her work on the show, but because the star subject, she realizes many scenes — real moments she lived — is “cringeworthy.” “I don’t recommend watching your early 20s be dramatized on TV, especially during this instance where the reality really was stranger than fiction,” she added.
On Jan. 17, 1998, a 24-year-old Lewinsky was thrust into the general public eye fast and hard. Her co-worker, Linda Tripp, had secretly recorded her confessing to a relationship with then-President Clinton. thereon day, a Drudge Report headline that read “Newsweek Kills Story on White House Intern” changed Lewinsky’s life forever. Humiliated and belittled, Lewinsky mostly stricken, until 2015, when she gave a TED Talk called “The Price of Shame,” partially recounting what the scandal fallout seemed like for her. The talk went viral.
“I’ve been incredibly lucky the last six or seven years to actually be ready to reclaim my narrative,” Lewinsky said Tuesday. “A lot of individuals realize this story,” she said. But they’ll be “surprised” by a number of the small print once they watch “American Crime Story.” “Even I learned things,” Lewinsky said. Lewinsky gave notes on the script but did not have veto power. She said she made bound to include parts that may not feature her within the best light with the goal of creating sure the series, while a dramatization, had “an enormous amount of emotional truth.”
“I shouldn’t get a pass,” Lewinsky said. “Truth and context were really missing at the start of 1998.” She later added “humanity” thereto list. “I hope that those are all things that we delivered to the show,” Lewinsky said. And what if such a scandal played call at 2021? Would things really be all that different? “I may need to have a touch little bit of support,” Lewinsky said due to “conversations about power differentials” and social media allowing more people to be heard. But “I don’t know that it might be as different as people want it to be,” she said. Beanie Feldstein plays Lewinsky in “Impeachment: American Crime Story,” while Sarah Paulson portrays Tripp. Clive Owen plays Clinton.