‘Impeachment: American Crime Story’ Cast vs. Their Real-Life Counterparts (PHOTOS)

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Impeachment: American Crime Story Cast, Bill Clinton, Clive Owen
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Clive Owen
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Clive Owen as Bill Clinton

Owen won a Golden Globe in 2005 for his performance in the film Closer and has since starred in Sin City, Inside Man, and Children of Men on the big screen. On television, he led the cast of the Cinemax drama The Knick.

Bill Clinton
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Bill Clinton

Clinton served as 42nd president of the United States, holding the Oval Office from 1993 to 2001.

Beanie Feldstein
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Beanie Feldstein as Monica Lewinsky

Feldstein received a Golden Globe nomination for her role in the 2019 comedy Booksmart and has also appeared in the film Lady Bird and the TV shows Will & Grace and What We Do in the Shadows.

Monica Lewinsky
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Monica Lewinsky

Lewinsky, now an activist, had a sexual relationship with Clinton while she was a White House intern.

Sarah Paulson
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Sarah Paulson as Linda Tripp

Paulson is a longtime Ryan Murphy collaborator who has appeared in his shows Nip/Tuck, American Horror Story, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, and Feud: Bette and Joan — winning an Emmy, a Golden Globe, and a SAG Award along the way.

Linda Tripp
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Linda Tripp

Tripp is a former White House employee who secretly recorded Lewinsky talking about her relationship with Clinton.

Margo Martindale
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Margo Martindale as Lucianne Goldberg

Martindale won two Emmys for her recurring role on The Americans and one for her supporting role on Justified. She also voices “Beloved Character Actress Margo Martindale” on BoJack Horseman.

Lucianne Goldberg
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Lucianne Goldberg

Goldberg is the literary agent who advised Tripp to record her conversations with Lewinsky.

Annaleigh Ashford
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Annaleigh Ashford as Paula Jones

Ashford starred in Wicked, Legally Blonde, and Kinky Boots on Broadway and got a Tony Award for her performance in a revival of You Can’t Take It With You. On TV, she starred in the Showtime drama Masters of Sex.

Paula Jones
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Paula Jones

Jones is a former Arkansas state employee who sued Clinton for sexual harassment and prompted a deposition in which he denied having a sexual relationship with Lewinsky.

Betty Gilpin
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Betty Gilpin as Ann Coulter

Gilpin has received two Emmy nominations for her performance on GLOW and also appeared in the TV series Nurse Jackie and Masters of Sex and the films Isn’t It Romantic, A Dog’s Journey, and The Grudge.

Ann Coulter
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Ann Coulter

Coulter is a conservative pundit who assisted Jones in her lawsuit.

Billy Eichner
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Billy Eichner as Matt Drudge

Eichner is the Emmy-nominated host of Billy on the Street who starred in the TV show Difficult People, recurred on Parks and Recreation, appeared in two seasons of American Horror Story, and voiced Timon in the remake of The Lion King.

Matt Drudge
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Matt Drudge

Matt Drudge, the founder of the Drudge Report, broke the news of the Lewinsky scandal.

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As the nation reels from one impeachment scandal, Ryan Murphy and his collaborators are revisiting the last time a U.S. president was impeached, casting well-known stars to dramatize the Clinton–Lewinsky scandal for FX’s Impeachment: American Crime Story.

Written by Sarah Burgess and based on the Jeffrey Toobin book A Vast Conspiracy: The Real Story of the Sex Scandal That Nearly Brought Down a President, the limited series will “explore the overlooked dimensions of the women who found themselves caught up in the scandal and political war that cast a long shadow over the Clinton presidency,” FX Networks and Productions chairman John Landgraf said in a statement last August.

Impeachment was initially slated for a September 2020 debut, but with a production start date rescheduled for this spring, its premiere date is currently unknown. In the meantime, flip through the slides above to see how the Impeachment actors compare to the real-life figures they will portray.