Beanie Feldstein commands attention in kiss-covered dress at Impeachment: American Crime Story debut


She’s playing one of the most notorious names of the 90s.

And all eyes were on Beanie Feldstein, 28,as she graced the red carpet premiere of her show Impeachment: American Crime Story at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood on Wednesday. 

The leading lady, who plays former White House intern Monica Lewinsky in the Ryan Murphy series about Bill Clinton‘s 1998 impeachment, nodded to the scandal by donning a figure-hugging pink and red Brandon Maxwell dress covered with kisses.

And also at the premiere was the real-life Lewinsky, 48, who looked chic as can be in a red, pink and blue dress. 

Star power: The actress, 28, plays Monica Lewinsky in the series about the Bill Clinton impeachment scandal of the 90s

Kiss off! Beanie Feldstein was full of leading lady glamour at the premiere of Impeachment: American Crime Story in West Hollywood on Wednesday

The real deal! at the premiere Beanie was joined by the real-life Lewinsky, who looked chic as can be in a red, pink and blue dress

The real deal! at the premiere Beanie was joined by the real-life Lewinsky, who looked chic as can be in a red, pink and blue dress

The star looked stunning in the pink and red sundress, which featured a square necklace and flowy skirt. 

Matching her frock, she donned ruby red silk sandals with a platform heel. Delicate earrings and a diamond pinky ring gave the look another level of elegance.

Beanie went for All American girl glamour with her hair and makeup, styling her warm brown tresses to one side while playing up her features with peachy rouge and shimmering eyeshadow.

Also there was a glowing Lewinsky, who served as a producer on the 10-episode anthology.

Flirty:  The actress nodded to the Clinton sex scandal by donning a figure-hugging pink and red dress covered with kisses

Flirty:  The actress nodded to the Clinton sex scandal by donning a figure-hugging pink and red dress covered with kisses

Beauty: The star looked stunning in the pink and red sundress, which featured a square necklace and flowy skirt

Beauty: The star looked stunning in the pink and red sundress, which featured a square necklace and flowy skirt

Big shot: Lewinsky served as a producer on the 10-episode anthology and looked glowing at the premiere

Smile: The intern-turned-activist was full of poise, flashing a pearly smile while posing for the cameras

Big shot: Lewinsky served as a producer on the 10-episode anthology and looked glowing at the premiere

All American girl: Her dress had a patriotic feel, pairing red and blue with shimmering pink swatches

All American girl: Her dress had a patriotic feel, pairing red and blue with shimmering pink swatches

Dynamic duo: The pair posed together

Dynamic duo: The pair posed together

The intern-turned-activist was full of poise, flashing a pearly smile while posing for the cameras. Her geometric dress had a patriotic feel, pairing red and blue with shimmering pink swatches.

Adding a wild note with footwear, she sported leopard-print heels with chains around the ankles.

Sarah Paulson, who plays Lewinsky’s confidante-turned-snitch Linda Tripp in the series, was simply dazzling at the event, stepping onto the scene in a longsleeve Alexandre Vauthier dress with fierce shoulder pads and completely covered in rhinestones. 

The star, 46, went classic with her accessories, opting for black sandals and an envelope clutch. Showing some of her signature edge, she wore her hair in kinky blonde waves with dark roots.

Glamourama: Sarah Paulson, who plays Linda Tripp in the series, was simply dazzling at the event, stepping onto the scene in a longsleeve dress with fierce shoulder pads and completely covered in rhinestones

Glamourama: Sarah Paulson, who plays Linda Tripp in the series, was simply dazzling at the event, stepping onto the scene in a longsleeve dress with fierce shoulder pads and completely covered in rhinestones

Chic: She went classic with her accessories, opting for black sandals and an envelope clutch

Best tressed: Showing some of her signature edge, she wore her hair in kinky blonde waves with dark roots

Chic: She went classic with her accessories, opting for black sandals and an envelope clutch

Guy in charge: Looking sharp as ever was Clive Owen, who plays President Clinton in the series

Guy in charge: Looking sharp as ever was Clive Owen, who plays President Clinton in the series

Looking sharp as ever was Clive Owen, who plays President Clinton in the series. 

The Englishman, 56, went with a double-breasted suit in a blue and black plaid. Keeping with the polished, blue theme, he added a light shirt and silk tie to match.

Billy Eichner, the actor behind conservative muckraker Matt Drudge, was summery in a blue blazer with crisp white pants and a patterned polo.

Colin Hanks, who plays Office of Independent Counsel prosecutor/Clinton antagonist Michael Emmick, went with a more casual look, teaming a dark suit with a black shirt unbuttoned to show a bit of chest.

Cobie Smulders, who plays conservative pundit Ann Coulter, rocked a crisp white suit contrasted with a black top and matching accessories. 

Annaleigh Ashford, who plays Clinton accuser Paula Jones, was all about drama in a flouncy green and magenta frock.

Boys club: Billy Eichner, who plays conservative muckraker Matt Drudge on the show, was summery in a blue blazer with crisp white pants and a patterned polo

Casual: Colin Hanks, who plays Office of Independent Counsel prosecutor/Clinton antagonist Michael Emmick, went with a more casual look, teaming a dark suit with a black shirt unbuttoned to show a bit of chest

Boys club: Billy Eichner, who plays conservative muckraker Matt Drudge, was there along with Colin Hanks, who plays Office of Independent Counsel prosecutor/Clinton antagonist Michael Emmick

Sharp dresser: Cobie Smulders rocked a crisp white suit contrasted with a black top and matching accessories

Sharp dresser: Cobie Smulders rocked a crisp white suit contrasted with a black top and matching accessories

Flower power: Elizabeth Reaser went with an elegant floral dress

Drama: Annaleigh Ashford was all about drama in a flouncy green and magenta frock

Pattern power: Elizabeth Reaser went with an elegant floral dress while Annaleigh Ashford, who plays Paula Jones, was all about drama in a flouncy green and magenta frock

Though the buzz around Impeachment is big, so far the series has divided critics almost as much as the original scandal divided the American public.

The self-contained season, the third from the American Horror Story veterans Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk, left several television observers cold despite its sometimes overheated depictions of the Clinton–Lewinsky scandal that led to the impeachment of the former president.

Even among the naysayers, Paulson and Feldstein both received strong reviews for their portrayals of Linda Tripp and Monica Lewinsky.

Among those giving Impeachment a thumbs down, The Hollywood Reporter‘s Angie Han saluted its picture-perfect production design and its ‘physically transfigured’ cast, but complained that it’s unclear ‘what all this effort is for.’

Mixed reviews: Impeachment, the third season of American Crime Story, divided critics after a review embargo was lifted Tuesday; Sarah Paulson pictured as Linda Tripp

Mixed reviews: Impeachment, the third season of American Crime Story, divided critics after a review embargo was lifted Tuesday; Sarah Paulson pictured as Linda Tripp

Nailed it: The Hollywood Reporter's Angie Han saluted its picture-perfect production design and its 'physically transfigured' cast; Beanie Feldstein pictured as Monica Lewinsky

Nailed it: The Hollywood Reporter’s Angie Han saluted its picture-perfect production design and its ‘physically transfigured’ cast; Beanie Feldstein pictured as Monica Lewinsky

‘Even as the season zeroes in on the finer details of the story (drawing primarily from Jeffrey Toobin’s book A Vast Conspiracy), it struggles to locate a larger point worthy of the time it takes to convey it,’ she wrote.

Han also complained that the season ‘feels oddly static’ despite its charged subject matter.

Critics were provided seven of Impeachment’s 10 episodes, but she argued that the first three episodes diluted the season’s impact by spreading the narrative too thinly among a huge cast of thinly drawn characters.

Nothing to it: She complained that the series 'struggles to locate a larger point worthy of the time it takes to convey it'

Nothing to it: She complained that the series ‘struggles to locate a larger point worthy of the time it takes to convey it’

For Time, Judy Berman wrote that Impeachment ‘struggles’ with the question of ‘what is there to say about it that hasn’t been said before?’

She argued that the series tries to reframe the scandal, in which President Bill Clinton was impeached in 1998 for lying under oath about sexual relations he had with White House intern Monica Lewinsky starting in 1995, by focusing on the women affected, rather than the men in power.

‘If there’s a point to this exercise, it gets lost amid so many histrionic reenactments of scenes we’ve seen replayed on the news and parodied in late-night comedy for more than two decades,’ Berman wrote.

Although she praised the ‘preternaturally effervescent’ Feldstein as Lewinksy, she added faint praise for Paulson as Tripp, who ‘isn’t exactly bad.’

Clive Owen was called out for looking nothing like Clinton even with extensive prosthetics, though his performance was praised for departing from stereotypical portraits of the president, while she wrote that Edie Falco was ‘egregiously miscast’ as Hillary Clinton. 

Running on fumes: For Time, Judy Berman wrote that Impeachment 'struggles' with the question of 'what is there to say about it that hasn’t been said before?' She praised Clive Owen's performance as Clinton

Running on fumes: For Time, Judy Berman wrote that Impeachment ‘struggles’ with the question of ‘what is there to say about it that hasn’t been said before?’ She praised Clive Owen’s performance as Clinton

Better in theory: She thought the show's attempt to focus on the women affected by the scandal was a misfire

Better in theory: She thought the show’s attempt to focus on the women affected by the scandal was a misfire

Caroline Framke of Variety criticized Impeachment’s attempts to get the mid-1990s look correct by saying the show ‘feels like taking a trip to the uncanny valley rather than the recent past.’

She added that the season takes itself ‘too seriously to be camp, but not seriously enough to avoid some of TV’s most obvious traps,’ and argued that many of the characters are depicted as ‘the most obvious versions of themselves.’

IndieWire‘s Ben Travers claimed that Impeachment was ’empty’ and ‘obsessed with its own recreation.’

He applauded its attempts to ‘better appreciat[e] America’s past abuses of power’ but added that it was ‘far more beguiled by the trappings of history (the hug, the dress, the tapes) than excavating telling angles for today.’

New perspective: Among those with more positive assessments, Entertainment Weekly's Kristen Baldwin applauded Impeachment for not being a 'post-#MeToo hagiography of two notoriously wronged women'

New perspective: Among those with more positive assessments, Entertainment Weekly’s Kristen Baldwin applauded Impeachment for not being a ‘post-#MeToo hagiography of two notoriously wronged women’

Among those with more positive assessments, Entertainment Weekly‘s Kristen Baldwin applauded Impeachment for not being a ‘post-#MeToo hagiography of two notoriously wronged women.’

She praised Feldstein for portraying Lewinsky with ‘the reckless bravado of a young adult both emboldened by and crushed under the weight of an overwhelming infatuation.’

While others criticized Paulson use of a fat suit and extensive prosthetics to look like Tripp, Baldwin thought she got to the core of the character.

‘Buried under a layered blonde wig and an oddly-controversial fat suit, the actress reveals the complex frailties and contradictions fueling so many of Tripp’s decisions,’ she declared.

CNN‘s Brian Lowry called Impeachment ‘engrossing’ and ‘undeniably juicy.’

He wrote that Paulson’s Tripp ‘steals the show,’ and he said that she had ‘created another indelible character.’

Impeachment: American Crime Story premieres on FX on Tuesday, September 7 at 10 p.m. ET.

Coming soon: Impeachment: American Crime Story premieres on FX on Tuesday, September 7 at 10 p.m. ET

Coming soon: Impeachment: American Crime Story premieres on FX on Tuesday, September 7 at 10 p.m. ET



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