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Mira Sorvino looks unrecognisable filming American Crime Story: Impeachment


Mira Sorvino looked unrecognisable with a blonde wig and facial prosthetics as she was pictured on set filming American Crime Story: Impeachment for the first time on Tuesday.

The actress, 53, transformed into Monica Lewinsky’s mother Marcia Lewis as she headed to film the Ryan Murphy drama in Los Angeles.  

Mira is set to star alongside Beanie Feldstein as Monica Lewinsky in the anthology series, which is inspired by the infamous Bill Clinton scandal which saw the then US-President accused of having a sexual relationship with a White House intern.

Surprise! Mira Sorvino looked unrecognisable with a blonde wig and facial prosthetics as she was pictured on set filming American Crime Story: Impeachment for the first time on Tuesday

Although Mira’s involvement in the project has yet to be announced, her ensemble suggests that she may be playing the role of Monica’s mother Marcia Lewis.

Lewis famously appeared before the grand jury investigating allegations that her daughter had an affair with US President Bill Clinton.

Mira was spotted on set in character and was dressed in a knee-length fur coat layered over a tweed blazer with gold buttons and matching pencil skirt, reminiscent of one particular outfit Marcia wore during a press conference at the time.

Transformed: The actress was seen arriving on set to film the Ryan Murphy drama in LA on Tuesday

Changes: She transformed into the role of Monica Lewinsky's mother Marcia Lewis (pictured in 1998)

Transformed: The actress (left) transformed into Monica Lewinsky’s mother Marcia Lewis (right), as she headed to film the Ryan Murphy drama in Los Angeles 

Scandal: The series is inspired by the Bill Clinton scandal which saw the then US-President accused of having a sexual relationship with a White House intern Monica Lewinsky (pictured)

Scandal: The series is inspired by the Bill Clinton scandal which saw the then US-President accused of having a sexual relationship with a White House intern Monica Lewinsky (pictured)

Action: Mira was spotted on set in character and was dressed in a knee-length fur coat layered over a tweed blazer with gold buttons

Glamorous: Mira pictured in February last year

Action: Mira was spotted on set in character and looked completely unrecognisable (pictured right in February last year)

She had a strand of pearls fastened around her neck, a generous amount of red lipstick on her pout, and a pair of black cat-eye sunglasses, with one of her well-manicured hands wrapped around the strap of a black purse.

To complete the 90s era costume, the Hollywood alum slipped on some black sheer pantyhose and a pair of black high heels. 

Beanie, who is portraying Monica Lewinsky, wore her brunette strands in a feathery ‘do and kept her figure concealed beneath a large, black peacoat.

The 27-year-old Booksmart actress had a black leather purse in hand, while Sorvino, leaning into her motherly instincts, had one arm gently wrapped around her as they walked.

Real-life drama: Sorvino, 53, appeared alongside costar Beanie Feldstein, who is set to portray Monica Lewinsky in the anthology series inspired by the infamous Bill Clinton scandal

Real-life drama: Sorvino, 53, appeared alongside costar Beanie Feldstein, who is set to portray Monica Lewinsky in the anthology series inspired by the infamous Bill Clinton scandal 

Hitting all the right notes: The outfit was reminiscent of one Marcia wore during a press conference at the time

Hitting all the right notes: The outfit was reminiscent of one Marcia wore during a press conference at the time 

Similar to Mira’s get-up, Beanie had on some sheer tights and trekked down the sidewalk in a pair of black chunky heels.

In between takes, Mira was seen holding onto a face shield as on-set makeup artists and hairstylists touched up her exterior.

Despite the heat and intensity of filming, the actress appeared to be in a chipper mood, often smiling at crew members in her vicinity.

Mira and Beanie join a star-studded cast, including Clive Owen as President Clinton, Edie Falco as First Lady Hillary Clinton, Betty Gilpin as Ann Coulter, Billy Eichner as Matt Drudge, Sarah Paulson as Linda Tripp, and Annaleigh Ashford as Clinton accuser Paula Jones.

Getting in character: Beanie, who is portraying Monica Lewinsky, wore her brunette strands in a feathery 'do and kept her figure concealed beneath a large, black peacoat

Getting in character: Beanie, who is portraying Monica Lewinsky, wore her brunette strands in a feathery ‘do and kept her figure concealed beneath a large, black peacoat

Staple pieces: Similar to Mira's get-up, Beanie had on some sheer tights and trekked down the sidewalk in a pair of black chunky heels

Staple pieces: Similar to Mira's get-up, Beanie had on some sheer tights and trekked down the sidewalk in a pair of black chunky heels

 Staple pieces: Similar to Mira’s get-up, Beanie had on some sheer tights and trekked down the sidewalk in a pair of black chunky heels

The political sex scandal took place in 1998, when a news report emerged claiming that then-President Bill Clinton had had an affair with Monica while she was a White House intern.

At the time the trysting began in November 1995, Clinton was 49 years old and Lewinsky was 22.

Clinton would initially deny having sexual relations with Lewinsky, claiming in a January 1998 deposition that the two were never alone together in the White House.

Unknown to Clinton, however, Lewinsky had already revealed the details of the affair to her friend Linda Tripp, saying there were nine sexual encounters through March of 1997; several included oral sex and at least one involved Clinton penetrating her with a cigar. 

Coddling: The 27-year-old Booksmart actress had a black leather purse in hand, while Sorvino, leaning into her motherly instincts, had one arm gently wrapped around her as they walked

Coddling: The 27-year-old Booksmart actress had a black leather purse in hand, while Sorvino, leaning into her motherly instincts, had one arm gently wrapped around her as they walked

Friendly gal: Despite the heat and intensity of filming, the actress appeared to be in a chipper mood, often smiling at crew members in her vicinity

Friendly gal: Despite the heat and intensity of filming, the actress appeared to be in a chipper mood, often smiling at crew members in her vicinity

Star-studded: Mira and Beanie join a star-studded cast, including Clive Owen as President Clinton, Edie Falco as First Lady Hillary Clinton and Betty Gilpin as Ann Coulter

Star-studded: Mira and Beanie join a star-studded cast, including Clive Owen as President Clinton, Edie Falco as First Lady Hillary Clinton and Betty Gilpin as Ann Coulter

The Clinton-Lewinsky affair became public a day after Clinton’s sworn testimony, when Tripp gave Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr tapes of Lewinsky admitting to her relationship with the president. 

He was impeached in 1998 on charges of lying under oath and obstruction of justice. The Senate acquitted him along party lines, with no Democrats casting ‘guilty’ votes.

At the time, Americans’ views on the impeachment proceedings were seen as a political Rorschach test.

Republicans castigated Clinton for carrying on an affair with Lewinsky and lying about it both publicly and under oath.

Shock: The political sex scandal took place in 1998, when a news report emerged claiming that then-President Bill Clinton had had an affair with Monica Lewinsky

Shock: The political sex scandal took place in 1998, when a news report emerged claiming that then-President Bill Clinton had had an affair with Monica Lewinsky

Democrats saw the episode as an attack on their party’s young, fresh face, waged over personal weaknesses instead of policy. 

But the Senate acquitted President Clinton on both charges of perjury and obstruction of justice.  

Despite their direct connection to the 1998 scandal, Hillary and Bill only play minor roles in the third installment of the anthology series, which is currently without a set release date.

Acquitted: The Senate acquitted President Clinton on both charges of perjury and obstruction of justice

Acquitted: The Senate acquitted President Clinton on both charges of perjury and obstruction of justice 

In conversation with DuJour in February, series star Sarah Paulson spoke candidly about the forthcoming project and how the ‘story’ is ‘really about these three women: Paula Jones, Monica Lewinsky and Linda Tripp.’ 

‘There is one predominant thing that we forget: that these are human beings and multidimensional people.

‘This series gives you an opportunity to understand some of the behavior. I have more in common with Linda than I care to admit.

‘My impatience, my desire for everything to be just so. I can tap into that with Linda. I felt a connection with her,’ said Paulson of her portrayal of the infamous whistleblower and friend of Lewinsky.

Sorvino is not stranger to Ryan Murphy productions, being that she recently starred in the acclaimed producer’s seven part Netflix limited series Hollywood, which premiered last year.  

Hollywood: Sorvino is not stranger to Ryan Murphy productions, being that she recently starred in the acclaimed producer's seven part Netflix limited series Hollywood last year

Hollywood: Sorvino is not stranger to Ryan Murphy productions, being that she recently starred in the acclaimed producer’s seven part Netflix limited series Hollywood last year

Timeline of Bill Clinton/ Monica Lewinsky sex scandal

November 1995 – President Bill Clinton, 49, engages in an affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky, 22 

March 1997 – The affair ends, according to Lewinsky. She said they had engaged in sexual encounters on nine occasions 

September 1997 – White House employee Linda Tripp begins recording her conversations with Lewinsky after she confided in Tripp about the affair  

January 7, 1998 – Lewinsky signs an affidavit stating that she never had a sexual relationship with Bill Clinton. This was at the request of attorneys representing Paula Jones, who had accused Clinton of sexual harassment in 1994

January 17, 1998 – News of the scandal first breaks on the Drudge Report 

January 21, 1998 – The Drudge Report publishes allegations that Lewinsky had kept a ‘garment with Clinton’s dried semen’. The story is picked up by major news outlets

January 26, 1998 – President Clinton denies the affair while standing with his wife Hillary at a White House press conference. He says the famous line: ‘I did not have sexual relations with that woman’

January 27, 1998 – Hillary Clinton appears on the TODAY Show where she defends her husband and calls the claims ‘a vast right-wing conspiracy that has been conspiring against my husband since the day he announced his run for president’ 

February 6, 1998 – President Clinton says in a press conference that he will not resign from office   

August 3, 1998 – A blood sample is taken from President Clinton for DNA testing against stains from Lewinsky’s blue dress 

August 6, 1998 – Lewinsky begins to testify before the grand jury

August 17, 1998 – Clinton testifies to the grand jury where he admits to ‘inappropriate intimate contact’. He speaks to the nation in a televised address, finally admitting that he had a relationship with Lewinsky 

October 2, 1998 – Transcripts of Monica Lewinsky and Linda Tripp’s taped phone conversations are released

December 11, 1998 – The House Judiciary committee votes to impeach, approving two articles of impeachment, including lying to a grand jury and obstruction of justice 

December 12, 1998 – Clinton says he won’t resign and denies lying under oath 

December 19, 1998 – The House of Representatives votes to impeach President Clinton. Clinton vows to remain in office until ‘the last hour of the last day of my term’

January 7, 1999 – The Senate begins its trial of President Clinton

February 12, 1999 – The Senate acquits President Clinton on both charges of perjury and obstruction of justice

 



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