The Impeachment: American Crime Story cast features Clive Owen, Edie Falco, Sarah Paulson and Beanie Feldstein. This info article contains minor spoilers for the 2021 limited series. Visit the Vague Visages Know the Cast section for more streaming guides.
Impeachment: American Crime Story examines the late-90s scandal involving U.S. President Bill Clinton and White House intern Monica Lewinsky. Created by Ryan Murphy, the 10-episode FX anthology series premiered in September 2021, and was preceded by The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story (2016) and The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story (2018). Here’s every main performer and character in Impeachment: American Crime Story.
Impeachment: American Crime Story Cast: Sarah Paulson as Linda Tripp
Character Profile: A Pentagon employee. She’s the last person to speak with Vince Foster, the Deputy White House counsel who committed suicided in July 1993. Tripp befriends her work colleague Monica Lewinsky, and records phone calls about the woman’s relationship with President Clinton.
Paulson’s Resume: Miss Isringhausen in Deadwood (2005), Abby Gerhard in Carol (2015), Marcia Clark in American Crime Story (2016), Various Characters in American Horror Story (2011-), Dr. Ellie Staple in Glass (2019)
Impeachment: American Crime Story Cast: Beanie Feldstein as Monica Lewinsky
Character Profile: A former White House intern who works at the Pentagon. She befriends Linda Tripp and discusses her sexual experiences with President Clinton. Lewinsky is the focus of the late-90s scandal.
Feldstein’s Resume: Nora in Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (2016), Julie Steffans in Lady Bird (2017), Molly in Booksmart (2019), Jenna in What We Do in the Shadows (2019), Tess Anderson in Grey’s Anatomy (2020)
Impeachment: American Crime Story Cast: Annaleigh Ashford as Paula Jones
Character Profile: An Arkansas state employee. She reveals that President Clinton made sexual advances to her. Paula initially seeks an apology and later sues for sexual harassment.
Ashford’s Resume: Betty DiMello in Masters of Sex (2013-16), Elizabeth Cote in American Crime Story (2018), Mimi Mismatch in Late Night (2019), Shelly Rozansky in Younger (2019), Lilly Darrow in Unbelievable (2019)
Impeachment: American Crime Story Cast: Margo Martindale as Lucianne Goldberg
Character Profile: Linda Tripp’s advisor. She’s an author who only writes “big books.” Goldberg initially shows interest in a story about the death of Vince Foster, and later works as Tripp’s unofficial publicist during the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal.
Martindale’s Resume: Ma Cox in Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (2007), Claudia in The Americans (2013-18), Mattie Fae Aiken in August: Osage County (2013), Audrey Bernhardt in Sneaky Pete (2015-19), Sally Hollar in The Hollars (2016)
Impeachment: American Crime Story Cast: Clive Owen as Bill Clinton
Character Profile: The 42nd president of the United States. He carried on a sexual relationship with Lewinsky between 1995 and 1997. After denying the allegations, Clinton was impeached by the U.S. House of Representatives in 1998.
Owen’s Resume: Larry in Closer (2004), Theo Faron in Children of Men (2006), Dalton Russell in Inside Man (2006), Dr. John W. Thackery in The Knick (2014-15), Scott Landon in Lisey’s Story (2021)
Impeachment: American Crime Story Cast: Edie Falco as Hillary Clinton
Character Profile: Bill Clinton’s wife. She served as the First Lady from 1993 to 2001. Hillary Clinton later worked as the U.S. Secretary of State from 2009 to 2013, and also ran against Donald Trump during the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
Falco’s Resume: Officer Diane Whittlesey in Oz (1997-2000), Carmela Soprano in The Sopranos (1999-2007), Jackie Peyton in Nurse Jackie (2009-15), Leslie Abramson in Law & Order True Crime (2017), General Ardmore in the Avatar Movie Franchise (2022-)
Impeachment: American Crime Story Cast: Elizabeth Reaser as Kathleen Willey
Character Profile: A White House aide. She’s one of Tripp’s colleagues who reveals that she was kissed by President Clinton after discussing a job opportunity. Willey later discussed her experiences in a 1998 60 Minutes interview.
Reaser’s Resume: Jane Doe/Rebecca Pope/Ava in Grey’s Anatomy (2007-08), Esme Cullen in the Twilight Movie Franchise (2008-12), Alice Zander in Ouija: Origin of Evil (2016), Shirley Crain in The Haunting of Hill House (2018), Olivia Winslow in The Handmaid’s Tale (2019)
Impeachment: American Crime Story Cast: Kevin Pollak as Bernie Nussbaum
Character Profile: President Clinton’s White House counsel. He refuses to hand over documents in Foster’s briefcase.
Pollak’s Resume: Rool in Willow (1988), Sam Weinberg in A Few Good Men (1992), Phillip Green in Casino (1995), Hockney in The Usual Suspects (1995), Moishe Maisel in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (2017-19)
Impeachment: American Crime Story Cast: Colin Hanks as Mike Emmick
Character Profile: A lawyer who works for Kenneth Starr. He questions Monica Lewinsky in the first episode.
Hanks’ Resume: Alex Whitman in Roswell (1999-2001), Shaun Brumder in Orange County (2002), Preston in King Kong (2005), Gus Grimly in Fargo (2014-15), Greg Short in Life in Pieces (2015-19)
Impeachment: American Crime Story Cast: Taran Killam as Steve Jones
Character Profile: Paula Jones’ husband. He works for an airline and complains about bad press. Steve requests a TV acting role as part of his wife’s case against President Clinton.
Killam’s Resume: Saturday Night Live Cast Member (2010-16), Hamilton in 12 Years a Slave (2013), Roger Fellner in Brother Nature (2016), Blake in Killing Gunther (2017), Will Cooper in Single Parents (2018-20)
Impeachment: American Crime Story Cast: Cobie Smulders as Ann Coulter
Character Profile: A conservative journalist who investigates the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal. She wrote the 1998 book High Crimes and Misdemeanors: The Case Against Bill Clinton.
Smulder’s Resume: Robin Scherbatsky in How I Met Your Mother (2005-14), Maria Hill in the MCU (2012-), Jo in Safe Haven (2013), Wonder Woman in The Lego Movie (2014), Dex Parios in Stumptown (2019-20)
The Impeachment: American Crime Story cast also includes Billy Eichner (Parks and Recreation, The Lion King), Judith Light (Who’s the Boss?, Transparent), Anthony Green (The Bourne Identity, Tomorrow Never Dies), Fred Melamed (A Serious Man, WandaVision), Mira Sorvino (Mighty Aphrodite, Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion), Kathleen Turner (Body Heat, Romancing the Stone) and Blair Underwood (Deep Impact, Quantico).
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