“It’s no wonder I ended up with a woman!”
BY CAITLIN CHATTERTON, IMAGE BY INEZ & VINOODH VIA INSTAGRAM
Queer actor Beanie Feldstein is in this month’s W Magazine talking about all things musical theatre and Monica Lewinsky.
The Los Angeles born actor, known for her roles in Booksmart, Lady Bird and How To Build A Girl, is set to take on her newest role in the Ryan Murphy series, Impeachment: American Crime Story. Beanie plays Monika Lewinsky opposite Clive Owen’s Bill Clinton and Sarah Paulson’s Linda Tripp, as the show covers the affair that preceded Clinton’s removal from office. “My task is to be Monica’s bodyguard – to put my body in front of hers,” Beanie tells W. “It’s my job to portray her pain, because I feel so much for her.”
“Obviously, I’m queer,” she adds, “so I don’t know if I’d flirt with the president, but who knows?” Beanie says she feels great sympathy for what Monica went through, saying “if I was 22 and the most powerful person in the world focused his high beams on me, I would probably do the exact same thing as Monica.”
On queerness, Beanie talks candidly about how her first celebrity crush, aged three, was on Barbara Streisand. “My mom made me a leopard coat and hat, and I did a full photoshoot in my driveway.”
Beanie now lives with her partner, Liverpudlian Bonnie-Chance Roberts. “I have two brothers and two nephews,” she says. “While I love being with the boys, it’s no wonder I ended up with a woman!”
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