In news that we didn’t know we needed, Beanie Feldstein has been cast as Monica Lewinsky in the new season of American Crime Story. The first season of the true crime anthology show focused on the O.J. Simpson murder case, and the second on the assassination of Gianni Versace. Now, the third season is turning to the impeachment of Bill Clinton.
Lewinsky herself has signed on as a co-producer of the season. As Ryan Murphy, the creator, told Lewinsky: “Nobody should tell your story but you, and it’s kind of gross if they do. If you want to produce it with me, I would love that; but you should be the producer, and you should make all the goddamn money.”
In an e-mail to Vanity Fair, she explained her decision: “People have been co-opting and telling my part in this story for decades. In fact, it wasn’t until the past few years that I’ve been able to fully reclaim my narrative; almost 20 years later.”
“I was hesitant, and truthfully more than a little scared to sign on,” Lewinsky added. “But after a lengthy dinner meeting with Ryan, I came to understand even more clearly how dedicated he is to giving a voice to the marginalized in all of his brilliant work. I’m privileged to work with him and the other talented people on the team, and I’m privileged to have this opportunity.”
And, the news of her involvement is only made better with the fact that Beanie freakin’ Feldstein will be playing Lewinsky. Beanie, star of our hearts and of Booksmart, is one of our favorite Jewish actresses in Hollywood.
Twitter was just a little bit excited about the news…
1. The TITULAR role!!
Beanie Feldstein when someone mentions impeachment in American Crime Story: Impeachment pic.twitter.com/iSnUrTvZw5
— Kevin O'Keeffe (@kevinpokeeffe) August 6, 2019
2. “Sometimes you have no way of knowing you want something until the universe reveals it to you.”
The phrase “Beanie Feldstein as Monica Lewinsky” is the perfect example of how sometimes you have no way of knowing you want something until the universe reveals it to you https://t.co/aTHFqli8rA
— Tom Zohar (@TomZohar) August 7, 2019
3. It’s canon now!
holy shit sarah paulson and beanie feldstein—the clinton impeachment scandal is gay now https://t.co/zHAktep6ob
— Jill Gutowitz (@jillboard) August 6, 2019
4. We are so proud:
Still processing the news that @BeanieFeldstein is playing Monica Lewinsky in American Crime Story! I had a coffee + interviewed Beanie for "Hello Dolly," we saw Elena from Billy on the Street on the street and both died. I am so happy she is becoming a huge star. That's it.
— Michelle Ruiz (@michelleruiz) August 7, 2019
5. Me, all day:
Sorry, could you repeat that? I got lost in my thoughts about Beanie Feldstein portraying Monica Lewinsky
— Kameron Azarm (@k_azarm) August 7, 2019
Tattooing “Beanie Feldstein as Monica Lewinsky” on my fucking chest https://t.co/GuwSkh7Mgv
— Lais deSouza (@ldesouza96) August 7, 2019
7. Cannot. Wait.
The first thing I thought about when I woke up.
It’s going to be a glorious thing to be able to say Emmy WINNERS Beanie Feldstein and Monica Lewinsky. #AmericanCrimeStory https://t.co/bnQ5CVYT6z
— Shane Avery (@ShaneAvery) August 7, 2019
8. Gay rights!
BEANIE FELDSTEIN AS MONICA LEWINSKY *IS* GAY RIGHTS!!! https://t.co/53qs09JriU
— Sam Stryker (@sbstryker) August 6, 2019
9. Truly, thank you universe…
OH. MY. GOD.@MonicaLewinsky producing her own story with @BeanieFeldstein playing the titular character.
I… I… *whispers "thank you, universe."* https://t.co/k6yrXLMscZ
— Sarah Watson (@SarahWatson42) August 7, 2019
10. Counting down the days until the 2021 Emmys.
Sarah Paulson and Beanie Feldstein leaving the theater after collecting their awards at the 2021 Emmys. pic.twitter.com/u1VgBXE9Px
— dripped out muppet (@sweatpantspapi) August 7, 2019
JONAH HILL: I'm obsessed with the culture of the mid-'90s.
BEANIE FELDSTEIN: Oh word? I am too…
— Daniel D'Addario (@DPD_) August 6, 2019
12. TBH, you had me at “Beanie.”
You had me at "Beanie Feldstein as Monica Lewinsky." https://t.co/2hp6ZpZaoX
— Daniel Fienberg (@TheFienPrint) August 6, 2019
13. EGOT for BEANIE.
beanie feldstein is coming for her emmy, her golden globe, her sag, her every other pretentious award pic.twitter.com/7ioK6LLc1H
— mindy 😇 (@gertschase) August 6, 2019
AMERICAN CRIME STORY: IMPEACHMENT STARRING BEANIE FELDSTEIN BITCH!!!! pic.twitter.com/PDTbEXzNXC
— tess💐 (@sh1rkers) August 7, 2019
Okay, bye, we can’t wait.
Header image of Beanie Feldstein by by Daniel Torok/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images and of Monica Lewinsky by Jesse Grant/Getty Images.