There's Only One Person Who Is Perfectly Suited to Play Hillary Clinton in the Biopic of Her Early Life

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There's Only One Person Who Is Perfectly Suited to Play Hillary Clinton in the Biopic of Her Early Life

By Dustin Rowles | Trade News | May 29, 2013 | Comments ()


Growing up in Arkansas in the 80s and 90s, I lived through the Clinton's entire governorship, and people, if you think that the national press was nasty toward Hillary Clinton when she was First Lady, you have no idea what is was like for her in Arkansas. We loved Bill. I mean, he's a doughy, homespun Arkansan whose intelligence wasn't a source of alienation, but a source of pride. He was our guy, a home grown prodigy Arkansans could be proud of, even if they didn't necessarily agree with his politics (it was a far less divisive state politically at the time, too, because most Arkansans were "Yellow Dog Democrats," which meant that they voted Democrat no matter what, a tradition that went back to the Civil War. It took Arkansas a very long time to realize that contemporary Democrats were far different from that the party during Reconstruction. Old habits ... )

But Hillary was never a popular First Lady of our state. She was an outsider, and in a state where the women spend an hour "putting on their face" every morning, Hillary's decision to eschew cosmetics made her immediately untrustworthy. She had her own career, too (at the Rose Law Firm), even while she was raising Chelsea, which made her a lesbian in 60 percent of the population's eyes. I can only imagine how difficult it was for Hillary in my home state (and poor Chelsea Clinton, who was a spoiled princess, but who nevertheless didn't deserve to be the butt of so many of the "you're so ugly" jokes that were popular at the time).

Anyway, putting aside Arkansas' history with HIllary, it looks like James Ponsoldt is directing a biopic about HIllary Clinton's early years, during the Watergate Scandal, called Rodham. Reports are suggesting that four A-listers are circling the project. Here they are:





... and well, no. Hillary Clinton wasn't Southern, so that precludes Reese Witherspoon. It's not a musical, so Amanda Seyfried is out. And ScarJo is way too bomb-shelly to pull off a convincing Hillary. Jessica Chastain could actually pull it off. Maybe. But she doesn't really have it, either. Remember, this is what Hillary looked like during that period.



Remember, Hillary was only 27 at the time. With that, the first person to pop into my head for the role is not an A-lister it all. It's Eden Sher.


You may not recognize her at first, but who better to play an ambitious, go-getter than Sher, who many of you will probably know better as ... Sue Heck.


She's a much better actress, too, than many give her credit for, and she's 23, closer in age to Hillary than the A-listers above. And like Hillary, she can slip in and out of "homely" with ease.

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  • F'mal DeHyde

    No more Reese chin, for the love of god.

  • D

    Hilary was cute as little 'un. I totally would've banged her.

  • rrd

    my first thought was; the girl who plays Arya in GoT

  • Salieri2

    It kind of pains me to say, but from eyebrows down, Owen Wilson could play Bill.

  • Bandit

    Elizabeth Olsen

  • googergieger

    An actual dead fish?

  • John W

    Eden Sher is vastly under appreciated on The Middle.

    What about Emma Stone?

  • Keith

    I think Chloe Sevigny could at least pull off the look.

  • sunflowerseed


  • She looks a lot like Olivia d'Abo in that header picture. Or maybe Rebecca DeMornay.

    I wonder if they're going to mention that she was a Young Republican and a Goldwater Girl. Or that she worked for Gerald Ford when he was in the House and for Rockefeller at the '68 Republican Convention.

  • I hate how whenever a new role is announced everyone just jumps to the usual "Let's name the same 10 blondes who are popular now!", no matter what the role is. Same thing with any male roles: JGL! Ryan Gosling!

    Then it never turns out to be any of those people. But the same names get thrown around the next time, and so on and so forth.

  • JJ

    Oh wait, that reminds me... what about Jennifer Lawrence?!!!>!OMG!

    But seriously, Mia Wasikowska.

  • Melina

    That black and white photo in the teaser of the article looks like a young Rebecca DeMornay. I think Courtney Ford could look like her too :

  • alwaysanswerb

    I feel like even HRC herself would guffaw and shake her head at the prospect of being portrayed by Johansson, Seyfried, or Witherspoon. I mean, personally, it would be flattering if they wanted some famously beautiful A-lister to play me in my biopic, but I'd be like "Come on guys. Really?"

  • Sara_Tonin00

    That's why Emma Thompson was such great casting in Primary Colors. I don't see how anyone could be an improvement on that, and I would be immensely flattered to have her cast as me.

  • Guest

    Chastain yes (not as Hillary though), but when did the others mentioned become "A-listers"? Is there even such a thing anymore?

    Hope Davis would be my first choice because she is immortal.

    Brie Larson would be my second choice.

    Third Gillian Jacobs.

  • Guest


  • Bedewcrock


  • Jasper Peng

    Emma Stone? Similar round face shape, closer age, looks homelier as a blond, has an intelligence about her, lower-pitched voice...yesyesyes

    this pic:

  • pajiba

    I could totes see that.

  • Chinaski

    Eden Sher is giving us one of the finest character performances on television with her portrayal of Sue Heck. Great choice, Mr. Rowles.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    A friend just emailed me a bunch of historical photos the other day, and one was this pic of Hil & Bill.

    She actually had a pretty slammin' bod back in the day, so I think ScarJo could pull it off. She & Seyfried are also the right age range for Watergate era Hil, would be just shy of 30.

  • Uh...yow, Hillary.

  • Monica

    I've clearly been reading too many spam posts because my immediate thought upon seeing "A friend just emailed..." was how you were going to explain how your friend made so much money off of historical photos after losing her job last year.

  • Maya

    What about Carey Mulligan? She's one of the best and most chameleonic actresses of her generation, and even looks a little bit like young Hillary - or a more traditionally pretty and therefore Hollywood-friendly version of young Hillary. I know she's British, but her American accent is usually pretty good, and I think she just generally radiates a strong aura of intelligence onscreen, which is obviously important for this role.

    I love playing Imaginary Casting Director. Every time I read a book that doesn't already have a well-known film adaptation I can't help casting all the characters in my head. Romola Garai as Lily Bart in The House of Mirth! Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Dorian Gray! Ben Whishaw as Raskolnikov in Crime and Punishment! I'm not the only one who does this, am I?

  • Tinkerville

    Not at all. Lately I've been lamenting the lack of Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Det. Inspector Lynley and Sarah Bolger as Sabriel to name a couple.

  • Eva

    I'd watch that... mostly to see Sue Heck do some straight acting. She cracks me up on The Middle.

  • kirbyjay

    Eden Sher is 23? Get that freakin girl an Emmy, STAT!!! I thought she was 18 tops. She is pure comic gold.

  • Pants-are-a-must

    Y'all are going to hate me, but all I could see was Anne Hathaway circa Princess Diaries.

  • $27019454

    Linda Cardellini?

  • Not unless it was later in life. She's playing late 30s now on Mad Men.

  • Stephen Nein

    Maybe ten years ago - Linda's an absolutely gorgeous woman and reasonably gifted actress, but she's not 20-ish now.

  • John G.

    Oh oh! That works.

    Dustin! add this up there.

  • $27019454

    What about Anna kendrick?

  • Bert_McGurt

    Aubrey Plaza with a dye job?

  • Long_Pig_Tailor

    If I ever have access to time travel, I'm totally hooking up with 70s Hillary Clinton. She's all kinds of hot nerd.

  • Tom

    true. I find the pants fascinating.

  • Tom

    I'm going to be the jerk that says Bill Clinton can also slip in and out of "homely" with ease.

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