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.