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Get to Know the Real People Played by Julia Roberts, Sean Penn, & More in Gaslit

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It’s time to take a trip back in time. “To when?” You might ask. Well, get ready for some big hair, bold prints, and a major political scandal. That’s right, we’re heading back to the ‘70s to a little historic event you might’ve heard about called Watergate — and the woman who opened the flood gates to one of the most notorious stories in Washington D.C.

This Sunday, April 24, the STARZ mini-series Gaslit debuts and offers a new perspective on Watergate — that of Martha Mitchell, the wife of United States Attorney General under President Richard Nixon. Based on the real-life events (and the real people) directly involved in and on the periphery of Watergate, Gaslit highlights how Martha Mitchell (played by Julia Roberts) shined a not-so-flattering light on the Nixon administration and their attempts to cover up their crimes. But there were some who’d rather if Martha kept quiet, thus beginning the process of gaslighting her in some of the worst ways possible.

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Though we’re sure the mini-series will take some artistic license, this story must be seen to be believed. Fortunately for us, some of the biggest talents in Hollywood are on board for this project, and they’ve wholly transformed into their roles. From Julia Roberts to Dan Stevens, Sean Penn, and Betty Gilpin, we had to do a bit of a double-take here and there when we saw these photos. Take a look at the actors vs. the real-life people they’re playing with this slideshow and learn more about the real-life people who inspired Gaslit.

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