Louise Linton has revealed she feels uncomfortable around Donald Trump Jr. and admits it sucks to be hated after she faced a public backlash over an Instagram post where she flaunted her affluence.
The 38-year-old actress owns up to her feelings about the president’s son in a new interview with Los Angeles Magazine.
Linton – who has been married to 77th United States secretary of the treasury, Steven Mnuchin, since 2017 – opens up about having to dine with Don Jr. knowing that he’s an advocate of hunting game.
‘Yes, I feel uncomfortable. … Look, I do what I can,’ she responded after a long pause when asked about Don Jr.’s slaying of elephants and lions.
Linton tells the publication in a Thursday article that she has attended meetings at the White House as she acts as ‘a voice for the animals’ and notes that one time even her own husband did a ‘double take’ when he saw her in the Roosevelt Room attending a ‘Pets for Vets thing’.
Linton says she Googled what Michelle Obama, Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle wear when deciding what to wear in London recently. She also shared she hangs out with few politicians but Ivanka Trump is one of them
Linton is no doubt feeling defensive after she was heavily criticized for posting a photo of herself and Mnuchin walking off a military plane in 2017 while she was dressed in head-to-toe designer labels (pictured)
Linton says she was ‘deeply depressed for a while’ after a backlash about her Instagram post boasting about designer gear as she stepped of government jet
Animal lover Louise Linton feels uncomfortable around game-hunting Donald Trump Jr.
Donald Trump’s sons smile broadly next to the dead carcasses of wild animals that they shot while on a big game hunt in Africa
But while she owns up to disliking Don Jr’s stance on killing animals for sport, she acknowledged her own controversial public image.
‘I was deeply depressed for a while,’ she reveals about laying low after social media followers criticized her in August 2017 for bragging about being covered in designer gear while stepping off a private jet paid for by the government.
An image of her wearing long black gloves as she stood beside her politician-and-investment-banker husband holding up freshly minted dollar bills November 2017 then drew comparisons to Cruella de Vil, Marie Antoinette and Darth Vader.
But she claimed she only covered her hands because of low temperatures.
‘You’ve heard of ‘cold cash’ right? They call it that because it’s kept freezing cold there,’ Linton said about the Bureau of Engraving.
‘But it sucks being perceived as a person that you’re not; it sucks being hated,’ she continued. ‘Most people know me for the gloves or the plane or that awful Instagram post. …Look, I made some rookie mistakes. I understand why people are angry about me getting off that government plane tagging fashion brands. It was a stupid thing to do. I get why everyone rolled their eyes at the opera gloves.’
But she shares that getting to see the money being printed and other perks such as flying on an Osprey helicopter, are great bonuses about being married to Mnuchin.
On June 4 Linton sat at a table with Eric Trump, Tiffany Trump, White House Social Media Director Dan Scavino, Emma Doyle the White House Principal Deputy Chief of Staff, and Suzanne Ircha, the wife of Woody Johnson, the US ambassador to the United Kingdom
Don Jr is seen at dinner with Linton in London recently. She says she doesn’t feel comfortable around him
Linton tells Los Angeles Magazine her past image was based on direction from advisers
Linton claims in the interview she didn’t have anyone to lean on for advice about being in the spotlight so followed the lead from other actresses
She also mentioned traveling to her wedding – attended by POTUS and FLOTUS – as part of a motorcade being a highlight.
Linton seemingly blamed the flashier image on others. Despite saying she had no guidance when she shot into the spotlight, she also hinted to acting upon the direction of advisers.
‘But this caricature of me is the opposite of the girl I actually am. I run a business; I have several movies coming out. I can’t hide out for another five years,’ she told the magazine.
‘S**t happens; mistakes happen. People grow and move on. That whole Instagram thing happened because I got some bad advice. My advisers at the time were telling me to be glamorous and fashionable. I was looking at actresses I admired, and they all tagged their clothes. I should have realized that what’s good for movie stars doesn’t work for a Cabinet secretary’s wife.’
She Googled what Michelle Obama, Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton have worn to palace dinners when considering outfits for her visit to London recently.
Linton adds in article that switching from LA actress and producer to politician’s wife it a tricky transition.
She claims rumors about her behavior in the capital are ‘crazy’.
Louise Linton says she wore long black gloves that got her compared to Darth Vader and Cruella de Vil because the Bureau of Engraving was freezing when she visit November 2017 with husband Steven Mnuchin
Linton said it was incredible getting to travel with the presidential motorcade at her wedding last year which was attended by POTUS, FLOTUS, plus Mike and Karen Pence
‘It’s crazy the s**t people say. Someone claimed that I walk into the Treasury and yell, ‘Where is my hubbyyy? Oh, he’s on an important phone call? Get him off!’ Bulls**t! I would never do that,’ Linton tells the publication. ‘You can’t just boopity-boop saunter into the Treasury. You need an appointment! There’s security at the gate! It’s so deluded and delusional.’
Linton admits to switching the channel when her spouse appears on TV although in the past she found his appearance on screen funny and would video it.
She says that after marrying someone in Trump’s Cabinet – someone who has attended Burning Man – now they can’t even attend a workout without Secret Security around.
‘They especially like coming to SoulCycle. They take all the bikes around Steve and just pedal away! One day when we were there Perez Hilton was also there. He later wrote a dumb item blasting us for taking so much security on the taxpayer dime. I wanted to call him and say, ‘You know we don’t make our own security decisions, Perez? These decisions are made for us!’
Otherwise Linton says she doesn’t like to mingle with her husband’s White House colleagues. She makes exceptions for small dinner parties with Mike and Susan Pompeo, the ‘unbelievably charismatic, beautiful, intelligent, and strong’ Ivanka Trump – who is ‘like a movie star’ – and her ‘incredibly kind, polite, and kind’ spouse Jared Kushner.
But Linton urges the public not to judge her by the views of her politician friends.
‘Look, all of my besties are gay. I did the Pride Run last year and again this year…’ she defended herself when asked about Trump’s policies that allow businesses to discriminate against the LGBTQ community. ‘So…I’m caught between a rock and a hard place…
‘You should measure me by my actions, the friends I keep and the charities I support, not by the politics of my husband. It’s like walking a tightrope of dental floss in high heels and trying not to fall left or right. I’m just trying to walk the line in a way that isn’t going to piss anybody off.’
Linton said Mnuchin has attended Burning Man and comes to SoulCycle with her – alongside his Secret Security detail