Louise Linton defends 'movie villain' photo with sheet of money: 'It was kind of cold'
© Twitter-The Associated Press

Louise Linton is finally opening up about the gloved “movie villain” photo of her and Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven MnuchinDemocrats justified in filibustering GOP, says Schumer Yellen provides signature for paper currency Biden's name will not appear on stimulus checks, White House says MORE holding up sheets of newly printed money that set social media ablaze.

The actress and her husband made headlines in November when they were photographed during a visit to the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. Linton, 37, was seen sporting a pair of elbow-length, black leather gloves while holding the bills. 

“I just didn’t bother taking the gloves off because it was kind of cold in the bureau,” Linton tells Elle in an interview for the magazine’s March issue. “And I didn’t expect that I would be pulled into a picture!”


“My husband showed me one meme or tweet or whatever that said, ‘Who did it better? Louise Linton or Darth Vader?’” Linton says.

Linton caught flak for the dollar bill-filled sartorial snafu just months after igniting another social media controversy over appearing elitist and out-of-touch.

The Scotland-born performer apologized last year for an Instagram post in August that boasted about how much she and her husband pay in taxes. Linton could be seen exiting a government plane with her husband in that photo, which she tagged with the names of the designer brands she was wearing.

Mnuchin is one of several Trump Cabinet secretaries who have come under scrutiny for their government-funded travel expenses.

“I think social media has made her misunderstood and she is not at all the person that has been portrayed,” Mnuchin told Elle of his wife. The couple tied the knot last year.

“She has a huge heart, is sensitive, deeply compassionate, and kind. She has humility and gentleness. She’s also funny and makes people laugh,” Mnuchin said. “She loves gadgets and has a bird feeder in the backyard. She reads John Stuart Mill and writes notes in the margins of her books. She’s an incredibly warm and loving person.”

Linton says the leather get-up that she donned for the Bureau of Engraving and Printing trip still hangs in her closet and she “really liked” the ensemble.

“I really hope someday I can wear that outfit again,” she says.