Louise Linton, wife of Treasury Secretary Mnuchin, addresses past controversies in new interview
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Actress and producer Louise Linton, who is married to 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, addressed past controversies in an interview with Los Angeles Magazine, saying she had made "some rookie mistakes."

In the interview, published Thursday, Linton addressed the past controversy over a 2017 photo she posted to Instagram and a subsequent comment she made after the post became the subject of backlash.

"Oh, I regretted it immediately after I posted. But once it’s out there, it’s out," she said of the post. "I have apologized ad nauseam: I’ve apologized online. I’ve apologized verbally. I have apologized in every single media interview I’ve done since! I don’t know who else I can apologize to."


The Scottish actress had posted a photo on Instagram showing her leaving a government plane while on a trip to Kentucky with Mnuchin and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). In the post, she included hashtags for the expensive brands she was wearing, such as #rolandmouret, #hermesscarf, #tomford and #valentino.

The post went viral and received backlash, as did her response to one critical Instagram user in which she called the commenter "out of touch" and said she and her husband "sacrifice" more to the U.S. government. Linton later apologized for the post and remarks. 

She told Los Angeles Magazine that she had attempted to apologize to the commenter.

"Believe me I tried! I tried to DM her a personal apology but she had already blocked me," she said. "Look, that was bad. I’ve really absorbed the criticism and learned a lot of humility and have grown from all of it."

Linton also addressed backlash she received for posting a picture with her husband in which they held up sheets of money at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. 

Twitter lit up as photos from the indoor occasion were released showing Linton sporting a pair of black leather gloves while holding up the printed $1 bills.

"I certainly didn’t expect to be in any photographs," she said. "My mistake was when Steven said, 'Hey, honey, this is cool; step in this picture.' I didn’t say, 'Wait a minute, let me take my gloves off, Steven. I look like a crazy person. I look like Darth Vader!' " she told the outlet.

"I have the high honor of being the only person who has been compared to Marie Antoinette, Darth Vader, and Cruella de Vil at once."

Linton, in the wide-ranging interview, was also confronted about the Trump administration's LGBTQ policies. 

Pressed on whether she was bothered by the administration's stance on LGBTQ issues, Linton, who supports gay rights, said she was "caught between a rock and a hard place with these questions."

"Either I can express my beliefs and be at odds with my husband and his boss and get in trouble that way, or I can decline to comment and be in hot water with everyone else."

Asked her advice for others in her position, Linton added, "Run, don’t walk, straight to the Office of Government Ethics and ask them to take you through their lists of guidelines and rules."