Monica says she had hoped that by doing an interview with Barbara Walters that people would be able to "get to know me as a real person, rather that a silent image of Monica Lewinsky that was up on the TV screen every night."
"The night before I was interviewed by Barbara, and the morning of, I was a nervous wreck," Monica says. "It was long, it was mentally exhausting, it was emotionally draining and it was scary. I was scared. I think I felt like I had so much riding on it, because I had just hoped that everybody in the country would all watch this interview and change their mind. The interview gave me a sense of emotional relief and it was a feeling of closure on one chapter of this nightmare."
Barbara says she likes Monica and has kept in touch with her. "Look, she was very young and she had a huge crush…she is a decent girl, and she is a good-natured girl and a good girl," Barbara says. "I wish her everything good. I think it's been very tough."