“Nobody should tell your story but you, and it’s kind of gross if they do. If you want to produce it with me, I would love that; but you should be the producer, and you should make all the goddamn money," she recalled.
The gesture convinced Lewinsky to take part in the project.
"People have been co-opting and telling my part in this story for decades. In fact, it wasn’t until the past few years that I’ve been able to fully reclaim my narrative; almost 20 years later," she told Vanity Fair in a statement.
"I’m so grateful for the growth we’ve made as a society that allows people like me who have been historically silenced to finally reintroduce my voice to the conversation. This isn’t just a me problem."
"Powerful people, often men, take advantage of those subordinate to them in myriad ways all the time. Many people will see this as such a story and for that reason, this narrative is one that is, regretfully, evergreen."
Lewinsky has enjoyed a renaissance in the #MeToo era as a feminist figure and powerful anti-bullying advocate.
She is active on Twitter, and has spoken out about her preference for working with all-female teams that centre the female gaze on shows retelling political history.
"Throughout history women have been traduced and silenced. Now it’s our time to tell our own stories in our own words.… Almost all the books written about the Clinton impeachment were written by men," she wrote in a personal essay for Vanity Fair.
In the essay, Lewinsky revealed the impact of becoming a reviled national figure - the butt of late-night talk show jibes and misogynistic trolling - on her mental health and career prospects.
"I hope that by participating, by telling the truth about a time in my life—a time in our history—I can help ensure that what happened to me never happens to another young person in our country again."