Lily James wanted to talk to Pamela Anderson before playing the blonde bombshell in the new Hulu and Disney+ series Pam & Tommy.
But it didn’t happen, the British star told new issue of Porter Magazine, which was released on Monday.
‘I was really hopeful she would be involved. I wish it was different,’ the 32-year-old beauty said as she reached out to Anderson, 54, before filming, but never heard back.
Reel vs Real: Lily James wanted to talk to Pamela Anderson before landing the role of blonde bombshell in the new Hulu and Disney+ series Pam & Tommy. But that didn’t happen, the British star told in a new issue of Porter magazine, released on Monday.
James wanted feedback from the Playboy cover model so he could fix it. Lily shared, ‘My only intention was to focus on the story and play Pamela authentically.
And Lily called several times, not just once, before the cameras rolled.
The film star also said that he had never worked so hard on a project before. ‘I read books’ [Anderson] Wrote, I read his poetry, I can parrot with all his interviews,’ shared the actress.
‘That’s what I love about acting; You fit into a character, and you realize that you are not as different as you might have thought. You lean into things within yourself, and discard the parts of you that are not useful. We were exploring a special moment in the lives of Pamela and Tommy in the ’90s, this ultimate lust for love.
Missed Opportunity: ‘I was really hopeful she would be involved. I wish it was different,’ the 32-year-old beauty said as she reached out to Anderson, 54, before filming, but never heard back
Pam & Tommy describes the sex tape scandal that shook Pamela and her then-husband Motley Fool drummer Tommy Lee (played by Sebastian Stan) during their three-year marriage.
This comes after photos of the star in the dress made headlines, in which Lily looked like Pamela’s twin in her iconic red Baywatch swimsuit.
Lily explained that it took four hours each day to perfect the makeup and outfit, and was completed with a prosthetic body suit.
She explained: ‘Of course, there was a physical change. Slowly, our incredible team found a balance where I was like Pamela, but also felt like I could act through it.
‘I’ve never done anything where I look so different from myself before. And I’d really like to continue in this vein, because I thought there was something very liberating and liberating in that. Out of that came bravery. A courage that… came from disappearance.’
His goal: James wanted feedback from the Playboy cover model so he could fix it. ‘My only intention was to focus on the story and play Pamela authentically,’ shared Lily
She tried: And Lily called before the cameras started rolling, not just once but several times. Seen with Sebastian Stan, who plays Tommy Lee
She said she regretted having to take the dress off at the end of the day, adding: ‘I hated it… it was stripped of all these superpowers! I used to really enjoy the physicality and sexiness, up to the long nails. There was just so much character to embody – it was really thrilling.’
Pam & Tommy described the infamous sex tape that shook Pamela and her then-husband Motley Fool drummer Tommy Lee during their three-year marriage.
Speaking about the scandal, Lilly said she believes the effects are still being felt today.
She said: ‘It stirred up an internet and celebrity culture that, now, I believe is way out of hand. Now there is no such thing as privacy. […] We’re constantly sharing our lives – with audiences that don’t really care about you. and giving information to corporations using it for profit. I know there was a time before this, but there are young girls who don’t know.
The movie promises to be ritzy: Lily and Stan recreate this image of Tommy biting Pam on the nipple ring
‘It was a trigger moment that inadvertently sparked a new time … I hope a lot has changed. But sometimes it doesn’t seem like it has changed much.’
He discussed the prejudice faced by Pamela, saying: ‘When you look at some of her interviews from the 1990s, the misogyny is very striking. I mean, it’s changed a lot, but… I guess it’s more hidden now, maybe? Anyway, there was a lot to this that I found I could relate to.
‘It felt like a challenge. And kind of necessary. The shaming was so extreme. Unfortunately, that’s still the case, don’t you think? Women are held to very high standards and attacked in ways that feel very vicious. Pamela had such tact and grace that she held her own. I admire that strength.’
She discussed her intentions behind the role, saying that she wanted to ‘stimulate conversation’ and try to instigate change through her work.
Love-Up: Pamela, 54, and Tommy, 59, tied the knot on a Mexican beach in 1995 after dating for just four days; Seen in 1995
Lily said: ‘I want to stir up a conversation, and I want to be part of these efforts for change. I realize that a lot of this is incredibly sensitive and difficult. And so, as an actor, to some extent, what you do is make yourself very open to talk about all that.’
Pamela, 54, and Tommy, 59, tied the knot in 1995 on a beach in Mexico after dating for just four days. At that time Pamela’s mother had not even met Tommy.
The pair would go on to welcome sons Brandon, 25, and Dylan, 24, but they divorced in 1998.
In 2015, Pam told Andy Cohen on Watch What Happens Live that she never profited from a sex tape, nor watched it. He said: ‘I’ve never seen it. I didn’t make a dollar. It was stolen property…
A Rollercoaster Life: In 2015, Pam told Andy Cohen on Watch What Happens Live that she never profited from a sex tape, nor watched it. He said: ‘I’ve never seen it. I didn’t make a dollar. It was stolen property. Seen in the 1990s
‘We made a deal to stop all conspiracies. I was seven months pregnant with Dylan thinking it was affecting the pregnancy with stress and said, “I’m not going to court anymore. I’m no longer being dumped by these horny, awkward lawyer men . I don’t want to talk about my vagina or about my public sex — anything.”
The sex tape was stolen by Rand Gauthier, played by Seth Rogen on the show, after Tommy allegedly refused to pay for work done on his house.
When Gauthier confronts the musician about not paying $20,000, Tommy pulls out a gun to intimidate him.
Gauthier took his revenge by stealing a huge vault in the couple’s garage, which mainly contained the drummer’s guns and Pamela’s jewelry, in addition to the sex tapes.
Earlier this year, Pam claimed that the video was not actually a sex tape, but just a compilation of footage of her naked on vacation, which only included sex acts.
Last year, insiders claimed to The Sun that Pam thinks Pam and Tommy are ‘a joke and a cheap knock.’ She reportedly called the show “God Avior,” although shooting for the series had just begun, and she apparently claimed she had never heard of Lily or Sebastian. The source added that Pamela “had no intention of watching this horrific show of God, not at all.” never.’
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