Lily James Tried to Talk to Pamela Anderson About ‘Pam & Tommy’


Not giving her blessing? Before Lily James portrayed Pamela Anderson in Hulu’s Pam & Tommy, the actress tried to get in touch with the project’s predominant topic — to no avail.

“I was really hopeful that she would be involved. I wish it had been different,” James, 32, advised Net-a-Porter’s Porter on Monday, January 10, about not listening to again from Anderson, 54, earlier than filming began. “My sole intention was to take care of the story and to play Pamela authentically.”

The Cinderella star famous that she tried to get in contact with the Baywatch alum “right up until we started filming” due to how a lot she cared concerning the restricted sequence, including, “I’ve never worked so hard. I read the books [Anderson] has written, I read her poetry, I can parrot along to all her interviews.”

The Downton Abbey alum additionally shared how she discovered the transformation into Anderson to be “freeing and liberating” regardless of how lengthy it took.

“Slowly, our incredible team found a balance where I resembled Pamela but also felt like I could act through it,” James stated, referring to the 4 hours of placing on a chest plate, wig and tan. “I’ve never done anything where I look very different from myself before. … There was a bravery that came from that. A courage that came from disappearing.”

In December 2020, it was introduced that James was cast within the position of Anderson. The Mamma Mia! star joined Sebastian Stan, who performed Tommy Lee, within the upcoming miniseries, which explores the previous couple’s leaked intercourse tape.

Sebastian Stan and Lily James as Tommy Lee and Pamela Anderson in ‘Pam & Tommy.’

Anderson and Lee, 59, had been married from 1995 to 1998. Shortly after the pair tied the knot, a tape was stolen from their house and launched that very same year. The Canada native sued the video distribution company and the 2 events later agreed to a confidential settlement.

After images of James and Stan, 39, on set made headlines, Lee revealed that he supported the Marvel actor’s depiction of him.

“I know Sebastian, he’s playing me. From what he’s told me, it’s a really beautiful story,” the drummer, who shares sons Brandon, 25, and Dylan, 24, with Anderson, advised Entertainment Tonight in September 2021. “I think a lot of people would think it’s [about] one thing, but it’s really about privacy and how things got crazy then, There’s different laws now.”

Anderson, for her half, has not but publicly addressed the sequence. Meanwhile, her pal Courtney Love known as out the project for specializing in a tough a part of Anderson’s life.

“When Pam / Tommy sex tape was out / myself @pattyschemel @xmadmx were making a record,” Love, 57, wrote on Facebook in May 2021. “And the lone women in many recording studios in LA. Where all / ALL! The staff engineers / producers / owners / were watching the sex tape with huge schadenfraude.. Guffaws, It was disgusting. I banned anyone discussing it.. It destroyed my friend Pamelas life. Utterly.”

She added: “My heart goes out to Pammy ♥️♥️ further causing her complex trauma. And shame on Lily James whoever the f— she is. #vile.”

Pam & Tommy begins streaming on Hulu Wednesday, February 2

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