She’s starring as Pamela Anderson in the new Hulu series Pam & Tommy.
And what Lily James has said is the most challenging and transformative to date.
The actress, 32, told PORTER that it was’ liberating ‘playing Pamela, but explained:’ I’ve never worked so hard. I read the books [Anderson] has written, I read her poetry, I can parrot all her interviews. ‘
‘I’ve never worked so hard’: Lily James says she felt ‘liberated’ embracing Pamela Anderson’s new sensibility for the Hulu series
‘I love that about acting; You fit into a character, and you realize you’re not as different as you thought. You can lean on things, and discard parts of yourself that are useful. We were exploring a particular moment in Pamela and Tommy’s life in the ’90s, this absolute lust for love.’
Pam & Tommy chronicles the sex tape scandal which rocked Pamela and her then-husband Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee (played by Sebastian Stan) during their three-year marriage.
It comes after photos of the star in costume hit the headlines, with Lily looking like her iconic red Baywatch swimsuit.
Lily explained that makeup and costume took about four hours each day to be perfect, and came with a prosthetic body suit.
She explained: ‘Of course, there was the physical transformation. Slowly, our incredible team found a balance where I resembled Pamela but also felt like I could act through it.
‘I’ve never done anything before. And I really like to continue in this vein, because I felt there was something very freeing and liberating in it. There was a bravery that came from that. A courage that came from… disappearing. ‘
Seeing double: Lily (L) looking at the spitting image of Pamela (R) as she slipped into a busty red swimsuit in the Pam & Tommy trailer
She added that she was sorry to take the costume off at the end of the day, saying: ‘I hated it… It was like being stripped of all these superpowers! I really enjoyed the physicality and the sensuality, even down to the long fingernails. There was just so much character to hold on to – it was really thrilling. ‘
Pam & Tommy chronicles the infamous sex tape which rocked Pamela and her then-husband Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee during their three-year marriage.
Speaking of the scandal, Lily said the effects of what she says are still felt today.
She said: ‘It’s provoked an internet and celebrity culture that, now, I believe is just the way out. There is no such thing as privacy now. […] We’re sharing our lives – with an audience that really cares about you. And giving away information to corporations using it for profit. I know that happened a while ago, but there are young girls out there who have no idea.
‘This was a trigger moment that unintentionally sparked a new time… I hope a lot has changed. But sometimes it doesn’t feel like it’s changed enough. ‘
Dedicated: The actress, 32, revealed ‘I’ve never worked so hard. I read the books [Anderson] has written, I read her poetry, I can parrot all her interviews’
She continued discussing the prejudice Pamela faced, saying: ‘When you look back at some of her interviews from the 1990s, the misogyny is so striking. I mean, it’s changed so much, but… I think it’s more hidden now, maybe? Anyway, there was a lot of it that I could find I could relate to.
‘It felt like a challenge. And kind of essential. The shaming was so extreme. Unfortunately, that’s still the case, don’t you think? Women are held to very high standards and the ways in which they feel are so vicious. Pamela had such wit and grace in the way that she held herself. I admire that strength. ‘
She went on to discuss the role behind her intentions, saying she wanted to ‘provoke a conversation’ and try and incite change through her work.
Transformation: Lily explained that makeup and costume took four hours to perfect every day, and came with a prosthetic body suit
Lily said: ‘I want to provoke a conversation, and I want to be part of these efforts at change. I realize a lot of it is incredibly sensitive and difficult. And so, as an actor, to a certain extent, what do you do?
Pamela, 54, and Tommy, 59, tied the knot on a beach in Mexico after just four days of dating. At the time, Pamela’s mother hadn’t 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 What Happens Live that she never profiled the sex tape, nor even expected it. She said: ‘I’ve never seen it. I made not one dollar. It was stolen property …
She explained: ‘I’ve never done anything where I look very different from myself’
‘We made a deal to stop all the shenanigans. When I was seven months pregnant with Dylan and thinking it was a stressful pregnancy, I said, “I’m not going to court. I’m not going to be deprived of these horny, weird lawyer men. I don’t want to.” To talk about my vagina more or my public sex – anything. “‘
Out Now: To See the Full Interview with Lily James Read PORTER
The sex tape was stolen by Rand Gauthier, who is played by Seth Rogen in The Show, after Tommy reportedly paid for work that he had performed at their house.
When Gauthier confronted the musician about not being paid the $ 20,000 he was owed, Tommy pulled out a gun to scare him away.
Gauthier took his revenge by stealing the giant safe that had been kept in the couple’s garage, which was mainly housed in drummer’s guns and Pamela’s jewelry, in addition to the sex tape.
Earlier this year, Pam claimed that the video was not actually a sex tape, but rather a footnote of a compilation that left them naked on vacation, which just happened to include sex acts.
Last year, insiders told The Sun that Pam & Tommy is ‘a joke and a cheap knock-off.’
She reportedly called the show ‘God awful,’ though the series had just begun filming, and she had never heard of Lily or Sebastian.
The source said Pamela had ‘no intention of watching this God awful show, absolutely not. Never. ‘
See the full interview with Lily James Read PORTER and / or download the NET-A-PORTER app for iPhone, iPad and Android
Loved-up: Pamela, 54, and Tommy, 59, tied the knot on a beach in Mexico after just four days of dating