In total, Lily James immersed herself in Pamela Anderson to prepare for her role in the upcoming Hulu series Pam and Tommy, but what she did not do was talk to the woman herself.
In a new interview, James told Net-a-Porter’s Porter magazine, which she tried, however.
“And I was really hoping that we would be in touch right up until we started filming,” James said of the former. Baywatch star.
In addition, James explained that she had also hoped that she would have more than a casual conversation with Anderson. She actually wished she had been involved in the project, which focuses on the romance of Anderson and the Mötley Crüe rocker, and after a band of those who had sex were stolen and leaked, a full-blown scandal.
“I wish it had been different,” the former Downton Abbey said the actress. “My only intention was to take care of the story and play Pamela authentically.”
Even without Anderson’s help, James took a rather deep dive.
“I’ve never worked so hard,” James said. “I read the books [Anderson] has written, I read her poetry, I can parrot with to all her interviews. And then, of course, there was the physical transformation. “Slowly, our incredible team found a balance where I looked like Pamela, but also felt I could act through it.”
Four hours of makeup and other preparation daily was required for her to become the iconic blonde.
“I have never done anything where I look very different from myself before. And I really wanted to continue in this spirit because I felt there was something very liberating and liberating in it,” James said. “There was a bravery that came from it. A courage that came from … to disappear.”
So much so that she did not want to stop playing the role.
“I hated it,” she said of becoming herself again. “It was like being deprived of all these superpowers! I had really enjoyed the physical and sensual, right down to the long fingernails. There was just so much character to hold on to – it was really exciting.”
The English actress said it was important to take a look at what happened in the scandal.
“The shaming was so extreme. Unfortunately, that’s still the case, don’t you think?” asked James. “Women are held to much higher standards and attacked in ways that feel so vicious. Pamela had such wit and grace in the way she kept herself. I admire that strength.”