Tuesday, January 11, 2022
“Has something liberating”
Lily James raves about her role as Pam
If you see actress Lily James without a wig, tanning cream and fake breasts, she has little in common with Pamela Anderson. In the series “Pam & Tommy”, however, she mutates into the perfect image of the “Baywatch” actress. And the British enjoy it.
From Lady Rose in “Downton Abbey” to “Baywatch” mermaid Pamela Anderson: Lily James has never had to change her appearance as much for a role as she did for “Pam & Tommy”. The British personified Pamela Anderson in the series sex symbol, whose sex tape with rock star Tommy Lee went around the world in 1995.
She prepared meticulously for the role, reports the 32-year-old in an interview with “Net-a-Porter”. Not only did she study the books Anderson wrote, “I’ve read her poetry, I can parrot all of her interviews,” explains the actress.
The internal preparation was only one thing, the external transformation into the Pamela Anderson of the 90s was another. James spent four hours in the mask each morning. There she was given not only a wig and tanning cream, but also a breastplate that simulated Anderson’s silicon-steel bust. “Slowly our incredible team found a way in which I looked like Pamela but also felt like I could act,” says James.
Anderson is not very enthusiastic
For the actress, the procedure in the mask also had a positive effect. “I’ve never done anything where I look completely different from myself. And I would like to continue in this direction because I have the feeling that there is something very liberating about it,” she says, adding: “It had something Courage in itself. A courage that came from my disappearance. “
Pamela Anderson herself should not be enthusiastic about the casting of her role by Lily James – like the whole project – because her colleague hardly resembles her. However, this did not stop the series. “Pam & Tommy” starts on February 2nd on the US streaming service Hulu. In Germany, the series will be made available via Disney + at the same time.