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Lily James Reveals She ‘Hated’ Returning To Her Normal Self After Pamela Anderson Transformation

Cameron Frew


Lily James Reveals She 'Hated' Returning To Her Normal Self After Pamela Anderson TransformationHulu/Alamy

Lily James ‘hated’ returning to her ordinary self after transforming into Pamela Anderson. 

The Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again star is due to appear in Pam and Tommy, a new Disney+ series ‘based on the true f*cking scandal’ of Anderson and Tommy Lee’s honeymoon sex tape being leaked to the public, with the MCU’s Sebastian Stan playing Lee.


While James’ transformation stunned fans around the world, the show has received some criticism: Courtney Love branded it a ‘piece of sh*t’ for ‘further causing Anderson’s complex trauma’; and neither Anderson nor Lee have commented or collaborated on the series.


Ahead of its release in February, James spoke to Net-a-Porter’s Porter about her preparation for the role. From 3.30am, she’d be in the makeup chair, getting her wig sorted, the chest plate and tan.

‘I’ve never done anything where I look very different from myself before. And I’d 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,’ she said.


When asked how it felt to go back to her normal self, James laughed and said, ‘I hated it. It was like being stripped of all these superpowers! I’d 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.’

The actor said she’d ‘never worked so hard’ in studying Anderson’s life. ‘I read the books she has written, I read her poetry, I can parrot along to all her interviews,’ she said.

Lily James as Pamela Anderson. (Disney+)Disney+

James attempted to reach out to Anderson herself, to no avail. ‘I was really hopeful that she would be involved. I wish it had been different. My sole intention was to take care of the story and to play Pamela authentically… I was very hopeful that we would be in touch right up until we started filming,’ she explained.

The series also stars Seth Rogen as Rand Gauthier, the man responsible for stealing and distributing the tape via Internet Entertainment Group, alongside Nick Offerman, Taylor Schilling and Andrew Dice Clay.

Pam and Tommy drops on Disney+ on February 2. 

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Topics: Film and TV, Disney+, Pamela Anderson


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