The Hulu mini-series Pam & Tommy might not be an exciting prospect for the real Pamela Anderson! The Baywatch star and her ex-husband, drummer Tommy Lee, will see themselves portrayed by Lily James and Sebastian Stan.
When speaking to Porter magazine, James shared that she wanted to be as authentic to Anderson as possible, and reached out to the blonde bombshell for some advice, but was met with radio silence!
Lily James was hopeful to no avail
Ahead of shooting, Lily James said in her interview this Monday that she really hoped Anderson would be involved with her work in the biopic, but sadly, Anderson never responded.
"I was really hopeful that she would be involved. I wish it had been different," she said. "My sole intention was to take care of the story and to play Pamela authentically."
James also told the outlet that this is a role she took seriously and a project she "cares about a lot."
James went on to say that she worked very hard in this role, and wanted to do it right.
"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," she said.
Lily James embodies Pamela Anderson
Additionally, James says that there was a ton of work that went into becoming Anderson, and she said that embodying the famous model was "freeing," and revealed how long it took to get into character.
Starting at 3 am, James would get her hair and make-up done, adding a chest plate and fake tan, taking about 4 hours total.
"I've never done anything where I look very different from myself before," she said. "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 added.
"Slowly, our incredible team found a balance where I resembled Pamela but also felt like I could act through it," she said, joking that she hated taking it all off at the end of the day because she felt she'd been "stripped of her superpowers."
Watch the trailer below for more on Pam & Tommy, set to be available for streaming on February 2.