‘Pam & Tommy’ star Lily James on why not watch Pamela Anderson

Sebastian Stan was ready and Lily James was in the middle of a massage when the Emmy nominations were announced earlier this month. Both became nominees for the first time, thanks to their work on Hulu’s limited series “Pam & Tommy,” which was also nominated for a Limited Anthology Series or Featured Anthology.

The two Emmy-nominated guests on this week’s Awards Circuit podcast — in separate interviews — discussed how they immersed themselves in the roles of Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee. James also reveals what it was like going back and watching “Baywatch” to get ready for the role and the stress of putting herself in Anderson’s shoes during some emotionally exhausting scenes. Stan discusses moments he could handle in the public eye (right before the interview, he’d run away from the paparazzi) and delve into the business with his acting coach Larry Moss, who helped him prepare for Tommy. Listen below!

First, James discusses how watching Anderson’s early work was key to her portrayal in “Pam & Tommy” — including the star’s stellar role in “Baywatch.” When asked how the show would go on today, James said, “Lots of montages, so many rock songs. So many Pamela looks great. You know what, he really stands up. And I can see why she’s taken over the world because she’s such beautiful people on the beach, Literally saving the world.”

While James found plenty to enjoy playing Pam, she also admits there were scenes that influenced her – and how your body doesn’t always know the difference when you’re acting.

She reveals, “If you’re sitting in a room with a lot of men in those scenes that demean you and shame you, your body takes that on you.”

Although “Pam & Tommy” is very sympathetic to Anderson thanks to James’ sensitive performance, Anderson has said publicly that she does not plan to watch the series. And James understands why. “It’s tough,” she says. “It’s a great conversation and something I still think about on a daily basis.”

Next, Stan talks about being followed up by the paparazzi prior to the interview and how it feels like it’s just a small piece compared to what Pam and Tommy had to go through after their private sex tape was stolen and shared with the world. “I can understand, a little, the privacy aspect violation,” he says. “Obviously not in their scale and certainly not in the scale of a woman who is also trying to be a mother and all the other things.”

He went on to say that he knows how lucky he is to be successful in his profession. “Sometimes I go, you know Sebastian, devour. You are lucky and you chose this profession, you got into this thing. And I return to gratitude.” It also discusses the highlights in the audience’s eyes – such as seeing an excited child upon recognition.

Stan also talks about how he first came to work with Moss when he tried it on “The Green Lantern.” While auditioning for Mike Nichols for the Broadway revival of “Death of a Salesman,” Moss spent a week with Stan, asking the actor to come to their meetings dressed as the character every day. Although Stan didn’t get either parts (Nichols felt it was Biff more than happy and Biff had already been picked with Andrew Garfield), he found an invaluable resource in Moss – who continues to work with him to this day.

Stan also discusses the infamous scene where Tommy talks to his penis – including a Marvel co-star’s suggestion to voice it and how he didn’t know it would eventually be actor Jason Mantzoukas. Stan now calls the option “smart”: “He has the right kind of tone, he’s just trying to hold him back from going down that cliff.”

Also in this episode, the Awards Circle Roundtable discusses the categories for this year’s Emmy Awards for the main actress.

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