Lily James has spoken out in defense of the steamy sex scenes in her new Disney+ series about Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee’s infamous sex tape.
The actress, 32, insists they are “essential” to the script of the eight-part drama Pam & Tommy.
She told The Sun: “We really felt that the sex scenes had to be part of the story and had to be essential to the script and to move their relationship forward and look at what happened.”
Screen siren: Lily James, 32, has spoken out in defense of steamy sex scenes in her new Disney+ series on Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee’s infamous sex tape
“It was a really good constant conversation and nothing was set in stone.”
Lily stars as former Baywatch star Pamela, 54, on the show alongside Sebastian Stan, 39, who plays Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee, 59.
Pam & Tommy follows the story of the couple’s 1997 sex tape leak, which devastated the 90s pin-up and rocker when their intimate moment leaked onto the internet for all to see. .
Sexing it up: Lily stars alongside Sebastian Stan in the upcoming drama which features plenty of naughty scenes
Pamela and Tommy got married on a beach in Mexico in 1995 after just four days of dating. They then had sons Brandon, 24, and Dylan, 22, and divorced in 1998.
And Lily said she loved researching Pamela for her role: “She was one of the biggest stars on the planet and an icon.
‘I got a lot out of it. It was definitely the biggest acting challenge of my life. It was alive and I really loved it.
Telling the story: Lily insists the scenes are ‘essential’ to the script of the drama Pam & Tommy, with Lily playing Pamela on the show (Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee pictured in 2003)
In character posters for the upcoming program that were released earlier this month, Lily showcased her transformation into a buxom beauty while Sebastian impersonated the rocker perfectly.
Lily, who began filming the eight-episode series in May, traded in her classic English rose for all the trappings of 90s pinup Pamela – complete with prosthetic breasts and exaggerated makeup.
In the poster for the show, all of which were made to look like videotapes, the Downton Abbey star gave a piercing gaze and a smoking pose at the camera in her monkey Pamela.
wow! Disney+ recently unveiled the full trailer and epic character posters featuring Lily and Sebastian Stan as the titular characters Pamela and Tommy.
The trailer sees Pamela’s world crumble around her as she learns of the sex tape’s release and scolds her husband for not acknowledging that the leak is more damaging to her life than his .
During a meeting with lawyers, she is asked about her knowledge of Tommy before meeting him, to which she sweetly admits that she “liked his smile” before a montage of footage shows their connection and their initial union.
Pamela adds: ‘I knew he was the drummer for Motley Crue’, as she sits in an unusually demure mint green suit while appearing to talk to the lawyers while giving the camera a steely glare.
She is then seen appearing on Jay Leno, with a warm welcome followed by dazzling greetings to the crowd.
Sebastian is also captured walking out of their lavish mansion with a gun drawn.
The sex tape was stolen by Rand Gauthier (Seth Rogan) after Tommy refused to pay for work he had done on their house.
When Gauthier confronted the musician about not having been paid the $20,000 owed to him, Tommy pulled out a gun to scare him. Gauthier got his revenge by stealing the giant safe that had been kept in the couple’s garage, which mainly housed the drummer’s weapons and Pamela’s jewelry, in addition to the sex tape.
The sex tape is out! The trailer sees Pamela’s world crumble around her as she learns of the sex tape’s release
In 2015, Pam told Andy Cohen on Watch What Happens Live that she never enjoyed the sex tape, or even watched it. She said: ‘I’ve never seen him. I didn’t earn a dollar. It was stolen…
“We have reached an agreement to stop all shenanigans. I was seven months pregnant with Dylan and I thought it was affecting the pregnancy with stress and I said, “I’m not going to court anymore. I’m not being filed by these weird, horny lawyers anymore. I don’t want to no more talking about my vagina or my sex in public – whatever.”‘
Earlier this year, Pam claimed the video was not actually a sex tape, but simply a compilation of naked footage of them on vacation, which included sex acts.
The first three episodes of Pam & Tommy premiered on the Disney+ streaming service on February 2.
Raging: Sebastian is also captured walking out of their lavish mansion with a gun drawn in the trailer