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INTERVIEW: ‘Pam & Tommy’ Editor Annette Davey Dishes On Doing Right By The Series’ Subjects, Discovering The Truth Behind The Scenes (EXCLUSIVE)

This week, Hulu’s limited series Pam & Tommy aired its final episode.

Based on a pitch by Seth Rogen and his partner in crime, Evan Goldberg, the series revolves around the 3 year relationship between the Baywatch bombshell and Mötley Crüe’s drummer, which was the subject of constant media attention. More specifically, it dissects the fallout they had as a result of their sex tape going public.

Lily James (Cinderella) and Sebastian Stan (The Falcon and the Winter Soldier) star in the series alongside Rogen, Nick Offerman (Parks & Recreation), Andrew Dice Clay (Blue Jasmine), Fred Hechinger (Sony’s upcoming Kraven the Hunter), and Taylor Schilling (Orange is the New Black).

Despite so much talent in front of the camera, believe it or not there’s even more behind the camera. Craig Gillespie (Cruella) is credited as an executive producer of the series, in addition to directing the first 3 episodes. Additionally, veteran editor Annette Davey (Waitress, GLOW, Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist) helped splice together half of the series’ 8 episodes.

Ahead of the show’s finale, our very own Dempsey Pillot was fortunate enough to speak with Davey about her process and her experience helping to essentially helm the show.

Pam & Tommy — “Jane Fonda” – Episode 103 — Rand teams up with an old porn-world associate to shop the tape around town. Pam (Lily James), shown. (Photo by: Erica Parise/Hul

While an editor is mostly in charge of piecing together a projects assets and producing a good final product, according to Davey, there’s an incredible amount of imagination needed.

For the final episode she edited for the series specifically, Pamela in Wonderland, she recalls having to employ both her imagination and her empathy to really help get Pamela’s pain across. The episode, which follows Pam as she’s deposed following the leak of her and Tommy’s sex tape, is just as sad as it is absurd. Persecuted for something that’s not her fault, Pam fondly remembers her past. There, the future seemed full of infinite possibilities, as opposed to her present which presents nothing but hopelessness.

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Interestingly enough, it’s shortest episode of the series. Considering the context, Davey says she felt a responsibility to help Pam through her suffering. “It seemed to me that I was in control of her destiny,” she adds, “and I think it was great to [show] the person she was when she was younger and how she sort of came to be who she was.” For Davey, the goal was to prove that Pam never changed. And she succeeds.

As rewarding as it was for her to work on the series, it was equally educational. She says, “I obviously knew about the tape and I knew who they were, but I didn’t know anything about the background of the tape. I didn’t also understand that.”

Because it was the early age of the internet, she adds that she didn’t realize how detrimental something like a sex tape could be back then. “Let’s face it, if you make a sex tape [now], and it can be quite good for your career.”

She also remarked that working on the series showed her how in love Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee were. She even compared them to Romeo & Juliet.

Speaking of love, in the interview Davey explains how that scene with Tommy’s genitalia was done and so much more.

You can listen to the full interview down below!

In case you missed our review of the series, you can read it here.

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