ily James has spoken about misogyny in celebrity culture, suggesting women in the public eye are held to “much higher standards” and are “viciously attacked” if they are seen to be stepping out of line.
The actress, 32, known for her roles as Lady Rose in Downton Abbey and Cinderella in the 2015 remake, is starring as Pamela Anderson in her latest project.
“Unfortunately, that’s still the case… Women are held to much higher standards and attacked in ways that feel so vicious. Pamela had such wit and grace in the way that she held herself. I admire that strength.”
Speaking about the misogyny that Anderson faced, James added: “When you look back at some of her interviews from the Nineties, the misogyny is so striking.
“It’s changed so much, but… I think it’s more hidden now, perhaps. There was a lot in it that I found I could relate to.”
She admitted she was not sure if she would be able to bring Anderson to life. “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.
James underwent an extreme physical transformation in order to closely resemble the actress. She said of the process: “I’ve never done anything where I look very different from myself before.
“I’d really like to continue in this vein because I felt there was something very liberating in it. There was a bravery that came from that. A courage that came from… disappearing.”
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