New interview of Taylor Schilling with TV Guide
From TV Guide
Taylor Schilling who plays adult entertainer Erica Gauthier in the series, feels similarly. “I still think that oftentimes the last word in the narrative ends up not in the woman’s control,” Schilling said. In Pam & Tommy, Erica has separated from her husband Rand Gauthier (Seth Rogan) — the contractor who stole the sex tape and distributed its contents online. Erica is a porn star, and Schilling said that the character being in the story highlights a contrast in agency. “[Erica’s] a sex worker that’s made the choice to be doing what she’s doing and it’s a really important counterpoint to Pam’s experience,” Schilling said. “Pam hasn’t made the decision to share her body or to share herself in the way that the tape shared her.”
Schilling added that one of her favorite scenes is when Erica confronts Rand about his act. “She’s able to say, this is not porn, what you just put out into the world. This is a crime,” Schilling said. “This is rape of her space.” In this way, the actor views Erica as one of Anderson’s strongest advocates.
Unfortunately in the series, as with real life, Anderson did not have many advocates at the time of the scandal. “I hope that this show is really an ode to Pam Anderson’s extraordinary courage in the face of such massive exploitation on every level,” Schilling said.