Here’s the second part of Taylor Schilling’s interview with Decider
In Pam & Tommy Episode 7, Erica finally discovers that her ex-husband was the person who stole and shared the tape. Her reaction is to immediately condemn him for his crime. Schilling told Decider that this scene was “the lynchpin” for why she wanted to work on Pam & Tommy and why she loved Erica.
“She’s small, but mighty,” Schilling said. “It is Pam and Tommy’s story, but the way that Erica can highlight and hold a mirror and amplify what’s going on or amplify the way that Pam was exploited is because she’s a sex worker who has made the decision with her own agency in a very autonomous way and is living life the way she choses. She’s a well-adjusted successful adult actress. And because of that she’s able to say, ‘What I do is pornography. What I do involves consent forms and salary. And -I am happy to hold the gaze of people who recognize me from my work when I’m buying milk. But what happened to Pam Anderson is a violent crime because there were no consent forms.’”
“I had also thought that we needed a woman like Erica to be able to explain that,” Schilling added. “Like it really added to the story that she was able explain it the way that she did.”
Schilling said she also loved that scene because of the way it “articulates something that’s really valid” about the tape’s popularity in the first place.
“It’s that we’re watching two people who are deeply in love in a deeply private moment. Very real. It’s not acting and it’s not a product. It’s just a relationship,” Schilling said. “And Erica sees that.”
Schilling added that the scene was one of the few moments where Erica’s real life history in the adult film industry was able to get a nod: she was a director herself.
“The other thing that is interesting about Erica is that she as a historical figure as a real person went on to be one of the first female directors of pornography or adult films,” Schilling said. ”Because the writers are so brilliant, there’s like these little tips of the hat to her. Noting she knows shot choices and camera angles. You kind of get to see how her brain works just a little bit.”