How ‘Pam & Tommy’ Made Pamela Anderson Look Believable

Inspired by a real hairstyle Ms. Anderson wore to court, he wanted her deposition updo to communicate a spiky strength, which he achieved by adding a zigzag part and leaving straight tendrils around her face. “Severe lines tend to put people on guard a little bit,” Mr. Moe said. “This was her protecting herself.”

Knowing that the deposition scenes would involve tight shots of Ms. James’s face, David Williams, the head of makeup, wanted her eyes to have a similar sharpness. In scenes that take place in nightclubs and at movie premieres, Pam’s eye shadow tends to be heavy and dark, but here her black eyeliner has been applied with a more precise hand, paired with softer brown eye shadow and a muted, rosy-brown lipstick.

“We really want you to focus in on the eye, because this is where it’s all Lily,” Mr. Williams said. “She’s doing the work.”

Like Ms. Lennox, Mr. Williams and Mr. Moe did detailed research on Ms. Anderson’s hair, makeup and facial structure. In addition to a prosthetic chest plate, Ms. James’s daily transformation involved color contacts, a dental piece and a prosthetic forehead meant to emulate Ms. Anderson’s higher hairline. (The team experimented with a prosthetic nose as well, but nixed the idea because it didn’t look good from all angles and ran the risk of distracting viewers.) Mr. Williams and his team used contouring to enhance the look of the prosthetics, and then went in with period-appropriate makeup.

The hair, makeup and wardrobe team’s desire for authenticity reached a fever pitch around the show’s “Baywatch” scenes. Ms. Lennox did several rounds of fittings before she nailed both the color and shape of Ms. Anderson’s iconic bathing suit, which is low under the arms, high on the legs, and low in the front. “The stakes were all on that day because it’s not just in the zeitgeist of America, it’s in every country in the world. People know ‘Baywatch,’” Mr. Williams said, noting that he’d never been more nervous about a shoot in his career. (A 3:30 a.m. phone call to his astrologer put his mind at ease.)

In the same way that Pam is unmistakable on a beach in her bright red bathing suit, Ms. Lennox wanted her to light up the boardroom where her deposition takes place. She dressed the lawyers in dark suits and ties so Pam’s pale teal suit would pop.