Category: Press


Video/Press: Watch: Sebastian Stan Talks Getting Into the Skin of a Psychopath (w/ Screencaps) — The Fresh actor shares his thoughts on playing a cannibal, doing a comedy, and working opposite strong female leads.

You’ve seen him as the charming rogue in Gossip Girl, the face behind Marvel’s Bucky Barnes, and in the tattooed skin of Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee, but Sebastian Stan’s latest role is Steve, the handsome “psychopath” looking for love in Hulu’s new film Fresh. Thinking back on his filmography, Stan says he “wouldn’t want to be any of the characters” he’s played (his past roles include Tonya Harding’s ex-husband/convicted criminal Jeff Gillooly, a CIA agent-turned-mole, and a dirty cop, to name a few), but the Pam & Tommy star would like to brighten things up and do a comedy in the future—specifically name-dropping Judd Apatow as a wish-list director. Stan has also always enjoyed rom-coms, specifically Hugh Grant’s work in Notting Hill and Four Weddings and a Funeral. While talking about his favorite movies, L’OFFICIEL Hommes’s Spring 2022 cover star walks us through the highlights of his career and where he’d like to see it go next.


Press: Sebastian Stan Opens Up About ‘Pam & Tommy,’ ‘Fresh,’ and ’90s Rom-Coms — Sebastian Stan Opens Up About ‘Pam & Tommy,’ ‘Fresh,’ and ’90s Rom-Coms. In conversation with his former costar Margot Robbie, Sebastian Stan shines a light on how he gets into character both physically and mentally, from roles like rock legend Tommy Lee to a charming psychopath in Fresh.

Sebastian Stan has lived many lives. From his breakout role as disgraced prep-school bad-boy Carter Baizen on Gossip Girl to Marvel’s Bucky Barnes, Stan has largely managed to fly under the radar. That is, until now. Starring as Mötley Cru?e drummer Tommy Lee in the hit Hulu series Pam and Tommy has planted Stan squarely in the spotlight. The miniseries, which also stars Lily James as Pamela Anderson, follows the untold story of the infamous sex tape seen ‘round the world, which was stolen and leaked during the wild early days of the Internet.

His latest role sees Stan explore the horrors of modern dating in Hulu release Fresh, where he stars alongside Daisy Edgar-Jones as Steve, a seemingly nice guy who is not at all what he seems. “The movie explores the idea of this hero complex, which fucks up all our relationships with each other; the idea that there’s a knight in shining armor that’s gonna come and save the day,” Stan says. “I’ve certainly fallen into the trap of wanting to be that strong guy who isn’t going to be vulnerable.”

Exclusively for L’OFFICIEL, Stan speaks with friend and former costar Margot Robbie about transforming himself for a role, on-set chemistry, and his favorite rom-coms.

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MARGOT ROBBIE: I’m gonna start way back at the beginning, when you were conceived—no, I’m joking, not that far. We physically met during the chemistry read for I, Tonya, but I had seen your tape before. I don’t know if I’ve told you this, but I didn’t recognize you at all. I think you were wearing a turtleneck and you may have even grown the ‘stache. I remember being like, “Wow, this actor is so good, who is this guy? He’s going to be such a find.” And then I looked you up and I was like, “Holy shit, it’s the hot guy from Gossip Girl and those Marvel movies!” Since then, I feel like you just keep transforming. I wanted to ask you about the more physical transformation, particularly when it comes to Pam and Tommy and Fresh. Is that something you find helpful?

SEBASTIAN STAN: I feel like the physical stuff always helps us, right? Because I’m such a self-conscious person with regard to my “Sebastianisms.” Having to morph into something that’s not really you is scary, but it stops me from judging myself.

MR: Do you wanna know a Sebastianism that I’ve noticed? You cover half your face with your hand when you laugh. I love it.

SS: [Laughs.] Yeah, I do do that. That’s also my favorite emoji, by the way.

MR: But I totally get what you’re saying. I feel like the less I look like myself and the less I sound like myself, the more separate I am from the character. That being said, what drives you to make the choices that you make? Even if I hadn’t worked with you, and I didn’t know you, I know I would be a fan of yours because of the risky characters you play and the projects you sign onto with so many first or second-time directors.

SS: This line of work takes a lot out of you, so I think it’s about finding something that you can really sink your teeth into so that you can justify the sacrifices you make. It’s funny, but a lot of the answers to these questions go back to I, Tonya. That experience honestly raised the bar for me. Between you and [the director] Craig Gillespie and the great script and amazing team—it was the first experience I had where I witnessed filmmaking as a machine. Working with you was a lightning bolt moment for me, because I realized I was at my best opposite strong women. I’ve gotten to work with Jessica Chastain and Julianne Moore and Lily James, and I feel like that’s my lane.

MR: It sounds like just a nice thing to say, but I’m only as good as the actors that I work with. When we did the I, Tonya chemistry reads, I tried not to get my hopes up about anyone in particular, but with you, one minute in and I was like, This is it! Did you get to do chemistry reads for Pam and Tommy or for Fresh? Or did you just get lucky and happen to have great chemistry with both costars?

SS: I didn’t. The script in Fresh had these ridiculous dance sequences, so I sent [the director] Mimi Cave this video of me in the kitchen—I took this huge steak knife and just started dancing to ‘80s music. So she saw that, and I guess that did it. Daisy Edgar-Jones had signed on to the project, and I knew, having seen her work, that she would be somebody that would anchor this thing and lead it in the right direction. I had never met Lily James before Pam and Tommy, not until Craig had Lily and me over to his house and he was like, “What’s up guys? Should we rehearse?”

MR: Fresh is so good. I’m actually a little bit glad that we’re doing this over Zoom because I’d be genuinely terrified to be in a room with you right now. I completely lost my head watching it, to be honest; it’s so brilliant and so fucked up.

SS: We were really lucky because everyone was very open to what Daisy and I wanted to do; we didn’t want to fall into anything gimmicky. It starts out like a romantic comedy, and you’re supposed to see that there’s a potential between the main characters, but the truth is this guy is sort of obsessed with her. That scene to me, where Daisy’s character wakes up strapped to his bed and is realizing what’s going on, everything shifts. You see her go from, Wait a minute, is this really happening? To, Oh, my God, it is happening. She grounds the movie from then on. We’ve been raised with this narrative that you’re going to meet someone who will instantly open up and understand you, and then you’ll be together for the rest of your lives. The movie’s a little bit of a commentary on that—how you fall for somebody because you’re starved for real connection, but is that person really who they say they are? Maybe we need to step back for a second and go, okay, I feel an intense thing here but let me just suss it out before—
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Audio/Interview: ‘Happy, Sad, Confused’ with Joshua Horowitz (with Screen Captures)

Sebastian was interviewed by Joshua Horowitz for ‘Happy, Sad, Confused’ to talk about the MCU along with ‘Fresh’, check out the clip below. You can check out the interview wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts (Spotify, Apple, iHeartRadio etc) or you can subscribe on Patreon to view the video version. I’ve added screencaps of the interview to the gallery.


Photos/Video: 2022 EE British Academy Film Awards

Sebastian attended a variety of events for the 2022 British Academy Film Awards in London this past weekend. You can find high quality photos in the gallery now.


Press: Sebastian Stan breaks down Pam & Tommy finale and if he’d return for a second season

Warning: This article contains spoilers about Wednesday’s finale of Pam & Tommy. — For Pam & Tommy, reality proved to be stranger than fiction. All throughout the eight episodes of Hulu’s limited series, the show told the unbelievable true story of how Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee’s private sex tape was stolen from a safe in their house and sold online without their consent. And the eighth and final episode (now streaming on Hulu) detailed how the aftermath of the tape’s release contributed to the end of Anderson (played by Lily James) and Lee’s (played by Sebastian Stan) marriage — but many of the messier, controversial details of that particular story weren’t actually shown onscreen.

While the finale featured a devastating scene in which Lee blows up at Anderson, screaming in her face, throwing the coffee table, and violently breaking things in their home, it’s not until the end of the episode that a chyron reveals how bad things actually got between them in real life. The credits reveal that Anderson filed for divorce from Lee two months after his arrest from a physical fight in the couple’s kitchen in which he pleaded no contest to felony spousal battery and was sentenced to six months in jail.

Stan is glad that the producers decided to keep that moment out of the final script because he thinks it’s not essential to the specific story being told in the series. “The idea is so much bigger — it focuses on them but obviously there’s much bigger implications here that we need to be thinking about that I’m not even sure we’re processing yet,” Stan tells EW. “And everything else that we’re dealing with happened at the earlier portion of their relationship and all these other things came much later. The two of them were together, on and off, for at least seven years, if I’m not mistaken, and that’s a whole other chapter that we don’t see with how it pertains to the timing of this American crime.”

Because the show is about the release of the tape and the impact it had on their relationship in addition to pop culture, Stan says it was the right call to keep the finale focused on that. “It’s about what did it say about America and about the internet and the media and how we are very much driven in many ways for profit and consumerism — we don’t stop at the repercussions of how it might impact anybody on a human level, because they’re celebrities, maybe you can get away with it. But no,” Stan adds. “Because now, by the way, it’s not just celebrities. It is social media, Instagram and Facebook and these companies that don’t take any credit for any of the damage that they’re inflicting on on teenagers. I mean, teens are being bullied right now on the internet, in the same way. Everyone could be the victim of invasion of privacy.”

That idea of exploring a complicated issue that affected not just one couple but also all of society as a whole and could teach people an important lesson is what excited Stan about taking on this role, despite his earlier doubts and hesitations about the project. Continue reading


Press: Sebastian Stan on his drastic Pam & Tommy weight loss: ‘People were telling me I was crazy’ — With all the talk surrounding Lily James’ uncanny resemblance to Pamela Anderson on Pam & Tommy — and the daily four-hour process it took for the English actress to become the blond bombshell — not enough attention has been paid to Sebastian Stan’s own intense physical transformation to play her then-husband Tommy Lee. But ever since Stan debuted on Hulu’s limited series in the premiere in nothing but a tiny thong, tatted and pierced up like the infamous Mötley Crüe drummer, it’s been clear that he’s got his own story to tell about what it took to become one-half of the ’90s tabloid royal couple.

The actor has spent years bulking up to play comic book antihero Bucky Barnes a.k.a. The Winter Soldier in many big Marvel Universe movies, but he says that losing the drastic amount of weight to play the skinny, lanky Lee was actually the most difficult physical process he’s ever experienced in his career. “I was trying to lose weight and I still felt I didn’t lose enough weight,” Stan tells EW ahead of the series finale. “And people were telling me I was crazy and going, ‘You have body dysmorphia now’ — which I always did anyway.”

Stan spent months where he stopped working out entirely to lose as much weight as possible, and then he went even further than that. “I was just running and trying to get 20,000 steps a day, and then I was fasting for 16 to 18 hours a day,” he says. “And that definitely does something, especially if you’re [driving] in traffic. But I’m proud of the whole thing.” Despite the brutal process of fasting and changing up his exercise routine to lose weight rather than build muscle, he wasn’t too worried about the negative effects on his body.

“Anybody that even has a healthy physique to some extent has body dysmorphia,” he says. “Because once you’re going into a peak, the best look possible, which by the way, I don’t care what they say, unless there’s like, magic formulas out there — which there are but some of us are not in that pocket — your body can only be at peak 100 percent for like maybe a week or something. At least, how I’ve experienced it; and I mean diet and exercise and tanning and water and lighting and everything. And then you spend the rest of the time going, ‘I’m not what I used to be.’ But it’s just all in the head.”

It took a long time for Stan to feel comfortable taking on the role of Lee, purely because of the physical aspect. “When [director] Craig Gillespie called me and said he wanted me to play this part, I thought it was a joke,” he says with a big laugh. “I don’t think I felt good about it … I don’t think I felt like I could do this until the camera test, the first time we applied the tattoos and the piercings and the costume and the hair was dyed and the whole thing.”

When Stan saw himself as Lee, alongside James as Anderson, that’s when he finally felt like he maybe could do this part justice. But that didn’t mean he stopped doubting himself throughout all of filming. “It was always difficult because I just wasn’t the same frame as him,” he says. “I had to lose so much weight, and the drums were a real pressure for me; I’d never played any instrument before and I had to learn. The whole thing felt like this just ginormous mountain to climb and there was always a little bit of an unsettling feeling about it. But I thrive well in discomfort, especially at work. It pushes you and as long as you can manage and handle it well, you can grow from it.”


By the end of production, Stan started noticing how his new/temporary rockstar look was impacting his daily life — and he definitely didn’t hate it. “People serve you coffee differently when you have tattoos, I’ve got to tell you,” he says with another laugh. “I’ve always debated a tattoo and I’ve never done it. I never got one so the little boy in me, with the tattoos, was definitely having a field day, enjoying it.”

That’s why, despite his initial hesitation and lingering feelings of discomfort, he doesn’t regret taking on a role that required him to change so much about himself. “The physical transformation is a very important part to the acting process, and whether it’s him or a fictional character, I look for those things because I get tired of myself,” Stan admits. “I do! I don’t want to do the same thing over and over again. I know my Sebastian-isms and the things that I do so I like to be challenged. And the physical aspect of it, whether it’s losing weight or gaining weight or changing hair color, it shifts perspective.”
He just wishes he had more time to prepare, lose more weight, and learn how to inhabit the character even more than how it turned out on the series. “The biggest obstacle that we had, honestly, was that we shot this so quickly,” he says. “The turnaround times were brutal and when you have to consistently maintain a certain kind of energy … in a perfect world, we would have had more time.”

All eight episodes of Pam & Tommy are now streaming on Hulu.


Audio/Interview: Sebastian Reminisces About His Time on Gossip Girl on Jessica Szohr’s Podcast ‘XOXO’

The newest episode of XOXO with Jessica Szhor was released today with the guest being none other than Sebastian! During the nearly hour long podcast Sebastian and Jessica reminisce about their days on ‘Gossip Girl’, New York City, and about the incredible evolution of his career since he was a guest star/recurring character on the show.

You can check out the interview wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts (Spotify, Apple, iHeartRadio etc) — or simply hit the play button on the player below via Spotify!


Photos: 2022 Film Independent Spirit Awards + IMDb Portraits

On March 6th, Sebastian and his ‘Fresh’ co-star Daisy Edgar-Jones attended the 2022 Film Independent Spirit Awards together where they later went on to present during the live show.

In addition, Sebastian and Daisy also stopped by the The IMDb Portrait Studio during the event to pose for some fabulous new portraits together.

You can find high quality photos from both the event and portraits in the gallery.


Press: ‘Pam & Tommy’ Stars Sebastian Stan, Lily James on Justice for Pamela Anderson, Internet Infamy and That Wild Talking Penis –Lily James and Sebastian Stan spent months working together on the set of Hulu’s “Pam & Tommy.” Yet when they recently reunited for a photo session it was a bit jarring to both actors.

“I barely met Sebastian out of Tommy Lee, and he barely met me out of my Pamela Anderson,” James says. “It was really surreal to do even the Variety shoot. We were like, ‘Oh, hey, so that’s what you look like!’”

That’s a testament to the amount of work James and Stan put into studying and emulating the real-life characteristics of Anderson and Lee — and just how well the production’s hair, makeup and wardrobe crews perfected their physical transformation. The look is so spot-on that when Hulu released the first photos of the “Pam & Tommy” stars in May, it quickly went viral on social media. “I was blown away,” Stan says. “The hair and makeup team deserve all the accolades that they can get.”

Of course, there’s a bit of irony to “Pam & Tommy” breaking the internet. In the series, which premieres Feb. 2, James and Stan play the “Baywatch” star and Mötley Crüe drummer as the couple meet, fall in love and then make a private recording that is ultimately stolen — becoming the first infamous viral video of a burgeoning online age.

The tape was shared and played at parties like it was contraband. Dubbed VHS copies spread across the world, as it was sold and traded on the then-brand-new World Wide Web. It later inspired a whole cottage industry of celebrity sex tapes, most of which were purposely leaked — unlike this one.

“I remember hearing about it as if it was like a Yeti,” says “Pam & Tommy” executive producer D.V. DeVincentis. “Like, you couldn’t necessarily assume it was true. It definitely had this sort of aura of a rumor, and something apocryphal. And then finally somebody put it in front of me and I saw it.”

And yet, there remain many misconceptions about what really happened, and who was really to blame. Over time, the actual story of the tape’s theft and how it victimized both Anderson and Lee — but at very different levels — has been lost to the memory of late-night punchlines and sophomoric snickering.

For the stars, producers and directors of “Pam & Tommy,” there was a sense that they were on a mission to correct that record — and in particular, perhaps find a little recompense for Anderson. “Pam & Tommy” is really three stories in one: a heist thriller retracing how the tape fell into the hands of a disgruntled construction worker; an unconventional love story about two celebrities whose relationship became more public than they ever could have imagined; and a societal critique on how the media, the justice system and the public all failed Pamela Anderson.

“It’s an important story, I think, from being able to understand what the impact of that media tornado really was,” says Stan. “For them as a couple but particularly for her as a woman. I can’t imagine what having a private home video stolen from you — how that wouldn’t impact a newlywed couple.”

“Pam & Tommy” is adapted from a 2014 Rolling Stone article by Amanda Chicago Lewis that finally told the true, although somewhat unbelievable, story of how the tape went public. Lewis managed to locate and extensively interview the man who pilfered the tape, Rand Gauthier — played in the series by Seth Rogen (who also executive produces) — and he revealed the implausible tale.

Gauthier, whose father memorably played Robin Hood in “When Things Were Rotten,” was an electrician working inside Lee’s Malibu estate until the rock star fired him and his team without pay. According to the article, when Gauthier returned to pick up his tools, Lee waved a shotgun in his face and refused to let him retrieve those items. That’s when the handyman, bent on revenge, hatched a preposterous scheme: He’d sneak onto the estate by wearing a fur rug over his back to make it look like the couple’s dog, then steal a safe hidden in their garage and drive it away in a rented U-Haul.

Somehow, the plan worked. Gauthier took the safe up into the mountains and found expensive watches, jewelry and guns — plus a mysterious Hi8 videocassette. After watching the tape, Gauthier, who had dabbled in adult films, figured he’d profit off his findings. He partnered with porn-producer pal Milton “Uncle Miltie” Ingley (played by Nick Offerman in “Pam & Tommy”) to find a buyer. Continue reading


News: Searchlight Pictures Picks Up Thriller ‘Fresh’ Starring Daisy Edgar-Jones & Sebastian Stan Ahead Of Sundance Premiere — Searchlight Pictures has acquired worldwide rights to Legendary Entertainment’s thriller Fresh, starring Daisy Edgar-Jones (Normal People) and Sebastian Stan (Pam & Tommy), ahead of its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival slated for next week. The first feature from director Mimi Cave will stream exclusively across Disney’s platforms, debuting on Hulu in the U.S. on March 4, with a Latin American premiere on Star+ and a Disney+ unveiling in all other territories to take later this spring.

Fresh follows Noa (Edgar-Jones), who meets the alluring Steve (Stan) at a grocery store and—given her frustration with dating apps—takes a chance and gives him her number. After their first date, Noa is smitten and accepts Steve’s invitation to a romantic weekend getaway, only to find that her new paramour has been hiding some unusual appetites.

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