Don’t be fooled by her rosy looks – Angelyne isn’t getting pink tickled by the new limited series based on her life.
Emmy Rossum stars as the title character Angelyne, an ’80s Los Angeles poster personality whose mysterious life has become the subject of the new series of the same name about Peacock.
However, the real woman behind the series isn’t too happy with the way the show portrays her life.
The 71-year-old Hollywood legend spoke to Inside Edition about what she thinks of the portrayal.
She explained that “Angelyne” is a fiction and does not fully depict her life. “I took one look at it and refused to look at it,” she said.
She continued, “It doesn’t do me justice. Would you be flattered if someone played you and misrepresented you?”
The show is said to be based on a 2017 Hollywood Reporter article that explained Angelyne’s “true identity,” including her alleged high school yearbook photo as Renee Tami Goldberg.
The icon didn’t take well to Inside Edition’s questions about the exposé. “No, I was born Angelyne,” she insisted. “It’s not my picture.”
According to THR investigations, Goldberg, aka Angelyne, is the daughter of two Polish Holocaust survivors. She created her alter ego and burst into the Los Angeles limelight in the 1980s.
Rossum produced the project with her husband “Mr. Robot” creator Sam Esmail. Filming began in 2020, at which point the ‘Day After Tomorrow’ actress completely changed her look to play Angelyne, spending up to seven hours a day on makeup and even bleaching her eyebrows to complement the blonde bombshell to play.
The costuming of “Angelyne” was so extreme that the “Shameless” grad reportedly got blisters from the plump fake breasts she was forced to wear for filming.
Rossum recently revealed to THR that she spoke to Angelyne while preparing for the series. “The one thing [she] told me that she is a mirror so whatever I saw in her that is the story I should tell and therefore it would be my story and not her story. And I found that so empowering,” said the mother-of-one.
She continued, “I hope she knows that this is a declaration of love to the fun and imaginative and hot pink, Corvette-driving mystery that she is. I hope more people fall in love with her and appreciate what a trailblazer she is as a precursor to social media.”
Rossum shared Angelyne’s advice with Variety during the series’ premiere on Wednesday.
“It was so important to me that she be a part of this and that we could faithfully recreate her iconic billboards,” said the New York native. “And it was really, really important to me that she gets paid for her contribution, not just to the show but to pop culture over the last 50 years.”