Gun revolves around the rise of the Sex Pistols and the punk movement in the 1970s, and there were two women who were very important in solidifying this game-changing era. Talulah Riley and Maisie Williams star like Vivienne Westwood and Jordan (aka Pamela Rooke) in the new FX series. HollywoodLife spoke EXCLUSIVELY with the actresses about the collaboration between the fashion designer and her muse.
“I think Jordan was very expressive. She dressed in quite new, exciting and interesting ways at the time, so that’s how those two forces kind of came together,” Maisie said. HollywoodLife at a recent press conference. “I think, in a way, Jordan became almost like a mouthpiece for the Vivienne movement before the Pistols. The Pistols then kind of really solidified the music behind it and the message. But for a long time Jordan, I think, physically embodied everything that Vivienne wanted to create, and was a moving canvas. The two collaborated together and had a relationship until [her death].”
In the 1970s, Vivienne ran a shop on King’s Road called SEX. “I was unaware of Vivienne Westwood’s involvement in the punk movement before doing the show. I didn’t know she created the punk aesthetic, so the safety pins and the symbol of anarchy. She actually designed the symbol of anarchy. That’s what she was doing,” Talulah said.
Talulah noted that Jordan was a “huge draw” to Vivienne’s boutique. “Everyone wanted to go to SEX to just ogle Jordan. She was kind of the supermodel of the time, that’s right, and that kind of niche movement,” Talulah added.
For 8 seasons Maisie played Arya Stark on the HBO series game of thrones. After growing up on the show, Maisie relished the role of Jordan and embraced uncharted territory in her career.
“I felt like I could be someone completely new, and whatever I learned about myself, my body, or my insecurities, I just felt it melt away,” Maisie said. HollywoodLife. “I could build someone completely new. It was really exciting, and I think that’s something I want to try to take with me for the other characters that I play.
Maisie found that Jordan’s style had an impact on hers. “The power of her dress is something I had never really played with before or been the person to experience,” she noted. Playing Jordan, Maisie “really learned about the power of fashion and how we represent ourselves and how that influences the journey we’re on.”
The 6-episode limited series also explores the intersection of fashion and music. In the midst of the punk movement, fashion evolved with the music. Talulah pointed out that fashion and music at the time were “making all the noise possible and just screaming their feelings”. Gun premieres May 31 on Hulu.