In the upcoming episode of Lip Sync Battle, Tamblyn will battle it out with Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants costar America Ferrera in an epic showdown. Though the episode was filmed back in August, the timing couldn’t have been better.
“It just happens to be the election and Amber just happened to have this great take on it – her first song being centered around Hillary and her second song being centered around Trump,” executive producer Casey Patterson tells PEOPLE. “That was 100 percent Amber’s choice. She had it all in her head. That performance came to us fully baked. She pitched it to us top to bottom.”
After the 2005 conversation between Trump and former Access Hollywood host Billy Bush surfaced on Oct. 7, the actress took to social media to write a heartbreaking yet brave personal essay on her experience with sexual assault.
“I need to tell you a story. With the love and support of my husband, I’ve decided I need to share it publicly,” she began in a lengthy Instagram caption alongside a photo of the GOP nominee planting a kiss on Miss Universe 2012 winner Olivia Culpo.
The actress revealed that she was once sexually assaulted by an ex-boyfriend while enjoying a concert in Hollywood with friends.
I need to tell you a story. With the love and support of my husband, I've decided to share it publicly. A very long time ago I ended a long emotionally and physically abusive relationship with a man I had been with for some time. One night I was at a show with a couple girlfriends in Hollywood, listening to a DJ we all loved. I knew there was a chance my ex could show up, but I felt protected with my girls around me. Without going into all the of the details, I will tell you that my ex did show up, and came up to me in the crowd. He's a big guy, taller than me. The minute he saw me, he picked me up with one hand by my hair and with his other hand, he grabbed me under my skirt by my vagina— my pussy?— and lifted me up off the floor, literally, and carried me, like something he owned, like a piece of trash, out of the club. His fingers were practically inside of me, his other hand wrapped tightly around my hair. I screamed and kicked and cried. He carried me this way, suspended by his hands, all the way across the room, pushing past people until he got to the front door. My friends ran after him, trying to stop him. We got to the front door and I thank God his brothers were also there and intervened. In the scuffle he grabbed at my clothes, trying to hold onto me, screaming at me, and inadvertently ripped off my grandmother’s necklace, which I was wearing. The rest of this night is a blur I do not remember. How I got out to the car. How I got away from him that night. I never returned for my necklace either. That part of my body, which the current Presidential Nominee of the United States Donald Trump recently described as something he’d like to grab a woman by, was bruised from my ex-boyfriend's violence for at least the next week. I had a hard time wearing jeans. I couldn’t sleep without a pillow between my legs to create space. To this day I remember that moment. I remember the shame. I am afraid my mom will read this post. I'm even more afraid that my father could ever know this story. That it would break his heart. I couldn't take that. But you understand, don't you? I needed to tell a story. Enjoy the debates tonight.
“I reached out to Amber to be sure that she was still comfortable,” Patterson says of Tamblyn’s performance. “She was completely — she is very pure and matter-of-fact about it. She shot it months ago, it was conceived months ago. None of us had any idea what could’ve unfolded in the following weeks, but we shot it and it was honest. She loved the performance.”
Despite Trump calling out Saturday Night Live‘s most recent depiction of him, Patterson — who describes Tamblyn’s performance as “fair and balanced” — says she is not at at all worried about Trump’s reaction.
“We don’t worry about things like that,” says Patterson. “This was taped months ago. This was not meant for us to weigh into the political waters at this moment in time and be a reflection or reaction to the Access Hollywood tapes. This is something that was shot prior and is airing in the original time slot.”
The exec. producer adds, “We are just producing our show as we always have and always will.”
Tamblyn’s Lip Sync Battle episode debuts Oct. 19 at 9 p.m. ET on Spike.