SR International: Pamela Anderson Talks Embracing Her Age, Her Special Love For Tommy Lee + More
“Idon’t think I’ve ever had bad sex.” Pamela Anderson is talking about the need for America to have what she calls a “Sensual Revolution” that prioritizes romance. The former Playboy model drops this bomb about her past romantic encounters during an interview while promoting a new memoir and documentary. Pamela Anderson Net Worth
Ms. Anderson, 55—who reportedly has a net worth of $20 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth—is now contending with the legacy of her bada-bing body from the sturdy overlook of middle age. When it comes to her sexualized image, the former “Baywatch” star sometimes ignores it, sometimes regrets it, and sometimes reclaims it. But she never escapes it. “A lot of my career was based on being in a bathing suit, running around on the beach, lip gloss and eyeliner and big hair,” Ms. Anderson says during a Zoom call. “I’m a lot more than that.”
Add Ms. Anderson’s name to the growing list of re-evaluated 1990s celebrities mistreated by the media, whose ranks include Britney Spears, Monica Lewinsky, and Tonya Harding. Ms. Anderson, with her famous breast implants, embodied the kind of celebrity that audiences deemed seductive one minute, trashy the next. Her sexiness did not translate into great wealth, a gaggle of Hollywood friends, or protection from casual disrespect. In her day, sex symbols didn’t parlay their fame into business empires.
Ms. Anderson returns to tell her story against a very different backdrop. Today, plastic surgery is not a shameful secret, and sex tapes don’t have to undermine careers. Sirens model themselves after Kim Kardashian, who gets invited to the Met Gala, makes the cover of Vogue, and runs a billion-dollar brand.
Now, the Pamaissance. Ms. Anderson is drawing the spotlight as she searches for a new chapter.
“Love, Pamela,” Ms. Anderson’s revealing memoir that names names, went on sale on Tuesday. On the same day, a separate project, “Pamela, A Love Story,” arrived from Netflix. The documentary is directed by “Good Night Oppy” filmmaker Ryan White and produced by a team that includes Ms. Anderson’s 26-year-old son, Brandon Thomas Lee.
Here are a few things Pamela Anderson revealed to WSJ. Magazine…
Anderson on what’s at stake with her memoir and Netflix doc:
“I could lose everything. I could gain everything. I just have no concept of what’s happening next,” she says.
Anderson on getting older:
“I think we’re so much more beautiful the way that we are,” she says. “No one wants to hear about natural beauty from me. But I’m not afraid of getting older. I kind of like that I’m not chasing youth.”
Anderson on last year’s Hulu series “Pam & Tommy” (Ms. Anderson says she was not consulted about the show):
“It’s like, I’m right here. Hello? I’m alive. Maybe you want to sit down and talk to me and find out more? But they didn’t,” Ms. Anderson says. A representative for the model-actress says Hulu did reach out to her team, but the staff kept the inquiries from her because they perceived it to be a hurtful project.
Anderson on defying people’s expectations:
“Part of my life is always trying to get over that hump, convincing people that I’m capable of anything because of the image of me,” she says. “And I know I’m responsible for that. But yeah. I’m a Playmate that wrote a book. Sorry.”
Anderson on how she imagines Tommy Lee’s current wife must feel about her memoir:
Mr. Lee, now remarried, has not read the book, she says. “I’m sure it’s going to be annoying to his wife,” she says. “I’d be annoyed.”
Anderson on her love for Tommy:
“I love him in a way like I’ve never loved anybody else, because we had children together, and we had hopes together, we had dreams together,” she says. “I think a lot of circumstances around us we just weren’t mature enough to handle, so I feel like we let our kids down. The more I think about it, the more I wish things were different, but they’re just not and that’s what it is.”
Anderson on currently being without a romantic partner:
“We really need to learn how to be alone before we can be with somebody else,” she says. “No one else is responsible for your happiness but yourself.” Pamela Anderson Net Worth
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