Pamela Anderson is moving forward in the process of writing her own story.
On their podcast titled “Armchair Expert with Dax Shepard,” the model and actress sat down with Dax Shepard and Monica Padman to discuss her rapid ascent to stardom in the 1990s, the love, and trauma that followed, getting older, her book, and other topics.
It didn’t take long for people to start referring to Anderson as the quintessential ’90s bombshell beauty. She was the poster that hung on the walls of the bedrooms of teens, the Halloween costume that they donned when they went trick-or-treating, and one of the most well-known faces of the American media around the world.
During the course of their chat, Shepard posed the question to her as to what it is like to have been appreciated almost entirely for her beauty and what it is like to have that change as she has gotten older.
Instantaneously, Anderson, 55, gave his response, “Never in my life did I get the impression that I have any type of remarkable beauty, no. A little bit humorous in appearance, “before speaking up about her enthusiasm to become older.
She said, “I can’t wait to see myself in my old age.”
“I’ve always claimed that when I look in the mirror when I’m elderly, I’ll still recognize myself. I plan to don a little straw hat, my hair will be allowed to get a more natural gray color, and I won’t put on any makeup. To put it another way, that’s the type of condition in which I feel most at ease.”
She continued, “A lot of women, I think, that kind of are these classic beauties have a really hard time with aging,” but she believes that it is easier for her because she has never viewed herself exactly the way that major media outlets have portrayed her. This is because she has never viewed herself as being “classic.”
Explaining further, she said, “I always felt a bit strange looking, so I don’t think it’s as hard for me, and I don’t want to pursue that, and I don’t want to do all the crazy sh*t to myself.”
The celebrity also discussed the double standard that she sees in the way that people style her today in the interview. People believed she was too beautiful to need makeup back in the ’90s, but today they more or less anticipate that she will put it on every day.
“Everyone advised me not to apply cosmetics when I did wear them in the past. I ignored their advice. Now that I’m elderly, I feel that I should simply let things take their natural course “— I quote her.
Shepard made the point that, in his opinion, she is analogous to a character such as Monica Lewinsky or Britney Spears, and he elaborated on this point. Someone who has been through the “apex” of sexism in the media, has survived it, and is now exposing the business for its real colors and expressing their truth is an example of someone who is “exposing the industry for its true colors and speaking their truth.”
Anderson gave his response in light of that contrast, “It’s sort of a strange time for me because you really do feel like you’ve made it through everything that’s happened. However, there has been an outpouring of affection from the younger generation that is participating in TikTok Pamela’s.”
The podcast episode coincides with the release of her new memoir Love, Pamela and her new documentary Pamela, A Love Story, both of which address the same topics that are discussed on the podcast and heavily detail the difficulties the actress had to face as a result of the treatment she received from the media, the public, and men.
“It’s just one girl’s story of how I made it through: a small-town girl going to Los Angeles and just going through all the wild and crazy adventures I did and then circling back and going home,” Anderson explained in an exclusive interview with PEOPLE what these projects have meant to her. “It’s just one girl’s story of how I made it through,” Anderson said.
She said, “I had no clue how much rage I had bottled up inside of me, nor did I have any concept how therapeutic it was going to be not just for myself, but also for those around me, including my mother.” “The process has been one of healing. I am overjoyed to be able to share it, and I pray that it may motivate others.”