It’s time for Pamela Anderson to speak her truth. In March, Netflix announced that Anderson is “ready to tell her story” in a new documentary, titled Pamela, a love story, and today, the streamer dropped the film’s first trailer.
Last year, the Hulu miniseries Pam & Tommy recounted the story of how Anderson and her ex-husband Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee’s stolen sex tape was released. The show was made without Anderson’s consent or approval and Baywatch star vowed to never watch it. Ever since it aired, Anderson hasn’t commented, but her upcoming documentary will reportedly reveal the actress’ painful reaction to hearing the news of the series’ creation.
“I blocked that stolen tape out of my life in order to survive,” Anderson says in the trailer. “And now that it’s all coming up again, I feel sick. I want to take control of the narrative for the first time.”
The trailer is filled with archival footage of Anderson fleeing the paparazzi and clips of old interviews and home videos, as well as recent footage of her Chicago rehearsals. It also shows a sit-down interview with a fresh-faced Anderson at home, with a slow cover of The Cardigans’ 1996 hit song, “Lovefool” playing in the background. Directed by Ryan White (known for The Keepers, Good Night Oppy and The Case Against 8), the film will include never-before-seen footage, as well as personal journal entries from Anderson.
“I didn’t feel like I had a lot of respect,” Anderson says in a one-on-one interview in trailer, which then cuts to an old interview of the star on the Baywatch set when a reporter asked, “Do you want to be a serious actress?” Anderson responded, “I am a serious actress.” Patronizingly, her answer is met with laughter.
“I had to make a career out of the pieces left, but I’m not the damsel in distress. I put myself in crazy situations and survived them,” Anderson recalls. “I don’t care what people think, cause it’s the only choice I had. If I cared what people think, I wouldn’t be here.”
Pamela, a love story will be released on the same day as her new book, Love, Pamela. Available for pre-order now, the memoir will be published by HarperCollins and Dey Street Books on Jan. 31. “It feels like some kind of miracle — to be retracing the painful steps of my youth,” Anderson shared on Instagram. “I repainted scenes in detail, if it were my childhood or at the Playboy mansion.”
“Just one girl’s messy life,” she continued. “A celebration of imperfections. The book is an unpolished attempt. I had no co-writer. My life — as a mother, as an activist, and as an actress. I am so proud of this book. XO Pamela.”
Pamela, a love story, premieres on Netflix on Jan. 31.