Pamela Anderson’s sons convinced her to make the next Netflix documentary

Pamela, a love story hits Netflix on January 31. (Photo: Courtesy of Netflix)

Pamela Anderson is ready to tell her own story.

Details on his authorized Netflix documentary, Pamela, a love storyare revealed by Vanity Room. The project, announced in March on the heels of Hulu’s biographical series Pam and Tommy, comes out on January 31, but it has been in the works for years and features decades of his films and personal diaries. The doc will hit the same day as his memoir Love, Pamela.

Among the things we learned about the film project, helmed by Emmy-nominated documentarian Ryan White (The case against 8), are…

Her sons convinced her to do it

Brandon and Dylan Lee, that the Baywatch alum, 55, shares with her first husband Tommy Lee, encouraged their mother ‘to tell her story on her own terms’ after seeing people tell it for her ‘in a way they don’t think is authentic to who she is,” White said. Brandon, who is a producer for Pamela: a love story and appearing on camera, was crucial for Pam to open up. She said VF that his eldest son “can talk to me about anything with his sincere heart and a fierceness that only a son can have. He wanted to tell my story, authentically and without distortion.”

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 12: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) (LR) Dylan Jagger Lee, Pamela Anderson and Brandon Thomas Lee pose backstage during the opening night of her Broadway debut as Roxie Hart in the comedy musical

Dylan Jagger Lee, left, and Brandon Thomas Lee supporting Pamela Anderson on the opening night of her Broadway debut as Roxie Hart in the musical Chicago on Broadway in April. (Photo: Bruce Glikas/Getty Images)

She shot decades of movies and diaries for the project

The Playboy The model gave full access to her personal videos and diaries – documenting her love life, career and family moments with her sons – without even seeing them again.

“The infamous stolen tape, which we always take great care to call ‘the stolen tape’ and not ‘sex tape’, was just one of hundreds of hours that [she and Tommy] filmed,” said White, who said the film saw Pam – who sat down for her interviews with him sans makeup – “being raw and honest, for better or for worse… Right from the start, she was like , ‘You can ask me anything. I will talk about anything. I’ll be nothing but honest with you about all of this.'”

Pamela, A love story.  (Courtesy of Netflix)

Anderson shares private personal videos for Pamela, A love story. (Photo: Courtesy of Netflix)

During filming, Pam watched home movies for the first time on camera, including her marriage to Kid Rock (on a yacht in St. Tropez) and her debut with Tommy. White said of the footage of Pam and Tommy falling in love: “I think our film will really humanize them…They’re often seen as these larger-than-life characters…maybe even cartoon characters. ” The footage of them meeting is actually “really beautiful.”

All her ex-husbands are in the doc

The VIP star married five men – Tommy ​(1995-1998)​, Rock ​(2006-2007)​, Rick Salomon ​(2007-2008) and​ (2014-2015),​ Jon Peters ​(2020-2020 )​ and Dan Hayhurst ​ ​(2020-2022)​ — and they are all involved in the project. “All of her husbands are part of her story, so they’re in our film, including the most recent one,” White said.

1996 file photo of Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee (Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)

Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee in 1996. (Photo: Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)

She talks about the stolen sex tape

This documentary has been in the works for several years and while making it, she discovered the Hulu series about her and Tommy’s stolen tape. White said it sparked a painful aftershock of trauma unfolding in this new doc, and she uses the film to discuss the impact of the tape being stolen and released to the public once and for all.

“Nobody knew the truth – even I don’t know 100% of what happened, but I think the most important thing is to share my human feelings and how much it hurt me and how it undeniably defined me moving forward — in my career and my relationships,” Pam said.

Pamela, A love story.  (Courtesy of Netflix)

Anderson in Pamela, a love story. (Photo: Courtesy of Netflix)

Pam has no intention of watching the doc

“The documentary, I haven’t seen it,” she revealed, “and I have no intention of seeing it. I’ve given full access to my archives and journals, and I hopefully transparently this makes sense to someone.”

Pamela, A love story.  (Courtesy of Netflix)

Anderson in Pamela, a love story. (Photo: Courtesy of Netflix)

She is still looking for love, but practiced self-love while doing this project

During the making of the film, Pam’s fifth marriage came to an end and this caused her to confront her relationship history for the project. The filmmaker described Pam as a “hopeless romantic” looking for “true love,” and she agreed, saying, “I’m a romantic, and romance is tragedy. I believe in fairy tales.”

White said there were “many love stories” in the film but, “Ultimately, I think the ending of the film is about her putting more of that love into herself.”

Pamela, A love story.  (Courtesy of Netflix)

Anderson’s fifth marriage came to an end during the filming of the film, causing her to come to terms with her relationship history. (Photo: Courtesy of Netflix)

The same day Pamela, a love story is published, his memoir, published by HarperCollins, will also be released.

“Writing my book was therapy,” Pam said.

In October, Pam said People magazine that the book is about everything she’s been through. “Those are all my feelings, about my life – no ‘woe to me’, although some times were tough, I survived and had to find love in grace and dignity mixed with humor, acceptance and forgiveness,” she said.

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