Canadian-American actor, model and environmental-animal rights activist Pamela Anderson now lives in the south of France. The forever-blonde bombshell isn’t just channeling Brigit Bardot in her ‘French Evolution’ photo shoot, lensed by Cedric Buchet for Porter Magazine #33 Summer Escape 2019. Styled by Maya Zepinic, Anderson now lives in France. / Hair by Karim Belghiran; makeup by Pep Gay
Pamela Anderson is living her own best life, always moving to the beat of her own drum. At the time of her interview with Vassi Chamberlain, a large part of the interview was devoted to her year-old relationship with French team soccer player Adil Rami.
Anderson expressed no second thoughts about the physical aspect of their 18-year age difference. But like a true wise woman Anderson said “It’s not a physical issue. But I feel that he has so much life to live. I told him to go to Brazil for a year. Do something… find yourself.”
The two have broken up before, when Anderson suggested that Rami spend more time with his children and perhaps even reconcile with their mother. She moved to a different house in southern France — one with no PlayStation, the Playboy babe reveals.
For now they are going strong.
She describes being in a relationship with a soccer player 18 years younger as “self-sabotage”. “Yes, it’s fun. It’s taking chances. It’s not doing what everybody tells you to do. And you know, I guess I didn’t choose people – they chose me, and they were very persistent. I didn’t chase them.”
So, who would she describe as the most persistent, Chamberlain asks. “I think Adil,” she starts, then changes her mind. “No, Tommy (Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee, who is father to Anderson’s two sons.). Adil reminds me of my relationship with Tommy because he will just not let me go; if I’m running away or saying I don’t want this anymore, there’s just no chance of that. Even my mom says, ‘Just give up, you’re not getting away from this one.’ He does the craziest, wildest things but not in a bad way. He’s very, very strict; he’s taught me a lot about discipline.”
Like Brigit Bardot, now 84, Pamela Anderson is a long-time animal rights activist. She works closely with various organizations, including Peta, Cool Earth and the National Domestic Violence Hotline. What’s the cause that “hits her in the gut”, asks Chamberlain.
“I’m not species-ist, you know, so I think that animals are just as important as humans.” She was already involved with animal charities when she joined the cast of Baywatch. “My first Christmas card to all the crew was a picture of my golden retriever, Star, wearing a watch, with the caption: ‘Every five seconds an animal is lost to animal experimentation.’”
A devotee of Carl Jung, the Swiss psychiatrist and psychoanalyst who founded analytical psychology and concepts including the “collective unconscious’, Anderson prides herself on being an intermediary between “the radicals” and everyone else. Jung’s book ‘Memories, Dreams, Reflections’ made a strong impression on her.
“I don’t think you’re a bad person if you eat meat, but don’t wear fur or use plastic.”
When Yanis Varoufakis, the economist and former Greek minister of finance, who she describes as “brilliant and charming” (they met through her foundation), recently asked her what she wanted to ban in France, she said: “Foie gras, just stop it.”
Involved in numerous eco-friendly, green initiatives over thye years, Anderson says she’s often been ahead of the curve. The time is right for her new line of vegan handbags made from apple skins. She’s funding the project herself in collaboration with Ashoka, a global network of social entrepreneurs and activists. “I’ve been funding vegan things for years and it never went anywhere. I was ahead of my time…” The line, which she says will be “very chic and elegant”, will include “radical statements” concealed inside.
The star says she’s also writing a book called ‘Saving Feminist from Feminists’. “It’s too much. At this point, it’s like… it’s boring. Women have superpowers and we need to maintain them and we don’t need to talk about it anymore…”
In other interviews, Anderson has expressed similar thoughts. “I think this feminism can go too far,” she told 60 Minutes Australia. “I’m a feminist, but I think that this third wave of feminism is a bore. I think it paralyzes men.”
In the same 60 Minutes Australia November 2018 interview, Anderson continued: ““I think that this #MeToo movement is a bit too much for me. . . I’m sorry, I’ll probably get killed for saying that.” While she admits to Porter Magazine that Hollywood’s casting couch is real, the former Baywatch star claimed she would’ve never put herself in a compromising position with Harvey Weinstein.
Check in at Net-a-Porter for the entire interview. It’s long and worth the read.