Pamela Anderson Releasing Netflix Documentary on the Heels of ‘Pam and Tommy’

Pamela Anderson has been top of mind recently, thanks to the Hulu series Pam and Tommy. The fictional docuseries recounts what happened after Rand Gauthier allegedly stole Anderson and Tommy Lee’s homemade sex tapePam and Tommy presents one idea of what life was like for Anderson after the sex tape started circulating amid her budding acting career, but Anderson wasn’t involved with the Hulu show whatsoever. Now, fans are finally going to get the truth in an upcoming documentary from the pop culture icon. Here’s everything we know about Anderson’s Netflix documentary. 

Pamela Anderson's headshot; a note from Pamela Anderson promoting her Netflix documentary
Pamela Anderson; A handwritten note from Pamela Anderson | Netflix

Lily James and Sebastian Stan play Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee in ‘Pam and Tommy’ 

Hulu’s Pam & Tommy is based on a 2014 Rolling Stone article by Amanda Chicago Lewis, who interviewed the real-life Gauthier about allegedly stealing the tape and selling it online. In the series, the events that follow directly impact Pamela and Tommy as they attempt to focus on their careers and start a family.

Lily James portrays Anderson in the semi-biographical miniseries despite receiving any direction from the Baywatch star. Marvel Cinematic Universe actor Sebastian Stan plays the Mötley Crüe drummer. Unlike James and Anderson, Stan connected with Lee about the series before its release. 

Pamela Anderson’s Netflix documentary will feature footage from the last 30 years

According to Netflix, the unnamed Ryan White-directed documentary will feature never-before-seen footage and exclusive interviews from the last 30 years. Per the logline: “An intimate portrait embedded in the life of Pamela Anderson as she looks back at her professional and personal path and prepares for the next steps on her journey.”

The untitled Anderson documentary will also feature her journals, allowing fans to “unpack her experience in Hollywood and beyond” (via Netflix). Along with the announcement of the documentary, Netflix released a note from Anderson. It reads:

“My life: A thousand imperfections, a million misperceptions. Wicked, wild, and lost. Nothing to live up to — I can only surprise you. Not a victim, but a survivor. And alive to tell the real story.”

Anderson’s documentary is produced by Jessica Hargrave, Julia Nottingham, Ryan White, and her son, Brandon Thomas Lee. Plus, Josh Braun serves as the executive producer. At publication, a release date for Anderson’s Netflix documentary is unknown. 

Pamela Anderson won’t even watch the trailer ‘Pam and Tommy’ 

Despite Pam and Tommy’s focus on Anderson’s “side” of the story, including the Penthouse court case and depositions, she has no plans to watch the show. “I do know she’ll never, never watch this,” a source close to Anderson told Entertainment Weekly. “Not even years from now. Not even the trailer.”

Production reached out to Anderson before filming and again “in post-production.” Unlike Lee, who has spoken positively about the Hulu series, she wasn’t interested.

“Tommy doesn’t get it,” says the source. “He’s in the same mindset he was at the time: that any publicity is good publicity.”

Stay tuned to Showbiz Cheat Sheet for updates on Anderson’s Netflix documentary. 

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