Pamela Anderson, Star Struck
Pamela Anderson and I have so much in common, it’s almost scary! We could practically be sisters. We are both blonde and thin. We both have sons named Dylan. We love animals, we own dogs and enjoy the beach. We like to cook, we grew up in small towns. She is on a show about a bookstore, Stacked, and I spend hours in the real bookstore. But the biggest similarity would have to be that we both like to write.
Six years ago I was visiting California, I had not yet made it my home. I was at Knott's Berry Farm waiting for my son to get off the carousel. Standing next to me was a small woman with a fabulous figure. I was pregnant and feeling bloated and fat and all together hideous.
I turned to look longingly at the ultra flat stomach belonging to the person next to me and…noticed a barbed wire tattoo around her bicep. Could it be…? Was it..? YES. It was.
I tried to come up with something clever and witty to say but drew a blank. Her boys got off the ride and I felt uncomfortable intruding upon their time together. That didn’t stop me from staring at her and smiling like a complete moron. Now, six years later, I have come full circle and finally get to chat with Pamela!
I believe Pam has a duel personality. One where she is a glamour queen and another where she is a humble mother and humanitarian. Her dedication to helping others certainly inspires me and in all my gossip reading, I don't think Ive ever seen this woman with a nanny taking care of her kids. I admire many things about Pam on a basic level. Take away the fanfare and the flashbulbs and there is a genuine person with a big heart. Who happens to write fun books.
I enjoyed her novel Star and the sequel Star Struck. I like to relax with beachy reads and that's what Pam's novels are all about.
If you stayed in Canada and lived in the small town you grew up in, would you be a writer holed up in a cabin writing novels or would you be doing something else?
When I was in Canada I was a fitness instructor - who knows maybe I'd still be making people do sit-ups. I should do that now anyway as people are getting so unhealthy and obese. That's part of the reason I promote vegetarianism - its not just better for the animals for for people too.
What do you say to the critics who write negative reviews, does this bother you? Star and Star Struck are loosely based on your life- so does that fact make the negative reviews more personal and hurtful?
I wrote the book for fun, not for critical acclaim. I never imagined Star would become a NY Times bestseller – though I certainly can’t take all the credit for that. I never expected to be hailed as an incredible writer; I just wanted to share some stories. With anything I do publicly, there will be people who love it and people who hate it – I learned a long time ago not to get too concerned with the negative stuff. You can’t please everyone!
If you were stripped of your fame and fortune, would you change from the person you are right now?
I think so. I’d still be a mom, I’d still be an activist, I’d still care about the things I do now. Money and fame aren’t my priorities and never really were. I sort of stumbled into the “celebrity” world, but I stayed the same person.
When I come over for dinner, will you make me a black bean lasagna with soy cheese? What is your favorite vegetarian meal?
I love anything with tofu, and I love Asian food, so I’d probably make some tofu and vegetables with peanut sauce. But we'd start with hummus. I’m very much a kitchen person – you may one day see me hosting my own cooking show. Something like Baywatch but instead of a red bikini, you’ll see me on the beach wearing a red apron and cooking.
Do you have a ritual each time you sit at your desk to write? Personally, I need lots and lots of coffee, sometimes green tea.
My co-writer Eric Shaw Quinn and I get together for breakfast and talk about the stories, really fine-tune them. It helps me to discuss things out loud and swap ideas, rather than sit at a desk by myself.
Would you ever give up acting for writing? And what is your favorite part of being a writer? Is it the fact you can sit in your pajamas all day and not have to go out if you don’t want to?
My favorite part about writing is that I can do it from home and don’t have to work set hours, so I can spend more time with my kids. That’s the most important thing to me.
Do you watch television? Go to the movies? What is your idea of a great day? Im guessing it has something to do with a walk on the beach…
I don’t watch much TV or see many movies; I’d much rather be outside. I was always a tomboy, so I love being athletic and in the outdoors, running on the beach with my dog or playing sports with my kids.
I think we all imagine your life as totally glamorous and exciting, what is the truth? Do you ever have moments where you want to be anonymous?
My life revolves around my kids. I take them to soccer practice, I go to PTA meetings. Every so often I go to glitzy events for Stacked or to help PETA and other charities, but most of the time I’m just a regular mom, shopping for groceries and picking the boys up from school.
Do you find that writing is better than therapy? Do you keep a journal? Do you like to be alone? Writing is very solitary.
I write with Eric, and it’s a fun collaborative effort. It is kind of like therapy, taking these stories, some of which are based on real-life events or people I’ve known, and just taking them over the top.
When you are an old lady with grandchildren and still with the big blonde hair and smoking body, what do you want to be remembered for the most?
I'd like to be remembered by 2 simple words.... any 2 words, as long as they're simple! I hope people remember me someone who stumbled into the spotlight and then shared it with things that need more attention in the world, such as animal rights, gay rights, and disease prevention.
Growing up, I never imagined I’d have the opportunity to really make a difference, but I hear from people all the time who say they went vegetarian because of an ad I did, or they stopped wearing fur because of a video I narrated. That’s a wonderful feeling, to know you’re affecting people in a positive way, and I hope I can continue to do that...