Pamela Anderson has been in the headlines this year because of Pam & Tommy, a series she did not endorse and refused to cooperate with, despite the fact that it presents a sympathetic portrait of what she went through during the sex tape scandal. Yes, for sure, the dirtbags who exploited her, and the public (that’s us) and the media should be interrogated for their role in her trauma, and this has happened repeatedly with other maligned celebrities over the last several years, including Britney Spears.
That said, Pam just doesn’t seem to have any interest in revisiting her past, even if she’s the recipient of a new round of goodwill and understanding, at least not like this. As she announced last week, she’ll tell her own story on Netflix, via documentary. But… before that…
She’s heading to Broadway.
Just announced today, Pam will play Roxie Hart in a new revival of Chicago for six weeks from April to June. And if you know the story, it’s perfect casting. Chicago is a story that intersects fame, celebrity, and crime. Pamela Anderson is obviously not a murderous housewife who sensationalises her crime, but she knows better than anyone else about being sensationalised without her consent – and she’s one of the most famous women of the last 30 years.
More importantly though, this is Pamela pursuing her own ambitions, ambitions that were derailed because she was essentially caught in a dick fight between dirtbags. Pamela Anderson wanted to be taken seriously as an actor beyond Baywatch. The sex tape scandal made that impossible. And now, 25 years later, she’ll be taking on one of the most iconic and well-known roles on Broadway – acting, dancing, and singing too. As she said in a statement:
“From Baywatch to Broadway. I am inspired by the unexpected. This is it, and I will not hold back anymore. I am letting go. I am ready to see what I’m capable of. For Chicago, I’ll be putting all my cards on the table. I am doubling down — on me.”
I love this plot twist.
Attached – Pam out for dinner with her son Brandon the other night.