The Playboy icon is featured on the cover and in a 12-page pictorial inside the magazine’s last nude issue
LOS ANGELES, Thursday, December 3, 2015 — Playboy magazine announced today that its January/February 2016 double issue, the magazine’s last nude version, will feature Pamela Anderson both on its cover and in a 12-page pictorial inside (issue on newsstands Friday, December 11, 2015).
This is the 14th Playboy cover appearance and 15th Playboy pictorial for the Playmate, actress, activist and icon. Her historic shoot was photographed at the Playboy Mansion by Ellen von Unwerth, and is accompanied by an interview conducted by Playboy Contributor James Franco.
Following are a selection of quotes from Pamela’s conversation with Franco, with the complete interview, pictorial outtakes, and behind-the-scenes video available now at www.playboy.com/pamelaanderson:
On her very first Playboy shoot: “The photographer shot me in one roll of film because I was nervous and throwing up. But then I saw the pictures, and from there it was hard to keep my clothes on! I was painfully shy before, but then it clicked in my head that nobody cares what you look like naked except you. People are more concerned about themselves and their own flaws.”
On her career plans prior to posing for Playboy: “I’ve always been very imaginative, and I thought I would do something creative. I just knew I had to get out of my small town. I never wanted to be in this industry; I didn’t know that option existed for me. It wasn’t something I pursued. But I guess I’ve done pretty well for myself just going with the flow.”
On the craziest thing that’s ever happened to her at the Playboy Mansion: “Oh dear, so much. But you know, when people kiss and tell, they’re usually lying. I don’t want to get too detailed, but I’m sure one of my sons was conceived there. [laughs].”
On how she sees herself: “I don’t think of myself as beautiful, but I know I have a deep, sensual drive. People respond to that more than physicality because your spirit never ages. I’m a bit of an exhibitionist, and I like being playful and having fun.”
On her philosophy on life: “You have to be yourself. That’s the hardest thing to be. I’ve been in professional environments where people have tried to change me, and that’s when I become like the Hulk and just rip them off my back. Then I’m back to being myself. I try to live my life as honestly as I can.”
On her recent return to acting: “Now that my kids are grown, I’ve had fun over the past year doing some great little projects, like the indie film The People Garden and the short film Connected by photographer-director Luke Gilford. These projects are more character driven and unlike anything I’ve experienced before. I’m experimenting. I still don’t know if I’m any good at acting, but I’m taking it a lot more seriously now, and I’m fascinated. I’ve been fortunate to have some incredibly creative people around me who want to give me opportunities.”
On upcoming film projects: “Werner Herzog called me. First I thought, Holy crap, the man who directed Fitzcarraldo wants to meet with me! We had lunch at Chateau Marmont, and he told me, ‘You are something special. You need to be on the big screen.’ I couldn’t believe he said that. He has a project in mind for me, and I hope it materializes. The fact that I’m on his radar is really flattering.”
On what’s next: “I don’t know what’s next, but I feel like something is percolating. I don’t know if it’s a movie or if it’s a love affair, but something is trying to get me, and I’m open to it. [laughs].”
Pamela previously appeared on the following Playboy covers: October 1989; February 1991; July 1992; August 1993; November 1994; January 1996; September 1997; June 1998; February 1999; July 2001; May 2004; January 2007; and January 2011. Pamela was also featured as Playboy’s Playmate of the Month in the magazine’s February 1990 issue.
Playboy’s editorial team is in the midst of a top-to-bottom redesign that will be unveiled with the magazine’s March 2016 issue. The reimagined Playboy magazine will include a completely modern editorial and design approach, and, for the first time in its history, will no longer feature nudity in its pages. Playboy will continue to publish sexy, seductive pictorials of the world’s most beautiful women, including its iconic Playmates, all shot by some of today’s most renowned photographers. The magazine will also remain committed to its award-winning mix of long-form journalism, interviews and fiction.
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