Pamela Anderson On Aging: ‘Getting Older Isn’t The End’

Pamela Anderson talks aging on-and-off screen in a new interview with W Magazine.

“Aging is something we all deal with,” says the actress. “At a certain age, you can find yourself at a loss. Your children are grown. You may have gone through a divorce. You’re trying to find meaning. What’s your purpose now? You’ve raised your kids, and now they think you’re a little crazy, because you’re trying to do all these self-help things. You become distant from everybody. You’re searching for answers.”;

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The 49-year-old actress is exploring what it means to older in a new sci-fi short film that deals with the insecurity that comes with getting older, the desire for physical transformation and spiritual enlightenment in an image-obsessed society. Anderson stars as Jackie, a woman seeking change both inside and out through exercise, meditation, supplements and meditation podcasts voiced by Jane Fonda. It’s Anderson like we’ve never seen her before – stripped down, makeup free, vulnerable – in an uncharacteristically dramatic role. Her role in the film stands as a metaphor for how women “of a certain age”; are treated.

“I’ll try anything,”; Anderson tells the magazine about appearing makeup free. “I’m not one of those people who always has to look a certain way.”;
The movie has the actress reflecting on her own aging. After a brutal divorce to Rick Salomon, Anderson admits to looking back at photos of herself at the height of her “awful”; relationship, thinking she looked “20 years older.”;

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“I know it sounds like a cliche, but happiness has a lot to do with beauty,”; she explains. “Calm, peacefulness and not-constant stress are very, very important to feeling beautiful and confident. And that comes across whether you’re wearing makeup or not. I remember looking in the mirror during filming and saying, “Who is this person? How did I let myself get to this place?'”;

For Anderson, embracing her age is just the beginning: “I actually like aging. I have great older female role models in my life, including my amazing mom, who have glitz, glamour and all sorts of fun. Getting older isn’t the end. I know I have so much to look forward to.”;

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