Ryan White was initially hesitant to direct a documentary about Pamela Anderson, but quickly changed his mind once he got to know the woman behind the pop culture icon.
White now hopes that audiences will appreciate Anderson in a new light through Pamela, A Love Story.
"It was a story that needed to be told, because once I read Pamela's manuscript for her memoir ... I thought, this is a wild life story," he tells Sonia Baghdady of Advocate Now. "And so much more important than I had ever realized."
While Anderson is perceived as an elusive, larger-than-life figure, White says his role researching and documenting her story was incredibly "humanizing." Through tales about her children or failed relationships, the American icon became grounded.
"The joy of my job was getting to know this icon and then just realizing how incredibly human and how incredibly relatable Pamela is," White says, continuing, "I think Pamela is an incredibly relatable person considering her stature of fame. So it just felt like if we could bottle that sensation up and and transfer it to to the film format, an audience would also feel that kinship with her."
White shares that he had access to countless home videos and diaries while making the film, as well as Anderson's memoir, "Love, Pamela," which she was in the process of writing while they were making the documentary. While White hopes that the film will do Anderson's journey justice, he knows that it will never capture the full story.
"You always have to be okay with the fact that you're never going to be able to fully do someone justice in a documentary," he says, adding, "I don't think my film can ever fully encapsulate Pamela Anderson. I don't think any film about a person can. But I hope it's a bit of a love letter to her and her family, and that it's a piece of cinema that will last forever that shows who this woman really was."
White says that Anderson embraced the filmmaking process with transparency and honesty, and that Pamela, A Love Story will show a side of the actress never seen before.
"She's just a very rare personality, I think, especially for a celebrity. [She] just wants nothing but transparency and the truth, even if that means showing warts and all," he says.
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