Pamela Anderson heats up Saint Tropez in new photo shoot, opens up about evolving Hollywood spotlight


Pamela Anderson is loving the Saint Tropez lifestyle!

The 50-year-old actress serves up glamour for W Magazine, teaming up with her old friend, photographer Luke Gilford, for an impromptu photo shoot capturing her summer in the French Riviera.

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"My evil plan was always to semi-retire here," she confessed. "My kids [Dylan Jagger and Brandon Thomas Lee] are grown and they want me to be happy and they want to visit France, so it works out."

"I'm not micro-managing their life in L.A., and we're spending quite a bit of time out here going to museums and experiencing culture and different languages, so it's the best of all worlds. And it was always my plan and something I really aspired to," she continued. "I knew before I turned 50 that I would be living on the French Riviera. And here I am."

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Anderson, who has recently reemerged in the front row of many fashion shows, says she just does it to support her "friends" -- designers like Vivienne Westwood and Stella McCartney -- and her sons, who walk in runway shows, but have other ambitions.

"The boys are just doing this for fun; Brandon's an actor and Dylan's a musician. Brandon gets to be an actor on the runway, and just eats it up and loves it," she explained. "My other son has this plan for his life and is very ambitious and all about the music, so he doesn't really want to do any of this stuff; he turns down stuff all the time. He's very calculated, while Brandon is very on his sleeve."

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PARIS, FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 28: Pamela Anderson attends the Balmain show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2018 on September 28, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Dominique Charriau/WireImage)
PARIS, FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 28: Pamela Anderson attends the Balmain show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2018 on September 28, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images for Balmain)
PARIS, FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 28: Pamela Anderson attends the Balmain show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2018 on September 28, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images for Balmain)
PARIS, FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 28: Pamela Anderson attends the Balmain show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2018 on September 28, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Antonio de Moraes Barros Filho/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 19: *EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS* Pamela Anderson seen visiting her friend Julian Assange at the Ecuadorian Embassy on September 19, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Neil Mockford/GC Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 19: *EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS* Pamela Anderson seen visiting her friend Julian Assange at the Ecuadorian Embassy on September 19, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Neil Mockford/GC Images)
COLOGNE, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 13: Illusionist Hans Klok and Pamela Anderson attend a photocall for their upcoming show 'House of Mystery' on September 13, 2017 in Cologne, Germany. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 11: Actress Pamela Anderson attends Annual Charity Day hosted by Cantor Fitzgerald, BGC and GFI at BGC Partners, INC on September 11, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images for Cantor Fitzgerald)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 06: Pamela Anderson seen taking a vegan lunch to her friend Julian Assange at the Ecuadorian Embassy on July 6, 2017 in London, England. Pamela was in St Tropez earlier this week opening up her new vegan restaurant, 'La Table du Marche by Pamela'. (Photo by Neil Mockford/GC Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 06: Pamela Anderson seen taking a vegan lunch to her friend Julian Assange at the Ecuadorian Embassy on July 6, 2017 in London, England. Pamela was in St Tropez earlier this week opening up her new vegan restaurant, 'La Table du Marche by Pamela'. (Photo by Neil Mockford/GC Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 06: Pamela Anderson seen taking a vegan lunch to her friend Julian Assange at the Ecuadorian Embassy on July 6, 2017 in London, England. Pamela was in St Tropez earlier this week opening up her new vegan restaurant, 'La Table du Marche by Pamela'. (Photo by Neil Mockford/GC Images)
MONTE-CARLO, MONACO - JUNE 18: Pamela Anderson attends the cocktail party of the 57th Monte Carlo TV Festival at the Monaco Palace on June 18, 2017 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by TV Festival-Olivier Huitel/ PLS Pool/Getty Images)
MONTE-CARLO, MONACO - JUNE 18: Pamela Anderson attends the cocktail party of the 57th Monte Carlo TV Festival at the Monaco Palace on June 18, 2017 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by TV Festival-Olivier Huitel/ PLS Pool/Getty Images)
MONTE-CARLO, MONACO - JUNE 16: Pamela Anderson arrives at the Opening Ceremony of the 57th Monte Carlo TV Festival and World premier of Absentia Serie on June 16, 2017 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Tony Barson/FilmMagic)
MONTE-CARLO, MONACO - JUNE 16: Pamela Anderson arrives at the Opening Ceremony of the 57th Monte Carlo TV Festival and World premier of Absentia Serie on June 16, 2017 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Tony Barson/FilmMagic)
OLBIA, ITALY - JUNE 17: Pamela Anderson attends The Costa Smeralda Invitational Gala Dinner at Cala di Volpe Hotel - Costa Smeralda on June 17, 2017 in Olbia, Italy. (Photo by Tony Marshall/Getty Images for Professional Sports Group)
OLBIA, ITALY - JUNE 17: Pamela Anderson attends The Costa Smeralda Invitational Gala Dinner at Cala di Volpe Hotel - Costa Smeralda on June 17, 2017 in Olbia, Italy. (Photo by Tullio M. Puglia/Getty Images for Professional Sports Group)
NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - JUNE 14: Pamela Anderson attends the Global Gift Gala for The Diana Award, hosted by Earl Spencer at Althorp House on June 14, 2017 in Northampton, England. (Photo by David M Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Global Gift Gala)
NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - JUNE 14: Pamela Anderson attends the Global Gift Gala for The Diana Award, hosted by Earl Spencer at Althorp House on June 14, 2017 in Northampton, England. (Photo by David M Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Global Gift Gala)
NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - JUNE 14: Pamela Anderson attends the Global Gift Gala for The Diana Award, hosted by Earl Spencer at Althorp House on June 14, 2017 in Northampton, England. (Photo by David M Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Global Gift Gala)
NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - JUNE 14: Pamela Anderson attends the Global Gift Gala for The Diana Award, hosted by Earl Spencer at Althorp House on June 14, 2017 in Northampton, England. (Photo by David M Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Global Gift Gala)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JUNE 10: Pamela Anderson attends Shepherd Conservation Society's 40th Anniversary Gala For The Oceans at Montage Beverly Hills on June 10, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JUNE 10: Actress Pamela Anderson attends the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society's 40th Anniversary Gala for the oceans at The Montage Hotel of Beverly Hills on June 10, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 10: Pamela Anderson is seen on June 10, 2017 in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by GP/Star Max/GC Images)
MARBELLA, SPAIN - MAY 27: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Actress Pamela Anderson attends the official opening of new summer hot spot 'Playa Padre' in Cable Beach on May 27, 2017 in Marbella, Spain. The exclusive beach club offer a new exciting experience to Marbella social scene and is also committed to donating a percentage of its benefits to Casa Global Gift, a social project of the town of Marbella that supports children founded by Maria Bravo. (Photo by fotopress/Getty Images)
MARBELLA, SPAIN - MAY 27: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Actress Pamela Anderson attends the official opening of new summer hot spot 'Playa Padre' in Cable Beach on May 27, 2017 in Marbella, Spain. The exclusive beach club offer a new exciting experience to Marbella social scene and is also committed to donating a percentage of its benefits to Casa Global Gift, a social project of the town of Marbella that supports children founded by Maria Bravo. (Photo by fotopress/Getty Images)
MARBELLA, SPAIN - MAY 27: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Pamela Anderson attends the official opening of new summer hot spot 'Playa Padre' in Cable Baach on May 27, 2017 in Marbella, Spain. The exclusive beach club offer a new exciting experience to Marbella social scene and is also committed to donating a percentage of its benefits to Casa Global Gift, a social project of the town of Marbella that supports children founded by Maria Bravo. (Photo by Europa Press/Europa Press via Getty Images)
MARBELLA, SPAIN - MAY 27: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Actress Pamela Anderson attends the official opening of new summer hot spot 'Playa Padre' in Cable Beach on May 27, 2017 in Marbella, Spain. The exclusive beach club offer a new exciting experience to Marbella social scene and is also committed to donating a percentage of its benefits to Casa Global Gift, a social project of the town of Marbella that supports children founded by Maria Bravo. (Photo by fotopress/Getty Images)
MARBELLA, SPAIN - MAY 27: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Actress Pamela Anderson attends the official opening of new summer hot spot 'Playa Padre' in Cable Beach on May 27, 2017 in Marbella, Spain. The exclusive beach club offer a new exciting experience to Marbella social scene and is also committed to donating a percentage of its benefits to Casa Global Gift, a social project of the town of Marbella that supports children founded by Maria Bravo. (Photo by fotopress/Getty Images)
MONACO - MAY 26: Actress Pamela Anderson attends the Amber Lounge Fashion Monaco 2017 at Le Meridien Beach Plaza Hotel on May 26, 2017 in Monaco, Monaco. (Photo by Marc Piasecki/Getty Images)
MONACO - MAY 26: Actress Pamela Anderson attends the Amber Lounge Fashion Monaco 2017 at Le Meridien Beach Plaza Hotel on May 26, 2017 in Monaco, Monaco. (Photo by Marc Piasecki/Getty Images)
MARBELLA, SPAIN - MAY 27: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Actress Pamela Anderson attends the official opening of new summer hot spot 'Playa Padre' in Cable Beach on May 27, 2017 in Marbella, Spain. The exclusive beach club offer a new exciting experience to Marbella social scene and is also committed to donating a percentage of its benefits to Casa Global Gift, a social project of the town of Marbella that supports children founded by Maria Bravo. (Photo by fotopress/Getty Images)
MONACO - MAY 26: Actress Pamela Anderson attends the Amber Lounge Fashion Monaco 2017 at Le Meridien Beach Plaza Hotel on May 26, 2017 in Monaco, Monaco. (Photo by Marc Piasecki/Getty Images)
CAP D'ANTIBES, FRANCE - MAY 23: Pamela Anderson attends the de Grisogono 'Love On The Rocks' party during the 70th annual Cannes Film Festival at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc on May 23, 2017 in Cap d'Antibes, France. (Photo by David M Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images )
CAP D'ANTIBES, FRANCE - MAY 23: Paris Hilton (L) and Pamela Anderson attend the de Grisogono 'Love On The Rocks' party during the 70th annual Cannes Film Festival at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc on May 23, 2017 in Cap d'Antibes, France. (Photo by David M Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images )
CAP D'ANTIBES, FRANCE - MAY 23: Pamela Anderson attends the de Grisogono 'Love On The Rocks' party during the 70th annual Cannes Film Festival at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc on May 23, 2017 in Cap d'Antibes, France. (Photo by David M Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images )
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 20: Pamela Anderson attends the '120 Battements Par Minutes (120 Beats Per Minute)' screening during the 70th annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 20, 2017 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Tony Barson/FilmMagic)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 20: Pamela Anderson attends the '120 Battements Par Minutes (120 Beats Per Minute)' screening during the 70th annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 20, 2017 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Tony Barson/FilmMagic)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 20: Pamela Anderson attends the '120 Battements Par Minutes (120 Beats Per Minute)' screening during the 70th annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 20, 2017 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Tony Barson/FilmMagic)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 22: Pamela Anderson attends The Harmonist Party during the 70th annual Cannes Film Festival at on May 22, 2017 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Stephane Cardinale - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 22: Pamela Anderson attends The Harmonist Party during the 70th annual Cannes Film Festival at on May 22, 2017 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Stephane Cardinale - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 22: Princess Camilla of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, Duchess of Castro and Pamela Anderson attend The Harmonist Gala Event during the 70th annual Cannes Film Festival at Club Albane on May 22, 2017 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 16: Actress Pamela Anderson attends Global Gift Gala 2017 at Hotel George V on May 16, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Laurent Viteur/WireImage)
MIAMI, FL - MAY 13: Pamela Anderson attends the world premiere of Paramount Pictures film 'Baywatch' at South Beach on May 13, 2017 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Alexander Tamargo/Getty Images for Paramount Pictures)
PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 16: Actress Pamela Anderson attends the 'Global Gift, the Eva Foundation' Gala : Photocall at Hotel George V on May 16, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Bertrand Rindoff Petroff/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - MAY 13: Pamela Anderson attends Paramount Pictures' World Premiere of 'Baywatch'on May 13, 2017 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Jason Koerner/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - MARCH 06: Pamela Anderson attends the Stella McCartney show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Fall/Winter 2017/2018 on March 6, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Bertrand Rindoff Petroff/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - MARCH 06: Pamela Anderson attends the Stella McCartney show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Fall/Winter 2017/2018 on March 6, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - MARCH 04: Pamela Anderson arrives at the Vivienne Westwood show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Fall/Winter 2017/2018 on March 4, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pierre Suu/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 28: Pamela Anderson leaving Sushi Samba restaurant on February 28, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by GORC/GC Images)
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"I didn't want them to be in this business, and neither did Tommy [Lee]. They're both very smart boys and both got into incredible universities. They're both big achievers. We just wanted to make sure they knew that they could do things other than what we were doing," she added. "They're both doing really good, and are at the age where they can make these choices."

"Of course, Tommy and I are like, 'Oh no,'" she said. "But they're handling it really well because they've been surrounded by all of this their whole lives, so they're very open-minded and can thank uncle David LaChapelle for that."

Anderson's sons are paving their own way in a Hollywood much different than the one she knew.

"Thank God it was different then. There has to be some mystery. People don't want to look at you when they can look at you all day on these things," she confessed. "I don't care. I just don't."

Brandon and Dylan are definitely all grown up. Watch below.


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