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Pamela Anderson has made a career out of bouncing back. Having made the tricky segues from pinup to camp action heroine to Internet video star to, now, sitcom actress, she is back with a second season of Fox's Stacked (Wednesdays at 8:30 pm/ET), on which she stars as party-girl-turned-bookstore-employee Skyler Dayton. How has she deflected the slings and arrows of critics? TVGuide.com stole a few minutes with Anderson to talk about her resolve, her romances and her radio-show-host buddy 

Howard Stern — but not before we got one pressing question out of the way.

TVGuide.com: You and I were born exactly a month apart, same year and everything. What do you think that means, Pam?
Pamela Anderson:
I don't know.... That we're the same age? [Laughs]

TVGuide.com: Hmph. What sort of learning did you bring from Stacked's first season into this one?
Anderson:
We've been doing Season 2 for so long now, Season 1 is a blur. It's just been a lot of fun. The cast is really gelling now, it's more like a family — in the first year, I was pretty intimidated by all these real actors. [Laughs] Back then, I was just trying to keep up and see what being on a sitcom was really like; now I'm coming to work and having fun and the shows are coming off a lot more naturally.

TVGuide.com: You, of course, took a lot of hits. How did you steel yourself for such rough reviews?
Anderson:
Yeah, we took some hits but then some of the same people that didn't really like us last year came back with good reviews this season. So I think we kind of won them over. Any show takes time [to catch on]. Here, I told everybody, "Brace yourself, I'm on the show, we're going to get bashed. You guys might not be used to it, but I am, so have a thick skin." I have a hurdle with my history on television and everything, but I think we're all getting through this fine.

TVGuide.com: This week's episode guest-stars your gal pal Jenny McCarthy, which I imagine has to set some sort of record for... something.
Anderson:
This episode is probably more what people think the show is about, and it is probably the most T&A kind of episode that we'vd had. The shows are usually smart and funny and silly, but in this one there's actually a lot of boob-grabbing and hair-pulling. We did actually go there, so this is the episode to watch if you're into that!

TVGuide.com: One of your old boyfriends, Kid Rock, popped up in last week's season opener. Is ex-husband Tommy Lee waiting in the wings?
Anderson:
Tommy is dying to be on the show. He's like, "When can I be on? When can I be on?" So we'll see. I mean, I like the guest stars but I love the shows where you really get to know the cast, which is even more fun.

TVGuide.com: Speaking of you and Tommy Lee, who are you sick of reading about in the tabloids?
Anderson:
I don't read the tabloids! I don't read them!

TVGuide.com: What's the wildest rumor you've ever heard about yourself?
Anderson:
Oh boy, there are so many. I've had everything from, like, I was an alien to, who knows, so many things. I don't know where the truth ends and the rumors begin sometimes. [Laughs]

TVGuide.com: Is it true that you were very upset by your Comedy Central roast?
Anderson:
Oh god, I was never upset about the roast. I was laughing the hardest of anybody!

TVGuide.com: I only caught the last five minutes; were the previous 55 as brutal?
Anderson:
They were brutal, and you know what? Unfortunately or fortunately, I think it's funny. When my mom and dad told me, "We didn't get the roast up in Canada," I was, like, "Oh, that's too bad! Shucks, you missed it!" I'm glad grandma didn't see that. But me, I loved it, although I couldn't believe they were going where they were going. In February the uncensored DVD comes out. People don't realize I sat there for four hours, so there's a big uncut version coming out which is a slaughter. It's not a roast, it's a slaughter.

TVGuide.com: Will you be offering DVD commentary? Like, "This is the part where I wanted to curl into a ball and disappear?"
Anderson:
[Laughs] No. I've made a career out of being made fun of, so I've learned to take the punches and not crumble. I wouldn't sit through something I couldn't handle. A lot of my friends said, "I could never have done that," and I'm like, "Well, I did!"

TVGuide.com: Is there a special fella in your life these days?
Anderson:
Nobody. Just my kids.

TVGuide.com: Are guys afraid to ask you out?
Anderson:
No, it's not that. It's just that taking care of my family, combined with working, is a full-time job. I just have no interest [in dating] at this point.

TVGuide.com: How has life changed for you since you were diagnosed with hepatitis C?
Anderson:
Well, people can live their whole life with hepatitis C and not even know they have it. I don't have any of the symptoms, I feel really healthy, and every time I get checked, my liver is healthier and healthier.... It's a little bit of a wake-up call but it's more about how you feel. I'm doing just fine, so my life hasn't really changed that much.

TVGuide.com: Your sons [by Tommy Lee] are now ages 7 and 9. Are they getting to be a handful?
Anderson:
Oh, they're a handful, but so am I — we're a good match! God picked a good mom for them because look at what else I've handled. Believe me, I've handled a lot crazier situations than my children, that's for sure. They're a walk in the park!

TVGuide.com: You're never shy when doing Howard Stern's radio show. Will you be one of his first guests when he moves to the uncensored realm of satellite?
Anderson:
I haven't talked to him in a while — I may talk to him this week — but who knows? I'm curious to see what he's going to do with his new show. I love Howard, we're good friends.

TVGuide.com: Personally, I don't see him using satellite as an excuse to bluntly trot out curse word after curse word. That'd come across as artificial.
Anderson:
It's nice to have boundaries because as long as we have them, we can cross them a bit, and that's what perks interest. If you have full freedom, what do you do? I'm sure he has a lot of really great ideas and I'm a big fan, so I'll definitely be checking it out.

TVGuide.com: Speaking of checking things out, what will a person find at your official website, PamelaAnderson.com? A "page unavailable" warning from NetNanny?
Anderson:
Oh no, just the usual kind of fan stuff. I do a diary, and when I go to different places and events, I'll take backstage pictures with my own camera and then put them on there. It's very personal.

TVGuide.com: Are you computer savvy?
Anderson:
I'm probably more computer savvy than you think, but less than I should be. [Laughs]

TVGuide.com: Let me guess, your 9-year-old puts you to shame?
Anderson:
My 9-year-old puts me to shame, you're right!