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Brandon & Tommy’s fight to be on ‘The Hills’

Brandon Lee is bracing for his personal life to be televised.

ET’s Katie Krause caught up with the 23-year-old son of Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee at the premiere of his new show, The Hills: New Beginnings. Brandon and his 56-year-old dad made headlines back in March after Brandon allegedly assaulted his father in his bedroom at his home in Calabasas, California, something that Brandon is a little apprehensive to relive on the reality show reboot.

“I mean, that’s something that I’ve tried to keep private between me and my dad, but it’s definitely, you know, it’s inevitable that it spills over onto my show,” he said. “It’s a big part of my life. It’s something that was really prevalent in my life at the time, during most of the filming process. So I think you’ll get to see a little bit of that. It [was] definitely a hard time for both of us.”

“I feel like I was pretty angry when I was filming, so I don’t remember what I said, which is, like, kind of nerve-wracking too. I tried to tell him the other day, like, ‘Dude, I don’t know if I said anything crazy.’ But who knows, you know?” Brandon continued of his dad, with whom he appeared to make up with in December. “I was really upset when all that stuff was going on. But friends fight. He’s like my best friend, so people get over it.”

Last June, following a back-and-forth social media feud between the father-son duo, a source told ET that Brandon was tired of fighting publicly with his dad.

“It’s so sad that Tommy feels the need to keep attacking his son despite Brandon’s pleas to quit their very public feud,” the source said. “Brandon wants to rise above all of this but keeps getting pulled into it and defending himself. Brandon realizes enough is enough and that’s exactly why he removed the video of his father, but Tommy doesn’t seem to want it to end. He seems to want to keep fighting.”

When ET spoke with Pamela — who was married to Tommy from 1995 to 1998 — about the feud, she said that it was their business.

“They’re both adults. Maybe Brandon more so,” Pamela, who will also appear on the reboot of The Hills, said last June. “It’s between them. I wish the best for everybody, but, you know, we’re all growing and learning and this is part of it. It’s too bad, but like I said, it’s the past.”

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Brandon & Dylan Talk Sex, Drugs, and Julian Assange

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It was the paparrazi who first tipped off Brandon Thomas Lee and Dylan Jagger Lee to the fact that their family might not be normal. As the only children of ’90s royalty—Baywatch’s Pamela Anderson and Mötley Crüe’s Tommy Lee—Brandon, 23, and Dylan, 21, were raised in Malibu but sent to boarding school on Vancouver Island, far from the flashing lights of Hollywood. The Brothers Lee are now back in the City of Angels and ready for their close-ups. With countless other ambitious entertainers “giving it 110 percent,” Brandon (an actor who appears on the reboot season of The Hills) and Dylan (one-half of the electro duo Midnight Kids) know that their family name can only get them through the door. They invited Interview’s Thom Bettridge into their six-bedroom joint bachelor pad in Malibu to discuss sex, drugs, and, yes, Julian Assange.

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THOM BETTRIDGE: I really want to talk to you about how you were both raised. What do you think is unique about growing up in L.A.?

BRANDON THOMAS LEE: Life just happens at such an accelerated pace. Everything around you is happening faster. People are losing their virginity five years younger than everywhere else in America. People are getting involved in drugs at a much younger age. When kids in L.A. are 18 or 19, they’re like a bunch of 40-year-olds who have already seen everything. It’s almost like they’re war veterans.

DYLAN JAGGER LEE: Brandon and I went to high school in Canada, so we came back to see our friends in completely different situations than when we left them. L.A. can be amazing, but it can also be the worst. A lot of people think it’s, like, be an actor, be a musician, be a model, or you’re nothing. It’s a pretty dog-eat-dog world.

BETTRIDGE: When did you first realize that you have famous parents?

BRANDON: I have the funniest fucking story about that. The normal thing to do as a parent is, of course, to make your kids feel like everything is normal and fine. I remember one day asking my mom, “Hey, why does everybody take photos of us?” And she said, “Oh, they do that to everybody.” Then, I remember being with one of my friends’ families when I was, like, 10, and we walked into dinner somewhere, and I said to them, “Hey, why does nobody take photos of you guys?”

DYLAN: Brandon was always the test dummy for me. I learned from all of his mistakes.

BETTRIDGE: Dylan, how did your dad respond when you started getting into music? Is he into non-rock music?

DYLAN: My dad loves all music, but I used to hate music back in the day. I didn’t want to make music. I didn’t want to be an actor. I didn’t want to do anything. Then I fell in love with it.

BETTRIDGE: I’ve been seeing a lot of people rocking Mötley Crüe t-shirts recently—wearing metal merch in general. Do you have your own stash at home?

BRANDON: I don’t have any of that shit.

DYLAN: I have never listened to rock music in my entire life.

BETTRIDGE: Really?

DYLAN: Obviously, we would go to the shows. I used to fall asleep to “Shout at the Devil.”

BRANDON: There are lots of try-hard celebrities out there running around in Iron Maiden shirts. I’m like, “Name one Iron Maiden song, please.” As Dylan said, we used to fall asleep to that shit. You’re not fooling anyone with the Rolling Stones or the Clash shirt 5,000 other people have.

BETTRIDGE: It’s very Urban Outfitters.

DYLAN: Very.

BETTRIDGE: Brandon, what made you decide to do The Hills?

BRANDON: I’ve had a pretty crazy life, and I spent the majority of it hiding from the spotlight, trying to be a normal kid. I used to resent all of this. But I’ve come to a point in my life where I want to show people what I’m truly like. There are a lot of misconceptions about the way we were raised—that we’re spoiled, or that we were given everything. But our friends can back this up: Dylan and I haven’t taken a dollar from our parents since we were in high school. We’ve been working our asses off to buy a house, buy a car, and pay for music equipment and acting lessons. It feels better to do it ourselves.

BETTRIDGE: How is it going through this acting journey and this sobriety journey at the same time?

BRANDON: Being sober is the best thing that’s ever happened to me. Three years ago, I was in one of the darkest spots of my entire life. I didn’t want to leave my apartment. I couldn’t do anything. Ever since I got sober, I just feel like everything’s gotten better for me. I’ve become a better actor. I’ve become a better worker. I’ve become a better person. I’m not gonna lie, in L.A. it’s really fucking hard to avoid temptation. Girls. Money. This and that. But my career has become so important to me that partying isn’t worth it anymore.

BETTRIDGE: You grew up surrounded by tons of famous people. Has anyone given you good advice about surviving the rat race?

DYLAN: Someone once told me, “There are thousands of other people giving 110 percent. How can you do more than that?”

BETTRIDGE: What about your mom’s friend Julian Assange? Have you ever met him?

DYLAN: Never.

BRANDON: You know what? I remember being in London, and he was FaceTiming with my mom, talking about some shit. I don’t know, man. That shit’s crazy to me. This little Pamela Anderson from Ladysmith, Canada, became a Playboy model, and now she is mingling with heads of state and the most wanted people in the fucking world.

BETTRIDGE: Have you talked to her about it?

BRANDON: Yes, and it’s so funny. Everyone thinks that she and Julian are dating or whatever. The world’s so crazy like that. She’s definitely got this savior complex—she’s a protector of the beaten down and the underdogs. If you are facing adversity, my mom is going to stand up for you no matter what.
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Pamela Reacts to Brandon Joining ‘The Hills’ Cast

Sharing her support! Pamela Anderson’s son, Brandon Thomas Lee, is heading for reality television after signing onto MTV’s The Hills revival — and his mom stands by his decision.

“It’s his journey,” the Baywatch alum, 51, told Us Weekly exclusively on Friday, June 7, at the Maddox Gallery Los Angeles’ world premiere unveiling of a photograph of her by David Yarrow and a silent auction to benefit The Pamela Anderson Foundation. “He’s invincible. Brandon can do anything. People tell him, ‘You shouldn’t do this,’ but he’s such a talented actor. … He’s on his journey and he’s going to have a great time and I’m sure it’s going to be very, very entertaining because he is so funny.”

The model added: “He’s so wild and that’s what I love about him. … And he’s sober. He doesn’t drink and he has such a great time. For some people, [drinking] actually takes your personality away.”

Anderson went on to say that her son, 23, who she shares with her ex-husband Tommy Lee, is going to be “fun to watch” on the show.

When it comes to the actress’ own projects, she told Us that Brandon and his younger brother, Dylan, always back her decisions. “They support everything I do,” the Lust for Love author told Us, referring to her activism. “They worry about me, just like my mom. They worry because I do get into situations that are really difficult.”

June 24. Brandon will star alongside Brody Jenner, Kaitlynn Carter, Heidi Montag, Spencer Pratt, Justin Bobby Brescia, Jason Wahler and Whitney Port. Alums Lauren Conrad, Kristin Cavallari and Lo Bosworth will be absent from the revival.

Source: US

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