Pamela Anderson wants to move back to Canada permanently.

The former 'Baywatch' beauty relocated to Los Angeles from her native British Columbia in the 80s when she first started modelling, but now divides her time between and the Californian city and Vancouver Island, where she says she will probably settle as she feels like she can be herself.

She told The Sun newspaper: ''In Los Angeles I feel like I'm playing a character. I'm going here and there and dealing with things that aren't typical anywhere else.

''At home I feel completely relaxed. My hair's in a ponytail. I have my dad's flannel shirt on and I'm running around. It's great. I am so happy that I'm from there.

''I think people who are from Los Angeles don't always know what else is going on. That's why I get involved in all these other things, because I know Los Angeles is not real.''

Pamela, 44 - who has two children, Brandon, 15, and Dylan, 14, from her marriage to rock drummer Tommy Lee - also added because she has been a Playboy model people expect her not to be intelligent, but she actually comes from an extremely smart family.

She added: ''All my family is in [high IQ society] Mensa - you wouldn't believe that one, would you?

''But they are on both sides. It just skipped me but my kids are really smart.''

Pamela is now using her fame and influence to help the world beat climate change and protect the environment, working with fashion designer Vivienne Westwood closely with a group called Cool Earth, who buy rainforest and give it to indigenous communities.