The days of nudity so frequently hanging out with Playboy are quickly and quite ceremoniously nearing their bittersweet end, as the iconic publication's recently announced plans of a major rebranding have officially been put into motion. Pamela Anderson has been revealed as the cover star for the magazine's final nude issue, featuring some fittingly legendary shots from Ellen von Unwerth:

"I got a call from [Hugh Hefner's] attorney who said, 'We don't want anybody else. There's nobody else, could you do the last cover of Playboy?'" Anderson tells Entertainment Tonight in an exclusive. "I was like, 'What? Are you serious?' But then I thought that's probably a good thing. It's hard to compete with the Internet. And the girl next door doesn't exist anymore." However, says Anderson, her decision became apparent when she got the official okay from her kids. "I said, 'Hef just called, he wants me to do the last cover of Playboy,' and he goes, 'Mom you've got to do it,'" Anderson says of telling her 19-year-old son Brandon the news.

Playboy / Ellen von Unwerth
Playboy / Ellen von Unwerth

For reasons not entirely clear, James Franco was enlisted by the Playboy powers that be to conduct the historic cover's accompanying interview. Franco, however, doesn't do too much Francoing and pretty much just engages in a concise though revealing discussion warranting gems like this one involving Werner Herzog:

FRANCO: Tell me about your recent return to acting.
ANDERSON: Now that my kids are grown, I’ve had fun over the past year doing some great little projects, like the indie film The People Garden and the short film Connected by photographer-director Luke Gilford. These projects are more character driven and unlike anything I’ve experienced before. I’m experimenting. I still don’t know if I’m any good at acting, but I’m taking it a lot more seriously now, and I’m fascinated. I’ve been fortunate to have some incredibly creative people around me who want to give me opportunities. Like Werner Herzog called me—

FRANCO: Really? What did he say?
ANDERSON: Well, first I thought, Holy crap, the man who directed Fitzcarraldo wants to meet with me! We had lunch at Chateau Marmont, and he told me, “You are something special. You need to be on the big screen.” I couldn’t believe he said that. He has a project in mind for me, and I hope it materializes. The fact that I’m on his radar is really flattering.

Peep the full interview here. The physical magazine hits newsstands later this month.