Third Eye Blind’s Stephan Jenkins Responded to His Depiction in ‘Pam & Tommy’

In telling the true story of the leak of arguably the first ever celebrity sex tape, the Hulu series Pam & Tommy also functions as a very specific snapshot of the pre-Internet world, and the pop culture landscape of the ’90s in general. This means an uncannily accurate portrayal of Pamela Anderson at the height of her Baywatch fame by Lily James, and a period-appropriate soundtrack full of ’90s bangers.

It also means that the show is stuffed with cameos from famous figures from that era, including musician Stephan Jenkins. The Third Eye Blind lead singer shows up in a scene where he clashes with Mötley Crüe’s Tommy Lee (Sebastian Stan) over who has the right to record in the bigger studio. He is played by Jeffrey Conway.

There’s just one small problem with this moment in the show: Jenkins himself says that it never happened. He even claims that he never even met Tommy Lee, and was not familiar with the drummer or Mötley Crüe prior to the sex tape scandal.

“Mötley Crüe and I’ve never been in the same studio,” Jenkins told Variety. “I recorded my whole first album in Northern California. So we were across the state from each other at the very least… I had never, in fact, listened to Mötley Crüe. I never even heard them. I actually saw Tommy Lee’s penis before I ever heard their band. I was like, ‘Well, good on ya, Tommy. Well done, lad.’ I literally had never heard them. But I somehow saw the sex tape. I’d also never seen ‘Baywatch.’ So I had never seen Pam or Tommy. That was my first introduction to them.”

Executive producer Rob Siegel has admitted that the scene was fictional, but was included to add to the show’s feeling of ’90s verisimilitude. “I did a little quick Google search, what label was Mötley Crüe on? Elektra. Who else was on Elektra? Third Eye Blind,” he said. “The timing was perfect. In 1996 they’re working on their debut album. So the scene is fictional, but I like to think it absolutely could have happened!”

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