Pamela Rabe 'Scaring people is wonderful' TV Week Interview 2020

TV Week Interview “It’s fun being evil” – Pamela Rabe on The Freak’s reign of terror

‘Scaring people is wonderful’
Pamela Rabe, the woman behind “The Freak”, speaks out

The make-up room on the set of Wentworth, has a row of headshots of all the cast. At some point during shooting the latest season, the cast started replacing the photos of themselves with photos of themselves as young children. Pamela Rabe, who plays Joan “The Freak” Ferguson, stuck up a photo of herself as a four-year-old. “I’m gazing at the camera with a very Joan Ferguson expression with a lollipop in my mouth,” Pamela, 61, tells TV WEEK with a laugh. “I’ve just realised that look has obviously been in my arsenal for a very long time!”

That expression has terrified and enthralled Wentworth fans ever since Joan arrived as the prison’s new governor in the show’s second season. She’s quite possibly the scariest woman on TV, something Pamela thinks is “wonderful”.

“You try to tell stories that people can be engaged with and entertained by, but also to feel something,” she says. “So if people feel scared, that’s as good as anything.”

There are times when Pamela has witnessed the fear on people’s faces when they’ve seen her standing in front of them.

“Just occasionally you get a little squeal, a little hand clasped over the mouth,” she says.

Growing up in Canada, Pamela was still very young when she realised that baddies were the most fun to play on stage or screen.

“I played Goldilocks in kindergarten and that didn’t go well,” she remembers. “In second grade, I was handed the Queen in Alice In Wonderland, and I thought, ‘Oh, there’s no turning back from this.”‘ Read More

Pamela Raabe and Wentworth Short News August 24 - September 04 2020

Last week’s short news

Here are the latest short news/interviews/photos of Pam and Wentworth:

  • Last day of filming
  • Herald Sun Interview
  • TV Tonight interview with Marcia Gardener
  • Metro interview
  • Wentworth S8E7 Spoiler Pics

LAST DAY OF FILMING WENTWORTH

Filming ended yesterday (September 4) for good. Pino Amenta shared this pic on his Twitter account saying:
“Last day of Shooting on Wentworth. What a glorious experience it’s been working with such wonderful people. Will miss the whole damn thing! Very emotional day, thanks to every single one of them. Xxxx”

Photo by Pino AmentaKatrina Milosevic, Kate Box, Kate Jenkinson, Leah Purcell and Pamela Rabe


HERALD SUN (24 August 2020)

‘Gift’ keeps on giving

Pamela Rabe says it has been a "gift" to play the character of Joan "The Freak" Ferguson on WentworthPamela Rabe says it has been a “gift” to play the character of Joan “The Freak” Ferguson on Wentworth. The Foxtel prison drama has two weeks left of filming in Melbourne on its final season, to air next year. “I certainly will (miss it),” Rabe (right) said. “Not only because it’s an absolute gift of a role, but because this is a very special work family. “A lot of rigorous COVID safe protocols are in place … it’s deepened the bonds and the admiration I have for this whole team. I’ll miss that very much and I’m not deluded about how special that is.” Rabe says to expect more edge-of-your-seat drama. “We’ve always said the main character of Wentworth was the prison itself,” she said. “It’s very exciting and it’s been an extraordinary time.” Wentworth continues on Fox Showcase Tuesday nights.

Source: heraldsun.com.au


TV TONIGHT (31 August 2020)

Marcia Gardner about Pam:

Gardner nominates Season 7’s siege and the burial of Joan Ferguson (Pamela Rabe) amongst her personal highlights. The latter was a storyline she always planned to revisit.

“When we buried her alive I said to Pam, ‘It’s our intention to bring you back. We just need to rest the character for a couple of seasons.’ It was always my intention to bring her back. The only tricky bit was figuring out a way of doing it!”

Rabe’s cameo at the end of Season 7 was filmed belatedly, after Foxtel’s initial decision to conclude the series was reversed. Gardner reveals producers had actually filmed final scenes to wrap up characters (which were never screened) at the end of the siege. But she was also hopeful it would resume.

You can read the full interview here


METRO

Wentworth spoilers: Pamela Rabe reveals surprise twist and horror as Joan Ferguson returns to the prison

It’s a nightmare that Vera Bennett, Will Jackson and Jake Stewart never imagined they would have to relive but thanks to the input of dominating Ann Reynolds, Joan ‘The Freak’ Ferguson is returning to Wentworth Prison. The trio of officers throught they had successfully killed and buried the former governor but of course, no one can topple the mighty Joan quite so easily. So it was no surprise that when she was bludgeoned in the midst of planning her revenge that she would survive. Currently believing herself to be a person called Cath – someone who she killed and stole the identity of – it’s unknown whether Joan is playing an act or has genuine amnesia.

But the thought of her returning to her teal uniform is filling Vera, Will and Jake – not to mention top dog Allie and the fellow prisoners – with horror. And there are some twists to come for the remainer of the series. Pamela Rabe, aka the mighty Freak herself, told Metro.co.uk: ‘Everyone will know that there’s a few people who should watch their backs. The way that plays out is not what people will expect – or the characters. ‘There are such interesting twists and turns. The fact that Joan has been gone for two seasons – other than haunting Will Jackson. In that time, there’s new and wonderful characters with no knowledge of her history. ‘So it depends what she chooses to present to them – there’s a whole gannet of people who have blood under the bridge with Joan but a lot of newbies too. So there’s a very interesting dynamic!’

Pamela Rabe | Wentworth S8

As those who know Joan quiver and fear – and those not connected such as Lou and Marie seek an opportunity – who will Joan manipulate and who will she destroy? Kate Jenkinson, who plays Allie, knows that her alter ego has a hell of a job on her hands when it comes to protecting the women from Joan. She told us: ‘I think that the news that Ferguson is alive is probably the last thing that Allie ever expected to hear. That was one part of her history and a huge part of her grief that was buried. She was able to find some resolution and closure because she believed The Freak to be dead. ‘The news that she is alive, I feel it’s a sucker punch to Ally’s gut. It raises so many questions – where has she been, what’s going to happen? She is apprehended – is she coming back to Wentworth and what will Allie have to deal with? Of course, underlying all of that clear danger is the very real and raw grief that she has over Bea. ‘The character of Ferguson is so closely link to her feelings with Bea and that unresolved grief, I think that it’s literally going to turn Allie’s world upside down – as if she didn’t have enough to deal with Lou and Marie. ‘Now she has the person who killed her love and who is a threat to everyone is re-entering the prison walls – it’s a waking nightmare and it quickly unravels her. Ferguson is the person that she hates most in the world…’ And with Allie already on edge after a dramatic showdown with another prisoner, she comes face to face with Joan – but how will they react to one another? Meanwhile, there may be a different dynamic altogether for her long time mortal enemy Vera – who reckons she can see right through the act and is determined that no-one falls for Joan’s deceit. After all, who knows her better than Vera? Kate Atkinson smiled as she told us: ‘Look, it’s an explosion of confusion, fear and horror which then is amplified by the fact she has a daughter to protect. There is also anger and ultimately she finds out how in the hell she got out of that box.

‘There are real dynamics between us – there is this weird attraction and compulsion between them. There are a lot of emotions – it introduces in Vera this fiery sense of combat and the desire to win, not cower in a corner. She kind of hates Ferguson but she kind of loves the game all of a sudden. It’s such fun to play that way. I love figuring my place in that so on we go! ‘What we like to say in Australia is this is a bit piss weak and cryptic – Ferguson is not going to be the Ferguson you think she is going to be and Vera is not going to be the Vera you think she is going to be. We love to play with moral ambiguity on Wentworth – they way these two women respond to each other is all about crossing moral lines. You won’t be disappointed.’

Source: metro.co.uk


Wentworth S8E7 Spoiler Photos

‘Battle Lines’

Darren from eastieoaks.com shared some great spoiler pics again earlier this week. You can find them here in the Wentworth S8 gallery and you can also download this wallpaper I made from them
Wentworth S8E7 Wallpaper
Pamela Rabe teases payback plot after returning from the dead

Pamela Rabe teases villain’s payback plot after returning from the dead

Exclusive interview for Daily Star: Wentworth star Pamela Rabe has teased her terrifying character Joan ‘The Freak’ Ferguson’s payback plot on those around her after being buried alive and left for dead

Wentworth season eight is will under way, with UK fans getting to watch the third episode on Wednesday night – however Joan Ferguson was nowhere to be seen.

The last fans saw of her was her being unconscious on the floor after being attacked by a homeless man, though it was clear she had some sort of dastardly plan in store for Vera and baby Grace.

However Pamela Rabe has suggested Joan doesn’t want revenge, despite the fact that Vera was one of the “terrible trio” that tried to get rid of her.

The iconic actress exclusively told Daily Star Online: “I’m not so sure that Joan Ferguson sees these things as revenge. She sees something that she wants or needs.

“There certainly might be a sense of retribution in terms of payback, or that someone is collateral, and in her mind Vera’s value may have slipped somewhat due to her complicity in Joan’s fate in that box.”

 Pamela Rabe had to have a code name on set to film Ferguson's return (Image: Fremantle) Pamela Rabe had to have a code name on set to film Ferguson’s return (Image: Fremantle)

She teased: “Frankly, Joan’s got something else on her mind. It changes a little bit as we go on down the track.

“Vera Bennett is someone who’s clearly very important to Joan Ferguson and there’s business that needs to be finished there.”

Despite Joan going through challenge after challenge – managing the prison, being a prisoner, being buried alive, to living on the streets – the character keeps bouncing back.

Pamela spoke of Ferguson’s terrifying resilience, saying: “One of the wonderful things is she’s not always in control – each wobble probably teaches her something new, but that’s the strength of the character.

“She is a cockroach. Every challenge, every opponent, every dilemma, is something to be climbed out of, crawled over, and the fact she never gives up is also one of her greatest strengths.

“It’s also what makes her terrifying in the kind of B-movie villain way, it’s the thing we fear most. The ghoul, the evil force, the uninvited guest. That person or your greatest fear that just will not go away.” Read More

How people react seeing Pamela Rabe

Pamela Rabe reveals how people react to seeing ‘The Freak’ in real life

The inmates and staff of Wentworth Prison are rightfully scared of Joan ‘The Freak’ Ferguson and rightfully so – the fearsome villain has killed, maimed, tortured and psychologically abused countless victims and her reign of terror is about to kick off again now that she is alive.

But despite her character’s notoriety, Pamela Rabe has admitted that she is pleasantly surprised by the reaction she gets when people see her out and about – and she often forgets she is even in the show and that it might be a double take for someone to see The Freak buying her groceries, without any leather gloves donned.

She told Metro.co.uk: ‘I do just walk round supermarkets and keep forgetting. It’s extraordinary the global reach that Wentworth has but in Australia it is still on a pay to view platform so has a relatively small proportion of viewership.

‘Having said that, over the years, it’s just hitting a critical masse and people know the series and characters and I am taken by surprise. People love the show but what surprises me is that they can still know the line between fiction and real life. It’s pretty rare that anyone approaches me and screams ‘Freak!’ or runs away across the street screaming!

‘Mostly they tend to be enthusiastic and often speak to me and address me by my name, not Joan’s s that makes me feels so good – I see that as a gesture of respect for me and the show. I am thrilled – I have never been involved in a show that has this kind of international reach. But I am not surprised because it is such a high quality show.’

And Pamela herself is just as much a fan of the show herself.

She added: ‘One of our newer actors, Jane Hall who plays Ann Reynolds – she’s just a newbie to the experience as well. She keeps telling me while she is watching the new series, she says: ‘I get so wrapped up in it and then a scene comes up and I gasp “Oh, that’s me, I’m in it!”.

‘Funnily enough, I feel the same way, I get incredibly drawn in and then I pop up and I feel “Wait! That’s me! I’m in the show, I’m so lucky!”

‘They put cat nip in these episodes – just one more episode before I go to bed! But there’s so much to come up, it’s tricky not to give spoilers because there are so many big things to happen.’

Watch this space – as a shocking development is to come with life changing consequences…

By Duncan Lindsay

Source: metro.co.uk

Pamela Rabe interview about FreakyTits

Pamela Rabe about “Freakytits” – ‘It’s very deliberate!’

Duncan Lindsay posted an exclusive interview with Pamela Rabe about Wentworth and the “FreakyTits” relationship for Metro.


Ever since Joan ‘The Freak’ Ferguson donned her leather gloves and strode into Wentworth Prison, there have been definite and undeniable vibes between her and Vera Bennett – and Pamela Rabe, who plays the returning former governor, has revealed that they love playing with that side of the relationship. With an almost Killing Eve edge to their cat and mouse relationship, the pair don’t only loathe each other but also seem to almost enjoy the chase, have a warped mutual respect and a real co-dependency. With some fans even shipping the pair as an end game couple, Pamela smiled when speaking with us at Metro.co.uk: ‘It was born out of the relationship that Kate and I found in the very first scenes we shot. We enjoyed each other as fellow performers and a dynamic was set up. ‘It was interesting and oddly co-dependant as a mentorship relationship. They found a level of trust and shared secrets. Kate and I get off on performing with each other so the fact we enjoy each others’ company probably fed into the writer’s room. So in time yes, it became very deliberate and we’re all very aware of it and enjoy playing with that.

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Pamela Rabe | Radiotimes Interview July 2020

Pamela Rabe praises fan power that saved show from the axe

Pamela Rabe also teases ‘the Freak’s’ return from the dead as “surprising and delicious”

Australian drama Wentworth Prison had its sentenced extended after fans campaigned to save it from the axe and secured another two seasons for the gritty reboot of cult favourite Prisoner: Cell Block H.

A final 20 episodes airing as two series of 10 will wrap up the hit show, with the shock return of iconic baddie Joan ‘The Freak’ Ferguson jump-starting season eight which begins on 5STAR from Wednesday 5th August.

The sadistic prison warden, and occasional inmate, was seemingly buried alive in 2017 as a punishment for her catalogue of crimes, but as glimpsed in the closing moments of the last season she has miraculously risen from the dead. In an exclusive interview with RadioTimes.com, Pamela Rabe reveals her character’s resurrection would not have been possible without the fans’ successful campaign to reverse the Foxtel network’s original decision to end at season seven.

Pamela Rabe | Wentworth Season 8 Episode 2“I’ve never known a response from the audience on this scale,” says the acclaimed actress, who won Australian TV’s most prestigious award, the Silver Logie, for the role in 2018. “As with the original Prisoner series the fan loyalty is incredible and seems to have been multiplied with our show.

“It reaches so many countries and different communities (it’s broadcast in 158 territories), people are touched by the show and affected by it. I credit the writers as they sprinkle scripts with catnip, there is a real binge-ability to it. I find myself watching one episode and I have to keep going, it’s very addictive.

“Season seven had all but wrapped which everyone thought would be the last, but after the fan outcry and maybe the awards we won, the network decided to give it one last hurrah. The writers always knew there was more to Ferguson’s story, and once the show was saved it was an opportunity to complete some unfinished business.” Read More

Pamela Rabe | The Return of The Freak

Return of The Freak

Pamela Rabe on set of Wentworth Season 8If Wentworth fans were shocked Joan “The Freak” Ferguson has come back from the dead they’re not alone. Pamela Rabe, who plays the psychotic governor-turned-prisoner, believed The Freak was, well, dead and bur-ied alive after leaving 2017’s cliffhanger in a coffin.

“I assumed Joan was gone, and she’d gone out with a bang,” Rabe said. “I was as surprised as anyone to get the phone call (to return to the show) but I’m thrilled it happened. I didn’t expect to come back to Wentworth, and I don’t think many of my fellow cast members knew until I rocked up to the set again.

“I always said to the producers I have no problem going, when you think the character has run its course, just let me know, but please let me go out with a bang. And I thought it can’t get better than that, that’s fabulous, but we’ll see.”

The new series sees The Freak continue her revenge on prison boss Vera Bennett. “That story’s not finished,” Rabe said. “There is some extraordinary stuff coming up.”

Wentworth: Redemption starts next Tuesday, with the first of 20 episodes which will see the drama end next year. The pandemic has seen all seven series of Wentworth being discovered — and rediscovered — by viewers.

This month Wentworth has been the third most viewed program on Foxtel’s on demand store, behind only Modern Family and Game Of Thrones. Wentworth Redemption, Foxtel Showcase, Tuesday, 8.30pm


Sunday Mail July 2020

Photos by Foxtel


 

Pamela Rabe | Back From The Dead | Sunday Mail Interview

Back From The Dead (The Binge Guide)

PAMELA RABE WAS JUST AS SHOCKED AS ANYONE ABOUT HER RETURN TO WENTWORTH, WRITES CAMERON ADAMS

Pamela Rabe as Joan Ferguson / Kath Maxwell in Wentworth Season 8 RedemptionEven when Joan The Freak’ Ferguson was buried alive in Wentworth three years ago, fans of the hit Foxtel drama series still weren’t convinced she was dead. For Pamela Rabe, whose chilling performance of Ferguson saw her win a Logie for Most Outstanding Actress in 2018, she was certain she’d filmed her final scenes and The Freak had gone for good. While she came back “to haunt (nemesis) Will Jackson” a few times in flashback scenes in the next season, she decompressed from portraying one of Australian television’s darkest characters through comedy (starring in limited series Pitting Adelaide) and her beloved theatre work. But if anyone could cheat death, even when buried in the bush, it was The Freak. Not only was Wentworth saved from being axed in part after fans campaigned for its return, but Rabe got the call back too for the series’ final season, which started filming this year and will play out until 2021.

“I assumed Joan was gone, and she’d gone out with a bang,” Rabe tells The BINGE Guide.

“I was as surprised as anyone to get the phone call but I’m thrilled it happened. I didn’t expect to come back to Wentworth, and I don’t think many of my fellow cast members knew until I rocked up to the set again.

“The story wasn’t finished, not just the Joan Ferguson story but the whole arc of the show. The writing department at Wentworth lay seeds for a very long arc of stories. That long arc wasn’t finished yet. I’m thrilled for them they get to finish this off properly and I’m lucky they considered Joan Ferguson to be a part of that.” Read More