Joanne Peh Reacts To Sex Scene In Toggle’s First M18 Drama Last Madame
She thought it could “have shown a little bit more”.
Mediacorp has finally dropped its first M18 drama Last Madame yesterday (Sept 26).
The 12-part, half-hour English-language serial stars Joanne Peh as Fung Lan, the mama-san of a whorehouse in pre-WWII Singapore. In a separate timeline set in the present, Fiona Fussi plays her great-granddaughter who chances upon her forebear’s hustling legacy.
The show also stars Lina Ng, Brandon Wong and newcomer Jeff Chou. It’s rated M18 — restricted to persons aged 18 and above — for “mature themes”. One reason for the higher age classification is that it contains a buzzy sex scene between Fung Lan and a cop, played by Jeff.
Joanne’s performance as the harlot-herder is so emotionally challenging and such a departure from her earlier roles that she took to Instagram to explain what she went through for the part. “It was such a big step for me as an actress to go bare in front of the production crew and my fellow actor,” she wrote. “But I decided to do this because the context of the story and character motivations were fully justified.”