Rock­ing the jail­house

Rob­bie Ma­ga­siva, WHO PLAYS WENT­WORTH’S LOVE­ABLE PRISON GUARD WILL, RE­FLECTS ON THE SHOW’S THRILLING FIFTH SEA­SON

Soap World - - INTERVIEW -

Rob­bie Ma­ga­siva’s pick for the most shock­ing mo­ment in sea­son five of Went­worth is no sur­prise. The scene where The Freak cut out Lucy’s tongue and then gifted it to Vera for her birth­day com­pletely floored fans around the coun­try.

“I think be­cause it was so graphic,” he ex­plains. “That’s prob­a­bly why it’s a high­light. Ev­ery cou­ple of weeks we have a read-through and when we read that, and Pam’s [Pamela Rabe who plays Joan ‘The Freak’ Fer­gu­son] clas­sic line, ‘You’ve licked your last pussy’ [laughs] every­one just cracked up.

“But just the reaction of the cast and the crew when we read that we just went, ‘Oh my gosh, how are you go­ing to pull that off?’ but the make-up de­part­ment, to their credit, you know we’ve got an amaz­ing team that was able to pull that off.”

Sea­son five of Went­worth was a turn­ing point for Ma­ga­siva’s char­ac­ter Will. He was hor­ri­fied by the drug trade run­ning ram­pant through the prison and was cer­tain there was a dirty of­fi­cer in­volved. When Vera (Kate Atkinson) dis­missed Will’s sus­pi­cions as para­noia he teamed up with for­mer top dog Kaz (Tammy Mac­In­tosh) to end the op­er­a­tion.

Pre­vi­ously Kaz de­spised Will and took out some of her anger to­wards men on him. But when Will saved Kaz’s life in a prison van crash she re­alised he was a gen­uinely good per­son. Ma­ga­siva says the un­likely al­liance made sense be­cause those char­ac­ters want the same thing.

“These are two peo­ple who have got the same be­lief sys­tem. They both care for the women and Kaz [does not] use vi­o­lence and nei­ther does Will in that sense but Kaz’s his­tory, grow­ing up with abuse, it’s kind of led them to where they are un­til that boiler scene when they come to­gether.”

So with such dark sto­ry­lines and vi­o­lent scenes to film, just how does the cast stay up­beat and have fun while mak­ing the show, which is cur­rently film­ing its sixth sea­son in Mel­bourne?

Ma­ga­siva says that while every­one is switched on and com­mit­ted dur­ing takes once the di­rec­tor yells “cut” there is a lot of fun go­ing on be­hind the scenes.

“Last year me and Ni­cole [da Silva, who plays Frankie] ended up film­ing a short film called

Pud­dles. Me and Nic again we put to­gether a music video to the last song in Grease, We

Go To­gether, so we did that, with every­one lip-sync­ing.

“I have an an­nual pic­nic ev­ery year and the crew love it … ba­si­cally I cre­ated it be­cause I wanted to see the crew and cast with their fam­i­lies — so dogs, kids, are all wel­come.

“Those are the things that keep it light and the funnest peo­ple that I en­joy work­ing with are Kate Atkinson and Ni­cole da Silva — we pull prac­ti­cal jokes, pranks on each other when we’re film­ing and stuff like that. There’s al­ways time for that and then there’s time to switch it on and go ‘okay we need to tell a story’.”

Rob­bie Ma­ga­siva as Will and Tammy Mac­In­tosh as Kaz. The char­ac­ters be­came closer af­ter the prison van crashed.

Be­hind the scenes, Ma­ga­siva and his cast mates had fun in a hot tub while film­ing in mid-win­ter in wa­ter.

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