Geeking Out With Pam Rose
Over the coming weeks, “Geeks Speak” will be asking five questions to various celebrities. We have lined up some remarkable people with amazing careers and we’re thrilled that they could take some time to tell all the “Geeks” out there what they think.
This week, we’re “Geeking Out” with Pam Rose. She has worked on numerous movies since 1968 including Batman (1989), Superman (1978), Star Wars: A New Hope (1977), Space: 1999 (1976), and Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (2008). Her website is www.pamroseleesubsirln.com.
1. Superman, Great Muppet Caper, Star Wars, Space: 1999, you’ve been involved in some of the biggest movies and television shows ever. Which one REALLY stands out to you and why?
PR: Hi David,thank you for inviting me to do a interview for “Geeking Out”. I must say that each production I worked on I enjoyed, I loved the diversity of roles,and got to visit many locations that in my normal life I would have missed. I did parts, standing in, doubling and background and a few stunts. The idea at the time was money not fame.
– Great Muppet Caper, it was amazing as all the puppeteers spoke to you through the characters, good morning from Fozzie Bear how cool is that, watching Jim Henson on a skateboard with a small screen strapped to his chest and his hand up Miss Piggy’s skirt. I’m being polite for a change.
– Superman. Becoming a very good friend and girl friend of Chris Reeve’s. Worked on 1,2 and 4
– Star Wars for giving me a second chance 30 years later.and an action figure.
– Space 1999 ,another fun series for me. Lovely to get regular work on it, I was at ANDERCON recently and one of my episodes was enhanced and shown at the event, I didn’t watch it, but it was lovely that friends I’ve made did, more exposure than they realised.
2. With those movies, you also got to meet some of the greatest actors on screen. Whom did you interact with that made a real impression on you and why?
PR: Meeting and working with some of the greats, including John Wayne, Anthony Hopkins, Mel Gibson, Dustin Hoffman, Vincent Price, to name a few. I was lucky that most of the people I worked with were very friendly, as am I, never intruding on their space when they were working on scripts. Standing in was good as you become their right hand man.
No favourites, however. Loved doing all of them, not all glamorous let me tell you. Filming summer scenes in winter and winter scenes in summer. long hours waiting around, I spent my time knitting, sewing and reading, never idle.
3. Looking back on it all, if you could tell yourself ONE thing when you started your acting career, what would it be?
PR: The one thing I had prided myself on, is work hard. Be on time, do as you’re told and you’ll be halfway there. That applies to all the jobs I did.
4. You’ve dealt with British directors and American directors. What’s a big difference between how the two act while on set?
PR: Directors from any country are all the same, you can’t see what’s in their minds,so just wait for their instructions. LOL I have worked with one female director that I could have sadly strangled in the way she treated people. Enough said.
5. What’s one thing that people may not know about Pam Rose?
PR: What people don’t know about me HUMMMM,that I was a farmers daughter from Norfolk and that he was a veteran from WWII. Japanese prisoner for 3 and a half years, and a very sick man, hence a varied career. I had to work non-stop. Dad died in 1979 aged 58, that was the reason that I was allowed to take pics on the set of Star Wars to show him. Trusted enough that I wouldn’t use them.
Next week, our guest will be James Arnold Taylor!