Generations is all about introducing its audience to new characters and the latest addition to the Generations family has been the Phillips family.
Over the past few weeks, viewers have gotten to know Michael (played by Terrence Bridget), and two of his three children, Zoe and Brandon. Tonight however, they get to meet someone who is set to be the most interesting member of the Phillips family – her name is Pam and she will be played by actress, Nicole Fortuin.
She has previously appeared in some National Geographic productions, a Disney Channel movie called “A Cinderella Story – If The Shoe Fits” where she played the fairy godmother as well as the SABC 3 drama, "Roer Jou Voete".
One of the facts in Pam’s bio is that when it comes to those she falls in love with, Pam sees no gender – male or female, if Pam is feeling you, you definitely stand a chance.
“The brief initially said that she’s quick to fall in love and she kind of falls in love with whoever sparks her interest and that for me was just a very telling way of looking at it. It’s something I have never explored in my personal life or on screen before so that definitely drew me in,” states Fortuin.
“She is quite free spirited and experimental and I know that a lot of people, especially my age and younger now, are feeling liberated and that they do want to experiment and find what works for them,” she adds.
Fortuin hopes her character will be a hit among younger, more liberal viewers who feel they may not have been represented on the show in the past or on a consistent basis.
The actress likes to take away lessons from each of the characters she plays and with regards to Pam in particular, she says the role has taught her to show more audacity and be more rooted in her convictions and opinions. The fact that she was also part of last year’s shoot for the Marie Claire Naked Issue tells us that she has no problems in that arena.
The charity Fortuin chose to support was the South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG) and she explained the intention behind her choice, “I chose that group very very specifically and for a number of reasons, especially because of the way people deal with anxiety and depression and the stigmatization around it.”
When asked which stars she is a fan of, she listed the likes of Kim Engelbrecht, Trevor Noah, Terry Pheto, Pearl Thusi, Lesley-Ann Brandt and DJ Black Coffee. All of whom are putting SA talent on the map on the global stage.
She also fan-girled over getting the chance to watch Vusi Kunene who plays Jack Mabaso work. She described he and Terrence Bridget as so approachable and respectful and alluded to the fact that working with them affords her a learning opportunity that most young actors would kill for.
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Her character’s storyline leads her to work with/for Jack Mabaso at some point due to the fact that she is just coasting through life and coming home means that she needs a job to get her family off her back.
“Pam is a whirlwind without even realizing what it is that she actually does” states Fortuin, hinting that she is bound to shake things up and watch it all play out.
She ends of our interview by stating, “ultimately, I am hoping that people will connect with her and sympathise with her at some point and not be afraid to say ‘nooo Pam! What are you doing?’”
And that is exactly what viewers might say when they see her get entangled in a spicy romance with Smanga.