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Joanne Peh goes nude for toggle drama with Taiwanese model Jeff Chou, a ‘big step’ for her

She had full trust in Chou, as well as the director and camera crew.

Mandy How | September 26, 10:47 am

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Some time after disappearing from our screens, Joanne Peh, 36, is now playing a brothel boss in Toggle’s first M18 drama, Last Madame.

Joanne Peh is a ruthless brothel boss in Toggle’s first M18 English drama

But that’s not the only news.

In an Instagram post on Sep. 26, Peh announced that for the 12-part, half-hour English-language series, she has decided to go nude for first time.

Her co-actor for the scene is Taiwanese model Jeff Chou:


The actress wrote that it took her a “long time” to decide if she wanted to do it, and although it was a big step for her, going nude made sense in terms of character motivation and in the context of the story .

Peh revealed that the characters were attracted to each other the moment they met, and sex was “bound to happen”.

The story is also set in a brothel in the 1930s, so it’s not exactly possible to shy away from sex.

But the scene also demonstrated something deeper than just sex.

“It wasn’t just about love-making, it was my character learning to love and trust again, and a transitional milestone for both our characters.”

Nonetheless, going bare in front of the production crew and Chou was not easy, but the actress had full trust in them.

Peh was initially worried about how it would look on screen.

However, when she saw the final cut, she realised that she had made the right decision.

“Because showing two bodies moving in unison captured the passions and inner conflict of the two characters so vividly, it pushed the show to a different level. ⁣”

⁣⁣You can watch Last Madame here, and read Peh’s Instagram post below:

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It took me a long time to decide if I would go nude for our bed scene in Last Madame. A story set in a brothel in the 1930s, we can’t shy away from sex. The tension between my character and Inspector Mak began the moment we met and the flirting continued. It was bound to happen, it was just a matter of when and where. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ It was a big step for me as an actress to go bare in front of the production crew and my fellow actor. But I decided to do this because the context of the story and character motivations were fully justified. It wasn’t just about love-making, it was my character learning to love and trust again, and a transitional milestone for both our characters. I had full trust in my co-star @ijeffchou, respect for my director and confidence in the camera crew before saying yes to my EP Jean. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ I was nervous of how it would look on screen because so many things could go wrong, but when I finally saw the EP’s cut, I was moved, and realised in that moment that I made the right decision. Because showing two bodies moving in unison captured the passions and inner conflict of the two characters so vividly, it pushed the show to a different level. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ You’re welcome @jeanthelionmum, now go search for Last Madame on Toggle’s homepage.

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Top image via Joanna Peh’s Instagram

 

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