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Pam Ferris, who played the petrifying principal in the classic film, looked nothing like her iconic character while catching up with Mara.
As part of Rylan Clark's brand new podcast series Ry-Union, Mara and Pam came together to reflect on the making of one of our all-time favourite 90s films.
Thrilled to be speaking to Rylan and Mara, Pam Ferris was a lot less terrifying than the Trunchbull we all remember and looked like she wouldn't hurt a fly - much less swing a child around by her pigtails!
Pam and Mara took a trip down memory lane together, letting listeners in on some behind-the-scenes Matilda secrets.
Pam, now 73, recalled that her co-star Danny Devito, who played Mr Wormwood in the 1996 flick, used to try and keep her away from the children in between shoots.
Mara said: "But I think, I was like the one who knew that you were nice. And I think I probably told the other kids that you were nice, because I remember the first time I met you, you showed me pictures of your cats.
"Yes. And you were so soft spoken and gentle. And I think you me and Beth all had tea together. That's wrong. And I was just like, 'Oh, I just love her'. Like my mother was like, 'she's so beautiful and she's so kind'. And so I knew the secret and I was kind of a loud mouth. So I probably told the other kids she's not that scary."
Pam laughed: 'Well, I remember standing there looking just awful. So awful that people would look away from me if they didn't know it was me."
Later in the podcast, Pam said that she had "suffered through" intensive training to perform Miss Trunchbull's famous hammer throw .
She told Mara: "I trained with a guy who didn't realise that I was able to cheat things. He just wanted me to win the Olympics. He nearly killed me. And you know, I mean, women shouldn't do shot-put, well we do shot, but hammer throw, Oh my God hammer throw is hard."
Asked if the hammer throw she performed in Matilda was real, Pam replied: "Oh, yeah. Yeah, I threw the hammer most mornings for about several months just to get into shape.
"And muscles were care of a wonderful lady called Jane Rum. And I had an anatomically correct suit that I wore and it was hot. We shot in 160 degrees."
Looking back on it now, Mara Wilson commended Pam for her performance, telling her: "I think we felt like you were so brave. There was one scene I remember where you get attacked and you got shot dust in your eye?
" And it was just, Pam was such a trooper that I think we all were just like, she's invincible. She can do anything. And then we were like, oh, no, she's a real person. She needs to be taken care of."
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