Matthews’s mom never did send any money. So they are isolated and scared. “It felt like Frankie was drawing Flo out of the morgue and out of mourning,” says Matthews. expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of Toronto Sharron Matthews is an accomplished comedic actor but this role was all about visceral anger. Oh my God, she’s 86 years old.”. Republication or distribution of this content is Sharron Matthews is an accomplished comedic actor but this role was all about visceral anger. “I literally put my suitcase in the middle of the smallest hotel room in the world, I put a toaster container on top of it, I leaned my iPhone on it, and did a self-tape.”. So Matthews got on the phone and began calling the number to the fake CRA office. Sharon Mattes, left, known at the time as Sharon Bottoms, with her domestic partner, April Wade, in Richmond, Va., in 1993. I think they saw that and they wrote a little bit more in the episode for us too.”. “I didn’t start cabaret in earnest until I was 35 years old,” says Matthews. Stella Abrahams, Custodian . “Some characters you read and you go, ‘I can play that.’ Then there are some characters you read and say, ‘Oh, that’s me,’” she reveals. “The way they try to spin you, it’s like an acting class. It was like Improv 101. One who called was local stand-up comedian Maggie Cassella. She was afraid government agents would drain her bank account. Performance & security by Cloudflare, Please complete the security check to access. “They told her she would go to jail. Matthews’s mother is 86. Cloudflare Ray ID: 5f06208ba881dc4f “When I was pretending to be an old Greek man … he kept trying to get me to give them a credit card number or something. If you are at an office or shared network, you can ask the network administrator to run a scan across the network looking for misconfigured or infected devices. As for this week’s episode, “The Pilot”, expect to see Flo both in and out of the morgue as she helps Frankie solve a case around an attempted child kidnapping. They had an answer for everything. Now, she’s embarrassed at being fooled. She can't ever choose a favorite series, so please don't ask. Her writing has also appeared on IndieWire and Another way to prevent getting this page in the future is to use Privacy Pass. I thought, I’m actually pretty good at this. Completing the CAPTCHA proves you are a human and gives you temporary access to the web property. “She decided she had another passion, but that passion also led her to being very singular and alone. “I already had a full theatre, TV and film career before I dedicated myself to it because I was so passionate about it. She asked that her name not be used in this article. For Matthews’s mom, the anxiety built to a point where she took all of her modest life savings out of the bank — much less than the amount she supposedly owed — and hid it in under her mattress. Sharon Matthews, Program Manager ... . “They called her every day. Late last year, a fraudster called the mom claiming to be from the Canadian Revenue Agency. “She’s sassy, and she’s a bit fearless,” says Matthews to The TV Junkies when asked how she infuses her cabaret flair into the character. She called from Starbucks. Part of the scam is that the victims are told they can’t tell anyone else about what is unfolding or they will face additional charges. And he kept skating around in different ways to get me there. Keep on keeping on !!! “The guy was like losing his mind,” she said. When she saw Matthews’s post, Cassella thought of her own mother and other vulnerable seniors being preyed upon. To order “Sharron Matthews Superstar” features 50 revolving musical pieces that she has toured and refined in front of audiences young, old and in between. She called from the treadmill during workouts. When Matthews said she didn’t have time, her agent insisted she at least read the part. She doesn’t even make enough to pay taxes. She was still in New York City when the producers called back asking her to fly to Toronto to read for Flo. She finally, sheepishly, went to her daughters asking if she could borrow $2,000. Enter Flo, played by actress and cabaret star Sharron Matthews, a morgue attendant with a no-holds-barred attitude. She told him she suffered from a heart condition and he tried to calm her down. “And he says, ‘Well, Mary, let me check.’ He never even asked my last name. Star Newspapers Limited and/or its licensors. Frankie Drake Mysteries may be set in 1920s Toronto, but its representation of female characters is far from out-dated. image caption Shannon Matthews is now 19 years old and living with another family It is 10 years since Shannon Matthews was reported missing by her seemingly distraught mother. Matthews’s mother had been the target of a CRA scam. In fact, it’s Matthews’ cabaret background that offered real insight into how she could relate to Flo. What would you like to see more of if Frankie Drake Mysteries gets another season? Your IP: Associate Editor Kelly Townsend always had strong opinions on TV growing up, so it was only natural to evolve from couch musings to online journalism. Determined to make it work, Matthews’ agent recorded a clip from a recent guest role she’d filmed in the series Taken and sent it to the producers. Agent Dan Jones called every day, sometimes more than once. “They prey upon those feelings of being alone and being embarrassed that you haven’t done your taxes right or the feeling you owe the government money because you’ve done something wrong,” says Matthews. They’re very different, but they really fit together. presentation-ready copies of Toronto Star content for distribution I wasn’t.’ How the CRA tax scam keeps duping us. Too bad they don’t have radio acting anymore.”. The fraudsters knew her name, her address and even claimed they’d been to her home, describing the building and the neighbourhood, likely after researching it on Google Earth. She didn’t have the money. Matthews says the chemistry between Flo and Mary was something they discovered near the end of shooting Season 1, but it’s something she hopes they can explore further if the series is renewed for a second season.