CCH Pounder, who co-stars in Syfy's Warehouse 13, pulled back the veil of her mysterious character, Mrs. Frederic, a wee bit in honor of the show's first-season finale, airing tonight, with a few hints at what she believes the truth is ... and what she thinks it isn't.
"What we know about Mrs. Frederic so far is that she is Artie's [Saul Rubinek] boss, she is a go-between between the higher-ups and the Regents and the people who run the Warehouse," Pounder told us in an exclusive interview last week in Hollywood. (Spoilers ahead!) The show's season finale, "MacPherson," with guest star Roger Reese, airs at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
Mrs. Frederic, as fans know, is the imperious woman who gives Artie his orders for Secret Service agents Myka Bering (Joanne Kelly) and Pete Lattimer (Eddie McClintock) as they look for and retrieve mystical objects.
1) She is autonomous. "We don't know who she answers to," Pounder said. "They haven't appeared yet."
2) We don't know what exactly Mrs. Frederic is. "We don't know whether she's flesh and blood, whether she's a hologram, whether she's been living 40 years, 60 years, a thousand years," Pounder says. "Whether she has been at the very beginning of the first Warehouse or whether she's part of the reincarnated 13th Warehouse, which is what this one is."
3) We've never seen her enter a room. "She arrives, and she's there, which always gives Artie trouble [and] freaks him out completely," Pounder says. "Her leaving, her arriving; her comings and goings are always, 'Oh, my God, she's in the room.' So it just sort of leaves one to believe that ... Mrs. Frederic is some other kind of entity, but we don't know."
4) She hasn't changed her look in 40 years. "She also has a remarkably '60s look, so she seems to be stuck in a time warp of some kind," Pounder says.
5) It's unlikely we'll learn more ... at least for now "Any questions about Mrs. Frederic [are] off the table," Pounder says about her relationship with the show's writers. "It's like a gag order until the script comes. So they have been keeping her [as] Madame Mystery, and it's kind of fun for the actor. It's kind of fun to not know any history about the woman until the script shows up and you can go, 'Oh, that's what I'll be doing today.'"
6) Pounder has a theory. "I think she's a hologram," Pounder says. "That's my theory. I think she's a device from some higher place. ... She has a lot of personality for not being real. ... Maybe [she's] another entity that should be in the Warehouse that they've put to use. You never know."