of publishing: 31st January 2008
David was inspired to act by his aunt, who was a highly
respected actress in the theatre in 1960s Melbourne, Australia.
His first role was in a mini-series called Loss of Innocence,
about a boy growing up in Depression Era Australia. David
did a two year apprenticeship with the Sydney Theatre Company.
He has performed numerous roles on stage, tv, and the big
screen. His theatre performances range from starring as
Elvis in the musical "Are You Lonesome Tonight?"
to "Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream" and
"MacBeth". He has had roles on tv from sci-fi
classics such as Xena and Farscape to the soap opera The
Young and the Restless. He has appeared in numerous movies,
most notably "My Brilliant Career" and "The
This interview has been conducted by Renee Burl during
Renee Burl: What
did you like most about your experience on Farscape?
David Franklin: It was fun because when going into work
you never knew what predicament your character would be
Burl: What do you miss
the most and least?
David Franklin: The arduous make-up process.
It was 10 minutes in the make up chair. So I’m glad
that is over. It was too hard to bear (laughs). What do
I miss the least? I don’t know. I’m going to
have to think about that and get back to you.
Renee Burl: Ok.
What have you taken from your experience with Farscape and
brought into the world today?
David Franklin: That character-wise you
never know... the characters would always be in such extraordinary
circumstances and it was great not saying “Oh
my character wouldn’t do that” because
you would find yourself in that situation saying “Ok,
now how do I….” People are capable of doing
extraordinary things and behaving true to character but
doing things that are out of the box. If that makes any
sense. It makes sense to me.
Renee Burl: Yeah.
I understand. It allows you to not keep your character in
a confined space.
David Franklin: Thank you, Renee. You can
speak for me. I like it.
Renee Burl: Concerning
level of difficulty, how would you compare your experiences
of working on Farscape to other shows and other experiences?
David Franklin: I guess it was so extreme that was different,
which made it exciting because the stakes were always extraordinarily
high and there were always bizarre situations. So everything
Renee Burl: What’s
your best memory of Farscape?
David Franklin: Well, I don’t know if it’s my
best memory but I remember when we were doing the mini-series
and it was really boring during set-ups for the battle stuff.
I just remember being with Raylee and taking all sorts of
stupid photographs and all of the crew getting involved,
setting up these crazy stills.
Renee Burl: Were
they for personal use?
David Franklin: Yeah. So that was a lot
of fun. It was really crazy that all of the crew got involved
with it. We were doing it because we were bored. You know
how much it cost every minute to keep a crew waiting. It
was like, “Go away, you are meant to be filming.
Go and work.”
Burl: What do you think
of the Sci-Fi genre in general? Are you a Sci-Fi fan yourself?
David Franklin: I never was. I never watched
a lot of Sci-Fi before. I found it really can pose such
interesting questions and situations that of course as regular
old human beings we can relate to. It’s fascinating.
It can pose a lot of interesting and fascinating questions.
Renee Burl: It
opens up the world.
David Franklin: See Renee, you can answer
my questions for me.
Renee Burl: What
was the craziest experience you’ve ever had with a
David Franklin: Most of the fans are really
good. Fantastic, actually. The craziest? They’re mostly
pretty good. The first time I met a fan, in America. She
was a waitress in a coffee shop and I was actually more
excited than she was.
Renee Burl: How
do you feel about being asked to do conventions? Do you
do many conventions?
David Franklin: I just do one or two a year. So that way
you don’t get the burn out and it’s still genuinely
great to catch-up with the fans. A lot of the fans I’ve
seen over the last couple of years, so it is always good
to catch up and see what’s going down.
Renee Burl: Now
we haven’t heard much since Farscape. What did you
do after Farscape and The Young and the Restless?
David Franklin: I had surgery. I had sleep apnea and I had
surgery on my tongue. For a while I couldn’t speak.
It only now that I can speak reasonably clear. So for about
a year I was kind of out of action.
Renee Burl: So
the Young and the Restless. How is that experience?
David Franklin: Fast. My God they work
fast on that show. It was fun, good fun. The scenes were
over before you began. It was like, “Are we going
to do another take?” “Moving on!”
I was like, “Whoa!”
Renee Burl: No
David Franklin: Moving right along. It
Burl: How different is
it to play in a soap opera like Young and the Restless versus
a classical show such as Farscape?
David Franklin: Gee, I don’t know
how to answer that question. I was guesting on the Young
and the Restless to serve the main actors and to serve their
plot. You just fly by. Like in Farscape, we thought we were
shooting fast. Hah! It’s nothing. You have no idea
how fast it was. There is a different style of performance
with the Soap Opera. It’s really drawn out and there
are long, pregnant, meaningful pauses. I remember thinking
was the other actor tired and forgetting his lines. He was
just acting in that particular style. It was fitting into
that particular genre.
Renee Burl: Have
you done much other work in America?
David Franklin: I’ve done a couple commercials and
some industrials. I just waiting to hear about a film project.
Renee Burl: So
my next question was: what can we expect to see from you
in the future?
David Franklin: Well, you can keep your fingers crossed
for me about this film project, which will be really, really
exciting. It’s not Sci-Fi, but it’s a really
interesting genre with an extraordinary director. I thought
I would know by now but I don’t.
Renee Burl: I’ll
keep my fingers crossed for you.
David Franklin: Keep your fingers crossed.
It would be really, really cool.