of publishing: 30th January 2008
Gigi is an Australian actress who stole the hearts of sci-fi
enthusiasts with her role as Chiana on Farscape, a cult
science fiction TV show by Henson Company. She is an adorable,
exuberant and energetic person, who is a pure joy to talk
to in person. Gigi was born on November 16, in Perth, Australia.
She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Queensland
University of Technology after entering in the auditions
along side hundreds of other candidates. Gigi has accumulated
a truly remarkable set of skills she utilizes throughout
her career. Including, dance, singing, martial arts, trapeze
and her signature fire twirling.
She has recently finished shooting the feature ‘Newcastle’
documentary ‘Creature Keepers’. Just prior to
this she was working on ‘The Starter Wife’.
Her other credits include a feature shot last year in the
states, ‘Showdown at Area 51’. Gigi additionally
starred for six months on one of Australia’s most
popular and respected television series ‘The Secret
Life of Us’. She has also worked in lead roles on
countless other films, series, mini series and theatre.
These include Systolic, Twisted Sister, Black Jack, Monkey’s
Mask, Him and Her, Peacekeeper Wars, Stingers, Beast Master,
Lost World, Water Rats, Day of The Roses, Kill Everything
you Love, 4.48 Psychosis, Kakos, The Rover, Boy’s
Life, The Rover, Real Girls, Romeo and Juliet The caged
Birds, Blue People, Princess and the Pea, Road Picnic at
Hanging Rock and Les Miserables.
She starred on the Jim Henson Company’s series ‘Farscape’
for four and a half years. It has an astronomically large
fan following. The merchandise includes action figures,
video games, trading cards…the list goes on.
This interview has been conducted by Renee Burl during
Burl: You are credited
for a movie called “Alien vs. Alien”. Can you
tell me a little bit about that?
Gigi Edgley: We shot it in St. Louis. I
think it was last year. It was all a little bit of a time
warp. It was amazing. It was my first production that I
had a chance to play around with in the States and it was
very exciting. It was with two gentlemen called Jason London,
who had been in “Dazed and Confused” one of
my all time favorites, and also Coby Bell who was in “Third
Watch”, another great show. We had a great time. They
have yet to ask me back for ADR, so I think they are still
in post-production mode but as soon as we know when it is
coming out I will post it on the site and Jean’s site.
My site is GigiEdgley.com
and Jean’s site is, I think it is PeachTreeServices.
Renee Burl: Can
you talk about your role in that movie at all?
Gigi Edgley: Yes. I actually got to play
a human, which was very exciting and rather unusual for
me. She is a scientist that was gently released because
she knew a little too much, from some special forces. So
I got to play a sexy American scientist and wear glasses.
I was very intelligent.
Renee Burl: And
can you tell me about the movie called “New Castle”?
Gigi Edgley: “New Castle” I
just finished shooting in Sydney and it was fantastic. It’s
directed by an American, a beautiful, beautiful gentleman
called Dan Castle and it’s a surfing film. It’s
a coming of age film and it has a very prestigious Australian
cast, so it was an absolute dream to go and shoot in the
fresh air and actually explore New Castle because I had
never been there before. And I got to play a mum so that
was exciting too. I had this beautiful little girl.
Renee Burl: Was
that your first time?
Gigi Edgley: That was my first mommy role.
I had two kids and it was quite funny because in one of
the takes I had a five-year-old girl. She is so beautiful.
Her name is Cherry. And a little, little girl and we had
this massive crowd scene and we were preparing for it. Through
all of the rehearsals all the kids were fantastic and in
the actual take all of the crowd was screaming because it
was at a surfing competition and the poor little baby was
crying and then the little girl started crying because the
little baby was crying. They were all crying and I was like,
“Well what a fantastic mother I am.” So we will
see. I’m not quite sure how that shot will turn out
but it was very realistic.
Burl: And the movie “The
Gigi Edgley: “The Starter Wife”
was, I think, a six-part mini-series and it was shot on
the Gold Coast in Queensland. They auditioned me in Los
Angeles and originally I was up for the role of the Russian
nanny. So that was kind of cool because I had never been
up for a Russian role before and I just finished doing a
gig in London and I got back to Los Angeles where I had
been living and I needed to find someone with a Russian
accent. So I went down to Fairfax in Santa Monica and it
is this area where there is a very strong Russian vibe.
I literally just went up to people with my camera, saying,
“Look, I’m an actor would you mind. I’ve
got this role for a Russian and I just need an accent.”
And some people were like, “No, no, we do not want
that,” and I was like “No, no, no it’s
all legit. I swear.” So finally I got three different
ladies talking and it was quite funny because the line is
like, “What? You treat me like a prostitute. You use
me once and then throw me away.” and all this stuff.
And it was quite amusing because the only ladies that would
do it for me were of some years. So people were watching
this scene in the streets and going what is this little
young Australian girl doing accosting these poor Russian
women, making them say these ridiculous words. So I went
in for that role and they said, “Look, we really like
your look but we are interested in testing you for Chloe
as well. Will you come back?” The next day I went
back and tested for Chloe and that’s how it all came
about with Chloe. It was just so cool. It was just an absolute
treat working with Debra, Joe Mantegna, and Judy Davis.
It was really very exciting.
Renee Burl: “Stingers.”
How did you enjoy being a part on that show?
Gigi Edgley: “Stingers” was
surreal because I just finished “The Peacekeeper Wars”
and one of the directors that worked on the B-Unit of Matrix
has seen Farscape and really liked the character. He got
in contact with me and he wanted me to be in this rock clip
and it was this legendary Australian rock band called the
Hoodoo Gurus and they were trying to find the best time
to record. And because they were trying to fit in with my
schedule we ended up doing it over a weekend and I had finished
Farscape: the Peacekeeper Wars on a Friday and went to Outback,
like into the middle of nowhere, and shot this crazy film
clip and it was called, “When I get to California”.
It was about this surreal, crazy girl that is driving through
this dream state looking for the love of her life. It was
amazing. It was really cool. I got to drive this funky old
car. The director was pushed in there. I had two cameras
attached on either side. No power steering or anything,
so I would turn a corner and all the crew in the car were
like, “Ahh!” So it went from that to literally
the next day was playing a homicide detective on a very
renown television series in Australia. So I was an alien,
a dream girl, and a homicide detective and I was literally
standing over a dead body with blood splattered all over
it going, “What? What’s going on?” And
it took me a while to organize my life. “Fantastic,
regroup? Now I’m a homicide detective!” So that
was cool. I was guess starring on that for 10 weeks and
I had some pretty crazy things to do on that show as well.
So it was very exciting and very challenging.
Renee Burl: Now
some questions about Farscape. Chiana had a very different
with each of Moya’s crew members. Rygel tended to
bring out her worst side and Crichton, for example, her
best side. Is there one relationship that you would have
liked to have seen more developed?
Gigi Edgley: I think Chiana and Scorpius
should have gotten it on. Just kidding, Wayne. Just kidding.
Burl: Like all of the
characters, Chiana is changed by her experiences with Moya.
Which person or event do you think had the most profound
effect on her?
Gigi Edgley: Geez, these aren’t easy
questions for this hour of the day. Let’s see, I think
the most fascinating and enticing thing about Farscape is
that it’s constantly ever-changing and I don’t
think I can locate one moment. I think there were so many
different worlds and so many different characters and so
many different creatures and so many different tastes and
colors and shapes and sizes on Farscape that’s it’s
impossible to capture one moment and go, “This is
it.” So I think it was her whole journey. I think
it was probably the time when she realized she didn’t
want to run away from Moya anymore. She had always been
a runaway and never really particularly fit in anywhere.
So all of a sudden she had this family and didn’t
quite know what to do with it with all of the horrible stuff
that she did with D’Argo. So I was trying to figure
out where that came from because it was such a big, disgusting,
horrible moral event and I was trying to make some sense
of it. I thought maybe it was becoming a little bit real
for her and she needs to slingshot back into the life that
she knew. Everything was getting a little bit too close
to home. So I think most of all I learned a lot of life
lessons from Chiana. She taught me more than I taught her.
Just to be brave and to play and to surrender to the moment.
To really work for what I love and to experiment. To really
renew my spirit.
Renee Burl: What
do you miss most about Farscape?
Gigi Edgley: I miss all of the gang. I
miss my family because they are such an amazing group of
people. I miss the creatures. It was such an event. I’m
going to burst into tears. I miss playing in the Uncharted