of publishing: 5th March 2008
Award nominated Australian actress Virginia Hey has achieved
prominence, recognition and success not only nationally
throughout her native Australia, but also around the world.
In June of 2000, Ms. Hey was nominated for "Best Supporting
Actress" on television by the 26th Annual Saturn Awards
of America. In 2002 Ms. Hey’s status was significantly
escalated following her nomination for a LOGIE (Australian
"Emmy" award) as "Best Actress". Born
in Sydney, Ms. Hey divided her time and education between
her hometown and London. Ms.Heys last major TV role was
playing one of the 5 lead characters, an Alien Priest "Zhaan"
for 3 years on the award-winning international blockbuster
American television series "Farscape" which was
#1 on the Sci Fi Channel.
Ms. Hey’s acting career began following a successful
modeling career, where she was spotted by casting directors
and placed in her big screen debut with Mel Gibson in the
film classic Mad Max 2: Road Warrior, in which she portrayed
Warrior Woman. Since then, Ms. Hey has also appeared with
numerous international stars, including George C. Scott
in Mussolini, Heath Ledger in Roar, James Bond 007 Timothy
Dalton in The Living Daylights, and Christopher Atkins in
Biography from www.virginiahey.com
Nuytens: After analyzing
your online resume, I notice that your last job as an actress
was on Farscape. I understand that you have many other activities
such Reiki teaching, your design and wellness products,
etc. I was wondering if you got a lack of interest for acting
maybe or just a lack of good opportunities. And if you have
perhaps something planned about this precise subject?
Virginia Hey: Ha ha, well, you're all wrong,
I don’t teach Reiki, gosh, I wish I did, that would
be a gorgeous thing to do, actually I teach meditation.
Re acting, oh my Goodness, NO, not a lack of interest, or
a lack of opportunities, I stopped dead when I was informed
I was too old to act anymore. So I didn’t even try
to see if there were opportunities... Silly me, I should
have ignored the general consensus amongst the agents I
visited in 2002 and forged ahead regardless and fought for
the rights of the older glam actress... Ha ha, as it happened,
Desperate Housewives did it for me and now the older glam
woman is back in Vogue full-force, so I will be getting
back into acting... Look out for me in a production this
year... I'm over fifty, fabulous, fit, and flirty, still
glam and UNSTOPPABLE now! LOL
Gilles Nuytens: You
did a lot of things in your professional life: modeling,
acting, reiki, design, creating perfumes, and more. In a
professional perspective, what are you the most proud of
and what points do you like the most in each of these crafts?
Virginia Hey: I love them all with a passion
equally, like a mother loves each child.
Gilles Nuytens: You
once said that when the director yelled "Action"
you and Zhaan were one and the same. Knowing and excluding
the fact that the make up had an impact on your health,
on a personal level was saying goodbye to this character
a difficult process? What impact did it have on you?
Virginia Hey: It's always difficult to
say goodbye to a character you adore. It was my decision
based purely on health, nothing more. No, there was no lasting
impact on me personally other than feeling healthy finally
after 4 years out of the make-up, and of course missing
the feeling of slipping into that character, she was such
a beautiful soul to play and I always felt an extra strong
connection to God whenever I played her. She was a Priest,
I'm certain that had everything to do with it.
Gilles Nuytens: If
Zhaan had been with the Moya crew for all four seasons do
you think John and Aeryn might have avoided some of the
problems that cropped up during their roller-coaster ride
of a relationship?
Virginia Hey: Well no... Their story was
shaped upon the way Rockne and David Kemper envisaged at
the time, after all, they could invent multiple scenarios
for Aeryn and John, regardless of Zhann's presence. They
are exquisite writers and inventors so their course must
Gilles Nuytens: How
did you prepare for your role as a Delvian priestess? Did
you do any kind of research or was the role a natural fit?
Virginia Hey: My life before Zhaan was
my research. It was such a natural fit.
Nuytens: Zhaan was a beautiful,
loving character most of the time; did you have trouble
expressing her evil side? What did you say to yourself that
helped you show Zhaan's shadow side?
Virginia Hey: Ha ha, now that would be
giving away my acting secrets wouldn’t it! No, all
jest aside, being an actress one has to find all sorts of
tools to fuel a scene and character... But in a nutshell,
you simply pretend as best you can and fuel the action with
the intention of the scene and an emotion that is true to
the character at that moment.
Gilles Nuytens: Were
you surprised that Farscape attracted so many loyal fans?
Were you ever shocked at any fan behaviors at the Conventions?
Virginia Hey: I was surprised at the sheer
numbers, the population of the whole of Australia doesn’t
equal the number of Farscape fans! LOL. It's astonishing
and flattering and awe inspiring! The numbers are really
daunting for the first few years for we Aussies. Fan bad
behavior? Well there are always a handful of badly behaved
humans in every community aren't there.
Gilles Nuytens: You
seem to be a very spiritual person. How much of yourself
was incorporated in to Zhaan or did Zhaan have any influence
Virginia Hey: My whole Spiritual centre
went into fueling Zhaan. And because Zhaan was pretty much
a pure soul, playing that purity everyday inspired me after
the character was gone to really try hard to work toward
being a better human if I could.
Gilles Nuytens: Sci-Fi
such Farscape, Star Wars or Star Trek is a source of dreams
for many people; it’s a way to escape the hard reality
of life, to put their mind out of this world for a short
time. Do you see Sci-Fi the same way?
Virginia Hey: I see most forms of entertainment
that way, especially music and art, any creative pursuit
is so healing for the soul and distracting from all harshness.
But Sci-Fi is VERY special, it is a marriage of art, science
and distinct possibilities… Sci-Fi is food for alive
minds and gypsy spirits!