We realize that sometimes footage needs to be cut from
episodes due to time or budget constraints. What are some of
Chiana's scenes that "ended up on the cutting room
floor" that you would have liked to have seen aired?
watching final versions of episodes, as quite often they turn out quite
different to what you originally
expect. It has a lot to do with the editing and personal
performances on all accounts. When in the midst of shooting,
two or three different episodes a time and doing ADR for
another...it can all get a little baffling...because you
seem to jump back and forward in time and in your characters
emotional journey. There haven't been many incidences where
we have lost complete scenes. Only one comes to mind at the
One of the
scenes that involved Chiana and D'argo in the new season two
premiere ended up on the chopping room floor. I believe it
was because we were really strapped for time and the ep had
alot of really juicy work in it. So some of it had to go. It
was the scene that set up the first obvious sign of
attraction that Chi had for D'Argo. It was a very simple
scene that had some precious moments in it. It would have
been really beneficial if it was kept in as the Chi and
D'Argo relationship as it lays now...kinda popped out of the
blue...though I think as time goes on we've managed to
D'Argo walking in discovering Chi cleaning some of his
belongings for his return. She is very coy about the whole
thing and tries to pass it off as the DRDs doing a bit of
handy work. It's a very sweet introduction to an intriguing
relationship. There was also a little hug in there that
stuns D'Argo a little...and a few new alien terms that we
had fun playing with on the day of the shoot. Maybe the
writers might bring it back one day as a
flashback...hehehe...Who's to say?
truly is "evolving as an individual". What are
some experiences that you would like to see Chiana take on?
What's next for her? Where do you see her going?
tricky to knock this question on the head so to speak.
Everyday Chi seems to change. This has a lot to do with the
writers and where they want her character to go. It also has
to do with the chemistry on set each day and the hours of
sleep that I can fit into the week...hehehe...hehehe
the creators were looking for a character that was
mercurial, sexy… hehehe...self serving and a little
dangerous. These are the factors I remind myself when I'm
looking at her emotional journey through each episode.
warmed to the crew and her new surroundings, she let her
guard down a little...or so it seems…hehehe...Even I
surprise myself at times how tricky she can be...or should I
say manipulative. I think the 'beauty full' thing about Chi
is that she can be very vulnerable at times. 'Cause even the
naughty ones in life have their weak points and vise versa.
I think this helps to make the character real to people's
hearts. Season three is heating up over this side of town
and I think there will be some juicy surprises for the
viewers. Chi even seems to dive a little deeper into the
uncharted territories of her heart and some pretty intense
situations are aroused. Hehehehe....
What are some of your favorite things about Chiana? Your
"not so favorite" things?
I am enticed by how
brave Chiana is at times. From decisions of the heart to ya good old
fashion stand-offs. After the make up is completed each day, I feel
a lot more courageous. Chiana gives me license to do a lot of things
I would never do. I love that about her. I love how she seeks the
spirit of adventure and will go to the ends of the earth to taste
the freedom she was originally threatened with. Everyday I am swept
away by the time and energy that goes into the character. I have
been extremely fortunate to have been blessed by the writers' words,
the costume department's style and the make-up department's genius.
My task is to make the character breathe, love, challenge, live.
Sometimes I, as a
human, have a little trouble understanding certain choices Chiana
makes. I feel a little immoral and try and stand up for her. Then I
must remind myself that it is Chi the creators are looking for, not
Can you give us an idea of what a typical day on the Farscape set
is like for you?
*Wake up around 3
in the morning and try to pull myself outta a snuggly bed with puppy
still snoring...keeping the bed warm for my return.
*Usually walk into
the lounge room and say good morning to my roommates who are usually
composing music, or playing video games. They say good night to me
as the buzzer rings and I catch my lift out to Homebush Studios.
*Pretty much chat
non-stop till we get there. Briefly pausing to make a wish on the
last twinkling star hang'n in the sky. Smiling at the moon, thanking
the universe for all the wonder full blessings in life.
*Get dropped off at
my trailer and I jump out in the chilly morn to put the top half of
my costume on so the make up artist has the right lines to follow.
Get driven to the make up department.
*Make up takes
three and a half hours and I usually chat my way through that as
well. You can't sleep in the chair because of the make up.
*Actors trickle in
from here and there depending on call times. We usually have about a
fifteen-minute break though quite often it is taken up with
finishing off make-up if there is trouble with an air gun or rigging
up the costume. We all head off to set for line run and block
through. Numerous good mornings and other such greetings are thrown
around. After we have decided on the rough flow of the scene, the
actors leave set to put the final touches on and the crew set up for
the first shot.
*It is pretty
constant when we return to set for shooting. We shoot some aliens,
work up a few tears, share some giggles and break for lunch.
*The lunchroom can
prove to be very entertaining at times. There is a myriad of bizarre
aliens and life forms cueing up for a bite to eat. A lot of the
aliens can remove their heads over lunch so there are tentacles and
tendrils falling into the bolognaise and other such delicacies
...hehehe. My make up is a little high maintenance, so I gotta be
real ladylike... hehehe… whilst dining. Any fluids I have through
a straw and solids...well, I try to make as little mess as possible.
*We return to set
to shoot pretty much 'till night. Different days have different
stress levels. We usually shoot about 3 to 6 minutes footage each
day. The days for me usually are around 16 hours long, five days a
*If we're working
on an emotional, physical or intimate scene, it usually takes longer
than an average scene. This is because of make-up checks. It is
really difficult to maintain Chiana's make up when she has physical
contact with people or breaks into tears. Sometimes it can take up
to half an hour or more to revamp. Kissing scenes are always fun…hehehehe
...and Chi seems to have a few of 'em. This is why she tends to lick
a lot more than kiss...to protect make up and also to remain true to
her alien instincts...hehehe. It's really upsetting if you have to
scrap a take because skin is coming through the make up or if you
end up with someone else's make up all over you...though it quite
often happens. You really have to focus in these scenes because
sometimes you only get one or two takes due to the maintenance of
*When we are
wrapped from the day I usually skip and giggle lots...hehehehe...and
head off to the make up department to derig. That usually takes
about 45 minutes. Then I head off to my trailer for a quick shower
before jumping in the car to head home. We usually get home
somewhere between 6 and 9. Sometimes it takes an hour or so to get
home depending on traffic.
*Commence in trying
to do as many things possible in the span of about 7 hours...learn
lines for next day, learn amendments, grocery shopping if needed,
call family if possible, let skin heal before next day, wash
clothes, let feet repair before 3am, write some poetry...if any
energy, kiss the boy, feed the pup and putty tat....watch Farscape
eps if possible...and try to fit in a giggle.
*Drift in to sleepy
dreams hopefully filled with angels and faeries.
*Wake up at 3am...ish...and
try to figure out whether I am dreaming or awake because I have been
blessed with a beautiful life. Or is that a beautiful dream? :)
excerpt is from the Official
Gigi Edgley website. Be sure to drop by! Gigi Edgley was born in
Perth, Australia, November 16th, 1977. (Scorpio) Her parents were
expecting a boy, so she was called "Bruce" for her first
few months of life! She now lives in Sydney with four roomates, a
dog and a cat with an attitude problem!
Many thanks from
the crew of karlsweb to Gigi for taking time out of her busy
schedule to "come and play" with us!