Q1: 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?

It's intriguing 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 moment.

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 justify it.

It involved 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?

Q2: Chiana 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?

It's really 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

Initially 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.

As Chi 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....

Q3: 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 Gi.

Q4: 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 week.

*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 the look.

*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? :)

The following 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!


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