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September 27th 2002
Lush Life - Gigi Edgley

Gigi as Chiana in Farscape It isn't everyday Magnetic Island is visited by one of the world's most popular aliens. This living "doll" - the real doll comes with a ray gun and ammo - is usually off to work at 4am for the mandatory three hour make-up session which turns fresh faced Gigi Edgley into Chiana: a rebel Nebari: star on the top rating TV sci-fi adventure, Farscape.

Gigi is swamped with 30,000 fan letters when she gets sick. But sick she was not when she spent a few days with her older sis, Island artist, Sasha Edgley, of Nelly Bay's Barefoot Gallery.

If you haven't heard of Gigi or Chiana then that's probably because Farscape, a made-in-Australia production by Brian, the son of animated puppet genius, Jim Henson, has yet to really take off here - maybe because it was screened during the Olympics and according to Gigi, "at an early time slot for kids - but the show is really suited to an older age group". They must have got the time right in the US and Britain where the show has outrated Buffy the Vampire Slayer and is at the peak of science fiction series ratings.

So how does a 24 year old from the Gold Coast turn into a very hip alien seductress? An identity which even the back of the doll box describes as: "Sexy, naughty one, always up to something" but her crime sounds far more appealing: "Refusing to conform to her society's strict rules of structure and morality." it continues, "She has been sentenced to direct mind modification. Her talents, seduction, deception, intimidation, thievery and concealment".



"I studied drama at Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and in the last year some casting directors for Granville: Day of the Roses came up from Sydney. They were looking for bit part actors - under 50 lines - and asked me to stay back to read the script. It was a three page part for a woman who had been badly injured in the (train) crash. I thought they just wanted me to 'read' for them (to feed another actor's part) but it was for me to take that woman's role which I did". The opening also drew the attention of an agent who could see potential. She finished college to go straight into work in Sydney. There she worked on a number of TV series including among many: Water Rats, Day of the Roses, Beastmaster and The Lost World.

Gigi was on a break at the Barefoot and having a time she couldn't help but call "lush!" "Everything is so lushous here!" she bubbled, even in Magnetic's dry season and explained she'd actually spotted the Barefoot Gallery ad in Sydney before urging her sister Sasha to move north and take it on.




There could be little doubt that with a family steeped in the entertainment industry, (Gigi's dad is famed entrepreneur/promoter, Michael Edgley) Gigi benefited from a familiarity with it's workings from childhood. One can imagine more than a little envy among her peers at such connections, but in person Gigi generates warmth and sincerity with an exuberance level not all the work of the coffee she sipped. This space girl was adamant: "If you've got it, you've got it!" Her personal website offers a few clues to her early years with the following, "Throughout my life I have grown up around the show biz arena. I've always felt most at home in the theatre. Whether it be peering from the wings at an immaculate ballerina, dozing in the auditorium whilst the actors attempted there twentieth dress rehearsal for the day, or teaching Marcel Marceau a few moves at the age of three."

When Gigi was called for an audition for Farscape, she rang her mum Jeni, whose life has been steeped in the exploration of alternate spirituality. Gigi said, "Mum, I've just gotten an audition as an alien!" Her mother replied, "I know you'll get it. You've grown up with aliens all your life!"

Gigi's character, Chiana, was only meant to appear for one episode, but after the third day of shooting she was told to go up to executive producer, David Kemper's office. According to Gigi, he said, "We don't know what you're doing but keep it up and you might stick around in space for a while longer" That was several series ago and even though production on the TV series is halted there is talk about a movie and more.

As for the future, Gigi seems all to aware that she has "been blessed" but has few illusions about the fickle nature of her business. "I'm letting the wind take me where I'm meant to be," and when asked where she hoped to be five years from now her answer was in keeping with her upbeat demeanor, "Happy, laughing and learning!"


Lush Life - Gigi Edgley
 
13 comments
 
steve robards
December 14th 2003
Fantastic character!! a brillant piece of acting. Chiana with her "talents" keep me on the edge of the lounge. Just what every man needs, a cute little doll to drive him totally off the planet. A definite must for future series!!!
 
C. Wood
September 10th 2005
Awesome actress and awesome series. Must see for anyone with imagination and intelligence.
 
Cheree
December 5th 2005
Well, Chiana was always my favorite character. I mean she is totally awesome. I grew up watching Farscape and loved to imitate things she did on the show. Gigi is brillant and I'm glad she got the part on the show, she makes Chiana stand out and I love that about her. If there ever is a movie that comes she has got to play her, else I'd be heartbroken! I don't see the show on so much any more and I'm not too happy about that but I'm working on buying the whole series!
 
I.Ivanov
June 7th 2006
Gigi - love .. best - Gigi .. sory no english

........ C H I A N A ..........
L O V E
 
Jorge M
September 1st 2006
Realmente una maravillosa caracterizaci
 
ben
October 11th 2006
awsome actor,and personaly my fave character in the show sence im into all things sorta goth ect it was defantly my fave person in farscape,great work :P
 
Brandon
February 17th 2007
The sexiest alien I've ever seen!!!!!!
 
Jeff
March 29th 2007
Best actress and the most butitful woman alive farscape is my passion and ever since i saw her i was infatuated and that new song of hers "Poison" hot!!! Must love Gigi
 
Daniel G Silva Sr
March 29th 2007
The very first time i saw Chiana i just fell for her alien beauty, If alien women look like that then i would ask one out in a heartbeat! I still think about her.
 
pavel
May 27th 2007
if that women real alien then there was not roswell crash and there is no kurdistan
 
robroy
August 8th 2007
ohne Gigi ist Farscape nichts
 
[SR]BEAVIS
August 30th 2008
Sci Fi Needs to bring back FARSCAPE !!!! and Gi Gi
 
haley
June 1st 2009
totally luv chiana and i got to see how the whole make up process is done.

ssssooooo

cccoooll!!!!

live on farscape!!!!!!


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