Gigi Edgley says “Adelaide, watch out!” Oz Comic-Con’s coming
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I started by admitting that Farscape, the science fiction series Gigi starred in for four and a half seasons, isn’t one I’m very familiar with. Aware that she could tell me anything and I might not know any better, she started by telling me “Well, the episode that Spielberg directed was my favourite.”
She continued: “It was pretty much my my first long-running television series and I was just a baby. I was 22, 23 and I got cast as this awesome alien.” Gigi said. “Three and a half hours of makeup every day. I was only meant to be on for one episode and they liked the look and the style and the vibe of the character so she ended up sticking around…”
In reality, Spielberg had no official input into Farscape. Another creative powerhouse of our time, The Jim Henson Company, was behind it.
“I am so in love with the Jim Henson Company and Dark Crystal and Labyrinth and… their creatures,” Gigi told me, “I’m probably a lot more in love with the phantasmagorical world as opposed to the sci-fi world, but I’m not allowed to say that at conventions. I’ll get thrown off the stage into the Klingons.”
At the first Oz Comic-Con in Adelaide there will, no doubt, be Klingons, Vulcans and other Star Trek races attending, alongside stormtroopers from Star Wars, and other fans who’ll choose to come as their favourite anime and comic characters.
Gigi Edgley told me she loves attending science fiction and comic “cons”, and explained that they were her “bread and butter” when she was living Stateside and was between acting jobs.
“One thing that I really adore about (conventions) is that you actually get to meet the people that support your dream. I’ve worked on lots of different television shows from Stingers and Secret Life of Us, to films in the States and there is no other production style that offers you the chance to go to actually meet people and hear the feedback,” she said.
“When a fan comes up to you and has been waiting a day in a line to see you just to say hello and shake your hand and they’re shaking and teary and saying, “You inspired me to get through a really hard time in my life,”…it’s like, wow, this is really quite a special exchange.”
“I’ve been flown all around the States and to Europe and everywhere really, to have these amazing weekends in fantastic places with people that just adore what I adore,” Gigi said, “Yeah. Adelaide, watch out.”
Gigi Edgley spoke highly of her Farscape colleagues, including Ben Browder who’s also coming to Adelaide. “It was a very special family… because the hours were so incredibly long and the make-up’s so intense, you literally lived, breathed, cried, everything that show, ate that show. People were really daring and weren’t afraid to push each other’s buttons and that’s when you get the real chemistry on set.”
Recently Gigi Edgley completed three seasons of Rescue: Special Ops. The next time we see her on Australian TV will be in Tricky Business on Channel 9. The series, originally titled “Bad Debts in Wollongong”, and produced by Screentime who made the Underbelly franchise, follows the exploits of a family of debt collectors.
Gigi went and read the script, and fell in love with her character immediately. “She’s a mum, she’s a boss, she’s an undercover cop, she’s a mercantile agent,” Gigi said, “and it’s so clever the way they’ve set it up.”
I also asked Gigi about Blue Shift, a new science fiction adventure comic series she’s co-wrote with Brian Meredith of Micro Brew Comics, who is also co-founder of the Emerald City ComiCon.
“It’s actually based on the little film that I’ve shot called Nobody Knows. That and Blue Shift are actually related to each other. Blue Shift is about a girl that gets sucked up into space and the adventures that she goes on and the craziness that she encounters. And Nobody Knows is about a girl who’s an actress who plays a girl who got sucked up into space,” she told me. “So we’re trying to create many different levels because I love the David Lynch vibe… and fans really get into different mediums that all relate with each other.”
In Adelaide, Gigi will join an impressive list of special guests. Oz Comic-Con’s recently added actors Ben Browder (Farscape) and Matt Doran (The Matrix, Star Wars – Attack of the Clones), illustrator and comic book artist Doug Holgate, and manga graphic novelist Queenie Chan.
For brief bios of all the other special guests listed below, check out our previous article.
- Jewel Staite (Firefly, Serenity, Stargate Atlantis),
- Jonathan Frakes (Star Trek: The Next Generation),
- Bill Farmer (the voice of Disney’s Goofy and Pluto),
- Sean Patrick Flanery (The Boondock Saints, Young Indiana Jones),
- Norman Reedus (The Boondock Saints, The Walking Dead),
- Corin Nemec (Stargate: SG-1)
- Stewart McKenny (Super Friends, Star Wars: Clone Wars Adventures)
- Nicola Scott (Teen Titans, Birds of Prey, JSA, Secret Six)
Also see our other posts about Oz-Comic-Con in Adelaide:
Great guests for Oz Comic-Con in Adelaide
Oz Comic-Con Wants You Adelaide!