Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

'Farscape' Actress Comes to Pittsburgh Comicon

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

'Farscape' Actress Comes to Pittsburgh Comicon

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Gigi Edgley read the scene in which a beloved "Farscape" character dies and she couldn't believe the note for her character. The show was killing off her love interest, and the actress who played the many-shades-of-gray alien Chiana was being told to just walk away.

There was no way she could let that happen.

"I said [to co-star Ben Browder], you're going to have to rip me off that man, because there's no way I'm going to just say, 'See ya.' And Ben was like, 'OK, method actress.' We went through with the scene and Ben was quite grumpy with me because I was a little bit too physical," she said. "It was just a horrible state of affairs, leaving D'Argo [Anthony Simcoe]. I think one of the good things about 'Farscape' is we were so connected because we'd been together for about five years and we did experience all these adventures and make-believe romances together. ... We were like one crazy, intense family."

All that and more poured out of Ms. Edgley moments after "Hello" in a phone conversation Monday evening. She had just arrived in her new home near Santa Monica, Calif., from an appearance at the Rose City Con in Portland, Ore. She was back on a plane a few days later to spend the weekend greeting fans at the Pittsburgh Comicon.

A decade after "Farscape" came to a close with the miniseries "The Peacekeeper Wars," she still gets emotional, tearing up during the scene described above during a recent live tweet with fans. The show, which can be seen on Netflix and Hulu, had a devoted if relatively small following during four seasons (1998-2002) before it was canceled by the then Sci Fi Channel. What followed was one of the most successful public campaigns in TV history, in which fans raised a fuss and funds, resulting in the 2004 miniseries.

There are fans still pining for more "Farscape," and Ms. Edgley, 36, is eager to don Chiana's white wig once more.

"Please! My life wouldn't be complete unless I was looking at myself in the mirror and I was that amazing, crazy little minx again," said the actress, who confirmed that there is a movie script. …

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