The demons of Purgatory better get ready. They are about to meet their match on Friday, April 1 when Wynonna Earp rolls into town. In the new supernatural series from Syfy, Wyatt Earp’s great great granddaughter Wynonna (Melanie Scrofano) returns home to the town of Purgatory to fulfill her family’s legacy of fighting off demons, or rather revenants, with the help of a magical gun called the Peacemaker. Canadian actress Scrofano plays the bold, brash and smart-talking young woman who, along with younger sister Waverly (Dominique Provost-Chalkley) and Agent Dolls (Shamier Anderson), will work to rid Purgatory of its supernatural inhabitants.
After co-starring on shows such as The Listener, Being Erica and Damien, this series, based off the IDW comic book series of the same name, marks the first starring role for Scrofano. The actress recently spoke exclusively with The TV Junkies and gave us everything we need to know about television’s newest hero. Read on below as she breaks down the tough, yet complicated and vulnerable sides to Wynonna, as well as previews the complications that lie ahead of her during the show’s first season.
This show is all about the fun
Fun is something that starts right at the top with Wynonna Earp herself. It’s also the same attitude that Scrofano brought to her audition for the role, and consequently helped her win it. “I really didn’t think I was going to get the role. The rule is when you really want something you don’t get it,” Scrofano tells The TV Junkies. According to showrunner Emily Andras, the actress came in to her audition with blonde hair and was chewing bubble gum, usually something that’s a big no-no. “I just tapped into the side of me that was like ‘Fine then. I’m just going to have fun and if I only get to play her once, I’m going to play her fully and have fun.’ That was the spirit I went in with and I think that is what she was tapping into,” explains Scrofano. So does that mean she advocates bubble gum chewing at future auditions? Well not quite. “You know I think it was right for the character. I once smoked a cigarette in an audition and I got that one too. You’re not supposed to do that, but if it makes sense in context then absolutely do that,” she says.
Wynonna is real
It’s true, Wynonna Earp is a tough, badass demon fighter, but she’s also grounded by the fact that she’s got some pretty major flaws to her that bring a realness to the character. “It was really refreshing to not have to posture as an action hero,” says Scrofano. “I got to be a real person who happened to do all these extraordinary things, but at the heart of it she’s just like everyone else,” she adds. She says that Andras even joked to her that “it’ll be funnier if you suck a bit.” That side to Wynonna was part of the show’s appeal for the actress, who says “there’s something really empowering in that, because it means we can all take on our demons. We all have demons and fight them as human beings. We don’t need superpowers to face the scary things.”
Wynonna is that voice inside our head
Scrofano says that one of her biggest realizations about playing Wynonna actually came while in line at Starbucks. “This woman pushed past me and every bone in my body–like the ‘Fuck you!’ bones in my body–were going crazy,” she recalls. “But I was ‘oh excuse me, sorry,’ and very polite,” she says. That’s when she recognized that a major character trait of Wynonna’s voice already existed within her. “I thought ‘there she is!’ Wynonna lies in the part of us that wouldn’t have any patience for any of that.’ I took a lot of inspiration from that moment,” she says.
Wynonna has doubts
Even though Wynonna has returned to Purgatory to take her place as Wyatt Earp’s heir, that doesn’t mean she thinks she’s the right person for the job. She’s as well aware as anyone of her faults and shortcomings, and it’s something she’s going to be wrestling with throughout the season. “In real life you would not get over that very quickly, especially when you are given this huge burden of responsibility,” says Scrofano. She went on to add that this burden “amplifies her feelings of inferiority and self doubt because the stakes are so high now.”
Wynonna + Doc = It’s Complicated
What’s Wynonna’s relationship like with Tim Rozon’s Doc Holliday? “It’s going to be very complicated,” previews Scrofano. First off, there’s the fact that Doc is her great great grandfather’s best friend. Couple that with the fact that “he’s had 130 years of issues that have been able to build up,” says Scrofano and that leads to one “very complicated person,” just like their relationship.
Earp Sisters feelin’ the love
Another complicated relationship for Wynonna will be the one with her younger sister Waverly. “There’s a lot of resentment between the sisters and a lot of jealousy and a lot of history,” says Scrofano, before adding that “there’s also a lot of love.” Loving each other through all their issues is part of what makes this relationship so real for Scrofano. “You love people in your family even when they are messed up. You still love them, even though you may not like them all the time,” she explains.
The sisterly bond was instantaneous
“I had asked to go to her audition,” Scrofano says of Provost-Chalkey, and “she was immediately so likable.” Knowing how important the sisters’ relationship was going to be on the show, Scrofano explains that “it was really important that we hit it off on some level.” While she admits that she went in thinking “OK, I’m going to have some work to do to really crack her shell and let her let me in so we can build a relationship,” but soon found herself pleasantly surprised. “It was not that at all,” recalls Scrofano, who adds that the two immediately felt “like we had known each other forever.” Their insta-chemistry not only ended up translating to the screen, but the two remain really close off screen as well. “We have an amazing understanding of each other as people and we genuinely love each other. We really lift each other up when we need it. We’re really both so happy to have met,” says Scrofano.
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Wynonna Earp will premiere Friday, April 1 at 10 p.m. ET / 9 p.m. CT on Syfy in the US. In Canada, episodes will begin on Monday, April 4 at 9 p.m. ET on CHCH. All episodes will also stream live on CHCH.com in conjunction with the Syfy and CHCH broadcast airings.
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