It sure is a good thing that Canadian actor Tim Rozon can grow some mean facial hair. From the full (and 100 per cent real!) mustache he sports as Wynonna Earp’s Doc Holliday, to the bearded look he brings to Mutt on Schitt’s Creek, Rozon is no stranger to growing out his scruff. “The past three years have been great for me, but acting has now become all about facial hair,” Rozon jokingly told The TV Junkies while discussing the upcoming season of CBC’s acclaimed comedy series Schitt’s Creek.
Season 3 premieres Tuesday, January 10 at 9 p.m. on CBC and Wednesday, January 11 at 8 p.m. on Pop. Viewers will see the Roses at a crossroads of missing the life they led before and embracing the town they now call home. Rozon’s Mutt is back and this time he has a new girlfriend, something that may not sit so well with ex-girlfriend Alexis (Annie Murphy). Rozon recently talked to The TV Junkies about his predictions for Mutt’s relationship with Alexis, playing the straight man opposite the many characters that inhabit Schitt’s Creek and learning from legends Catherine O’Hara and Eugene Levy.
The TV Junkies: What is so fun for you about getting to play Mutt?
Tim Rozon: Mutt is such a different character than Doc Holliday. Schitt’s Creek is really challenging, but luckily I don’t have to do the comedy because I find comedy to be the hardest acting there is. A lot of people tell me I’m funny, but I’m not funny for a comedy on TV. It’s hard for me to do that, so I’m kind of the straight man of the show. The situations they put me in are funny because I’m normally against Annie, but she’s funny and I’m the straight man. If you really think about it, I’m pretty much the only straight man on the show. Everyone else is such a character, from Dan, to Chris, to Moira, to Twlya–you name it they are all super funny–and then there’s me and I’m the beard.
TTVJ: Schitt’s Creek boasts a really great group of actors who are pretty close. What was it like being reunited with them for Season 3? TR: I’m super lucky because they are amazing. I’m so in awe over there because I’m so out of my element. I’m fanboying on set too because I’m always watching and trying to learn. It’s not just Catherine and Eugene either, but they are legends and watching them is a lesson. Actors should pay to be on set and watch them I swear. If I’m watching them do a scene, they will go over to each other and one will say ‘why don’t you switch that word or why don’t you hit this word with this inflection?’ They’ll do it and it’s funny, just by hitting a word differently. They have this art to it that I’ll never understand.
TTVJ: That’s not even mentioning the stuff they can do physically because some of the faces Catherine will make just kill me! TR: Do you remember the episode where she auditioned for Jazzagals? That read through was one of the greatest experiences I’ve ever been a part of. Just watching her do the read through raw, never having read it before and improvising this song. It was such a special moment to be a part of. She’s so humble too.
Those two are so strong and everybody knows it, but the younger cast–Dan Levy! People need to know that Schitt’s Creek is Dan Levy. He writes it, it’s his blood and everything about it is him. He deserves so much credit because it’s crazy how much he’s put into this of his heart and soul. He’s so funny too and one of my favorite characters.
Then you have people like Emily Hampshire who, in my opinion, is one of the best actors in North America. She’s amazing and I have this secret wish to see Michael Eklund (Wynonna Earp, Dirk Gently) and Emily Hampshire do something together. It’d be amazing to see those two talented actors together. She’s so humble and so fun!
TTVJ: When we last saw Mutt he was dating someone new named Tennessee, who is played by Killjoys’ Sarah Power. What was it like getting to work with her this year? TR: The fun thing is that Sarah and I knew each other from a show we did about eight years ago that shot out west, back in Calgary called Wild Roses. I played her sister’s boyfriend and now I get to play her boyfriend. She’s really fun and super awesome. We’ve known each other for awhile so it’s great when you then get to work with people again.
TTVJ: Despite this new relationship, does Mutt still have some feelings for Alexis? TR: Listen, I believe yes. I don’t think Mutt and Alexis are done by any means. However, story-wise it makes a lot more sense to have her with Ted (Dustin Milligan). They were a much better match in a lot of ways. But I don’t think the Mutt/Alexis thing is finished by far, and as characters grow they could grow to be a lot more alike than Ted and Alexis in a lot of ways. As the characters develop she might need more of a bearded man. [laughs]
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Schitt’s Creek airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET on CBC and Wednesdays at 8 p.m. on Pop.
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