Wynonna Earp’s Katherine Barrell on a Possible Darker Past for Nicole

Syfy / Bell Media
Syfy / Bell Media

Wait a second there! Hold up! What was with that look? That’s the reaction that many fans of Wynonna Earp had as Nicole Haught (Katherine Barrell) and Agent Dolls (Shamier Anderson) shared a very suspicious and knowing look at each other at the end of the Season 2 finale. Just prior to that look, Haught sat in her squad car, staring at divorce papers from her (surprise!) wife, as well as a folder on the Cult of Bulshar and the mysterious demon’s ring. Does Officer Haught know a lot more about Season 3’s potential Big Bad than she’s letting on?

Nicole’s cliffhanger for Season 2 may be surrounding something other than her relationship with Waverly (Dominique Provost-Chalkley), but the couple are still very much a fan favorite. WayHaught had ups and downs this season, as a DNA test caused trust issues and kissing Rosita (Tamara Duarte) had some fans upset with Waverly. The pair ended the season stronger than ever though, and helped ensure that Wynonna’s (Melanie Scrofano) baby safely made it out of the Ghost River Triangle. Katherine Barrell was nice enough to take time out of a VERY busy weekend she spent with the entire Wynonna Earp cast at Dragon Con 2017, to speak exclusively with The TV Junkies about Haught’s Season 2 journey and what that look may mean for Season 3. She is also currently hard at work filming Season 2 of CBC’s Workin’ Moms.


The TV Junkies: Nicole had a very busy season. Now that we’re at the end of it, what was that like for you to play and really build out the character?

Kat Barrell: Well, I think at the beginning I had a really hard time as an actor because I wasn’t in Black Badge. I was really excited after the introduction of Tucker because Emily [Andras, showrunner] said he was going to be Nicole’s enemy. I was really excited that I got to focus on a storyline like that. It was really fun just getting more involved, and by the end of the season Nicole definitely was involved in the Big Bad storyline. I’m really glad she’s starting to be involved in all that so much more.

TTVJ:  A relationship a lot of people were happy about that got built out more this season was the one between Nicole and Wynonna. What was it like building that up and working with Melanie?

KB: It’s fun because the thing is I don’t really work with Melanie. I work with her a little bit, I never work Tim [Rozon] and I almost never work with Shamier.

TTVJ: Which is really ironic since you and Shamier are the law enforcement characters.

KB: Right! And we never really shoot together. So it’s always fun getting to work with other people on the team. I think with Melanie, she’s just so good and so talented at what she does that it’s really inspiring. It also makes me really nervous to be acting alongside her and makes me step up my game a lot. It’s a real challenge, but I had a lot of fun shooting those scenes.

TTVJ: The Pussy Willows episode was a huge highlight this season for a lot of fans, and I assume you as well. Were you glad you got to put your comedic skills to use?

KB: It was just fun because Nicole always knows what to say and is a character that always has the answer. After a while, it’s really fun to play a scene where she’s the fish out of water and in a compromised situation. It was just fun to see another side of her.


TTVJ: OK, so what was with that look between Nicole and Dolls at the end of the finale?

KB: I don’t know. I have no idea. I don’t, really! I read it was like ‘Ooooh boy!’ So I think it’s going to be really interesting to see how the writers handle that. The thing is that it’s sci-fi so anything can happen.

TTVJ: I thought it was really cool that Nicole’s cliffhanger for the season had nothing to do with her relationship with Waverly.

KB: I really liked that too. I have so many theories on what it could be, but maybe just revealing a darker past to Nicole. I always thought, until it was written that Nicole doesn’t speak to her parents, that she had a really good relationship with her family. So that reveal was really surprising, and it changed my view of the character. I think maybe figuring out the reason, or if it has something to do with her childhood, but just why she seems to know so much about Bulshar. There’s also these really interesting cuts to Nicole, where they are talking about Bulshar in that final standoff scene, and they cut to her and she’s crying. I think she knows a lot about this character.

TTVJ: Have you read any of the fan theories out there about Nicole’s parents being in a cult? Or maybe that Nicole has supernatural abilities?

KB: I have seen a little bit of that. That would be super interesting to see how it would play out.

TTVJ: So forget about casting Mama Earp. Who are Haught’s parents is what you’re saying? [laughs]

KB: Right! [laughs] I wonder, because they seem to be around as she just doesn’t speak to them. It’s not that they are dead. It could be something or nothing, but I really hope that it’s something.

Syfy / Bell Media
Syfy / Bell Media

TTVJ: WayHaught ended the season on a really positive note. Why do you think it was important for them to go through all those ups and downs this season?

KB: I think because WayHaught and Wynonna Earp have set a bit of a gold standard for how LGBT relationships are portrayed in the media. I think it’s really important that if we’re going to portray these relationships in a real way, that we show the ups and downs. I know a lot of fans were really upset when Waverly kissed Rosita, and the fact that I had a wife, but I think it’s really important that we did that. Those things happen in relationships. For us to have a chance to show that aspect of a relationship, and treat it like it’s just another relationship, I thought it was great and we have to keep doing that. Also it’s TV, it’s entertainment and you can’t have entertainment without conflict.

TTVJ: Were you surprised Nicole had a wife? Or is that just what everyone does at a Britney Spears concert?

KB: No. [laughs] I was definitely surprised! I think I audibly gasped! I loved it though. I know that everyone would have lost it, but it was pushed away so quickly and I thought it was the opportunity to have a lot of conflict. I thought it was going to be a thing, but it was obviously resolved.

TTVJ: So do you think that issue and things like Nicole keeping the DNA test a secret are in WayHaught’s past?

KB: I think so. The world is moving so fast, and there are so many real dangers, that the baby puts a lot of stuff in perspective. When you have this innocent child to take care of, it clears the bullshit really quickly. For Waverly and Nicole, having that baby and taking her to that helicopter, I thought it was a really great metaphor for the fact that nothing else really matters besides family.


What did you think of Nicole’s journey in Season 2? What was that look with Dolls all about? Add your thoughts and predictions below!

Wynonna Earp will return for Season 3 in 2018 to Syfy and Space.