Wynonna Earp’s Meghan Heffern on Widow Beth’s Power Play

Syfy / Bell Media
Syfy / Bell Media

After taking a backseat to her “sister wife” Mercedes (Dani Kind) for most of the season, Widow Beth (Meghan Heffern) made it clear in last week’s Wynonna Earp that she’s ready to take control of the reins. She swooped in on a very vulnerable Waverly (Dominique Provost-Chalkley) and blackmailed her into giving up the third seal. Now that Beth has the seal in her possession, breaking it is seemingly the last thing stopping her from raising her dead, demon husband, Sheriff Clootie. If she’s successful in doing that, there’s no telling what kind of evil will rain down on Wynonna (Melanie Scrofano) and company.

The Widow Beth is a far cry from the quiet Beth Gardner viewers were introduced to early on in the season, and it’s a journey Edmonton native Heffern wasn’t completely aware she was going to go on when she got the part. She details more about that below in an exclusive chat with The TV Junkies. Heffern also discusses why she enjoyed playing Widow Beth so much and what she is up to the rest of this season. Only two episodes remain in Wynonna Earp’s second season, which airs Fridays at 10 p.m. ET on Syfy and Space.

 

The TV Junkies: How did the opportunity to be on Wynonna Earp come about for you?

Meghan Heffern: Well, it was like all other ones where I got an audition through my agent. I really loved the character. It was different sides and a different character than I ended up playing. I did it and it went pretty good. I had no idea I was going to be a villain. I had no idea of anything. The description was “really nice and sweet, but can go to crazy on the drop of dime.”

TTVJ: So much more just like the Beth Gardner we meet at the beginning of the season. You knew nothing about the fact that she’d turn into this crazy, evil Widow?

MH: I knew nothing! No idea!

TTVJ: What did you think then when you heard that?

MH: I actually heard it from Dani. I had texted her and said ‘I got the part as your sister.’ We had known each other for years, and she said ‘we’re going to be these weird witch things.’ I was like ‘what? That’s so exciting!’ It then turned into much more than I anticipated. Much more than either one of us anticipated.

TTVJ: Do you have any history with playing villains or was this your first time?

MH: I played a lot of not villains, but meaner, bitchier girls. Bitches with heart. A lot of ladies with very strong attitudes. This is my first evil villain and I loved it.

Syfy / Bell Media
Syfy / Bell Media

TTVJ: It seems like it would just be the most fun to get to act that way.

MH: It was! I can’t even put into words how much fun I had on Wynonna Earp. It was just a delight every day.

TTVJ: With the show being so tight-knit and like a family, what was it like for you having to join that as the new person?

MH: You know what? It was a really easy transition. I was incredibly lucky. I’m from Alberta so a lot of the crew members on Wynonna I have worked with before. I have known them since I was 16 or 17 years old. Melanie and I have worked together before and knew each other for years and years. Kat [Barrell] and I have known each other a long time. Tamara [Duarte] and I used to live together. We used to be roommates. Varun [Saranga] and I have the same agent. Ron Murphy who directed my first episode had also directed my Lost Girl episode. I was so excited because it felt like I was working with a bunch of friends.

TTVJ: One thing that’s cool is that the Widows are a team, but they have very distinct personalities. Was that something you and Dani came up with? Or was that worked out with the directors and Emily [Andras, showrunner]?

MH: Dani and I came to set every day and were like ‘what is happening?’ We had no idea. Dani and I are very different people, so just bringing that bit of ourselves really separated the two characters. We would then run lines and kind of find it in the moment. The directors all had different ideas. April Mullen was really great and had so many ideas for the characters. I like the double-entendre of being a widow, having lost our husband, but we also have this spider, black widow thing going on as well. We got the scripts late so with every one we were like ‘OK, this is happening!’

TTVJ: Up until now, Beth seems to have been letting Mercedes be more in control, but then she really stepped up and took control in Episode 210. Why did she do that and why was it the right time?

MH: I think Beth always played second fiddle to the Widow Mercedes character. Now that Mercedes is injured she finally has her chance to shine. She’s finally like ‘I can now show the world everything that’s in my heart.’ It’s an evil, evil heart, but I think she wants to be the best Widow. She wants to be the best wife. She wants to prove herself. She’s really smart and sees an opportunity.

TTVJ: Beth-Face Widow has this knack for saying things that are really evil but with the sweetest voice. You’re quite good at it, and I think we all kind of know people like that in our lives. How do you pull that off?

MH: I think the way it’s written is so great. It’s just written evil. My voice is my voice and I would just look at it like ‘I just need to say this. I don’t need to do anything. I just need to say these things that Emily has so brilliantly written on the page.’ So it turns into this thing that is so sweet and nice, but I’m just saying the worst things ever.

Syfy / Bell Media
Syfy / Bell Media

TTVJ: When we last saw Widow Beth she had the seal in her possession and headed towards the burnt down church. This can’t be a good thing. What can you tell us about what she’s up to in the next episode?

MH: She is up to nothing good! She is up to wanting her husband and wanting him alone. She is wanting her husband without another wife.

TTVJ: What has it been like for you joining the show and getting to be interactive with the Earpers?

MH: I can’t even with the Earpers! They are amazing! I have never seen such a supportive, inclusive fanbase of people who are hilarious, number one. Some of the tweets I read and I am laughing out loud. They are so clever, funny and so into the show. I feel very lucky that I can be a part of that, even in a villainous kind of way.

TTVJ: Do you have any additional projects where Earpers should look for you?

MH: I did a web series that I’m super proud of called How to Buy a Baby. It’s about a couple struggling with infertility. That’s something that a lot of people struggle with, but not a lot of people talk about. I’m really excited to get the conversation started. It’s such a great little show and will be out on CBC in November. I’m also doing Designated Survivor right now with Kiefer Sutherland which is a lot of fun.

 

Have you been enjoying Widow Beth this season? What will happen now that she has the seal? Sound off below!

Wynonna Earp airs Fridays at 10 p.m. ET on Syfy and Space.

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