Wynonna Earp’s Melanie Scrofano On How Wynonna’s Pregnancy Grounded The Story

Michelle Faye/Wynonna Earp Season 2, Inc./Syfy
Michelle Faye/Wynonna Earp Season 2, Inc./Syfy

Grab plenty of whiskey and doughnuts because this week’s Season 2 finale of Wynonna Earp is sure to bring plenty of emotions. Not only does Wynonna (Melanie Scrofano) have to contend with the fact that her worst enemies — Bobo (Michael Eklund) and the Widows (Dani Kind and Meghan Heffern) — have all banded together to raise Demon Clootie, but she also seems ready to deliver her baby, in a field no less! There’s still plenty of questions surrounding her baby left to be answered, along with many other worries — like Doc (Tim Rozon) and Dolls (Shamier Anderson) being killed in the alternate universe.

That alternate universe featured prominently in last week’s episode of Wynonna Earp, showing what a world without Wynonna may look like. “I hadn’t seen it and wasn’t really in it. Everybody was a star! It was so good and one of my favorite episodes,” Scrofano told the The TV Junkies in an exclusive chat. While Wynonna was absent last week, make no mistake, this week’s finale, airing Friday at 10 p.m. ET on Syfy and Space, is focused very much on the Earp heir, as she is quickly running out of time in trying to stop the Widows. To help prep us for the finale, Scrofano spoke with us about the journey Wynonna has been on this season and reflects on what it’s been like bringing a pregnant superhero to TV.

 

The TV Junkies: You guys kept everything a secret for so long with your pregnancy, but now it’s all finally played out on screen. What’s the response to that been like for you?

Melanie Scrofano: One of the things that made me laugh on Twitter was someone saying ‘Melanie did not shoot a whole season pregnant not to get renewed for Season 3.’ [laughs] I thought ‘well, that’s true.’ I love that people responded so positively about how powerful it is to see a pregnant woman doing everything that I did. I wasn’t sure if people would even care, so the fact that even people who don’t have kids, or haven’t been pregnant, could see how that was a challenge, but also really important for me and women everywhere, was really gratifying.

TTVJ: I know when you and Emily set out to begin this season you wanted to give us a pregnant superhero. Are you satisfied with what was done?

MS: Yes, because at the end of the day, Wynonna did everything she would’ve done had she not been pregnant. Every episode, except for when she’s at the OBGYN, she would’ve had to do anyway. There was no ‘ugh, can somebody do this for me?’ Even the episode that they had to build in, Episode 211, in case I went into labor early, was built in so that Wynonna disappears. It wasn’t ever Wynonna takes sick leave or can’t handle it. It was handled beautifully and was just business as usual.

TTVJ: Shooting Wynonna in Calgary with the conditions that you guys shoot in is always difficult, even when you’re not pregnant. What was some of the hardest stuff to shoot this season for you?

MS: Honestly, they took such good care of me and weather-wise, you saw the size of those coats. [laughs] I would say that everyone was so overly cautious with me because at the end of the day, Emily always said ‘if anything were to happen to you or the baby I’d never forgive myself.’ So it was like everyone was on high alert to a ridiculous degree. I’d be like ‘guys, I’m actually sweating right now. I don’t need another layer.’ That stuff wasn’t hard.

Physically, it was wanting to move my body in ways that was just harder. I wanted to kick ass more eloquently and it felt like my body was making it more cumbersome. That also just played in beautifully to Wynonna though. That would piss her off too because it’s frustrating! That was part of what we set out to do at the beginning, to put whatever I was feeling in my actual pregnancy into Wynonna’s. At the end of the day, we’re trying to represent it realistically, even though it’s an unrealistic world.

Michelle Faye/Wynonna Earp Season 2, Inc./Syfy
Michelle Faye/Wynonna Earp Season 2, Inc./Syfy

TTVJ: The true love story of the show is the Earp sisters relationship. Heading into the finale, we saw Waverly not trust Wynonna to find the cure for Nicole. How will that moment affect their relationship?

MS: As is often the case in Wynonna’s world, there isn’t enough time to get upset. There’s so much going on, Wynonna is about to give birth and she needs all the help she can get. I don’t think she’d be able to push Waverly away right now.

It is interesting for the future, if the dust settles a bit. It’s another layer of their relationship and it’s like ‘you really messed up! I had it under control. I was going to figure it out.’ What she did doesn’t just affect Wynonna, but also her promise to Doc. Wynonna didn’t make that promise to Doc lightly that she’d break the ring.

TTVJ: Do you have any moment from this season that you really loved or something you are particularly proud of?

MS: Anything, especially in the finale, I’m really proud of how much the pregnancy grounded us into the story. It felt so real, even though we’re playing in genre and it’s easy to dismiss things as fantasy. We were able to really make this fantasy world honest and real. I couldn’t be more proud.

 

What have you thought of Wynonna’s journey this year? Add your predictions for the finale below!

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

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