Wynonna Earp’s Melanie Scrofano On Her Emotional and Powerful Finale Performance

Syfy / Bell Media
Syfy / Bell Media

Acting is a talent and skill that not everyone can do well. Some are far better at it than others, and in the Wynonna Earp Season 2 finale, star Melanie Scrofano put on one heck of a clinic on acting. Scrofano’s Wynonna took center stage as she not only had to face down three of her worst enemies, but also gave birth to her baby before ultimately sending her away, far away from the Ghost River Triangle, to be kept safe from the demons and revenants who seek out the new Earp heir. Scrofano, who was nine months pregnant herself at the time of filming, used what was going on in her personal life to channel that emotion into Wynonna, and the result was powerful and intensely affecting.

The finale also revealed Doc (Tim Rozon) to be the baby’s father, meaning it’s not half revenant, and the pair shared some emotional scenes after having to send baby Alice away. It also wouldn’t be a proper Wynonna Earp episode without some great Earp sister moments, as Waverly (Dominique Provost-Chalkley) helped Wynonna deliver the baby. Scrofano spoke exclusively with The TV Junkies about shooting those emotional moments in the season finale, as well as what Mama Earp showing up at the end may mean for Wynonna heading into Season 3.

 

TTVJ: I know this story direction was done because of your real life pregnancy, but especially after that finale, if feels right for Wynonna’s journey and story. It feels like it was meant to be.

MS: Thank you and I agree. Going into Season 3 it makes everything so much more important. At the end of the day there’s this tiny, helpless creature out there and it’s in the back of all our minds now. Everything becomes more important.

TTVJ: I know Tim has discussed that he used how he was feeling about you and your pregnancy off screen in some of the Doc/Wynonna scenes. You guys shared some pretty powerful scenes this season. What were those like for you to shoot?

MS: My pregnancy affected everyone differently based on what they had experienced in their own lives. Tim’s life led him to experience my pregnancy in a certain way that just really affected him. He really connected to this storyline, and I felt like neither of us were acting in our scenes. We were both just the most grounded I’ve ever felt in scenes. I’ve never felt more truthful.

In that last scene in the finale, all I had to do was look at his face walking up that hill, and it was like we were really saying goodbye to a child. It was hard. It was devastating. I think we shot that and just hugged each other after. We couldn’t speak. We didn’t say a word.

TTVJ: Doc is revealed to be the baby’s father, which I think we were all glad about. What do you think it means for their relationship going into Season 3?

MS: We’ve lost a baby together now. It’s so sad. That kind of thing can either bring people together or tear them apart. It should be interesting to see which way it goes, but at the very least we now have this connection that Wynonna doesn’t have with anybody else. There’s a shared pain there, but also we’re united now in wanting to break the curse for our daughter.

Syfy / Bell Media
Syfy / Bell Media

TTVJ: That moment where Wynonna has the baby and says she didn’t think she’d love it that much really got to me. As a mother, there’s no bigger fear, right? Not being with your child or losing them.

MS: You know when you’re pregnant, and I was still pregnant, you have all these crazy fears of what could happen to the baby. So that was a really tough scene to shoot because I’m seeing this perfect little baby — who deserves an Emmy for crying at all the right times — and it brought out all my worst fears. It was powerful, but also very horrible.

TTVJ: I definitely had that somewhat in mind thinking ‘how the hell is Melanie shooting this when she’s actually about to go through this herself?’ Can you separate that?

MS: I don’t think you do. That was the beauty of this season. I couldn’t separate it. Putting into Wynonna what I was going through was such an incredible acting experience because I got to feel so grounded in this genre world. It made it so honest and real. It was really hard to shoot those scenes, but it was also some of the most beautiful storytelling we could have done. Emily chose to marry what I was going through with Wynonna and I think that was the right call.

TTVJ: There were also so many moments this year between you and Dom where you guys had the ability to just rip our hearts out. I assume again that was a lot of what you were feeling in real life.

MS: It was less surprising to me that she’d be affected by my pregnancy. I do think Dom was genuinely so in awe of my pregnancy, how it works, and what it did to me emotionally and physically. She was really interested in all that, so when it played out onscreen it was very honest. The questions she would ask me were hilarious. She’s always trying to be so understanding, and that all bled over beautifully into Waverly.

The scene in the finale where I gave birth was another one where we did it, and then we just had to hug and be quiet. We both were very shaken by the reality of it, especially having a real newborn baby in the scene with us. The second they put her in my arms we both started crying and it was downhill from there.

Syfy / Bell Media
Syfy / Bell Media

TTVJ: That scene seemed to sum up, at least for me, a lot of what Wynonna Earp is. You have the sisters and their strong connection, Wynonna willing the gun to shoot, saying Waverly will always be an Earp to her, and then this beautiful moment with the two of them and the baby.

MS: You’re right. I loved that scene for that, and the whole idea that we choose our family a lot of the time. For Wynonna, and this is true for me as well, Waverly is an Earp and will always be an Earp. No matter what. We grew up together, she’s my sister and she’s part of my fucked up family. That’s it.

TTVJ: It seems like we’re going to meet Mama Earp in Season 3. What’s up with Wynonna knowing how to get in contact with her? Has she known this whole time?

MS: I have more questions about that than anybody in the world. I have no idea. I sort of don’t want to know and I haven’t asked. I’m dying to see how it plays out. I’ve said since Season 1 when people ask what I want to see, and I always say I want to know about our mother. Where did this woman go? It’s such a powerful way to end a season where Wynonna becomes a mother, to meet the one who left me alone to be the heir and do everything on my own. It’s a great ending, but also a beginning for next season.

 

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

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