Where does one go after sending demons back to Hell while nine months pregnant? After filming all of Season 2 of Wynonna Earp and completing production just days before she went into labor herself, some may think that Melanie Scrofano would welcome the chance to take it easy and get a bit of a breather in Season 3. After all, killing revenants and being the Earp heir is no small task. However, the Wynonna lead was ready to take on even more challenges and instead, ended up in the director’s chair for a scene during the Season 3 premiere episode, which airs Friday, July 20 at 9 p.m. ET on SYFY and Space. This marked the first time that Scrofano had stepped behind the camera on Wynonna Earp and she did so as part of shadowing episode director, Paolo Barzman.
Barzman has directed many Wynonna Earp episodes during the show’s three seasons and Scrofano told The TV Junkies that they “have a really good working relationship.” As part of the shadow program, she had been working with Barzman on prep for the first two episodes of Season 3 when he surprised her. Scrofano said the opportunity took shape when “he told me, ‘honestly Melanie, the prep is the easy part. To direct you need to direct, so hot potato here you go!’”
After the initial shock wore off, Barzman told Scrofano to pick which scene she’d like to direct and she chose an intimate moment between Waverly (Dominique Provost-Chalkley) and Nicole (Katherine Barrell). In the scene, which can be seen below and takes place in the premiere, Waverly and Nicole, aka WayHaught, are enjoying a little quality time together in bed before all the action of the premiere really heats up. It’s a very soft and delicate scene that conveys a lot of intimacy between the couple.
Scrofano credits Barzman with really trusting her with the scene and how much that meant to her. “He totally trusted me and that’s a big deal. His name is on the episode. I can’t say enough how much generosity that takes because he has a vision and his name is on it. If I had messed up or done something that he didn’t like then he’s stuck with it.” Barzman’s trust in Scrofano meant that he “did not try to intervene in any way,” something that further proved his generosity.
As for the actual directing experience, Scrofano said “it was really stressful because we were tight on time,” which meant that she “was probably a little less relaxed than I would’ve been otherwise.” However, in the end she said the entire experience was “really satisfying and really fun,” something that she credits to the “talented and supportive” Wynonna Earp cast and crew. “It was really nice to work with the crew on a different level,” Scrofano said as she recalled one example involving A Camera operator A. Jonathan Benny. Scrofano said “in trying to give me what I wanted,” Benny told her “‘well, we’d have to move a wall to do that,’” but in the end “he figured it out for me so I could still do it in the amount of time I had.”
There was a definitive excitement and love in Scrofano’s voice as she recalled how “the generosity from everybody there was really so supportive and heartwarming.” The WayHaught scene is bound to be a popular one with Wynonna Earp audiences, so Scrofano can count the directing experience as a success. When the prospect of doing more directing in the future came up, she enthusiastically answered “yes! Definitely!” Just like her on screen persona, Scrofano continues to prove that we may have just scratched the surface on the true power of her abilities.
Paolo Barzman, whose NAME IS ON THE EPISODE, very generously handed over the reigns because he believes that you only learn by doing. It was incredibly trusting of him and he is now and forever my idol and hero. Thank you for your love everyone, and for your trust, Em, my wife.
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