Wynonna Earp’s Tamara Duarte On The Truth About Rosita

Syfy / Bell Media
Syfy / Bell Media

We’ve had to wait a while, but Rosita’s secret is finally out in the open on Wynonna Earp. Not only is Doc’s friend adjusting to life as the new kid, but it turns out that she’s also a revenant. As if her relationship with Wynonna (Melanie Scrofano) wasn’t tenuous enough, it becomes even more complicated now that we know she’s the only one who can kill Rosita (Tamara Duarte). Elsewhere, Rosita got a lot closer to Wynonna’s sister Waverly (Dominique Provost-Chalkley), as Shorty’s new bartender helped her through a fight with Nicole (Katherine Barrell).

During a trip to the spa, Waverly and Rosita got closer, leading Waverly to even kiss Rosita at one point. But before WayHaught fans could get too upset, Rosita and Waverly talked things out and Rosita sent Waverly on her way to end the fight and make up with Nicole. In part two of our interview with Duarte, she gives us some insight into what Waverly may have been feeling, as well as what that revenant reveal may mean for Rosita.


The TV Junkies: Rosita is actually a revenant! What does that mean and were you surprised to learn that about her?

Tamara Duarte: Emily didn’t say anything so I had so many questions. I had an email, if you put it in a Word document it was almost three pages, but I never sent it to Emily. I thought she’d think I was crazy because I had question after question. As an artist, some of those questions don’t need to be answered right away, and Emily is really good about knowing when to answer questions that will help and when not to. I didn’t send the email, although I was so tempted, but I didn’t know if she was a revenant or dragon or some other creature that came in through the Ghost River Triangle last season. She just came in this season so was she always in Purgatory? Did she come in through the Ghost River Triangle? Is she a revenant? How long has she known Doc? What is their relationship? How many lifetimes have they lived? If he’s 150 years old, what has happened in the past? There’s just so many questions!

TTVJ: You sound exactly how we all feel after watching an episode of Wynonna Earp.

TD: I think that’s what a really good writer does, she just has you hooked!

Syfy / Bell Media
Syfy / Bell Media

TTVJ: Rosita being a revenant will obviously tie into the protection that Doc is giving her, right?

TD: Yes, because Wynonna is the only person that can kill her. The only person that can kill her.

TTVJ: As if they didn’t have enough relationship issues.

TD: I know, and now they have this! Rosita is just another hurdle that Wynonna needs to get over. It’s just another thing.

TTVJ: Doc seemed to be right in that everybody does love Waverly, and she and Rosita have this friendship building, especially after the spa. What happens now after that kiss and now that those two know each other’s big secrets?

TD: I think secrets bring people together. What happens now? There’s a lot. [laughs] There’s a really great chemistry between them, and Emily does a really great job of hitting so many different points. You don’t have to be 100 per cent gay or 100 per cent straight. I know people who have been in relationships for seven years with a woman, and then married a man and had two kids. I don’t know if she did that on purpose, but love is love. You can feel it in so many different capacities and with so many different people. Rosita is very open, and although Waverly kisses her, she knows what the boundaries are there. She knows she’s with Doc, and there’s so many different dynamics happening at the same time.

Syfy / Bell Media
Syfy / Bell Media

TTVJ: I actually liked how it played out and Rosita’s reaction to it. You still see that these two will be really good friends, and I don’t think we get enough really good depictions of female friendships on TV. I really like the idea of Waverly and Rosita building this friendship, but I’m just nervous that she knows she’s not an Earp and Waverly knows she’s a revenant.

TD: Love comes in so many different capacities and sometimes people mix it up. You can love someone or like someone and be like ‘what is this? Is it romantic?’ Then you do something and are like ‘nope, definitely not romantic.’ It is about feeling it out, and they are just finding their relationship and what that is. It’s all really new for Waverly, and she’s not going to like every girl that she’s friends with. She can have friends that are girls and not be attracted to them. It’s another thing Emily hits and there’s so many different dynamics. I can see them being good friends, but I don’t know how it’ll play out when she resolves that with Nicole. Is she going to come clean at some point? There’s so many unanswered questions, right?

TTVJ: WayHaught fans are going to be so nervous!

TD: Oh my god, just don’t throw food at me please. I have nightmares about it.

Nothing in life is perfect and we’re going to have temptations, and we’re going to have all these different things that are real. WayHaught is strong, but there’s things that come in and throw people for a loop, and that’s what life is. It happens all the time because if everything was perfect all the time, then what?

TTVJ: The other thing I noticed about Rosita, and now it makes more sense knowing she’s been around awhile, is that she’s super wise and gives great advice. Does she have a number I can reach her at because I feel like she’d be really useful to have around?

TD: I feel like that’s very much who I am in real life. Dom calls me her “little guru” and off camera she’ll ask me for advice. It’s a constant thing in my life, and I think that’s one thing that was pulled out into the character that is very much like me. I can totally get a 1-800 number…[laughs]


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