While the Wynonna Earp Season 3 premiere contained all kinds of fun and games with those sexy Eurotrash vampires, not everyone was having such a blast. For Doc Holliday (Tim Rozon), he’s still grieving having to give up baby Alice at the end of Season 2 and even Wynonna (Melanie Scrofano) seems worried about how he’s holding up. As if that wasn’t enough, one of the vampires that came to town seemed to have special plans for Doc and may even share a past connection with him. The Contessa (Chantel Riley) may have gotten away from now, but it seems likely we’ll see her again soon.
To talk all about Doc’s mindset in Season 3 and why things are so serious for him, The TV Junkies recently spoke with Rozon. He shared how the loss of Alice may be affecting Doc, what it’s like to work on those more serious moments with Scrofano and what Doc’s possible connection to Kate may be. He also shares his thoughts about the mustache that Doc’s number one admirer, Jeremy (Varun Saranga), is sporting this season.
The TV Junkies: What was it like coming back this year as opposed to other seasons?
Tim Rozon: Mel wasn’t pregnant! [laughing] So that was kind of a relief because we didn’t have to worry about our lead actress going into labor during filming. That was an actual thing in Season 2 so Season 3 was more of a relief. But it was so great to get back into it all. For me, as serious as Season 3 is, it was the most fun because I’m so happy to get back and slip into that character.
TTVJ: The premiere was so much fun, though, and felt like a warm hug from your friend.
TR: Except unfortunately, the Doc character brings a little more gravity than the other characters. It’s just there, the story needs it and I get it, but sometimes I’m just like ‘why can’t he be fun and happy too?’ But he went to Hell, and he knows he’s going to go back to Hell, and he’s lost his daughter and nine out of 10 times it’s not going to be easy for him. I get it. So sometimes we go from a scene with Doc where it’s so much and then goes into something more fun and you’re like ‘Damn! That Doc, he really takes things seriously.’ But you have to.
TTVJ: Something that I think is really nice and that we don’t see as often, is that Doc is really struggling with having to give up Alice.
TR: It was really important for me to bring that. We forget because there’s six months in between filming, we’re super excited to get back to filming, so if it was up to me I’d just be smiling all day because I’m so happy to be back on set. It was very important for me to remember where I left off in that last scene with Mel, and I know time has passed, but time hasn’t passed in a broken heart. A broken heart doesn’t heal over a couple of months, sometimes it never heals. So it was important for me to bring back Doc and that he has to be affected by what he went through. It needs to be there, it just has to be.
TTVJ: It does seem like having to give up Alice did maybe draw Doc and Wynonna a bit closer together. How does their relationship progress in Season 3?
TR: It’s just not that simple. [laughs] In the WynDoc world it’s just not going to be an easy ride. I think in some ways they are closer than they’ve ever been, but in other ways they are further away than they’ve ever been. It’s just one of those tough love stories. It’s not going to be easy. It’s never going to be easy. You know in Season 1, when he told her he just wants to go away and live on a little farm and grow barley? I think Doc finally knows that is never going to happen now.
TTVJ: You and Mel were just absolutely fantastic in that end scene of the premiere.
TR: Aw, thank you. That was one of those scenes where you just have to be present and look at Mel. That’s all I do in those scenes because Melanie Scrofano really brings it. As long as you’re present with Mel you’re going to get to where you need to go because she’s just so there.
TTVJ: In the premiere we meet this mysterious Contessa who seems to have a bit of a history with Doc. What can you share about their connection and what was it like having Chantel Riley join the cast this season?
TR: I say this with all honesty, I don’t know who is casting or how they are casting, but we just get really good, nice people who want to work, play and have fun. If I could spend all day with Chantel Riley, I would. We had a blast. As far as our characters, again, nothing is easy with Doc Holliday and his relationship with her is well, layered. [laughs]
TTVJ: So Jeremy has a mustache in Season 3! What did you think of that and did Varun come to you for tips on growing that out?
TR: He did and I have a nice picture I’m going to post at some point of me cutting his mustache for him. That was a Varun choice that he thought Jeremy would do for Doc, subtedly. I really love that we don’t talk about it, it’s just there and Doc never says a word about it, which I really love. I know deep down that Doc loves it, is flattered and really loves his Jeremy. They love each other a little differently, but I think it is so great that Varun thought that was the right choice to make. I thought it was just great.
TTVJ: He grew it out quite nice! It was really great.
TR: Oh yea! He’s got a beautiful beard and a beautiful mustache. I still think though that Greg Lawson has the mustache. Nedley can’t be beat! It gives me something to aim for mustache-wise.
What did you think of Doc’s story in the premiere? Are you excited about what’s to come for him in Season 3? Sound off below!
Wynonna Earp airs Fridays at 9 p.m. ET on SYFY and Space Channel.
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