While Wynonna and her gun The Peacemaker have been busy striking fear into the many revenants running around Purgatory, there’s one she hasn’t been able to scare off. Bobo Del Rey, lead Revenant on Wynonna Earp, has never backed down from Wyatt’s heir and he’s not about to start any time soon. On this week’s episode, “Diggin’ Up Bones,” Wynonna (Melanie Scrofano) and Deputy Marshall Dolls (Shamier Anderson) will make a raid on Bobo’s trailer park, exposing some of Bobo’s unique talents and give fans an introduction to an old friend of both Bobo and Doc.
“It’s getting Bobo heavy,” Michael Eklund told The TV Junkies of Episode 5 and beyond. The Saskatchewan native recently spoke to us about creating Bobo’s unique look, his bromance on and off screen with Tim Rozon, and the unique triangle Bobo and Doc will soon find themselves in. “You think you know, but you don’t know” what’s lies ahead Eklund jokes.
The TV Junkies: Is Bobo as fun to play as he is for viewers to watch?
Michael Eklund: Yes! I was sitting at a hotel in Germany and the phone rang at 4 a.m. It was Wynonna producer Rick Jacobs. We spent the next 45 minutes talking about the project and Bobo Del Rey. I knew it was going to be one of the most fun characters I’ve played yet, and a few months later you find yourself in a fur coat with a mohawk.
TTVJ: A lot of Bobo was probably already on the page for you, but was there anything extra you found yourself bringing to the role?
ME: There was no description of Bobo the way you see it on screen, so that was a stew of imaginations at work. I had an idea that I wanted to go with–the haircut and Bobo’s look–so with the amazing hair and makeup team we came up with it. It was their idea to bleach one side of his beard and one of his eyebrows. The wardrobe department then created the coat.
I was on a movie the day before I started shooting Wynonna Earp, playing a completely different character on a Wednesday. I started Wynonna on a Thursday morning, and as an actor you’re trying to leave one character and jump into another. Once I got on the set and put that coat on the character just came. You put that 20 pound coat of fur on your back and it changes everything–the way an actor walks, talks, everything. I have a lot of respect for the team we had and putting together their ideas and my ideas for Bobo.
TTVJ: This isn’t your first time playing a villain. What draws you to the bad guy roles?
ME: That’s the interesting thing, I never see them as bad guy roles. I’ve never seen a darker shade character as a bad guy. They have the same wants and desires and hopes and dreams as good guy characters have. Who is to judge who’s right and who’s wrong?
If you keep watching Wynonna you’ll start to learn that Bobo has an objective–each character on the show has their own clear objective that they are trying to achieve. Some fall on the side of good and some fall on the side of bad, but it’s hard to judge which character is bad on Wynonna because everybody is a shade of gray. If you keep watching you’ll find out that Bobo’s intentions, even though they are very dark, might have a purpose down the road.
TTVJ: We spoke with Tim Rozon and he said how much fun he had playing scenes with you and the back and forth between Bobo & Doc.
ME: Oh Tim! I love that man.
TTVJ: So the feeling is mutual?
ME: We have a very special relationship when we get on set. There’s a glint in Tim’s eye where I knew that he is the kind of actor that wants to play. I know that look when I work with an actor who has that excitement in his eyes. When you see that glint, then you know that the gloves are off and let’s just have two actors do their thing and see what happens when the cameras roll. All the stuff that we came up with and do just came from playing the scene together because he’s so open, generous, giving and playful as an actor. That’s what you wait for as an actor to work with. What he did would inspire me and my reaction would inspire him and then it’s a tennis match bouncing back and forth. That’s how it should be. Tim was such a fun actor to play with and we developed this bromance.
TTVJ: It’s fun to see the alpha males go back and forth, yet have to work together in a reluctant alliance.
ME: Exactly! There is a respect between Bobo and Doc. They come from the same time period and get each other. Doc’s kind of the mysterious one and you don’t know what side he falls on yet. That’s the fun of the show–it’s always changing and turning and one second you think you know what’s going on with the characters and the next you don’t.
TTVJ: In Episode 5 we get more knowledge about the Stone Witch, who she may be and that Bobo seems to have a special connection to her. What can you tell us about Bobo and the Stone Witch?
ME: There’s kind of a triangular relationship between the Stone Witch, Bobo and Doc. Doc needs the Stone Witch and Doc needs Bobo’s help to bring him the Stone Witch, but Bobo also needs something in return. Then you’ll find out soon enough what the Stone Witch is up to and looking for that involves Bobo and Doc. You’ll be caught in a triangular relationship with three characters who need something from each other and nobody wants to give it without the insurance that they will be paid back. The Stone Witch is going to be a very important key to a greater need for both Doc and Bobo.
TTVJ: Episode 5 also reveals that Bobo may have some special talents. Will that help us understand why he’s not your typical bad guy and why he feels so confident in his battle with Wynonna?
ME: Bobo always has a trick up his sleeve. Bobo is always two or three steps ahead of what’s going on and always has an Ace up his sleeve that he’s saving. He’ll pull it out when it’s needed. In Episode 5 you’ll see Bobo has some special abilities that you didn’t know about and it’s the time to unveil them.
TTVJ: We know that Bobo took advantage of Waverly when she was younger. Now that she’s grown is she still someone he finds himself drawn to?
ME: Another interesting and strange connection in the show is the relationship that Bobo has with Waverly. He was her secret imaginary friend when she was a child. Why that is and what was his purpose–what Bobo is up to he’s been working on for 15 years. It’s all part of his master plan and great orchestra that he’s conducting. You’ll get a lot more hints about Bobo’s relationship with Waverly when she was young and it all comes into play with his main purpose that he’s fighting for–it involves Waverly and all the Earps very much. There’s something a little different between Bobo and the other revenants. He’s a little bit special.
What do you think of Bobo? Any ideas as to what he may be up to? Add your theories and predictions in the comments below!
Wynonna Earp will premiere Friday, April 1 at 10 p.m. ET on Syfy in the US. In Canada, episodes will begin on Monday, April 4 at 9 p.m. ET on CHCH. All episodes will also stream live on CHCH.com in conjunction with the Syfy and CHCH broadcast airings.
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