Wynonna Earp’s Tamara Duarte on Rosita’s Surprising Return

While we’re guessing that Wynonna (Melanie Scrofano) may not be so happy to see Rosita (Tamara Duarte) at the end of last week’s Wynonna Earp, many fans will be rejoicing. Duarte, who played the revenant scientist during Season 2 of the series, has long been a fan-favorite, with many Earpers clamoring for her return. Seeing her standing at the end of the episode, as the scorned woman that Wynonna and Doc (Tim Rozon) were looking for, will be a surprise for many. What does that mean? Why is she still around when other revenants seem to be gone after the Earp curse was broken by Bulshar.

While we will have to wait until Sunday’s midseason finale, airing on SYFY and CTV Sci-Fi at 10/9c, for all the answers to those questions, The TV Junkies caught up with Duarte in the meantime. She spoke to us about Rosita’s return to the show, what it was like to be reunited with the Wynonna cast, and how much it’s meant to her that fans have wanted to see her back. For those who recall, Rosita was last seen in the Season 2 finale trying to make a play to steal Baby Alice. Whether or not Wynonna can ever forgive her for that is another huge question that will need to be answered.

The TV Junkies: What did you think when you found out that Rosita was going to be coming back for Season 4? Did you ever have any theories about how she may come back?

Tamara Duarte: I definitely had a bunch of theories. The Earpers had a bunch of theories. It’s kind of cool because you never know what Emily [Andras, showrunner] is going to do. It’s really cool to read it, and then, see that it’s a cool twist I would’ve never thought of. Out of all the theories, none of them were right! It’s just cool that the storyline went where it went. 

TTVJ: I don’t think anyone had Rosita standing in between two giant rocks in her luxurious red coat.

TD: No! I didn’t see that at all. [laughs]

TTVJ: During the time you were off the show, you were still with the cast at various conventions, but not on set working with them. What was it like to get back and act with this cast again?

TD: So wonderful! It felt like we picked up exactly where we left off and like I was never gone. That’s what’s so welcoming about this cast. It’s always, ‘Let’s go to breakfast! Let’s go to the gym.’ It’s such a welcoming cast and no beats were skipped in me coming back to the show. That’s really nice because for me, being in and out of the show, it can be nervewracking. You don’t know what you’re getting into and dynamics can change. On other shows, dynamics shift all the time year after year after year, but with this cast, they are like family. 

TTVJ: So many fans have said how much they wanted Rosita to come back to the show. What has that meant to you that the desire to see your character again was still so strong?

TD: It means everything to me. I always had that fear with Rosita that she wasn’t going to be liked. As an artist, I can’t have that fear when I’m making my choices as an actor. I have to just go with it, and if they like it, they like it. If they don’t, they don’t. That’s always a nerve-wracking experience because you don’t know what the feedback is going to be. So when the feedback was good, it was such a relief! 

Any time I need a boost in my self-esteem, I go on my social media and people say how they’d love to see her back. It’s nice to not only feel welcomed by the cast, crew, and everyone involved in Wynonna, but also by the fandom, which is what makes Wynonna. It’s really nice to have both ends, even with a character that is semi-bad.

TTVJ: Some would argue she’s not bad, she just did that one bad thing.

TD: One bad thing! I just stirred the pot a little bit… [laughs]

TTVJ: If Rosita ever came back, the question would always be what that meant for her and Wynonna. Is there ever a way they could get past that?

TD: What would need to happen between Wynonna and Rosita is something big to bring them together. It’s something where a lot would be on the line, and where they wouldn’t have a choice but to work together. I don’t think on any plane that Wynonna would want to be around someone who tried to take her baby. There’d also need to be a lot of honest moments between them in order to get to a civil place where they’re not trying to strangle one another.

Wynonna Earp airs Sundays at 10/9c on SYFY and CTV Sci-Fi.