Without a doubt, one of the most fun parts of this week’s Wynonna Earp midseason finale was the return of Rosita (Tamara Duarte). The revenant who made a play to take Baby Alice at the end of Season 2 returned in fine form here again in Season 4. As it turns out, Rosita was the only revenant left after Bulshar broke the Earp curse, and Wynonna (Melanie Scrofano) and Doc (Tim Rozon) needed her in order to get Peacemaker back from an evil demon nun. Since Rosita had tried to commit such a horrible crime against Wynonna by taking her baby, the two women obviously had plenty to work through over the course of the episode.
Thankfully, by the end of it all, and after one hell of an awesome fight scene, both Rosita and Wynonna seemed to come to a place where they each could move on from the beef that existed between them. Wynonna ended up leaving Rosita to live and hang with the rest of the sisters at the convent and went about her way. The TV Junkies recently spoke with Duarte all about the details behind Rosita’s return, what it was like to film that epic fight scene with Scrofano, and where she will appear next on our TV screens. Duarte co-stars in the upcoming Peacock TV streaming series Departure. It’s a conspiracy series that follows the mystery of Flight 716 – a passenger plane that vanishes over the Atlantic Ocean, and it costars Christopher Plummer and Archie Panjabi.
The TV Junkies: There was obviously a lot of work done by the stunt team, but Wynonna and Rosita have a pretty epic fight scene in this week’s episode. What was it like to shoot that?
Tamara Duarte: Oh, it was just so cool! Although, I was pregnant. Not showing, but I was pregnant, and unfortunately, not able to do as much as I would’ve liked. I did quite a bit, but I would’ve loved to do more. But I don’t know that they would’ve let me do it anyway because they always keep the actors safe.
It was so much fun, and I feel like stunt coordinating is similar to dance and choreography. I’ve always been into that so this is fun to me. It works with your movements and your body. Then, within the coordination, you incorporate your own twists and character.
Melanie was amazing and she really killed it. She works so well as a team with the stunt coordinator. She doesn’t try to be brave and do everything, and that really shows how seasoned she is. She takes on what she knows is going to be good. She leaves the rest for the professionals to do. It’s really fun to see someone who is so seasoned work. You always learn so much from a Number One on the show.
TTVJ: It seems like Wynonna and Rosita reach a bit of a truce by the episode’s end, and they really worked through a lot of their issues. What does that mean for Rosita?
TD: It took a lot for Rosita to be 100 per cent honest. Honesty is one of the hardest things. People cover up lies with lies and lies and lies. They double down on lies. Or they kind of tell the truth, but will still lie. So for Rosita to put everything on the table, and say she messed up, it’s a really admirable trait that not a lot of people have. They don’t want to hurt people’s feelings or think they get to a point with a person where it’s all good so they don’t have to mention it. How many times does that happen in real life? So this is such a nice place to be, and definitely a relief, for Rosita.
TTVJ: Part of that honesty came when we learned that Rosita was going to sell Baby Alice to the Clantons? What the heck, Rosita? How could you?
TD: She really didn’t have to say anything there, and could have just left it in the closet forever, because if you tell Wynonna that she may kill you. It was really taking the chance of being honest, but maybe dying.
TTVJ: Something I found very fun was that Rosita didn’t seem too upset that she was going to be stuck with all those nuns. What do you think she thinks about her new home?
TD: In a church with a bunch of nuns! [laughs] She’s pretty content with where she’s at, and also, she’s tired of running and being on a rock. It’s just definitely a better situation for her than her previous one.
TTVJ: I know you’re a part of Departure which comes out soon. Can you share a little about that role? Anything else we should look for you on?
TD: I play a marine meteorologist named Nadia, and she predicts the weather in the ocean. That’s where a plane has crashed, and she’s part of the investigative team. She’s a key component to unlocking the mystery behind what happened on this specific flight. So I’m getting to play another smart scientist which is really cool!
Editor in Chief Bridget Liszewski comes from a long line of TV Junkies who fostered her love of television from a very young age. She's channeled that passion into covering both US and Canadian television shows, and is thankful everyday for the invention of the DVR. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame, she loves college football and is a fan of sports in general. Bridget is always up for talking TV and you can follow her on twitter at @BridgetOnTV.