Hanging out with the folks from IDW and Syfy’s Wynonna Earp TV show at C2E2 on Friday afternoon, fans were in a very chatty mood. Cast members, the showrunner, and one of the writers.
Shamier Anderson, Tim Rozon, and the others were forced to drink Kentucky Whiskey to get them to talk about Season 2 of the show despite embargoes. Showrunner Emily Andras said they are editing episodes 6 and 7 right now, and doing the music, ahead of Season 2 airing on June 9th.
Asked how long the gap was between filming season one and coming back to film season two, the panel said “for-ever!” Though no one was just chilling–Anderson got to be in a film with Johnny Depp and Forrest Whitaker called Labyrinth which comes out in the Fall. It’s about a corrupt cop (Anderson) who Depp investigates throughout the film. Rozon was working with writers on a new series of comic books about Wynonna Earp, and now they are focusing on a “troublesome time in her life” where they might be revealing “why she wears a key around her neck”.
A new cast member was present, and he said a “little bit” about his character, though it was well under wraps. His character is called Jeremy, and he works for Black Badge. He doesn’t “even know” if he’s human, he laughed. He had a lot of fun on such a “crazy show”. The tone of the show resembles the tone of the set, he said, and it’s exciting as an actor. Asked what it’s like to be “the new kid”, he said he had some hazing, laughing. He knew some of the actors from Toronto, and he was nervous when he found out how “intense the fandom is”.
Asked why his mustache was gone, or if it just “missed the flight”, Rozon dodged the question, but then answered that he’s working on something else right now, and they didn’t want the mustache. He said that in the real world, people don’t have the nicest reaction to the mustache. It works well for the show, but not outside of it. He said he had to get a 10 year dated new passport photo with that mustache, and referred to it as a “pornstache”.
The writing room for the show is in Toronto, but once production starts, Andras is back and forth to filming by plane a lot, writer Brendon Yorke said. They “patch it all together”, and when she’s in Toronto it’s intense trying to get everything done.
Calgary winter filming was super hard on the cast, and one day the camera actually shut down from cold. Anderson was asked about putting the demon “contacts” in his eyes, and he actually hates contacts of any kind, which made him “scream like a baby”. He wears them a lot more this season, and he hopes we appreciate it.
Asked what their favorite moments are from the trailer, Anderson said the “dancing in the cheerleading outfit” moment, laughing.
Andras said her favorite is the moment with the Earp sisters walking down the hall covered in a viscous goo in slow motion.
Rozon said the moment walking in the snow with the sisters that has been shown on Twitter a lot. Winter seems like a character in the show to Rozon, and the idea that they’ll follow Wynonna wherever she goes appeals to him.
Yorke said that the moment running in the snow really captures the drama of the show, though it’s hard to choose.
Asked what they’d like to do in the show that they haven’t done yet, Andras said that she wants more “action outside” like Motorbike riding, and fighting. The cast does a lot of their own stunts, and are up for more.
The cast said they share a lot of resources with Fargo, and tried to trick Ewan MacGregor into wandering onto their set.
Asked about choosing music for the show, Andras talked about how you assume songs are going to be really expensive to use, but the ones that are and the ones that aren’t will surprise you. She likes the “independent artists” they use for the show, and they are just starting to do music for the second season. Anderson is a DJ and there’s a lot of music on the set, with many people using music to focus or stay meditative.
Asked how the comics relate to the TV show, and the “transmedia” aspect of the show, Andras said TV is 12 or 13 hours and a comic is 20 pages, but on the other hand, “anything can happen” in the comic. She hopes we think of them as different mediums featuring the same characters you “love”. The show can’t feature all the same creatures and the same situations for budget and logistical reasons. She hopes that we don’t think of either as “canon” but as a “shared property”. They both get a lot of freedom, but compare notes in “broad strokes” not to contradict each other.
Asked about the costuming on the show, and how they source it, Andras said that their “scrappy little underdog show” has a great costume department, though like everything they do, it’s a little understaffed. It’s a fine line between “cartoony” aspects and realism, Andras said. Andras is always given a choice of wardrobe for each episode, but she gets told what the actors prefer, and tries to go with that. A lot of the items are basic found apparel and they source western stuff from other shows. They mix “high and low” and have some “made” pieces.
The actors were asked about strange or great things they’ve had to wear, Rozon said his custom hat from season one. Anderson said that he’s had a lot of cool paramilitary gear, and the designer is very knowledgeable about them. He ends up in “snug” clothing, though. Andras teased that two of the villains this season have really great costumes.
Asked about a fictional characters they’d like to be in the show, Anderson joked, “Jason David Frank from the Power Rangers”, and they plotted going to fetch him, since he is at C2E2.
Buffy and Angel also scored high points.
Asked if the show would be willing to spotlight a polyamorous relationship, building on their “great job with LGBTQ, Andras said “Maybe. It’s a very grown-up show”.
Rozon was asked how he developed the character of Doc Holliday, Rozon said that though it’s cliche, he felt it was the role he was “born to play”. He’d been a fan of the character since childhood, having read old Wyatt Earp comics. He knew all the previous film iterations, it felt “there” and inside him waiting for the role.
Asked how “gay season two is going to be” on a scale of one to ten, Andras said, “think of Mike Pence thinking ‘I don’t know about this’, with dolphins, unicorns, mirror balls”, and picture “gay with a capital G”.
Yorke said that interacting with fans is important because you write the show so far ahead and just see the same team mates you work with when “playing in the sandbox”, but you get very little feedback. But once it airs, then you see “why we’re doing it” in the fan reactions. It brings you “back into the moment” of writing or filming it.
Andras admitted they work on “fake schedules” for season 3 just in case it happens, just because you have to.
From 5PM to 7PM at the IDW booth, the cast will be doing at signing today, Friday, April 21st at C2E2.
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