Syfy’s Wynonna Earp cast attended the 2017 San Diego Comic Con and participated in interviews the morning after season two episode seven aired. The episode titled ‘Everybody Knows’ found Wynonna out looking for her baby’s dad and Waverly finally telling her big sister she believes they don’t have the same father. Dominique Provost-Chalkley (‘Waverly’) was teamed up with her onscreen love interest, Katherine Barrell (‘Nicole Haught’), for interviews and together they discussed what’s in store for the Earp siblings, the new baby, that cheerleading scene, as well as Waverly and Nicole’s relationship.
What can you tease about the rest of season two?
Katherine Barrell: “I think definitely with the addition of our new Earper baby on the way, things are just getting a lot more dangerous. I think there’s a sense among all the characters that the stakes got so high so fast, especially now that we all know. So, there’s this sense of when you’re caring for yourself and grownups it’s one thing, but when you’re caring for an unborn child and the safety of that child it’s another. I feel like the last final half of the second season just got super high stakes, super dangerous and everyone’s kind of on hyper hyper alert.”
Dominique Provost-Chalkley: “Super epic, as well. It’s just like every episode. You think already so much has happened this season – we’re halfway through the season. The second half is crazy!”
And Waverly finally told Wynonna she might not be an Earp.
Dominique Provost-Chalkley: “I feel like it’s been a long time coming for Waves. We forget a lot of time has passed since she had that conversation with Bobo and she really struggled. One thing I admire so much about Waverly is when other people are in need and need Waverly to be supportive of them, she puts her stuff aside. That’s the most admirable thing. But also as a supporter of Waverly, I’m like, ‘You need to also address the things that are close to you.’ I’m so proud of her for finally telling her big sister and addressing it.”
Nicole and Waverly have gone through a lot in terms of their relationship this season. Can you talk about that relationship?
Katherine Barrell: “I think it’s been tough because you know it is a new relationship. It’s not very often that you get that many stressors in such a new relationship. So, I think it’s really showing the strength of their bond and just how grateful they are for each other because they seem to be pushing through all of these really big obstacles and roadblocks.”
Dominique Provost-Chalkley: “They always come back together despite it all. We have our disagreements, whatever, but they’re always striving to come back together.”
How do you feel about Wynonna and Nicole bonding this season?
Katherine Barrell: “It’s so few and far between, but I really love working with Melanie (Scrofano) so much. She’s such, as you guys all have seen, an incredible actor. I get really nervous when I have to work with her because I admire her so much.”
Dominique Provost-Chalkley: “We all do.”
Katherine Barrell: “Do you feel that, too? You have to be super prepared. But I love the relationship between Nicole and Wynonna because I think there’s this sisterly protection that Wynonna has and they both care so much for the same person which is Waverly. It’s really fun to see that dynamic play out of that. Wynonna wants Waverly to be happy, but she’s also like, ‘Hey, you’re my sister and I’m going to protect you.’ I love it. I think it’s such a fun dynamic.”
Dominique Provost-Chalkley: “And so real. It’s so true. People who have siblings will understand. Nobody is ever going to be good enough for your sibling.”
What sort of aunt is Waverly going to be?
Dominique Provost-Chalkley: “The best, obviously! ‘Auntie Waverly’ – just that phrase makes me all giddy! I think Waverly…it was the last thing that she was expecting, obviously. It was the last thing that everybody was expecting. But, Waverly will always step up to the bar and I think she’ll have started knitting by next week.”
Is she going to be super protective?
Dominique Provost-Chalkley: “Oh yeah, as you can imagine. Absolutely. She gets angry about them being drunk in a strip bar.”
Katherine Barrell: “Can you imagine with a baby?”
Waverly has had a lot of dramatic moments this year and isn’t her bubbly self all season. Can you talk about that change?
Dominique Provost-Chalkley: “I feel so fortunate that I was given so much more this year. It really, really has pushed me. […] Last year I was in two, maybe three days a week maximum. Whereas this year I was in every day doing multiple scenes a day. It’s a very different skill being able to maintain that stamina, and sometimes you don’t have as much time to prepare – and I like to prepare because I’m a planner.”
Katherine Barrell: “Dominique is so multi-talented. I love seeing her get to play all those strings. She’s an amazing performer and you’re only seeing one side of her as an actor, and you get to see her sing and dance. You get to see how multi-talented she is. It’s awesome.”
Dominique Provost-Chalkley: “I honestly don’t think any other show would have done this. It was Emily Andras who was like, ‘I love you guys as people. Let me incorporate things that you feel comfortable doing. We’ll write it into the show to show the Earpers how much you can do.’ It’s just very special and I feel really, really lucky.”
Katherine Barrell: “The first season they were writing characters and they don’t know who’s going to play them. But now I think it’s fun because in season two you can feel them writing for certain people.”
Dominique Provost-Chalkley: “[Kat’s] comedy timing is so good, and it takes a little while to discover those things. And now [Emily] will be like, ‘Okay, cool, we can put Kat in a very funny scene and it will work.’”
Speaking of writing to your strengths, that cheerleading scene was amazing. Is that in your background or was that learned just for the show?
Dominique Provost-Chalkley: “Well, I mean, it all crosses over. So, I was a dancer and it’s basically just dancing with pompoms in your hand, if we’re honest. Choreography has never been a problem. I went away, viewed a little video and kind of practiced in my bedroom.”
Katherine Barrell: “You used the Dallas Cowboys, right? Or the cheer squad.”
Dominique Provost-Chalkley: “And amended the choreography a bit. I remember showing the director and being like, ‘Is this going to be okay?’ And he was like, ‘It’s perfect.’”
Watch the full Dominique Provost-Chalkley and Katherine Barrell Wynonna Earp interview: