Melanie Scrofano kicked off our interview at the 2016 WonderCon by telling us that if we tune in to check out Syfy’s new series Wynonna Earp we’ll be treated to a shirtless Shamier Anderson. That was first on the list of what viewers should expect when they watch the series but not the only thing Melanie Scrofano and Shamier Anderson say is appealing about the series. “You can expect a lot of bad-assery. You can expect a lot of humor. You can expect a lot of heart. You can expect a lot of very dynamic characters who are very complex,” offered Scrofano, while Anderson added, “A lot of action. A lot a lot of action. A lot of cool fighting. I think the most important thing is there will be a lot of heart behind all the demons, all the sci-fi supernatural stuff there’s going to be people that you can relate to, characters that you’re going to grow with. There’s a real humanity to the show and Melanie Scrofano definitely leads the show with that and it kind of trickles down to our amazing lineup of cast: Waverly played by Dominique [Provost-Chalkley] and Doc Holliday played by Tim Rozon. You guys are in for a treat.”
Syfy’s set to premiere Wynonna Earp on April 1, 2016 with Scrofano in the title role. Asked to describe her character, Scrofano said, “Wynonna is Wyatt Earp’s great great-granddaughter who takes on the family curse, fighting the demons that come back to haunt her.” Anderson’s co-starring as Agent Xavier Dolls from the Black Badge Division. “He is a man of principle, he’s very disciplined in his craft, very passionate about what he does. He falls into this track with Miss Wynonna Earp where he hears about the Chosen One – the heir, potentially – and so he goes to the town of Purgatory to investigate what’s going on and in his findings he comes across Wynonna and they go on this incredible journey where him and her do some things that you’re going to have to watch. I can’t give away too much!”
The series is based on a comic by Beau Smith but Scrofano tried to not be influenced by the source material while taking on the character. “I was very careful not to lean too heavily into them because I knew that they were trying to create something based on it but very much that Emily [Andras] was putting her own spin on it. So I was trying not to read too much. I took a lot of the humor out of it. That’s what I took from it. They’re such different Wynonna’s that I can’t base too much on it. But she’s so funny in the comic book and that’s what I really took away from it mostly.”
Anderson didn’t have to worry about interpreting a comic book character for the show as Agent Dolls is actually a new character Smith created after Anderson got cast. “My character was never featured in any of the comic books so it was kind of cool for me where I’m originating this guy and starting fresh. There’s not really a past perspective for all of the hardcore comic book fans…”
“You can’t get it wrong,” interjected Scrofano, laughing.
“I’m the first,” added Anderson. “There’s no pressure.”
Watch the complete interview with Melanie Scrofano and Shamier Anderson for more on Wynonna Earp, the tone, and the weapons: