Interview with Tim Rozon of “Wynonna Earp” on Syfy by Suzanne 2/22/21
This was a fun interview because he really loves to talk about the show, and really appreciates the fans. I hope they get another season!
Question: You had some big gaps in the scheduling. Were you confident you’d be back for this? Or were you just relieved? How did you feel about that?
Tim: You know, it’s so crazy. I started Schitt’s Creek before I started Wynonna Earp. Schitt’s Creek wrapped season six, six seasons before we wrapped the fourth season of Wynonna Earp, just to show you how long it was to film that show. Yeah, I don’t know. There was almost a year hiatus between season three and four that we weren’t sure if we were coming back, and then we finally did, and then the global pandemic hit. So, we only got halfway through the season, and then to come back, I wasn’t sure, but if I was ever sure about anything, it’s kind of with Wynonna that it was gonna get done. There’s just something so special about this show. Then, yeah, it finally happened. It took five years, I think, maybe a little longer, five and a half years, to finally finally get there. Well, we eventually got there.
Question: Do you feel like your character got a satisfying ending, and have you been able to let him go yet?
Tim: You know, I love the the ending of the show. If that is truly the way it ends, I loved it. So, especially for my character, I remember telling Emily just, “Wow.” I mean, she’s wonderful, and as a showrunner and a writer, she’s very open. She’s there for you if you need her, but I’m not one of those people who are really – I never bug her. I never ask for things. You know, I’m not that person. I just put my trust in what they do, and I perform, and I understand that I have a job to do. You know, sometimes my character is going to do some of the things that aren’t so great, man, and I understand that’s just that’s part of it. But the way it all came together, I just remember telling Emily, just, “Thank you. I mean, I thought you did an incredible job with this character. You showed him so much love and compassion and growth.” And it was really touching.
How do I say goodbye to him? I made sure to, though while we were filming the second part of Season Four, just because you never know. It took us so long to get there, to finally film Season Four, to complete it. It almost never happens twice. So, yeah, I was aware of it the entire time, so I tried to literally enjoy every second that I possibly could with that character. It’s difficult now that it’s more real than ever, that the show most likely isn’t coming back. To say goodbye to that character is difficult. I think most people understand that it’s one of my favorite characters I’ve ever played. He just has a special place in my heart, the old cowboy. So yeah, it’s tough.
Question: So, last we saw everyone, our hearts were cheering for Waverly and Nicole but breaking for Wynonna and Doc. So, how would you describe those two relationships in these final episodes? What are the chances of maybe two weddings before it’s over?
Tim: You know, this love is complicated, and it comes in different shapes and forms and people love differently, and they love different things about other people and themselves. You know, it’s funny, I just feel like Doc has come so far by Season Four, and he’s really done with the old life. You know, I think he understands that sometimes to move forward, we’ve got to let the old ways die. I think as a society we’re learning that. And I think Doc, he finally gets that it’s time to let go.
It’s unfortunate, because I don’t think Wynonna has yet, but Wynonna has the burden of the curse. Well, she did at least. So, before it was tough. You couldn’t really say anything, because she was the one who had the burden. Anyway, at the end of the day, it was Wynonna who had to save the day. So, you couldn’t really say “Hey, let’s stop and grow a family and grow barley in the little farm,” like Doc wanted, because well, she had the burden of the curse. But now, the curse is gone, and for him, he just sees it as, “Why are you fighting?” Did you somehow come to love the fight? Is that what it’s become?” You know? Will she ever let go? Because they can never be together if she doesn’t let go too. So, I don’t know. We’ll see. We’ll see what happens.
Well, Waverly and Nicole, that’s just magic. Those are those stories we hear about, just, you know, magic. It exists. True love like that does exist. I mean, that’s the beauty of love and life. Doc and Wynonna is a little closer to real life. Maybe not. If you’re in a relationship, to be honest, like Doc and Wynonna’s, you should probably get out. [laughs] Probably not the healthiest.
Suzanne: So, you said that you think it’s the end of the season? Have you heard anything about the possibility of it continuing?
Tim: I haven’t heard anything. I’m always the last to know. People think that we know stuff. I don’t know. I’d know, honestly, a little before anybody if we ever came back, because I’d have to grow the mustache. You know, no one [unintelligible] grow a mustache. So, yeah, I don’t know; I don’t know anything.
I’ll say this, and this is the thing that makes the whole process easier for me, the only thing at the end of the day that I really care about is the Earpers, the fandom, and the way that the story ends. Now, if it ends, I’m very proud of it, and I’m very happy, and I think everybody’s going to be very happy. Now, if it continues on, I’m 100% sure that Emily and her team can write another amazing story, and there’re other stories and other avenues to go down, other than telling these stories. You know what I mean? Even if Doc doesn’t come back, you could tell the (Rachel) Valdez story. You know, there’re so many great stories you could tell and everything, but, for me, the main thing and the most important thing is I’m really proud and happy that I think the Earpers are going to be happy. That’s what makes me happy, to be honest, the most, because they deserve it the most. They’re the reason we got as far as we ever did, and there’s no doubt. So, that’s the one part that makes it all kind of okay, because I know that they’re still gonna be happy.
Question: Over four seasons, how is it been playing somebody who’s a lot older than you look, or at least who has the sensibilities of somebody who’s a lot older than you look?
Tim: Yeah, does he have too many sensibilities? I don’t know, it’s interesting. We didn’t play the man out of time as much as I would have loved to, and I did find some moments early on in season one to really play it. I remember I was doing things like [that]. I remember, specifically, there was an episode where I went to where all the broken cars were, where Bobo lived, and Doc went to meet Bobo whenever Bobo was camping there. I remember, I got into a car with the Levi character, and I got in the car, and I acted like it was the first time in a car. I remember the director, Ron Murphy’s, like, “Tim, what the hell are you doing?” I’m like, “Well, Doc Holliday, he’s never been in a car before. He wouldn’t know.” He’s like, “Yeah, dude, we’re not playing that. We don’t have time for that.” You know, he’s like, “He’s figured out stuff right away.” He’s just like, “You got to figure that he’s figured out stuff.” Yeah, so we never played the matter of time stuff. So, I don’t know how sensible he is, because I don’t know how much he’s learned from – You know, I think he’s less crazy than he should be, to be honest, because if we’re being honest, he was stuck there for 180 years in solitude. I’m pretty sure that would drive me nuts. So, I think the old cowboy did pretty good, to be honest.
Question: So, you’re not playing the inclination to go up to every person you meet and go, “Talk to me; talk to me! I was by myself for 180 years. Say something.”
Tim: No. And I mean, had I wanted to play it, I think they would have told me not to, so, no.
Question: Both Schitt’s Creek and Wynonna Earp have tremendous fan bases. I was just wondering how life has changed for you over the last six or so years?
Tim: Oh, I mean, just in the best way possible, and in just the sense of family and community that I’ve met in this thing. Meeting people virtually is one thing, and it’s amazing, but some of my most favorite memories in the past years have been meeting people in person, the fans of both those shows. I’m happy you said that, because Schitt’s Creek, you know, everybody talks about the Earpers, but the Creekers, man, they’re amazing, same energy. I’ve gone to Australia, and I’ve met Earpers and Creekers together, and they’ve all been just very supportive and amazing. It’s immediate. The most amazing thing is, especially with the Earper communities, we don’t need to talk about it. We already understand; it’s a symbiotic thing. It’s almost like, every time we’re seeing each other, it’s like saying, “Thank you.” It’s like, “Thank you.” “But thank you,” and both people meaning it. I don’t know, in a lot of ways, it just made me conscious to make sure that I’m just the best version of myself that I can be.
I’ve seen some amazing things, just amazing things. I’ve seen a lot of people come out for the very first time and the courage that it takes to do that. I’ve seen just fathers that came to the cons to support their daughter for the first time. You know, just stuff. It’s just amazing stuff that’s bigger than the show at the end of the day. That’s why I said I’m happy that if it is over, that part’s never over, the Earpers. It’s not over. The community and everything they built, it’s bigger than the show. It’s better than the show. It’s more important than the show. The show was amazing. It was great, but at the end of the day, we are fighting demons, pretending to be – you know what I mean? What these people created, it’s incredible, and I feel lucky that I got to be a part of that and into their world. It’s so weird, because they feel lucky that they got let to ours, but it’s so obvious to me that it’s the other way around. Yeah, it’s very special, very special communities, and the same with the Creekers. I just did a Zoom meeting with Karen for a charity for a couple of Creek fans, and it was supposed to be a 15 minute zoom call. I think we went almost two hours just chatting. But, honestly, we’re just chit chatting, and it was great.
Question: Speaking of Zoom, how is it working with the COVID protocols? How was shooting the second part?
Tim: You know, it was very difficult. In a weird way, it was the busiest year I’ve had in my life, actually, shooting during COVID, because I went directly from the last day of Wynonna Earp, getting on a plane and flying and starting a new show called Surreal Estate four days later. I just had to test I think six times within those three days that I was off. Yeah, it was very interesting. It was difficult.
I felt for the crew a lot. There were groupings at first, and at first, Wynonna was kind of tough, because we were the first show back in Canada. So, there was a lot of eyes on us, a lot of pressure. And for me, that was a lot of responsibility to make sure that we got this season done. When we first got out to Alberta, the numbers were kind of low. I remember some of the rest of the cast were like, “Oh, let’s go for dinner,” or “We can go for lunch.” I’m like, “I’m not going anywhere. I just quarantined at home for three months. If you think I’m coming here to start work and put this entire production at risk of how lucky we are, you’re crazy.” And they’re all like, “Oh my god.” But nobody went for lunch either. You know what I mean? It’s like, it’s the crews job. The Earpers are waiting for that season. It was just too important. There was just so much responsibility to be responsible, because the actual part of it, the actors, we’re the luckiest ones, again. We’re the only ones that get to take our masks off, even if it’s just to film or when you go to your little area after your mask is off. The crew, that mask is on from seven in the morning until 8:30 at night when we wrap. It’s difficult.
I didn’t like the groupings, because we never had that on Wynonna Earp. I’m friends with the crew as much as I am friends with Melanie, you know what I mean? Like, on the weekend, I’m going to equally hang out, go have brunch with the grip, because it doesn’t matter for me, but the groupings kind of made it like “Well, only Group B can talk to Group B. Well, what group are you in?” It’s kind of like sometimes there is that on a set anyway, different groupings, and I hate that. So, that part I didn’t like. The grouping part was tough, but you understand; it’s a global pandemic.
It’s hilarious that we actually lived during – we’re living still. They never would have wrote this for Wynonna Earp. It’s too crazy. All the crazy stuff we did, but they never would have went to pandemic, because that’s just too nuts, and yet, here we are. We’re all dressed as Mortal Kombat characters.
Interview Transcribed by Jamie of http://www.scifivision.com
Doc Holliday, “Wynonna Earp”
Tim Rozon stars on SYFY’s WYNONNA EARP as Doc Holliday, the legendary gunslinger, friend and partner of Wyatt Earp, and now immortal “will they or won’t they” love interest to Wynonna Earp. He is handsome and charming and knows just what he must do to survive in Purgatory. Doc’s on a mission of his own to right the wrongs of his past before they consume him.
Rozon’s first leading role was playing heartthrob Tommy Quincy opposite Alexz Johnson and Laura Vandervoort on the teen drama series, “Instant Star.” Other notable credits include playing Mutt Schitt on “Schitt’s Creek,” gang infiltrator Alex Caine on “Befriend and Betray,” outer space rogue Isaac on SYFY’s VAGRANT QUEEN, and love interest to Candice Cameron Bure on “Christmas Town.” Guest appearances include “Rookie Blue,” “Flashpoint,” “The Listener,” “Heartland,” “Combat Hospital,” “Lost Girl,” “Being Human” and ”19-2.” Rozon won a prestigious Gemini Award for his performance on “Flashpoint” and was nominated for his role in “Befriend and Betray.”
Rozon currently resides in Montreal, where he co-owns the hit restaurants Garde Manger and Le Bremner opposite star chef Chuck Hughes.
WYNONNA EARP follows legendary law man Wyatt Earp’s descendant, Wynonna (Melanie Scrofano) who inherits his mystical gun, Peacemaker. With it, Wynonna and her posse of dysfunctional allies must fight against supernatural beings and other paranormal occurrences in a raucous, whisky-soaked struggle to break her family’s demonic curse.
In Season 4, the infamous Earp Curse is broken, and witty and wild demon hunter Wynonna Earp would love to be celebrating with cold whisky and hot donuts. Too bad she has to rescue everyone she loves, save the town of Purgatory, and take on her most diabolical, Earp-hating enemy yet — all without her trustworthy gun, Peacemaker. And that’s just Monday…
WYNONNA EARP is produced in Calgary by Seven24 Films and globally distributed by IDW Entertainment and Cineflix Rights. Emily Andras developed the series for television and continues to serve as showrunner and executive producer. Jordy Randall, Tom Cox, Rick Jacobs, Todd Berger, Peter Emerson and Brett Burlock also serve as executive producers.
Proofread and Edited by Brenda