Interview with the eternal Tim Rozon of 'Wynonna Earp'
For a man who has been trapped under a well for over 100 years, Tim Rozon hasn't aged at all. More importantly, Rozon beats with the heart of youthful exuberance, which fuels every episode of Wynonna Earp that he co-stars in. As Earp's rocky love interest Doc Holliday, Rozon oozes with charm and machismo, not to mention the kind of rogue quality that Harrison Ford fueled Han Solo and Indiana Jones with. The Syfy Channel series has just finished airing its second season, both funnier and darker than its first. Based on the series of comics created and written by Beau Smith, Earp has become among the most addictive of genre TV shows, and a large part of that is due to Rozon's take on Holliday.
Mikey Sutton: Let's start off with something incredibly important. The Stache. It's incredible. In fact, it looks too good to be real. It's not CGI, is it? How long did it take to grow? Tim Rozon: My Stache thanks you. It is not CGI; it's the real deal Holyfield, and actually it takes about just over three months to grow and then we film for almost six months. So that's a long time to look like Tom Selleck.
M: Whose idea was The Stache? T: Well I'm guessing it was Doc's...? I knew when I got the part of such an iconic character that I would have to do him justice. I mean, this is Doc friggin' Holliday we're talking about here. In researching him I saw he actually had a substantial Stache, so I did my best to encompass it. M: There's barely anything on you in Wikipedia. How can we be sure that you don't really work with the Black Badge Division in real life and they simply redacted your biography? T: You can't be and I might. Best motto is "DTA." Don't trust anybody; well, except dudes who have a nice moustache. M: Seriously, though, when did you decide to become an actor? Who were your inspirations? T: Cliché, I know, but I've always known. It's been my dream since I was a little kid doing theatre. The first time I saw River Phoenix in Stand By Me is when I knew I wanted to be an actor. He was so vulnerable; it inspired me deeply. M: What was your first on-screen role? In this century, that is. I have this feeling you've been around for a couple of hundred years. T: I played a dandy man in a production of The Great Gatsby many moons ago. I was like a fish out of water and I can't believe I ever got hired again (grins).
M: As Doc Holliday, you have the charisma of Clark Gable and the enigmatic presence of spaghetti Western Clint Eastwood. How much of the character came from your own personal interpretation? T: (Laughs). Thanks. That's quite a mash up! It's corny to say but this character has always been inside me and I couldn't wait to play it. It just needed to happen. I was destined to play this role. M: Were you familiar with the comic book Wynonna Earp before you auditioned for the part? T: I knew who IDW was because I was reading Locke and Key at the time but I didn't find Beau's original books until after. M: What comics did you read growing up? Do you still collect them? T: As a kid I loved Spider-Man and TMNT and a book called The 'Nam. I collected a lot of books and I still do now. I have a pretty huge Silver Age collection including a complete run of The Silver Surfer. My all-time fave. M: What was the experience like co-writing Earp comics with her creator Beau Smith? T: It was a dream come true. It was scary and overwhelming and yet Beau always made it fun and inspiring. He is a great man and a better teacher. He's so tough on the outside but kind of a softy on the inside and he always tells you how it is. I have the most respect and admiration for the man. Honestly, working with him on those books were definitely highlights of my life. We had a riot together and we work really well as a team.
M: At the end of Stanley Kubrick's 1980 version of The Shining, there's a portrait of party goers in the '20s, and Jack Nicholson was in it. He'd always been there. So if we find a decrepit pub from the 1800s, and there's a picture with you in it, should we be surprised? T: Not in the least. M: All kidding aside, like RDJ's Tony Stark and Harrison Ford's Indiana Jones, you get so in-depth in your role that I don't see the acting anymore; I see Doc Holliday. How much of the character is similar to you in terms of personality? T: Apples and blood oranges. I'm more of a simple guy than Doc is on the show. I like to work, read comic books, and fish and Doc...well, he just literally got back from Hell in Season 2. So yeah, I'd say we're different. M: The entire cast seems to love one another in real life. How much fun is it to work with them? Any particularly funny behind-the-scenes misadventures to tell? T: Everyday with Dom [Dominique Provost-Chalkley] is a blast. She's always happy and her energy is infectious. Everyday is full of misadventures, that's why we do this job. To play and be foolish and have fun.