Purgatory has never met anyone quite like Jolene, the woman who suddenly appeared at the Earp Homestead with many baked goods, you can be sure of that. It was a very surprising sight when Dark Matter alumnae Zoie Palmer turned up at the end of last week’s Wynonna Earp episode with brownies and warning Wynonna (Melanie Scrofano) that a demon was coming after Waverly (Dominique Provost-Chalkley). Now in this week’s episode, airing Friday at 9 p.m. ET on SYFY and Space, Palmer gets to stick around town as a demon causes havoc and everyone must decide who they can trust.
Having worked in the past with Wynonna Earp showrunner Emily Andras on Lost Girl, some would say it was just a matter of time before Palmer would be out in Calgary and shooting a guest spot, but for Andras it was all about finding the perfect character. Palmer recently spoke with The TV Junkiesabout why Jolene was the perfect one to really stretch her range as an actress and why she had so much fun joining the Wynonna Earp gang for this spot. Also, as a heads up, we’ll have more with Palmer after the episode airs so stay tuned for Part 2 of our interview.
The TV Junkies: From what we’ve seen so far, Jolene looks like a pretty crazy character to play. Is that a safe assumption?
Zoie Palmer: She was a blast to play! It was a very cool role for me and I really appreciate Emily reaching out and offering that to me. It was a big stretch and I wasn’t sure because I read the part and thought ‘oh my goodness! What do I do with this?’ Emily had complete faith though and she knows what she’s doing. I questioned it when I read it thinking ‘really? Me? Are you sure?’ She was confident though and knew I could bring something to it. That’s a testament to her all-knowingness and whatever she attaches herself to seems to work somehow.
TTVJ: She told us that she’s been wanting you on Wynonna for awhile but needed a character that would really show off “The Full Palmer.” So did she warn you at all just how crazy this character would be?
ZP: I think her exact message to me, if I remember correctly, was ‘are you ready to come and play the baddest bitch in town?’ [laughs] I thought ‘Hmmm…what’s that? Sorry!’ So I had a bit of a heads up but didn’t know the extent until I read the script. I think most actors know it’s so important to keep pushing yourself in places you’re not sure about. It’s so easy to play in your wheelhouse, so like anyone in any job, you want to be challenged. This character definitely did that. I’ve been doing this a long time now and usually feel relaxed on set, but I was nervous to show up for this and figure out how on Earth to play this person. That’s the time when it’s the most exhilarating as an actor, when you think ‘do I have anything to bring to this? Can I do this?’ It’s very cool.