Working on a TV set often requires putting in lots of hours and very long days. Who you work with can make a huge impact and be the difference you need on those extra hard days. For costume designer Jennifer Haffenden, being able to roll with the punches and add positivity to her days on set is something she looks for when building her team. Haffenden, who just began her fourth season as costume designer on Wynonna Earp and worked on CBC’s Fortunate Son, recently joined our Women Behind Canadian TV series.
In addition to her CSA nominated work on Wynonna, Haffenden has also worked on series such as Tin Star and Young Drunk Punk and says she has been interested in clothing her entire life. She detailed how she uses clothes to bring characters to life and why she loves working on Wynonna Earp alongside showrunner Emily Andras, star Melanie Scrofano and the rest of the cast.
This interview has been edited and condensed.
The TV Junkies: Have you always been interested in clothing? Did you always have your eye on costume design?
Jennifer Haffenden: Yes, definitely. Since I was 4 years old I was making clothes. My mom still has the apron I made then, and it looks like it was made by a 4 year old, but it’s kind of cute. [laughs] It was all I ever wanted to do and I’m very fortunate I’ve been able to do it.