‘Wynonna Earp’ SDCC 2017 Interview: Emily Andras and Beau Smith

Wynonna Earp is very much the little show that could. The only that no one thought would make it this far. The one that was a hard sell. But also the one that Emily Andras, Beau Smith, and Earpers all over have fallen in love with.

We caught up with Wynonna Earp‘s writer/producer Emily Andras and creator Beau Smith at San Diego Comic-Con to talk about what makes this show special, the fan reaction, and how this show kicks cliches in the face.

“This has been beyond my wildest dreams,” Andras said before pausing for a moment to collect herself, “Just the passion of the fanbase, how they’ve adopted it. They get it and they understand what we’re trying to do, and what we stand for. It’s a dream come true.”

Compared to other shows, they don’t have an immense budget to supply us with crazier monsters, scenes, and battles. Instead they go for quality of writing that’s moving to viewers. It shows.

Andras explained, “When I get nervous about special effects and stuff like that, I’m like, “No. If it still comes back to what’s honest and real and moving, that’s kind of really important to me.”

And then there’s Beau Smith. The creator of Wynonna Earp couldn’t help but gush about what Emily Andras had done with his creation, Melanie’s pregnancy, and how this group of people are truly a family.

Melanie’s pregnancy came as a shock to all of them. And Beau was worried for about an hour before he went, “You know, this is Emily. This isn’t your usual cliche showrunner and writer.”

He trusted her and he’s more than happy with the way that things have turned out. In fact, he believes that the step that she’s taken will leave a future mark on creators, producers, writers, etc.

“Right now there’s someone that’s 15 to 20 years old who watches Wynonna Earp, whose seen this. And in ten, fifteen, twenty years, they’re gonna be a producer, a director, or a writer. And someone, at a table like this (roundtable), is gonna ask them, “What inspired you? What made you do something that’s so creative.” At that point they’re gonna be like, “There was this show called Wynonna Earp and in the second season they made the lead…she was pregnant.”

That’s something anyone would be proud to be a part of.

Check out the rest of our interviews with Emily Andras, producer, and Beau Smith, creator, below where they talk about expanding the world of Wynonna Earp and the Buffy the Vampire Slayer influence:

Wynonna Earp airs Friday at 10/11c on Syfy.


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