I have a really hard time believing any of you reading this don’t know who Bridget Liszewski is, but, just in case…
For those of you living under a rock, Bridget is the Editor in Chief at The TV Junkies, a website for all TV things US and Canadian. She does a lot of good work with a lot of good shows, but we all know her from her writing about Wynonna Earp, including her weekly episode breakdowns with Emily Andras. At FanExpo last year, I had the pleasure of meeting Bridget, who was moderating the Wynonna Earp panel, and during that panel, I became a fan. She was a little nervous because it was the first panel she had ever moderated (and it was her birthday!), but she pushed through and did a really, really amazing job. I then spent more time with her at ClexaCon, where she became so enthused about “Killjoys” that she maybe threw water on me to make her point. And it is because of this grievous action that I refuse to watch this show to this day. Nice job, Bridget and your “water.”
I kid, I kid.
I could go on and on about the things I like about Bridget — her amazing interviews, how she’s obviously raising her daughters correctly because of their EarpTastic Halloween costumes, her positivity and encouragement as a cornerstone of the Wynonna Earp fandom — but I’m going to talk about another specific thing. I have had the (mis)fortune to spend time with many, many people who call themselves allies to the LGBTQ community but who seem to try “make it their thing” instead of just supporting it, and Bridget is the opposite of that. As you’ll see below, she feels that she comes from a place of privilege in that she’s never had to face the same obstacles some of us have, and instead of trying to compare our experiences to hers and/or make them her own, she sits back and tries to understand. She educates herself with regard to terminology, history, experiences, and everything in between.
As a queer lady, I have to say that having an ally who just wants to be an ally — especially one with a platform like she does — is a really good feeling. Thank you for all that you do for my community, Bridget. That is why I’m a Liszewbian.
Tell us a little bit about your non-Earper alter ego.
Well I’m currently Editor in Chief over at The TV Junkies. I’ve got a great group of writers there, and we cover both US and Canadian television. I graduated with a degree in Computer Science from the University of Notre Dame and will forever love my Fighting Irish. My husband is also an ND alum, so Saturdays in our house during college football season are kind of a big deal. I also have two daughters, Annie (8) and Bailey (5), who always keep things interesting! I was big into sports when I was younger and still enjoy them today. It’s fun to see my kids starting to get competitive as I try to not turn into a soccer mom.
How did you find Wynonna Earp and the fandom?
Since I cover Canadian TV at my website, I had my eye on this show early on as soon as I saw Emily Andras was attached to it. I was a fan of hers from Lost Girl and Killjoys, and I just knew whatever this show was going to be, if she was running it, I was on board. Through covering the show in interviews with the cast and writing lots of pieces about Wynonna, I got pulled more into the fandom because everyone was just so nice! Also, early on, Kevin Bachelder and Bonnie Ferrar became good friends of mine, and we started planning and discussing fandom activities and how we could help the show quite a bit.
Is this your first fandom?
I guess in many ways I’d say yes. I was a huge fan of shows like Buffy and some others back in the day but never got into it the way I have with Wynonna Earp. Now, I don’t think anything could ever compare to the Earpers, so this may just be my one and only fandom forever.
What is your favorite fandom memory?
I was lucky enough to be asked to moderate the Wynonna Earp panel at ClexaCon, a huge honor. I was so happy to go to it because the Earpers could not have been more supportive and lovely towards me after the panel, and their kind words all meant so much. I was pretty nervous, so it made me feel a lot better. Also, there were so many Earpers at ClexaCon and just getting to meet and speak with them was the best. So many of us know each other vaguely through Twitter or whatever, so it was nice to put faces with names and make a more personal connection. I can’t wait to go back to ClexaCon 2018!
What is your favorite con memory?
Since I already spoke about ClexaCon, I’ll go with Fan Expo 2016 for this one. I also moderated the Wynonna Earp panel at that con, and it also happened to be my birthday. Everyone was so nice throughout the day, but it was nearing the end of the day and the poor cast had stayed over and signed for hours past when they were supposed to. Still, Emily and the cast led everyone in a rendition of “Happy Birthday” for me. It was really special and, of course, best birthday ever.
What is your favorite Wynonna Earp/Earper activity?
The live tweets are just INSANE! I’ve not been a huge live tweet person historically, but I have such a good time when we’re all together on Friday nights. It’s like I’m sitting down and hanging out with my friends for an hour. I’ve tried live tweeting a few other shows, and nothing even comes close to a Wynonna Earp live tweet party.
What has Wynonna Earp come to mean to you?
It’s funny because when I think of Wynonna Earp, words don’t really come to mind; instead I start seeing faces of all the wonderful people this show has brought into my life. I have made friends that I know will last a lifetime and have met people I never would have if it weren’t for this little Canadian TV show. My life is so much fuller and richer because of Wynonna Earp, and I’m forever grateful.
Are there any pictures you’d like to share of your Wynonna Earp experience?
The first that comes to mind is a picture of Bonnie, Kevin and I at ClexaCon. While we had been talking basically every day and working on all kinds of projects together for almost a year, we had never all three met in person. This was the first time “The Three Amigos,” as we like to call ourselves, actually got to be in the same spot. Those two are special, one=of-a-kind people and I’m so, so grateful to have them in my life and by my side through all this!
The other photo is from the Wynonna Earp fandom panel we did at ClexaCon. Kevin, Bonnie, Sally and Rebecca from Fangirl Shirts and I were on a panel discussing the amazing fandom, and Autostraddle’s Valerie Anne was our moderator. Getting to sit up with some of my favorite people and talk about my favorite show and its lovely fans was a day I’ll never forget!
Dolls or Doc?
Um, have you met me? OK, fine, I guess there are some people reading this who don’t know me. I’m 100% a Doc girl through and through, make no mistake. Tim Also Good!
On a scale of 1 to 10, how much do you Fandras?
I would follow Emily Andras anywhere, so take that for whatever number you’d like. I’ve been lucky enough to peek behind the curtain at times and see just HOW MUCH she cares. She’s always tirelessly working for the betterment of the show and to deliver for the fans. She has a huge heart and puts her all into Wynonna Earp, and I think it’s evident in the finished product. Yep, where Andras goes, I go!
Describe why Fandras is a thing in 7 words or less. Or, if you prefer, Liszewbian.
Wynonna Earp is Emily through and through. (p.s. Liszewbian is definitely NOT a thing! Stop spreading that nonsense, Monica!)
[ Editor’s note — Totally a thing. ]
What is your favorite Earp sisters moment?
Do I have to pick just one? That relationship is the beating heart of the show for me and the most important one by far. I melt any time Wynonna refers to Waverly as “Baby Girl.” If I HAVE to pick just one, I’ll go with Season 1, Episode 2 where Wynonna and Waverly sit by the campfire while Doc fixes the mailbox. It was the type of moment where you could just see the magic that not only existed between the characters, but the insane amounts of chemistry that Melanie and Dominique had. Honestly, though, always just give me the Earp sisters sitting together talking about whatever and I’m good.
[ Editor’s note — I love that she chose a sisters moment that also included Doc. Way to stay on brand, Bridget. ]
How have you Earped your life?
Gosh, some would say that Wynonna Earp has taken over my life in many ways. I’m always trying to find ways to bring Wynonna coverage to the forefront and deliver interesting and fun articles for the fans.
In addition to all that, I think the show and fandom’s core values of positivity, inclusion and standing up for what’s right have really made their way more and more into my daily life. I’m very lucky to come from a place of privilege, and while I’ve always known that, I hadn’t truly realized what that meant until Wynonna Earp. Through meeting so many fans and gaining so many close friends who have had to experience hardships or intolerance based on who they are as people, those messages have really made an impact with me.
Everything feels a lot more personal to me now, especially issues such as lack of LGBTQ representation. Seeing and hearing directly from my close friends about how that affects them makes me hurt and feel so much more than I did before Wynonna Earp. I was aware before, but I didn’t know how big of a problem it was. Now I’m aware and I hurt and am angry about it. It’s why I’ve tried to use whatever platform I have at The TV Junkies to always bring representation issues up or celebrate shows, like Wynonna Earp, that are doing things right.
What’s the Earpiest thing you’ve ever done?
I think it’s pretty clear to everyone in my life I’m kind of obsessed with the show, but recently explaining to my father-in-law the importance of my gifs during the live tweets is coming to mind at the moment. Bless him, he just sat there and listened and nodded at all the right places.
What is your favorite Melanie Scrofano face?
I love any and all Scrofano faces! I truly think Melanie is one of the best actresses on TV and we so lucky to have her as our lead. She seems to just get better and better, and I’m constantly amazed by her talents. The good thing is, I think she’s just getting started and we’re in for lots of Scrofano faces for years to come!
You’ve been given the task of explaining why Willa is the best Earp sister. Go!
Anyone who has talked to me about Wynonna Earp has probably gotten an earful about how I feel about Willa, and it’s not good. However, for you, I will try. Like Willa, I’m also the oldest of three girls and with that comes a lot of responsibility. Often parents are the strictest and expect the most out of the oldest child and it can be a tough burden to carry at times. Add in being the Earp heir and poor Willa had a lot on her shoulders. Let’s not forget that she was KIDNAPPED as a young girl and hidden away by Bobo. Yes, she did some evil things, but in many ways she was a complete victim.
OK, enough of that, Willa is still the worst!
Here’s where you can find Bridget:
@BridgetOnTV (personal Twitter)
@TheTVJunkies (The TV Junkies official Twitter)
http://www.thetvjunkies.com/author/bridget-liszewski/ (all of Bridget’s writings at The TV Junkies)