Hello, friends, and welcome to the first of this week’s EarperViews! Today we get to know Christin Hanly, the script coordinator and secret keeper for Wynonna Earp. Plus, we have her to thank for a lot of content in the Purgatory Case Files! I had the pleasure of meeting Christin at EH Con and stupidly did not ask her to take a photo with me, but we chatted a bit and watched a couple of panels sort of together, and let me tell you, she is just a lovely human being.
I don’t think I’ll ever stop being amazed at how lovely everyone associated with this show is. Christin is just as lovely in person as she is on Twitter, and she’s just so great on Twitter. She shares all sorts of behind-the-scenes photos with us and adds to the rich detail of this show that we all love. We are so, so, so lucky to have you, Christin, and I hope you feel that every single day.
Tell us a little bit about your non-Earper alter ego.
I grew up in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan (a tongue twister of a city), but have moved around quite a bit. I’ve lived in NYC, Toronto, and now I live outside Calgary. I’ve been working in different aspects of film and television production since I was 15! (So… a very long time…) I took a few years off a while ago to own and run a cupcake bakery but now I’m back doing what I love best – storytelling. In my down time, I like to cook and bake, garden, travel, and watch TV and movies. I have too many cats (3) and they’re some of my favorite people.
How did you come to be the Script Coordinator for Wynonna Earp?
A lot of luck, some hard work, and the support of coworkers! I moved to Calgary in 2014 and started working as a PA, then in Production Offices. A few years ago I was coming to the end of a show and heard Emily needed an assistant through a coworker. At that point I had seen season one and had even done a few days as a Locations PA on the season one set but had never officially met Emily or Brian Dennis (our incredible producer). I sent in my résumé, called everyone I know that worked on Wynonna Earp to put in a good word for me, and then went in for an interview. From there, I started with a little light Script Coordinating and assisting Emily, and by the end of the second season I was writing the Purgatory Case Files.
What exactly does a Script Coordinator do?
Script Coordinator is a fun job because I act as the go between for the writers and the production team. Emily sends me a script and I track story continuity, track anything that will need to get cleared (like new character names), and format it so the Assistant Directors can make schedules and the crew can use the scripts. It’s a lot of keeping track of things and helping. I’m also involved with the Art Department and Emily lets me do some of the writing you see on screen for things like blood contracts, diary entries, and memorial plaques. It’s a fun mix of creativity and organization that I really enjoy.
How does the Wynonna Earp fandom compare to any other shows you’ve worked on?
I have had the good fortune to work on a bunch of different shows and no other fandom compares to the Earpers. They are such lovely, kind, genuine, and talented people. I’m so blown away by the drive to make this world a better place through kindness that this fandom has embraced. My heart bursts every time I think of Earpers.
Is it the same level of involvement and interaction, both on your part and on the fandom?
Not even close! I only work on the show for 8 months at a time, but I Earp all year round. It’s so much fun to see reactions to the stories and the characters and I love that I get to be involved with that. Before Wynonna Earp, I didn’t really tweet and now I’m on more than I should be. The other really cool thing that I love about our fandom is how deep they dive. They’ve opened up a lot of new perspectives on the show and are so thoughtful in their analysis. I also really love how diverse the fandom is. We’ve got people from all around the world who do all kinds of different jobs and have lots of really interesting hobbies. It’s so cool to see what they’re up to.
What is your favorite fandom memory?
I have a few, but the first time I met Earpers will always be close to my heart. I went to the Calgary International Film Festival last year for the Wynonna Earp panel. I hadn’t seen Emily or the cast since production ended, so it was great to see them again and see how excited the fans were to be there. I went with Paige from Seven24 [ Editor’s note — PAIGE!! ], and we hid in the back and then I went to the Earper meet-up afterwards and met some really wonderful Earpers. It was such a special event.
What is your favorite con memory?
EH Con filled my heart with so much love and joy. I was nervous going there and didn’t know what to expect but was so blown away by the kindness of everyone attending and the thoughtfulness of the organizers. I tried to meet as many Earpers as possible and really loved spending time with different people. It felt like such a safe space and I’m so very glad I went.
My favorite memory from EH Con was watching the episode live with everyone attending. Watching the reactions to the episode was so special and I don’t think anything will ever be as cool as that. I heart Earpers so, so much.
What is your favorite Wynonna Earp/Earper activity?
Earping on Twitter. It brightens my day to see so many lovely people interacting and generally being nice. If you look at my timeline you would see kindness, humor, and people cheering each other on. I love all the theories that fly around Twitter after each episode and have to try so hard not to say anything spoilery when people ask me questions.
I also really love posting my behind the scenes pictures. I’m such a fan of all the thoughtful little details the different departments put into our show, and I’m really excited to be able to share it with the Earpers.
What has Wynonna Earp come to mean to you?
Are there any pictures you’d like to share of your Wynonna Earp experience?
A whole bunch.
I loved seeing all the cosplay at EHCon. Here’s Christine (@tine_mclaren) killing it.
This is Lindsay on her set visit.
Christmas episode shenanigans with Paige (@seven24films).
I love this picture Petra (@dutchstarbuck) took at EHCon.
Cat Zimm (@cimzim) is the best of us.
It was such a wonderful treat to meet Patricia (@PatriciaOgura) and Sarah (@Viking_Elf) at EHCon. They’re part of the Wormhole Whisperers and did some serious deep dives into the Purgatory Case Files.
Sweet potato or Yukon Gold potato?
Garlic parmesan fries with truffle aioli. I know.
On a scale of 1 to 10, how much do you Fandras?
Hard 10 but don’t tell her because I like my job. [ Editor’s note — your secret is safe with me! ]
Describe why Fandras is a thing in 7 words or less.
Emily looks-for-the-best in all-of-us and inspires-people-to always-do-better.
What is your favorite Earp sisters moment?
I just adore the love story between Wynonna and Waverly and there are some absolutely fantastic moments, so it’s very hard to choose. In Season 2 when Wynonna finds out she’s pregnant and Waverly tells her she’s there. She doesn’t try to placate Wynonna; she just wants her to know she’s always going to be there for her no matter what. It really resonated with me. I also really love in Season 3 when Wynonna has just given Peacemaker to Bulshar and she and Waverly are sitting in front of the fireplace catching up. There’s so much love and understanding, and we know they’ll always be there for each other. I love that.
How have you Earped your life?
Wynonna Earp inspires me to dream bigger. I am so inspired every day by Emily, the tea,m and the Earpers and it makes me want to be better and do better and encourage others to do the same. [ Editor’s note — I couldn’t agree with this more. ]
What’s the Earpiest thing you’ve ever done?
I turned my sister into an Earper. Lindsay always makes an effort to watch the shows I work on but doesn’t usually enjoy them. After Lindsay watched her first episode of Wynonna, she texted me to ask if she was supposed to like Doc Holliday as much as she did. (Of course I said YES!!!) She devoured the first two seasons in a week.
During season three production, I asked if it would be okay to bring Lindsay for a set visit and was really excited when Emily and Brian said yes. We don’t do a lot of set visits so it was really special that I got to do it. She came to set on the last day in the studio and we toured Shorty’s, the Homestead, and a few other sets. I introduced her to the cast and crew that were there that day and she was beyond excited but played it cool as a cucumber. She watched as they filmed a scene and had so many spoiler-filled questions. Being able to share that with her meant the world to me.
Now that she’s all caught up, she texts me after each episode to ask me questions and talk to me about the episode. In our busy lives, it’s really nice to have something that we can share together.
If you could write any of the characters’ biographies, who would you choose and why?
On Season 2 I got to do some writing for the website so I actually got to update all the character biographies! It was a lot of fun figuring out all the little details and changing the existing bios to reflect their growth through the seasons.
If I was to write a totally unauthorized biographical book for one of the characters… I would write one about Wynonna. We know a lot about her from the show, but there’s still mystery surrounding her time before she returns to Purgatory. I’d like to know more about her adventures in Greece and what led her to be the person she is today. Wynonna is so smart and strong willed and has been through A LOT but she’s still soft where it matters and that’s the kind of hero I want to read about right now.
Christin, thank you so much for letting us all get to know you a little better, and thank you for your part in this show that has come to mean so much for all of us.
As for everyone else, I’ll see you back here on Wednesday for another EarperView!