'Grimm' returns with story line about fairy tale lust
Mar 08, 2013 (Tulsa World - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
When a person falls in lust with someone they barely know, the ending might not be very fairy tale-like. Or could it
You never know on "Grimm," NBC's supernaturally good drama series returning with new episodes at 8 p.m. Friday.
Bitsie Tulloch's character Juliette Silverton, fiancee to Grimm Detective Nick Burkhardt, is just such a situation.
Villainess Adalind Schade used a potion to put Juliette under a Sleeping Beauty-like spell (which also erased her memory) to force Burkhardt to give up a mysterious key. It was also a spell that made Nick's boss Capt. Renard (Sasha Roiz) become romantically obsessed with Juliette and reveal his non-human, royal Wesen (creature) side. Once he awakened Juliette from her coma with a kiss, she became unable to control herself around him, but she doesn't know why. It's a dilemma that has fans waiting with bated breath for the show's return.
"What happens on Friday night we've not seen the likes of on 'Grimm' so far," Tulloch said in a teleconference Wednesday. "I think it's really fun and a great way to deal with what's going on between the two of them, and also to highlight how little control they have over it. This is not some slow-burning love. They literally can't control the lust.
"It gets to a sort of violent place and neither of us -- neither of them -- is really wanting this to happen, but they can't help it."
Storylines like those are why she enjoys playing her character, she said.
"... It's definitely been so much fun for me to really go into the deep dark depths of the character and her mental space. I mean, you can imagine it's crazy to wake up and see pictures of this guy, this stranger, all over your house and be told that you guys were going to get married and all this stuff and you have no recollection whatsoever.
"And then, all of a sudden, she's lusting after someone she barely knows and can't control herself. I mean it's enough to make anybody mad. So that's been a lot of fun for me."
"Grimm" is a police-procedural fantasy drama series that follows a police detective who is descended from Grimms, those who are destined to keep mythological creatures called Wesen from causing problems in the modern-day world. One of his extraordinary talents is being able to see the true creatures, not just their human forms, when they are upset or angry.
It's a world filled with gruesome reapers, Wieder Blutbads, Fuchsbaus, Hexenbiests, Bauerschweine and many more species. And there is even a Wesen royal family causing problems on "Grimm" this season.
Turns out Renard, a member of that royal family, is not drawn to Juliette by choice but does fall hard for her, literally.
Their relationship is so physical that one upcoming love scene required extra help, said Tulloch, who starred in the NBC drama "quarterlife," last year's Oscar-winning film "The Artist" and the new film "Parkland" being released in November.
It's a scene that took more than eight hours to shoot and had to be massively edited down, she said.
"It took so long because we had to have a stunt coordinator sort of help us out, particularly me, because I'm sort of known among the cast members as being a little ... (clumsy).
"... We didn't have stunt doubles. We did it all. We just had somebody go through it to make sure that I didn't hurt him, basically."
Tulloch, a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard, said she can't wait for viewers to see what is coming up on the show this season.
"There's really, fun, crazy new Wesen, and they're sort of delving deeper into not just the mythology or the way we've been referring to the mythology but literally mythology, almost a God-like creature.
"They're really going in a new direction and the episodes -- and I'm not just saying this -- get better and better...," said the actress who will be live tweeting during Friday's show @BitsieTulloch. "I think fans are going to be super, super excited about the last 10 episodes."
8 p.m. Friday
NBC, channel 2, cable 9
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