Grimm's Bitsie Tulloch on the Return of Adalind, the Challenges of Juliette's Memory Loss, Her Favorite Wesen, and More!
"Grimm" star Bitsie Tulloch (Juliette) took part in a conference call interview this week leading up to the show's "Fall Finale," airing on Friday, and we have all the highlights right here!
Q: So, there's a huge episode coming up. Can you tell us a little bit about what's going on between Nick and Juliette in this episode and how the return of Adalind may play into that?
Bitsie Tulloch: Adalind is back to wreak havoc everywhere she can. And she's trying to avenge her mother's death. How much I play into that storyline remains to be seen, but obviously, based on last week's episode, it's coming to a place where they're going to have to talk about what's going on. But the reality is Juliette just doesn't understand what's going on because she's under a spell and doesn't know she's under a spell because she kind of just woke up one day and started having these intense feelings about Captain Renard.
Q: Well, we saw her and Renard kiss at the end of the last episode so maybe you can pick up a little from there; in this episode what's going on with that?
Bitsie Tulloch: Well the reality is they're both inextricably connected to one another, and they don't understand why. He probably has a better understanding of it just because he's more within that sort of Grimm world, and he obviously had agreed to do the purification rite so that he would be pure of heart when he kissed me. But I don't think he fully understands what's going on now as far as this intense attraction, and it's not getting any better; it's just getting worse and worse and stronger and stronger. So I guess what I could say is that you haven't seen the last of that yet.
Q: When Adalind comes back, will her powers have been restored to her so that Juliette actually has to worry about her from a magical point of view, or will she still be human? Because she was visiting Captain Renard's family, and maybe they had a way of restoring her powers.
Bitsie Tulloch: I don't think I can answer that question. I think you're just going to have to watch on Friday night. But good question!
Q: We are all loving the scenes between your character and Sasha Roiz's character. Can you talk a little bit about having the opportunity to act more with him this season, and do you have a favorite scene so far between the two of you that you could perhaps speak a little bit about?
Bitsie Tulloch: You know, it was funny. When we read that we were going to be love interests, he and I were dying because we're like best friends. And so we were just laughing so hard like, 'Oh my god, this is going to be kind of weird because we're so close.' And there was definitely a lot of giggling the first time we had to do a kissing scene. But there was a scene in Episode 2.13 (the first one that comes back in the new year) that involves him that's amazing. But as far as what we have shot so far, it was kind of fun shooting the scene a couple of episodes ago when we're all at that awards ceremony and we had the whole group and he and I are both just getting so nervous around each other and he drives me home. And then of course I don't realize he's followed me into the house and that he's watching me take a shower. So that whole day was fun. That episode was pretty fun.
Q: What sort of acting challenges have you found with the role of Juliette this season, having to play her without her memories of Nick?
Bitsie Tulloch: It's been hard. It's certainly a harder storyline than what I had last season. But, you know, there was a very strange coincidence. I read a lot of Oliver Sacks, the neurologist, and I was reading a book called The Mind's Eye about prosopagnosia, which is facial blindness where people can't recognize their loved ones. So even though that's not really what Juliette has (she can [obviously] see his face), it was just interesting to me to think about how terrifying it is for these people who can't recognize their loved ones. And to play it as if I was just meeting this guy for the very first time was interesting - to [use] all of the things that you use as an actor to find chemistry and everything, you sort of have to subdue all of that so that you're coming to it with a blank slate because her mind is kind of blank right now with regards to Nick. So it's definitely been more fun for me, everything that's going on this season, and obviously getting to make out with two sexy guys as opposed to just one is never a bad thing.
Q: What do you think it is about "Grimm" that crosses generational lines - all kinds of lines really - where people love it so much?
Bitsie Tulloch: I'll answer this with a very specific [example]. I went to a concert last night here in Portland, and I had probably four or five people varying widely in ages and ethnicity come up to me and [say], 'Juliette, I love you on the show. Bitsie, you're great. We watch every week. It's amazing.' And I was even sort of like, 'Whoa, are you kidding me?' You know, one of the little ladies had to have been at least 80. And I was just thinking that's so cool!
It's scary, but it's not too scary. It's definitely suspenseful, but I think the overarching theme is that you have a lot of different genres smushed seamlessly into one show. You have people who like procedurals, the romance, the fantasy, sci-fi, it's funny with characters like Monroe and Sargent Wu, who are really funny. And then you have these cool morphing creatures and the effects and all of the prosthetics. You know, the guy who does our makeup won an Oscar for Star Trek, and he does all of the prosthetics for the monsters. And I think that's one of the reasons that for the most part it's very seamless, the morphs, because a lot of shows just do [CGI] effects now and we still… it's like sort of half and half.
Q: What do you think about the supernatural or the paranormal, things like that? Do you have an open mind or think it's all nonsense?
Bitsie Tulloch: I would definitely have an open mind. But I'm wuss; I don't watch scary movies. They really scare me, and sometimes even having read the script and doing an episode of "Grimm," I get a little tense [watching it] because I know someone's going to jump out of somewhere, but, you know, it's been so long by the [time] it airs two months later. So [in] two months I've forgotten what it was all about, which is one of the reasons I love Tweeting with the fans on Fridays if I can. Because we're really seeing it for the first time with you guys. I usually have seen a snippet here or there on ADR, but we're all really watching it together. But I would say I'm open-minded. I certainly wouldn't want to encounter any paranormal activity, but it's whatever floats your boat, man. If you want to party with ghosts, then go for it.