Grimm's Bitsie Tulloch on the Return of Adalind, the Challenges of Juliette's Memory Loss, Her Favorite Wesen, and More!
Q: What are you wishing for, for Juliette to get her memories of Nick back or to remain the way she is right now, and why?
Bitsie Tulloch: That's an excellent question. I think it would be pretty cool [if] eventually I get my memory back, and then I sort of [wonder] what's my reaction going to be like this time? Is it going to be the same as it was the night in the rain when he told me and I just thought he was crazy? Or having gone through everything I've gone through this season with being under the spell and everything like that, is that going to make me open-minded? So I think at a certain point it would definitely be nice for Juliette to get the memories back.
I'm not quite sure what their intention is. Well, I sort of know, but I'm not going to say anything. At the same time, like I said, it's been really fun having to not only juggle this love triangle but to play with the memory loss. So in that sense it's been kind of fun as an actress to go through. It's certainly been a lot more emotional for my character this season, especially in a couple of episodes coming up. There was one episode where all - I mean all - I was doing the entire episode was crying, which sounds like it wouldn't be that much fun, but as an actress it was fun to sort of really be able to delve into such deep emotions.
Q: Why do you think Nick continues to withhold the truth from Juliette? Does she think he's protecting her, or is he more protecting himself from getting dumped or from her thinking he's crazy? What's up with him?
Bitsie Tulloch: Well, the first time he told her, she thought he was crazy so he's probably not exactly excited about going through a repeat of that whole situation. But I think a lot of it also has to do with protecting her because they've built a life together, they've spent years together now, and he's very, very protective of her, and you'll see that going forward, too. But at the end of the day I'm sure he would love to just tell her, but also, how does he tell her in a way that she's going to believe him and not think he's crazy? That's the big question.
Q: To what extent is she going to be in jeopardy going forward? Will we see her in danger again?
Bitsie Tulloch: I'm sure you haven't seen the last of Juliette in danger, but you'll also see dealing with the darkness [this season] has given her a little bit of an edge. So I think she's a tough cookie. But that's all I can say about that.
Q: Are there aspects with Juliette you really identify with or you see yourself in?
Bitsie Tulloch: Some. You know, I would say the compassion. I think that's one of my better traits, and I think the Juliette's definitely very compassionate and thoughtful. But as I said, my not so fun traits are that I get very impatient and I can be really stubborn. I'm very much about getting everything all out in the open; I just feel like you have a smaller fight if you fight now. And if you keep it within you, then things start to fester and stew, and then it ends up being a much bigger thing than it ever needed to be in the first place. So in that sense I feel like I couldn't really relate to Juliette because she was being so patient with [Nick] and really giving him his space. That's not something that I could [do].
And speaking of Bitsie's compassion, something that's very near and dear to her heart is the Corazon de Vida Foundation, which she's been involved with for about seven years now. As she explains it, "It's an organization that sponsors and runs 14 orphanages in Baja California. Obviously the situation down in Baja is pretty terrible, and what Corazon de Vida does is twice a month they take bus trips down with supplies, and people will get on the bus from usually a location in either LA or Orange County and spend the day playing with the kids. You're there for probably about four or five hours, and then you take the bus back. I love telling people about it because it's a great way to get involved with volunteering without being afraid of meeting like a weekly commitment or anything like that. You can just sign up and go once; I will say, though, everybody I've taken down with me, all of my friends, have now gone multiple times because it's just so much fun. These kids are happy; they're making it work. They have so little bit it just really teaches a pretty important lesson about gratitude and where happiness comes from because for them it's certainly not anything material."
Our thanks to Akiva Griffith and Lauren Tweet at NBCUniversal for their help coordinating the interview.
Episode 2.12 - "Season of the Hexenbiest" (airing 11/16/12; 9:00-10:00 pm)
Adalind (Claire Coffee) returns to wreak havoc in everyone’s lives and avenge her mother’s brutal death. She has her eyes set on Nick (David Giuntoli) and those closest to him – especially Hank (Russell Hornsby) and Juliette (Bitsie Tulloch). Elsewhere, Captain Renard’s (Sasha Roiz) obsession continues to escalate. Meanwhile a surprise visit at the spice shop gives Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell) more than he ever bargained for. Reggie Lee also stars.
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