David Giuntoli on Grimm's Deadly Finale, What Nick Would Do in His Downtime, the Undead in Portland, and Much More
"Grimm" was recently renewed for a third season, and big surprises are in store for the finale, which airs on May 21st, with David Giuntoli teasing that one of the cast may not live through it.
We recently chatted with the leading man to discuss "Grimm" and its evolution up to this point. Giuntoli also stated that there is a chance we will see the return of Nick's mother, Kelly Burkhardt, played by Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, in tonight's episode, "Endangered," while Nick and Juliette continue trying to repair their relationship.
Before getting into the hardcore plot points of what is ahead, I chatted with David about some of the things he likes to do for fun, including what video games he plays--hey, I am BioGamer Girl after all!
AMANDA DYAR: Hey, David. I want to know- on the show Nick never really gets a lot of downtime. So what do you think he would do if he actually had some time to himself? Do you think he would play video games, or what kind of shows would he watch? And what do you do during the downtime of the show in between takes and such?
DAVID GIUNTOLI: That's a very good question. I think Nick's a Palm Springs kind of guy. He wants to get down there with a group of friends. I think he probably drinks canned beer and wine. He's nothing too sophisticated, though now with Monroe introducing me to a whole other world of foods and wines, maybe I'm enjoying the finer things.
But he needs some sun. So I'd say like Palm Springs, Hawaii, Mexico. It's all kind of West Coast.
Let's see what else he does. In the real downtime between sets, between takes I mean, it's just - you would get so annoyed with us. It's hijinks really. We laugh all of the time, talk, I mean ongoing jokes, play games that you'd play in long car rides when you were a kid.
One game we play is dictionary, which is - this is Silas' game of course. You just go into your dictionary app on your phone, find a word that's pretty hard but you probably know it, and you tell another person the first letter of the word, the part of speech, and the first definition. And that person has to figure out what that word is -- makes you smarter.
AMANDA: Do you see a "Grimm" video game being a possibility in the future? And would you be up for working on something like that if it was?
DAVID: I would be completely up with that. That is what I like to think of as a revenue stream for me. But I don't know if a video game is in the works. I have some very good friends who have voices on video games. A good friend of mine who's on the show "Being Human" -- Sam Witwer -- is a voice for someone in one of the Star Wars video games. I think like the main dude. And he loved it. So I would love to get into more voice acting.
AMANDA: Well, how did you like working on the episode "Nameless," which was about the video game Black Forest 2? Did you find that episode fun, and what would you do if you were kind of trapped in a video game and you had to survive? What would you do if you were trapped in that world?
DAVID: Ah, I'm seeing the through-line now (laughs). What would I do? First of all, I've enjoyed video games in my adult life though I try not to let it take over, which it can. It's a nice way to totally turn off though when you're an actor. Turn off your brain and like just get away or whatever.
I enjoyed the episode "Nameless." I thought it was really smart. It was written by a really smart girl, and I thought it was such a kind of, you know, a current thing that we're dealing with. If I was trapped in a video game, I would imagine I would find the nearest video game and just end it. I couldn't handle being trapped inside of a video game. I'm not that much of a fighter.
It depends what video game I suppose.
AMANDA: Yes, well, do you actually play any video games in real life, or do you actually have any time to?
DAVID: I don't now on set because I’m so busy. But most recently I was a big Call of Duty guy. That's the last video game I really got into. It's been a couple of years now.
That's all the time we had one-on-one with David, but to answer all of your "GRIMM" questions, check out the full conference call below:
How do you feel about the Season Three pick-up and the move to Tuesday night?
I think it's all very exciting. I think that NBC is showing a lot of faith in "Grimm" by moving us to Tuesday nights. I think actually what they wanted to do was hopefully see if "The Voice" can start getting some of our followers. I know that show's been struggling. So… (laughs). No, we're very excited to expose "Grimm" to an entirely new audience and, you know, scare and befuddle a whole new segment of the population.
"Grimm" has so many elements to it -- drama, action, romance, fantasy… you know, everything. Are there any of these that you enjoy performing in the most, or do you appreciate the variety overall?
Well I do appreciate the variety. Though I will say it is a dark show, and I really love when we get to squeeze in some more comedic elements. And every now and then we'll have a more comedic episode -- one of which would have aired maybe three weeks ago.
We had a Ziegevolk lawyer charming the entire jury. And Rosalee was on the jury. And Sergeant Woo was testifying, and he changed his testimony. There were a lot of many great comedic [moments] in that. So I'd say the comedy is something I like squeezing in there.
Nick was temporarily blinded in the recent "Mr. Sandman" episode. Could share what acting without sight was like?
Well, I could see. I had prosthetics in my eyes. I had lenses in my eyes. That was crazy. But I could see through them. It was - I'd say really fun. It was fun finding new ways to make that work -- to sell especially fighting without seeing. And I was pretty happy with how it turned out. So all in all I was very pleased with the challenge of acting without sight.
So, David, if you told fans at the start of the season that we'd be this far into the season and Nick and Juliette would be apart and Nick and Renard would be working together so closely, I think they'd be pretty surprised. I'm wondering if that surprised you and what you think of the state of these relationships.
That's a good question. Nothing really surprises me on "Grimm." Our writers are not afraid to go anywhere. So nothing really surprises me. I want to speak especially to the relationship between the Captain and Nick.
I wanted to make sure that even though we are working together, I'm not too easy with him. I wouldn't call it a friendship. I wouldn't call us pals. I wouldn't - we wouldn't go out and eat together. I think we more or less have a common enemy.
When I'm working with the Captain, I always think about that picture from World War II where Stalin and FDR were sitting next to each other with Churchill. You know, like how did Stalin get there? But they just had a common enemy. And so we're working tentatively together. He did after all try to kill my aunt.
So as far as Juliette goes, you know, I think we're going to be seeing us kind of patching things up -- turning things around a bit. And I'm sure that in "Grimm" fashion they'll find some way to make that as difficult as humanly possible.
Obviously you guys did great on Friday. It's moved now behind "The Voice." Why do you think your show has worked when maybe some of the others haven't?
I'd say the roguish good looks of lead David Giuntoli. I think we have… listen, a successful television show is a mystery how to make it. But there has to be certain components. We have writers and creators who are seasoned and excited, and that's a really great combination. They know what they're doing. They have found the sweet spot. David Greenwalt, you know, has this gallows humor about him, as does Jim Kouf -- our two main writers, executive producers. And they balance story well with a lot of darkness and a little bit of levity. And, you know, there's some very lovable characters. And that's what it takes. They just know their stuff.
So have you gotten any hints from David or Jim about Nick's heightened abilities? We saw him playing Fruit Ninja in one of the episodes right after he lost his sight. So have you gotten any intel on what that's going to mean for the character in the coming season.
Nick hates fruit so bad. I have not received any nuggets of what's to come as far as Nick's supernatural powers. At the end of Season One I did get some info that they wanted to turn me more into a hero with supernatural abilities. But I did not ask what they were. And I just kind of found out a month before the viewer did. I would imagine going forward we're going to revisit some of what we kind of teased with my super-human hearing and ability to fight fruit with a bat.
Working off of the Nick and Juliette split, no one is doubting his devotion to her. But the character's not a bad looking man. So I'm assuming, especially after this week with the muse coming in and kind of him getting wrapped up with another woman even if it's only for an episode, I imagine there's going to be a point where he doesn't want to wait for Juliette anymore. Or is he just kind of going to wait for her forever? What's your take on that?
I certainly hope he wouldn't wait forever. I am personally more shocked at the point that she would be interested in me after all I have done - I mean truly cowardly moves on my part as far as Juliette's relationship is concerned. I wouldn't tell her about any of this after she'd lost her mind, went into a coma, just really struggling with memory loss and like what is happening to her--going, you know, crazy. And I'm still sitting back like, "I don't want to tell her. What if she leaves me?"
So I hope we have to talk about things in a real way before we get back together. I think Nick's a guy who knows what he's done to her and would probably do anything to get her back. So I think he'd wait for a long time.