Bree Turner Talks Grimm's Season 2 Finale, the Scariest Creatures So Far, MonRosalee, and More
The Season 2 finale of "Grimm," entitled "Good Night, Sweet Grimm," airs tonight, and we recently had a chance to chat with Bree Turner (Rosalee) about the show's scariest creatures, the most challenging aspects of her character, and of course the gruesome finale!
AMANDA DYAR: What would you say is the scariest creature so far to appear on the show?
BREE TURNER: I think the scariest creature was that Mauvais Dentes that was in our Season 2 premiere with the big saber-tooth teeth. He was very scary. And I thought both the special effects makeup and the CGI on that creature were really, really some of our best.
AMANDA DYAR: What would you say is one of the most challenging aspects of working on "Grimm"?
BREE TURNER: Oh, the most challenging. Well, I haven't really had much experience in the genre. I did a "Masters of Horror" for Showtime. I did a one-hour film. That was my only other genre piece that I've done.
I think with this, though, you have to really commit to the world that you're imagining because a lot of what you see on television is not what's happening on the set. You know, we don't look like our creatures when we're acting. It's all CGI. We have little white dots all over our faces when we're trying to do these serious scenes.
And also the language - the German, the Grimmish - and the fact that it needs to sound casual. I think all those elements combined are challenging and unique to any other job I've personally done.
Now check out the full conference call transcript below, and enjoy!
In what ways did you see Rosalee further grow and develop as a character this season. And what new acting challenges did you find with that growth?
BREE TURNER: I think the biggest evolution for Rosalee between Season 1 and Season 2 is her confidence in the spice shop and being an apothecary and being in this world… When I arrived on the scene, I always likened Rosalee to someone who was the most talented with the biggest gifts in terms of this world in her family but the one that was the most insecure and lost with it all.
And that shows with admitting my drug use and moving away from Portland and isolating myself - my talent scared me so to speak. So I tried to make a focus just for myself, whether it was scripted or not, to slowly develop the confidence in this world and being the authority in terms of healing and the medicine world.
And now that we're at the end of the second season, I think it's been really fun to throw a lot of that away now and just be confident and own my power now. And I think there's been a lot of really wonderful sort of layers of the onion that have been exposed to the fans, that my father was on the special committee that keeps everyone in check and that my brother and that have this connection to this.
When we were doing that "Natural Born Wesen" episode, I kind of likened myself to being Colin Powell's daughter or something, and there was this surprising reveal to Monroe that I have this major, major authority really in this world and I don't speak of it. I thought that was pretty cool.
So anyway, to answer your question, I think her confidence and becoming secure with her powers.
As a follow-up question, we love the relationship obviously between Monroe and Rosalee. How did that grow and develop this year, and what do you enjoy most about the relationship and working with Silas?
BREE TURNER: It's been a really, really fun season… just sort of embracing Rosalee's light and her kindness and compassion , who she is. I think her past is just her skeletons, her demons, her path that she was on, and I think at her core she's a truly compassionate loving soul and spirit. So it's been really fun to not play the dark [but to] play the light this year and enjoy the journey with Silas, who is just such an incredible actor and person and now friend. And we've had such a good time. We're so relaxed with each other and I feel so comfortable with him that it just all feels very organic, which I think is coming through. I think the response has been positive for a combination of all those things.
When we spoke with David a few weeks ago, he said that it was a real doozie of a season finale. I'm wondering what your reaction was when you saw the script and what excites you about this final episode of the season?
BREE TURNER: Well, seeing the finale script, it was just truly… I don't know what more they could have put in this script. I mean everyone , every storyline, gets blown out and exposed, resolved, challenged. And then just the level of production value in this finale - it's like feature film quality stuff that we did in terms of effects and story and set and environment. I mean, it was all just really at the top of our game I felt. And we were all kind of chomping at the bit to start production on this last one.
Sci-fi is perhaps the most unique genre and probably has the most unique fans. What do you like about being in this world?
BREE TURNER: The support and love and loyalty from the genre fans are like nothing I've ever experienced. I've only done a few jobs in this world, but nothing like this at the scale of "Grimm." And so I've been blown away with how committed and supportive and protective our fans are over the characters and the show. And it's just been really awesome.
So, we heard that a major character might die. Can you tell us a bit more maybe about that and a bit more about the finale?
BREE TURNER: Ooh. Well, yeah. Can I tell you specifics? No. But someone's life is definitely in balance, and it's very, very, very scary to be this person I will say. And I honestly don't know how we're going to resolve it in terms of storyline. I'm nervous and excited about how Season 3 is going to begin with this cliffhanger because it's pretty major.
Monroe was saying that he thinks things are so great. He's not sure , but it sounds like a dream come true. He almost can't believe it. Is there strife ahead for Rosalee and Monroe?
BREE TURNER: Oh, it's "Grimm," you know. People don't stay happy very long on this show. And the Rosalee/Monroe romance has had such a beautiful journey this season, [but] let's be real. Only complications are coming.
You had to film a good portion of Season 2 when you were pregnant. What was that like?
BREE TURNER: Yes, I have been pregnant almost this entire season. And I've had to really check my vanity at the door because it's like been the evolution of my body expanding and then shrinking and being expansive. But it was crazy. It's been a really, really wild year for me personally, and blending the show in the middle of all this will be something I'll never forget. That's for sure.
Well, congratulations! Was it a boy or a girl?
BREE TURNER: A little boy. It's so funny to think that he was in my belly during all these crazy episodes. And then I went back to work one month later, and I feel like he's just a part of this show. This little baby. It's fun.
You spoke a little bit earlier about the fact that part of Rosalee's legacy from her family is this connection to the Wesen Council. Do you think we're going to find out more about that and what that could mean for Rosalee?
BREE TURNER: I hope so. We don't know where the writers are going to take us, but I think that's a pretty juicy storyline to explore for Rosalee in particular.