Bree Turner Talks Grimm's Season 2 Finale, the Scariest Creatures So Far, MonRosalee, and More
In Tuesday's finale Juliette will take her first real steps into the Grimm world. Rosalee and Juliette are friends so what role do you think Rosalee may play in Juliette's introduction to Grimm life in Season 3?
BREE TURNER: It's been such an enjoyable relationship to explore, the Juliette/Rosalee friendship. At the beginning of this relationship I truly felt very, very responsible for her unraveling, considering I gave her the potion that caused her problems. So I think I felt very responsible and protective over her over this last handful of episodes where I'm basically convincing everyone else to get onboard with her evolution because of the personal responsibility I felt.
And so, now that we're ending the season, there's obviously more of that new reveal for her, and her involvement in the group will be explored more. I'm excited about that - I'm happy she's in the know. It's a well deserved breath of fresh air for everyone just to have her memory back and to have her involved in this world. And also just to have another female's energy in the group. I think it will bring some lovely new dynamic to the scenes and to the show itself. So I'm excited for us to be a little girl power unit.
What was your favorite episode or season storyline in terms of character development for Rosalee this year?
BREE TURNER: Well, I think it's the romance this year. It has been really fun and it's been so sweet and it's so enjoyable working with Silas that I think that the payoff the fans will receive [tonight] will be well worth the wait.
We've really enjoyed watching Rosalee evolve as sort of a guide to help Nick navigate through this world. When you were first cast, did you know the larger story of where Rosalee was going? Has she evolved the way you expected, or have there been some surprises?
BREE TURNER: I knew nothing! I was cast very quickly and on set within 48 hours so I had very little information on anything. I really had to go off of my instinct and also the very thorough and rich character that Jim and David built right off the bat. I don't think it would have been as successful if they hadn't have really known who Rosalee was from the beginning. It allowed me to just really dive in with very few questions. In terms of where she's gone, yeah, I am surprised and pleased because I sort of anticipated more of an attitude maybe with Rosalee just because [in my] first episode, "Island of Dreams," so much of it was keeping everyone at a distance.
And I think that a lot of her journey towards the end of Season 1 was sort of like slowly warming up to this whole idea of working with the Grimm and being back in this world and using my talents. I definitely needed a focus for myself personally just to like not throw it all away so fast. I mean, it wouldn't be honest that way.
But now that we ended Season 2, the lightness of Rosalee this season was not maybe what I had seen for her when I auditioned the first day, but being in it, it's such a right choice to really not have too many complications for her - getting Rosalee established into the group and becoming vulnerable again in her life and really becoming confident with her talents. Now in terms of Season 3, who knows? I think it would be fun to sort of let some skeletons out of the closet a little bit.
That was going to be my next question. You beat me to it. I was going to ask what you're looking forward to, assuming you live through the finale.
BREE TURNER: Assuming… yeah, exactly! Who knows if I'll be around? If I am, that would be what I think would be fun to explore.
The webisodes over the winter hiatus were a huge hit with the fans. Are there any more plans for you to do some over the summer hiatus?
BREE TURNER: No, not that have been brought to my attention. But they were really fun to do. It was really enjoyable to kind of have this frothier version of the spice shop where there wasn't so much peril involved.
Rosalee really brings a lot to the "Grimm" team. She is obviously a good knowledge base. She's the healer. What would you like to see Rosalee's role be in the group in the future?
BREE TURNER: In these last two episodes [and] as you'll see [in the finale], I become much more the authority in the issue at hand. And I really like that choice - there's no more bumbling through this now. Now I am one of the most powerful apothecaries in the Wesen community. I'm such a research nerd, and I think that was exposed in the "Endangered" episode when I knew everything about the alien creatures. I just love research and history and books. And I think I know a little bit about everything honestly. And I think that would be fun to just sort of have kind of complete total world domination in terms of my skill set. I think I am becoming very powerful that way.
You mentioned that Rosalee is going to be kind of the voice of authority in the apothecary world. Is this going to get her in trouble at all in the finale?
BREE TURNER: Oh yes. It's a lot of pressure. And I think everyone sort of is starting to look to me for the answers, and I only can do what I can do, you know. So I think yes, it does get me into trouble with what we're dealing with.
How do you handle all the complicated language like the dialogue, the Wesen names, and all that?
BREE TURNER: Well, number one I just say it the way Silas says it. I just go to Silas now and I say, "How do you pronounce this. How would you say it?" He's pretty much become the authority on all German Grimmish words. I just try to do it like he does it.
It looks like the group is going to be fighting some zombies in the finale. And I was wondering, now that you have had the baby and you're up and around and everything, did you have a chance to do a little bit of action is this episode, and is that something you look forward to in the future?
BREE TURNER: Yeah, for sure. That was probably the hardest thing for me when I was pregnant, not being able to do all my own stunts or just being as physical as I like to be. I would do all my own stunts, but NBC doesn't want me to do that, so... In the finale, yes, Rosalee gets more physically involved for sure in what we're dealing with. And I'm excited about doing a lot more of that in the future for sure.
You talked about not having done a lot of sci-fi work in your career. Do you watch sci-fi, fantasy, any of this kind of stuff, and what are some of your favorite shows or movies?
BREE TURNER: Growing up, one of my favorite films that was very influential was Clash of the Titans in terms of fantasy genre piece. But the remake? I don't know… I'm more [a fan] of the original. I love the animatronic quality to the original Clash of the Titans. I definitely feel more excited about sci-fi though now that I've been sort of immersed in this world. Like "Warehouse 13" or "Dr. Who" or all these really cool shows [that] weren't really on my radar before are now suddenly… now I totally get it. I totally get the obsession. Now I'm onboard.
Great! Welcome to our side.
BREE TURNER: Yeah, the club. I'm a card-carrying member now. Thank you.
What would you say makes a career in this industry rewarding for you so far?
BREE TURNER: Having an outside life. If [your career] is everything, you're going to be very, very sad because it's actually very unrewarding most of the time. And moments like being on this show are just like lightning in the bottle. What's happening now is so special, honestly. To be on a show that I sincerely love, working with people that I sincerely care about, loving what I do, having fun, and it's successful... it's like this doesn't happen, you know.
But I feel like it's so much sweeter now because I've been working hard for over 15 years. I've dealt with a lot of rejection and now success, but it's a mixed bag. And now to be in this place and have my family and my children and my husband, I feel like I'm able to really enjoy it in the right way because I also live my life.
Season 2 Finale - Episode 2.22 - "Goodnight, Sweet Grimm" (airing 5/21/13; 10:00-11:00 pm)
THE ROYALS BRING THEIR AGENDA FOR NICK TO PORTLAND – JAMES FRAIN AND SHOHREH AGHDASHLOO GUEST STAR -- Just when things look like they’re back to normal with Juliette (Bitsie Tulloch), Nick (David Giuntoli) is called to investigate a flurry of rage-fueled assaults happening all over Portland. He goes to Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell) and Rosalee (Bree Turner) for help battling Portland’s newest wave of “undead.”
As if that weren’t enough, Captain Renard (Sasha Roiz) informs Nick that his brother Eric (guest star James Frain) is in town on family business. Meanwhile, Stefania (guest star Shohreh Aghdashloo) and Frau Pech methodically use their alliances with Adalind (Claire Coffee) to battle one another. Russell Hornsby and Reggie Lee also star.
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