Grimm's Silas Weir Mitchell and Bree Turner Talk Wesen Marriage, Family Dynamics, New Web Series, and More!
With Monrosalee newly engaged, "Grimm" co-stars Silas Weir Mitchell and Bree Turner sat down to chat about the upcoming nuptials, their characters' consistencies, and what else is ahead for the pair, including a Rosalee/Juliette web series.
Q: Can you talk a bit about filming the proposal? Have they discussed with you how they will eventually do a wedding or anything like that?
Bree Turner: The whole episode was super fun for us to shoot... we really packed in the whole episode from the roller-coaster promotions from the night of the proposal and then getting engaged and then the parents coming in the end - it's really filled. But the proposal scene was adorable and fun and silly… we had a good time that whole section of the show, right? We had fun.
Silas Weir Mitchell: You're right; the roller-coaster is a good metaphor because it was... the writers really make it as complicated as they possibly can. And so as soon as you think everything is fine, you know, the parents show up and it gets extremely difficult. But yes, the shooting of that scene was really… it was fun… it's fun to watch this imaginary life… the way that it happens is so sort of unique, you know… the writers write unique stuff.
Bree Turner: I feel like what's been enjoyable about exploring the relationship is that there's been just… very truthful consistencies from beginning until now about who these characters are and how they treat each other and handle these different moments in their relationship. And I think the proposal moment is just such a pure and touching and honest moment and very much in the vein of who these characters are.
Silas Weir Mitchell: And still… they allow for the complexity, you know what I mean?... I mean it is "Grimm" after all, but it's also… the writers allow for… the complexity and the darkness of - Are people going to accept a Blutbad and a Fuchsbau? That's a rich kind of basically interracial kind of vein that they're going to mine. So as sweet as it is, which it totally is, what I like about what the writers do is they allow for complexity and darkness…
Q: Kind of along those lines, are there going to be any Wesen customs that are coming in terms of the engagement and wedding or anything like that?
Silas Weir Mitchell: The only thing that we really know is that the Wesens tend to like to marry in the wild.
Q: Touching upon the previous episode when you go and meet Rosalee's parents, could you talk a little bit about what that was like for both of you?
Bree Turner: Well, the whole dinner scene, everything with my mom and sister, took place in one day so it was a very long 18-hour day… up in Hillsborough, and it was exhausting. I was exhausted and I think we got beers after that day because it was... a biggie and, you know, there was a lot of emotional stuff going on for Rosalee…I felt… "exhausted" would be the word I would use by the end of that day.
Silas Weir Mitchell: [It was] just the most awkward dinner in the history of man…. I felt bad, you know? I felt bad for Rosalee in this situation. To have… this sister… it was hard because I think there's a lot of truth to that familial dynamic. And I felt the awkwardness. It's like I felt the love; I felt the awkwardness.
Q: Are we going to learn more about Rosalee's family - Freddy and what happened around his death - heading towards the wedding?
Bree Turner: Well, that hasn't come up in any scripts yet, but I don't know… what I think is nice about a lot of the episodes is that there isn't a lot of dialogue just for the sake of dialogue. You don't need to talk about everything, and it's just an understanding. And I think that just that one line that I say - that Rosalee says to Monroe outside - that I assumed they would be more understanding that I basically handled all of Freddy's death and the shock and dealing with all that. I mean, it's pretty clear that they decided not to be involved in that event and that I totally took that on. And I don't know; we'll see. I don't know if that's going to be more addressed in more detail later; it hasn't yet.
Q: Another intense episode was the Christmas one, where, again, they sort of revealed Rosalee's past and her problems with Christmas. Could you talk about that episode and what you thought when you first read the script, anything that comes to mind?
Silas Weir Mitchell: Be honest now; do you really want to know how one person could put all that up and/or take all that down in one night? Be honest.
Bree Turner: I justified that we… I was morphed out when I did that because only a fox could gather and put together that quickly.
Silas Weir Mitchell: A bottle of wine, a couple of morphs, no problem.
Bree Turner: That episode was… I mean, every time I come onto set - this is not an exaggeration - I'm blown away by our construction and set design team and what they can pull together so quickly with no time between turnover.
Silas Weir Mitchell: Yes, the art direction on the show really is… it's incredible what they do… so much of the show has to do with the look of the show, and those guys… the art department is incredible.
Bree Turner: There was not a lot of acting needed when I walked on the set with the house being decorated as it was because it was, I mean, truly like Christmas just threw-up (in the living room) and so I didn't really have to pretend about it… what's been enjoyable about the arc of the relationship this season is that it has been complicated and real and a very adult relationship. I think it's been really fun that an adult late-30's couple is being portrayed on screen and it's not this high drama of your 20's or silliness of your teens. It's like two people who've lived a very full life, a complicated life, coming together and finding harmony together. And it's not a straight path and it's twisted but there's always respect and love, and I think that's what's always shown with our story… two people that respect and love each other and how they deal with the complexities of their relationship.
Q: There's a lot of humor to the characters and the relationship, almost a sitcom-y thing. How does that stay in balance with the seriousness about a mixed marriage or mixed relationship ?
Silas Weir Mitchell: Well, it's hard for me to think of it in terms of sitcom because that's just not a language that I use…when I think about it, I don't think about it as being funny or being a sitcom. I just think about it as… from the inside it's just these two interesting people trying to figure something out. So whatever the story demands, whether it's the sort of awkwardness of a proposal or the seriousness of a fight with your parents, that's where I go. And what's nice about the show is the writers use a lot of bandwidth as far as the emotional [side]…the emotional vicissitudes are pretty great, and that's what makes it fun.
Bree Turner: Yes… there's always this sort of… let's keep it in the world of "Grimm," you know, whatever we're trying to build on screen. And I think what that means is what's so special about our show is it's really… you can't quite define it… there are funny moments, there [are] serious moments, there [are] fantasy elements, there is, you know, procedural cop drama. We flow in and out of all these spaces when we're creating the world with each episode. And I think what Silas is saying… as actors we just… we're not trying to be serious or funny or comedy or drama. It's just about living truthfully in this world we've created, and I think as long as we're honoring that, those sort of maybe more comedic moments come out and you respond to them because they're just truthful.
Q: Can you give us any hints of what's coming up for Monroe and Rosalee in the future?
Bree Turner: We're at Episode 3.16 right now; it's just the journey to the altar I guess...
Silas Weir Mitchell: Yes, the not-uncomplicated journey to the altar, [but] to go past that would be to go past the end of the season…
Q: Rosalee and Juliette have a developing relationship now that Juliette is aware of the truth. Are we going to see more of that the rest of the season as it plays out?
Bree Turner: Yes, definitely; we just did a standalone web series that's going to air around Valentine's Day that focuses on Juliette and Rosalee and their friendship. And it's really fun, really playful, and it's a bit of a departure [in] tone from the show, but we had a great time. And we kind of got to express all our girliness that we can't really quite do in the world of "Grimm."
Q: Can you describe the rest of this season in a nutshell?
Bree Turner: Okay, with Monroe and Rosalee, it's just the journey to the altar and coming to terms with coming from two different worlds. Not only as different Wesen species but also I think just sort of two different worlds… Rosalee [is] a little bit on the other side of the tracks compared to Monroe's childhood… kind of the meshing of that. And then in the world of Nick and the case of the week… we get back to a bit more procedural format, but we have a lot of really exciting sessions and storylines coming up. We're… in the middle of starting this big carnival episode that's going to be really fun, and we're getting into it starting Friday and I think it's going to be a really good one for the season.
Q: Do you think there's a chance that Monroe and Rosalee maybe will have some children in the future?
Bree Turner: Little baby Wesens.
Silas Weir Mitchell: Oh, anything that allows me to say "for hell sure" again, I'm all for it.
Bree Turner: For hell sure.
Silas Weir Mitchell: For hell sure.
Bree Turner: For hell sure, yes, why not? I mean, all is possible.
Silas Weir Mitchell: It all depends on how many seasons we get.
Bree Turner: Exactly. All I know is… if I have to now be fake pregnant when I was really pregnant on the show, I'm going to be real pissed.
Silas Weir Mitchell: We'll talk to Claire Danes about that; I think she's going to be pregnant for the entire next season of "Homeland"…
Bree Turner: I know. I feel for that girl so we'll see - why not, right?
Silas Weir Mitchell: We'll have a litter.
Our thanks to Bree and Silas for their time, moderator Akiva Griffith, and everyone at NBC Universal Television.
"Grimm" returns Friday, February 28th, with Episode 3.13, "Revelation." For more info visit "Grimm" on NBC.com, check out some InstaGRIMMS on Instagram, "like" "Grimm" on Facebook, and follow "Grimm" on Twitter.
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