Season 3 of “Grimm” is currently filming, and it seems it’s action-packed enough to keep the cast exhausted all the time. Zap2it caught up with Bitsie Tulloch (Juliette Silverton), Reggie Lee (Sergeant Wu), Sasha Roiz (Captain Renard), and Claire Coffee (Adalind Schade) at San Diego Comic-Con last weekend, and the four actors were exhausted. And not just by the convention — they agreed that Comic-Con is tiring, though fun. The real problem was that they’d apparently been up at all hours of the night shooting new episodes all week.
“We’re literally like zombies right now. It’s fitting,” Tulloch says, referencing the zombie plotline that Season 2 ended on.
There are characters left in the dark on “Grimm” nowadays, with most of them finally becoming aware of the show’s more fantastical side. The cast says they enjoying getting to work together more than ever. “Everybody has some sort of connection to one another,” Roiz says. “It’s become more of a collective. You’ll see, beginning with the first episode, you’ll see there’s a lot more camaraderie. There’s a lot more dependency on one another. There’s communication between all the different characters, rather than these sort of different factions.”
Tulloch adds, “What seems to me to be one of the primary focuses is solidifying this ‘Grimm’ gang, this ‘Scoobie Squad’ aspect.” She said her character Juliette will be a much bigger part of the action in “Grimm” Season 3.
“I was late to meet everyone today because my make-up artist was having a hard time covering the bruises all over my legs,” she says. “The one we’re doing right now is actually really heavy stuff. The first two episodes, I have to say, almost feel, like, cinematic, like a feature film. They’re huge in scope — really grand in scope.”
Are Juliette and Nick’s relationship troubles finally behind them? “You would wish for that to be true,” Tulloch says. “I feel like they need a break. Like, somebody give them a break! I don’t know. I know that — I think that, you know, obviously the relationship has had its ups and downs, but overall, the fact that they’ve been through this much together, and that they keep finding their way back to each other, I think speaks volumes of there being a real love there. That said, it’s not going to be easy for her to be integrated into the world.”
Lee said the coming season of Grimm will reveal more of the characters’ backstories. “They’re really going to focus on a lot of backstory and kind of tangential stories for the other characters this season,” he says. In addition, Wu will finally discover the fantasy world that the others are already aware of.
“I am so looking forward to it!” Lee says. But at the same time, he adds, “Now that I see it, and I see the overall arc of the show, I almost don’t want to find out. I almost want to make it a little bit harder, you know, and kind of like be that one who balances the show out. Because what happens when everyone starts to know? I mean, then it becomes a completely different show. And the thing that makes this show is that it balances reality with fantasy pretty well.”
For his part, Roiz said he enjoys playing a sociopath. “You know he’s after the key,” he says of Renard’s motivations. “You know he’s after ultimate power. You know he’s after the throne, so to speak, and he wants to be the top dog in the royal family.” Roiz said his character’s uneasy peace with Nick will last “as long as the outside forces are stronger than them and they need one another,” and that he reacts “very badly” when he finds out it was his brother who took Nick. “Very quickly in [Season 3] you’ll see that,” he says.
There may be few secrets left in “Grimm,” but one of them is definitely who Adalind’s baby daddy is. Coffee swore she doesn’t know. “I’ve read three scripts so far, and that’s it,” she says. “And I don’t ask questions because … I want to be surprised just like Adalind.”
Coffee said the big question will be whether she winds up being involved with the baby at all, or if she’ll really sell it to get her powers back. “But I think now that she doesn’t have her powers she feels what humans feel and feels sadness and happiness, so having a baby growing in her belly hopefully will provide some sort of moral conflict for her,” she theorizes.
“There’s a lot more action [in Season 3], at least coming up immediately,” she continues. “We sort of hit the ground running right where we left off, and for my character at least she’s really gotten herself into it with this pact that she’s made with Stefania to try to sell her baby in order to get her powers back. So she’s starting to perform these tasks and rituals to get those powers back, and they’re a lot more involved and gruesome than I think she was expecting.”
“Grimm” Season 3 begins airing October 25 on NBC.