As the final episodes of NBC’s Grimm air, it’s going to be a bumpy but satisfying ride, said actress Claire Coffee in an exclusive interview with Syfy Wire. Her witch-like Hexenbiest character, Adalind Schade, and the other characters will be “tested” in the most “extreme” ways, she promised.
Coffee (Franklin & Bash, The West Wing) chatted with us about the final episodes, playing evil and the point she thinks she did a bad job as an actress on the show.
As much as you can tell us, what do we have to look forward to with these last few episodes when it comes to Adalind and the show in general?
Claire Coffee: I think it’s a very satisfying conclusion, and things are going to get a whole hell of a lot worse before they get better. When it comes to skull guy and the evil that’s lurking in Portland right now, everyone is going to be tested to their absolute extreme. But the resolve and the conclusion is very satisfying, and Jim [Kouf] and David [Greenwalt] really did right by the show and by all these characters.
Your character has been through such an evolution. For you what has it been like living with Adalind for all these years?
It’s only on reflection that I can have a sense of the scope of the changes that are going on … We knew so little from the writers in advance of what was happening. It really was just taking everything day to day. So in that way I’d be like, “Okay this week I’ve been kept in a dungeon in Vienna. Okay, great!” And then next week, “I’m in the loft.” But it was incredibly enjoyable. Definitely it keeps you on your toes for sure. But to be reinventing a character on the same show for six years is a gift.
You were the first one that Nick saw woge in the pilot, and she tried to kill Nick’s aunt. Adalind was evil for a long time and now she’s not. She lost her Hexenbiest and then she got it back again. She’s in a relationship with Nick and is the mom of two magical kids. What’s it been like to play her as an actress?
For me when I was kind of playing or just going through it, she was initially full Hexenbiest. She really didn’t have any humanity in her. She was trying to do the best job that she could possibly do. She was working for the dark side, so the best job is death and destruction. That’s the best job she would do is killing people. She thought she was doing a great job at that, which she was. I think once she lost that Hexenbiest side and became a human, it was only then that she could start letting in those human emotions and feeling sympathy and empathy and remorse and all of that. So it was really going from a two-dimensional character to playing a three-dimensional character and how that changes everything.
Bonaparte is out and Renard is in. The Grimm’s captain is ready to fill the vacant position of season 6’s big bad.
Diana (Hannah R. Loyd) doesn’t like it when you mess with her family, and the pint-sized emotional powder keg used her telekinetic powers to put the Black Claw leader in the ground. Now that there’s an opening up in management, it looks as if Renard (Sasha Roiz) might take control of the Portland branch.
“Renard is going to be the big bad in Season 6,” David Giuntoli (Nick) told TV Insider. “We’ll focus more on him and his rise to power and what that means. I don’t know this for absolute sure, but that’s the word on the street.”
Last we saw Renard, he was standing dumbfounded over Bonaparte’s (Shaun Toub) body, clearly within striking range of everyone’s favorite monster hunter. Is Nick next on his hit list? The cliffhanger left fans wondering, but Giuntoli has assured TV Line that the Nick vs. Renard issue will take center stage in the premiere.
“There’s only so many ways this can go with the captain and Nick. Either we get into a huge melee, or the captain tries to somehow recruit me to his side,” Giuntoli teased. “I don’t see how else it could go. I’m not going to say, ‘Let’s deal with this later.'”
While Renard is the one left holding the sword, Nick is the one with some maniacal rage on his side. The budding politician nearly separated the Grimm from baby Kelly, and if Detective Burkhardt has one mission in life, it’s to keep that little boy safe.
“He’s face to face with Renard, so this could go two ways,” Giuntoli told TV Insider. “Will there be a negotiation? Will Nick think this through? Or is he so furious at Renard for taking his child away that he’ll just go crazy?”
Fans of NBC’s Grimm have a lot to be excited about. Season four has served up some incredible storylines, one being Juliette’s (Bitsie Tulloch) unexpected transformation into a Hexenbiest. Juliette’s decision to confide in Capt. Sean Renard and keep her beau, Nick, in the dark about her new “identity” is a hot topic among fans of the show.
We got the chance to chat with Tulloch about Juliette’s reason for keeping her secret from Nick and a highly anticipated upcoming showdown between Juliette and a certain blond Hexenbiest.
BITSIE TULLOCH: I think it makes sense. I think her gut reaction is, she knows Nick’s mortal enemy is the Hexenbiest, and he’s a Grimm and now she’s a Hexenbiest. She doesn’t even want to look at him because she can’t control it. She doesn’t know what’s going on; she doesn’t know when she’s going to morph. So she needed to go to somebody who had the same affliction, so to speak—and the only person who really understood her is Sean Renard. And they have a little bit of a history because of everything that happened in season two with the love triangle, and they’re close enough that she would go to him.
Also, she wanted to go to him anyway, because she’s sort of blaming him indirectly because it was his mother who set the ball rolling on this whole issue with the Hexenbiest. [Renard’s mom] is the one who did the spell, and she had warned Juliette and everybody else that there might be side effects. But obviously Juliette would never have ever done this if she had known she was going to turn into a Hexenbiest. She did it because she thought her lover, Nick, would be happier getting his powers back, and she also did it more immediately because Rosalee and Monroe were being threatened. But at the end of the day, it just completely uprooted her entire existence. She doesn’t even know who she is anymore. So she goes to Sean being like, “Your mom did this, call her and have her fix this.”
New Grimm season 4 spoilers revealed by the cast, new clip. Recently, Michael Ausiello over at TV Line got to sit down with the cast of NBC’s hit show, Grimm for some season 4 spoiler dish.
One year ago, on a rainy, humid evening in St. Louis, I was playing catch with a fellow baseball fanatic in the underground tunnels of Busch Stadium (home of the St. Louis Cardinals). We were goofing off in the front offices, taking ridiculous photos on golf carts, and chatting about life in Hollywood while stuffing ourselves with pretzel sticks. Who knew a rain delay could be so fun? But with David Giuntoli, star of the NBC hit cult drama, Grimm, it’s no surprise. Charismatic and down-to-earth, he was the clear choice for our fourth installment of On a Date With….
Over lunch at Los Feliz hotspot Little Dom’s (a favorite of Jon Hamm’s), we chatted about everything ranging from calling Glamour readers at home (yep, he’ll do it) to a guy’s biological clock (it totally exists). Get ready for the most honest and revealing date yet.
Glamour: Welcome back to L.A.! You’re in Portland shooting Grimm for eight months throughout the year, so what have you been up to during your summer hiatus?
David Giuntoli: I know! It’s like I’m on a space shuttle I’m gone for so long. [Laughs] I’ve been writing, I’ve been producing this small movie, and I’ve been going out…a lot. Like I was a college freshman. I’m probably sleeping until 10 A.M. after going to bed at 2 A.M.
Glamour: So if a fan gives you their phone number, I say you have to call it.
David: Only if they are a child.
Glamour: No, not just if they are a child.
David: If someone sends a phone number, I will call them. I would. No one says that. They all want a signed photo nowadays. I will call them. I will call them, I’ll block my number, but I will do it. So send me your numbers, readers!
David: Promise! I will do that. I would rather call the fan than write. It seems more personal and fun. So send me your phone numbers, and I’ll call you. Will you print that?
So, send David your phone numbers!!! There’s TONS more from the interview, check it out in the link below!