Claire Coffee Gets Her Hexenbiest on for Final Episodes of Grimm
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.