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On the set in Portland, the stars hint about what’s coming and celebrate renewal

Inside one of the vast Northwest Portland warehouse spaces used as shooting stages for “Grimm,” Sasha Roiz is in bed.

Temporary, low-rise walls create a sort of cubicle effect, as Roiz, in character as Portland Police Captain Sean Renard, is surprised by a visitor to his bedroom.

Co-star Bitsie Tulloch, who plays Juliette Silverton, and Roiz rehearse their lines. The director calls for the camera to roll, and the actors play the scene. Juliette bursts into Renard’s room, and the two have a heated exchange. They go through the scene a few more times, until the director calls cut, and Roiz and Tulloch take a break.

Onscreen life is one stressful thing after another for the “Grimm” characters, who contend with supernatural creatures, a power-mad European royal family, ancient keys, and Portland’s ever-unpredictable weather.

But on an early February visit to the “Grimm” set, the stars are all smiles. There’s no mystery about why: just the day before, the “Grimm” cast and crew got the good news that NBC renewed the set and filmed-in-Portland for a fifth season.

On this day, “Grimm” life is good.

“We’re so excited,” Tulloch says. “We didn’t expect to get the renewal announcement this early.”

 

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