Now that Juliette (Bitsie Tulloch) is a Hexenbiest on “Grimm” she’s gone bad, and she’s going to keep getting badder for the foreseeable future.
Zap2it visited the set of “Grimm” on Feb. 6 when production was underway on Season 4’s episode 16. In talking with the cast and creators, everyone involved with the series was excited about the dark direction Juliette is heading in — especially Tulloch herself.
“As an actress, this has been really, really fun,” she says. “And the fans are loving her being a Hexenbiest because she gets to have a power now. Before it was that she was sort of adding a lot being a veterinarian and being good at research and stuff, and knowing how to shoot a gun. She’s actually a potent force. I think right now she doesn’t want it and is really just scared about hurting Nick.”
Showrunners David Greenwalt and Jim Kouf are coy about their plans for the character, never confirming that she’ll go full-on villain but saying she could be the “Grand Bad.” “We try not to make things easy,” Greenwalt says. “We warned and warned and warned that there would be side effects if she did this thing, if she changed into Adalind and slept with Nick. There have been side effects.”
The relationship between Juliette and Nick, played by Tulloch’s real-life boyfriend David Giuntoli, isn’t going to be getting any better. During a tour of the couple’s house on set, Tulloch noted that the furniture had been significantly changed — maybe a sign of a breakup or Juliette moving out in the future?
“That may be a signal of things to come,” Giuntoli teases. “Happiness doesn’t make good TV. Happiness for a time makes good TV, but you have to tear it apart. I don’t know to what extent the writers are going to tear us apart this time. It could be permanent.”
Though it would mean less time filming with Tulloch, Giuntoli is very much on board with the idea of Juliette becoming a villain. “I think it’s a great idea,” he says with an excited laugh, “What a cool plot twist — if that indeed is what’s going to happen. … It’s stuff of religion. They were together, and now it’s like the devil and god. The good and evil representation. Boy, that would be cool. I know it’s fun for Bitsie to play.”
He’s not the only one thrilled for the shift in the show. Bree Turner (Rosalee) says she finds it “incredibly Shakespearean” the way the show is turning the once happy, normal-ish couple into “mortal enemies,” and Sasha Roiz (Renard) — the only person who currently knows Juliette is a Hexenbiest — already sees her dark powers “starting to spill perhaps into a little bit of character as well.” Silas Weir Mitchell (Monroe) says he appreciates the humanity of the situation.
“Even though she’s a witch or whatever, that stuff is real. Her personality is changing because she’s done stuff that she feels is f***ed up and now she’s got the hangover, and it’s a deep shift. She’s going rogue, and that happens in relationships. People do things for the other person, and then they’re like, ‘What was I doing?'” he says. “I think it’s getting dark.”
In Feb. 13’s episode, Juliette, now an incredibly powerful Hexenbiest because she was made instead of born into her magic, finally faces off against Adalind (Claire Coffee), her long time enemy who originally set her on the path to turning into a witch. Tulloch describes the fight as being “messy” because Juliette doesn’t quite know what to do with her powers.
For her part, Coffee sees Juliette as being “further toward the dark side” than her character. “She’s usurping Adalind as the baddie, it seems like,” she says.
Throughout the next few episodes, various characters will find out Juliette’s Hexenbiest secret, with everyone finally being in the know by episode 17. Since that proves that Juliette turning back into a normal human won’t be an easy fix, it begs the question: Will she eventually want to keep her powers?
“I think at first absolutely not,” Tulloch teases. “She’s scared, it’s unpredictable, she doesn’t know how powerful she is. She’s afraid of inadvertently hurting somebody. She’s not a mean person, and this is definitely unwanted. As to whether or not she eventually grows accustomed to it and embraces it, that’s an answer that will come up later in the series.”
“Grimm” airs Fridays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on NBC. Starting March 20, it will switch time slots to 8 p.m. through the rest of the season.