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GRIMM Scoop: Reggie Lee Talks Sergeant Wu’s Big Case and If It Opens His Eyes To The Wesen World

In * By Tiffany Vogt, * Interviews, * TV Addict, Grimm on March 7, 2014 at 11:50 am

 

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In the new episode “Mommy Dearest,” the entire world of Sergeant Wu has a bit of cataclysmic shift when he comes face to face with a creature from his own nightmares. It  remains to be seen if that completely opens Wu’s eyes to the entirety of the Wesen world and if he becomes entrenched even further with GRIMM’s resident “Scooby Gang.”

So in a recent press conference call, co-star Reggie Lee talked about how this encounter may change Wu’s perspective on the supernatural side of life.

Up until this episode Wu hasn’t known about Wesen. How important do you think it is to the story that there’s someone who is constantly ignorant of that fact?
REGGIE:  It’s a constant back and forth.  I think for the creators and me and for the audience, I think that it’s important that there’s some kind of a balance, and because of that I think they’ve strung it along up to this point because of that particular reason. And who knows what they’ll do from here on out? And who knows what will happen?  But if everyone knew, I think it would be less of an effect, right? If there was no one that was like, “Huh?” the balance wouldn’t be there. I think that’s really important for the show. That being said, you had shows like BUFFY where everyone kind of knew, and everyone was in the fray and doing their thing. So for the creators, I think they’re kind of weighing the options in terms of that and seeing what would be best. But I think from the audience point of view, it’s kind of interesting to have some kind of balance in the show where someone doesn’t know and some people know. It needs that because if everyone knew it would just be all about solving the crimes versus, “Oh, God, we’ve got to keep this secret from some people and not tell them.” So with this episode you’ll see what happens.

For this week’s episode, the creature is based on something that Wu’s grandmother has told him.  How real does that make it to him and is it really based on a real Filipino myth?
REGGIE: The creators are so wonderfully collaborative. They actually came to me and said, “Do you know any Filipino folklore?” I said, “Yes. We have actually quite a bit.” So I gave them a list and it included the Aswang, which is probably the most popular one in Filipino folklore. It was always told amidst relatives and it’s believed in. As a matter of fact, it’s very big in the Philippines. So it’s very real.  As to what Wu saw and how real that is for him, I mean as a kid you’re growing up thinking that this stuff is real. And of course, like anything, it’s like Santa Claus, right? At some certain point you’re like, “Oh, no, whatever,” and “that’s not real.”  But then speaking as Wu, I think what he saw seemed pretty real to him. So he’s got to figure that out for himself.

Do you have a favorite other Filipino legend that you’d like to see them bring to GRIMM?
REGGIE:  Yes. But there is there’s so many. There’s one popular one called the Manananggal, which is also an Aswang, which is kind of a person that separates in half that goes flying around. So that’s the other really popular one. I would love that and there’s also one called the White Lady, which is akin to La Lorona, the Mexican folklore that we did, which is really freaky that we’ve all grown up with. So maybe they could do a version of that. Because I think they really enjoyed doing this one. Hopefully we’ll have another one sometime.

If you had found out your character was a Wesen, what kind of creature would you want to be?
REGGIE:  A weasel. I’ve always said that. I’ve said I wanted to be a weasel. It’s interesting because the Grimm writers were like, “I think Wu might be a marsupial.” But, no, I’d be a weasel. (Laughs)

This season you guys really have taken it up a notch. How does it feel for you when you get your scripts? Do you feel like they’re ahead of what you were last year?
REGGIE: Definitely. At the beginning of this season, I think they might have given us like five scripts before we even started shooting one. So they were way, way ahead, which makes it joyous for the rest of us because you can do your homework. You can do your preparation for all this stuff. Especially David and Russell, who work every single day. I think it was really great for them to have that jump on it. The great thing is too, I think what they’ve decided this year to go international.  I think that that’s the key. They’re really scoping out all the folklore in different parts of the world, which is really great for me. I mean how often really do you get a Filipino storyline in a show? Not very often. I can’t think of any. So how great for them to really focus on that? And I’ll tell you what, the Filipinos are excited. They’re excited about it. So it was really a joy for me to be the one to break that kind of news to them and go, “Listen, GRIMM’s doing a Filipino episode.” And just everyone’s excited. So they’re real conscientious about that and they’re going out and scoping out the entire world.  We’ve got so many fans that love this show all over the world, I think once it hits their country and their folklore, I’m sure they look forward to that. And I’m sure that the closer to them it gets, the more they can relate. So I’m hoping that we do that even more, and I think they will.

Now we’re obviously getting to see more focus on Wu and it looks as though there’s got to be more of an arc. What about the future? Do we have any idea if there’s going to continuing in the future?
REGGIE:  Wu’s definitely a sharp guy. He’s a sharp guy and the writers are smart. So there are little hints here and there that are kind of funny scenes that you’ll see. So, yes, this effect on Wu lingers. It’ll linger for quite a bit. And it’ll probably linger through the rest of the season.  But he’s a sharp guy, so there are some real wonderful moments here and there as we go through the season that he’s like, “Hmmm. Hmmm. What are you doing here? Why are you spending so much time with this person? I have no idea why, but there’s something here.” So I just laugh at those moments in the script because I’m like, “Wow, for those that follow the show on a very close basis it’s going to be a treat.” It’s a treat to see these little moments that Wu has through the season. So, yes, there will be more things.

Is there anything maybe coming up for Wu, like a romantic interest or anything like that? And would you want that for him?
REGGIE: Of course I want that for him. That’s something people always ask me about l what I’d love to do in the future, and that’s actually on my bucket list of things that I want to have in my career: a love interest in one way or another. I think that you may see it. I think again, we all have our lanes on the show. There’s a certain lane that we’re in and I think there needs to be a balance on the show of couples and people that are not coupled – just like a balance of people that know and people that don’t know about Nick.  So how they keep that balance, I don’t know.  How they want to keep that balance, I don’t know. I know they’ve said, “We like that he’s a single guy. We like that.” So there may be that, but it’s inevitable for the future that something like that will happen. So we’re hoping for it, but they do like that balance. But it’s something that I want. So depending on if they want to tip the scales, they will. And they’re not afraid to.

Can you just talk about when Wu does find out that there’s this secret world of Wesen, how do you think that that will affect him, change him, as a character?
REGGIE: I think that the way it will affect him initially because it’s something that he had heard of before.  So it’s very different from anyone else’s reaction because I think it’s certainly things that they hadn’t heard about before, but they’re seeing. It’s so incredibly realistic in the Philippines. I mean it’s an island country so people get really, really entrenched in these stories and believe them. So in the outcome that it has on Wu, I think it’ll linger quite a bit before he starts to kind of not want or want to figure it out for himself. But the effect of it will be humongous for Wu. I think that’s going to have to subside before he will decide one way or the other. And you’ll be surprised at which person in the cast sways me to one way or the other because it’s not one that you’d expect. And that’s to come.

It sounds like everything is going to change with this royal baby coming up soon. How is that going to change the entire sort of landscape of GRIMM?
REGGIE:  It’s going to be complete chaos. It’s been forthcoming this entire season and people have been expecting it. So I think it’s interesting because it’s such a part of a world that I’m not privy to, but privy to only in that I read. I read them in my scripts.  But the things that I’ve read have really been fantastic in terms of the way this baby is used to sway emotion in so many different people. And it’ll hit probably almost every single cast member, this baby.

If you could play any other character on the show other than the sergeant who would you like to be?
REGGIE: Definitely Adalind. No, I’m just kidding. No, I’m not kidding. It’s fun. I mean I love playing that aspect of any person because I really don’t ever think that there’s a bad, bad person. I think that I’d want to be Adalind. Let’s not kid about that. But I think that there’s a great deal to be said about the way the writers have really [written all the characters]. There’s a gray area to everyone’s character on the show. There is good and there’s bad. It’s really moral ambiguity, which gives the show its life because that’s like in real life.  You question, “Am I being good? Am I being bad? What am I doing? What am I trying to do? I’m trying to be a good person.” And I think everyone has that. But, boy, I think Adalind has a lot of fun. I’d like to step into those shoes.

What were perhaps some of the initial acting challenges you found stepping into the Sergeant Wu character? How have you seen your character grow and develop since the beginning?
REGGIE: I think the hardest part was there wasn’t a lot.  I think that was the most difficult part because I think the more you’ve got on the page, the more you can build. So when there wasn’t a lot, I needed them to give me some kind of spark. Even before I started to do any kind of homework on this particular character, I needed them to give me where he’s come from. Even that was very kind of there are three bullet points; he’s been a cop for this many years, he’s good at his job, all this stuff. But where I really started to develop him was a line in the pilot where Nick just bumps into Wu because he’s staring at a creature that’s morphing. Nick bumps into Wu and I go, “I guess I should have worn my airbags today.” And from then on I was like, “This is a sarcastic dude. He’s sarcastic and sardonic.” So I built from there. I actually researched sarcasm and I went, “Okay, psychologically where does that come from”? And people that are the most sarcastic, it comes from an insecurity. I don’t know if you knew that or not. But it comes from insecurity. So I started to work on: “Why am I insecure?  Why do I do my job so well? Am I afraid? Am I wanting to be good because there’s that Asian factor?”  Like you’ve got to be perfect at what you do. Perfect, perfect, perfect, whatever it is. You’ve got to be beyond perfect. So I started to work with that and it started to get more exciting. So as they built upon it, and I think this next episode has given me the most as you’ve seen in his background. But even the stuff where Wu went through eating couch cushions, that gave me a lot of insight into who he is. Figuring out in second season that he was really good at video games, seeing his apartment and  what was in it gave me a lot of clues and I got so excited. I can talk to you about this forever by the way. Because it excites me. This is what is exciting to me about this.  But from the get-go there wasn’t a lot on the page so I really had to build. It almost became like a real collaboration that way because the way my performance would be from that build, then the writers would look at that performance and take from it and build even more. So Wu became just more comfortable with the sarcasm. They could write more one-liners. They could see what kind of character he was becoming, which posed a difficulty for me in this particular episode that you see coming up, because there are so many colors of Wu that I hadn’t touched base on. Like the vulnerability and the being out of control. Those were really new territory for me. For that to be so evident and for me to show it to other characters, I don’t show that. Normally. I don’t show vulnerability nor do I show that I’m out of control. So for me to experience all that was like candy. And I love candy. So that was like candy when I saw this episode. It was great.

To see how wonderfully Wu handles dealing with his own Wesen case and perhaps not realizing it, be sure to tune of for an all new episode of GRIMM on Friday, March 7th at 9:00 p.m. on NBC.

 

GRIMM Preview: Star David Giuntoli and EP’s David Greenwalt and Jim Kouf Tease Season 3

In * Contributor article, * Interviews, * TV Addict, Grimm on October 25, 2013 at 12:00 pm


(Article by: Sarah Stephens)

NBC’s fairy-tale homicide cop drama GRIMM comes back on Friday, Oct 25th at 9pm for the third season. The crew at NBC threw a little Halloween bash to preview a new episode of season three and TheTVAddict.com got to attend. Sitting down with the number one Grimm David Giuntoli and executive producers David Greenwalt and Jim Kouf, we got a little taste of what to expect in season three. They teased on some fun new Wesen and what changes we’ll see from Nick, Monroe, Juliette this year, not to mention the Royals. We don’t want to get too spoiler-y, so let’s just dive into the highlights. In fact, if you don’t want to be spoiled for season 3, best stop here.

Nick will be going through some changes due to what he went through last season. Green goo in your face will do that to you. Expect to see him be a more formidable Grimm, which will have good and bad results throughout the season. His relationship with Capt. Renard may get icy due to trust problems, but there are bigger issues to come. Cpt. Rendard, part Royal, part Wesen, will be playing sides to get what he wants and may have an ace in his pocket when it comes to Nick very early on in the season.

Monroe and Rosalee are making steps forward! But can two different Wesen breeds have a good relationship or even…mate? That will get interesting. Stay tuned to find out if we’ll hear wedding bells later on this season.

There are new Wesen, new mythology and bigger baddies on the horizon. Executive producer David Greenwalt and David Giuntoli teased about sexy but dangerous mermaids, exorcisms, new creatures from Latin and Filipino folklore and a Christmas episode “for the ages.”

What about the Royals trying to get their hands on a Grimm, especially Prince Eric? It’s a little telling now that actor James Frain is moving over for multiple episodes on SLEEPY HOLLOW. David Greenwalt and Jim Kouf teased about more royals and a new recurring role for Alexis Denisof (ANGEL), reigning over Europe. Time will tell if we’ll see him in Portland.

How about Monroe, Nick and their unlikely friendship? The producers tease about some issues to come and a real look at whether Nick and Monroe are true friends. Could Nick just be using Monroe or is their friendship real? In the first few action-packed episodes, we’ll see some battles between the two. A couple of which David Giuntoli teased he was glad he had a stunt double to go up against Silas Weir Mitchell.

Don’t look for Nick’s core in-the-know team to expand anytime soon. But the producers did tease a tumultuous episode for Sgt. Woo and some people coming to town ready to upset the order.

Will the Royals get their hands on a Grimm? The producers wouldn’t say but they did give us a hint that whoever controls a Grimm has a lot of power. The search for the keys, tying back to when the Grimms once served the royals, will continue throughout the season.

David Greenwalt and Jim Kouf gave a quick sum-up of what to expect from season three: No one is who they appear to be, relationships will be changing and they’re expanding out of Portland to look at bigger, worldwide problems in this fairytale world. Season three is about acceptance for Nick and more changes to come. But overall, expect it to be fun, evolving, different and full of spooky surprises.

Sarah Stephens’ first and longest running TV addiction is with Days of Our Lives, starting at the age of four. Now a grown-up entertainment and pop culture addict, Sarah lives in Los Angeles where she watches too much TV, chases after all things Disney and writes. Follow her on Twitter @SnowWhite22.

Where also to find this article:

http://www.thetvaddict.com/2013/10/25/grimm-preview-star-david-giuntoli-and-ep%E2%80%99s-david-greenwalt-and-jim-kouf-tease-season-3/

GRIMM: Star Bitsie Tulloch Gives the Inside Scoop on Season 3 and Previews Her Film “Parkland”

In * By Tiffany Vogt, * Interviews, * TV Addict, Grimm on October 4, 2013 at 12:05 pm
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In the NBC dark fairytale series GRIMM, there are creatures which seemed to have stepped right out of one of your nightmares.  But not all creatures are to be feared.  Known as wesen, some are good and some are evil, just like their human counterparts.  Having just found out about the wesen world, Nick Burkhardt (David Giuntoli) also found out that he is a descendent of a special lineage known as Grimms.  In the first couple of seasons of GRIMM, Nick’s fiancé Juliette was living blissfully unaware of the wesen world and the particular new duties of her fiancé outside of his detective work.  But finally as the end of Season 2, Nick revealed his secret life and this other supernatural world to Juliette.  Unfortunately, just as Juliette was beginning to take it all in stride and get used to the idea of living with wesen all around, up came a zombie apocalypse.

The Season 2 finale left our hero Nick entrapped and exposed to the zombie venom, with Juliette and their friends Monroe and Rosalee left to fend for themselves against the encroaching zombie mob.  In an exclusive interview, co-star Bitsie Tulloch talked about what obstacles our heroes face in Season 3 and where the Nick/Juliette romance is headed in the midst of all these huge revelations.  Bitsie also talked briefly about her new film “Parkland” which debuts in theaters on Friday, October 4th.

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“Grimm”

Where does GRIMM return in Season 3? Where’s Juliette at?
BITSIE:  The show picks up exactly where it left off in the Season 2 finale.  In the penultimate episode of Season 2 Juliette found out — well, by that point Nick had been trying to tell her what was going on but it was not until Monroe and Rosalee morphed for her that it was a “seeing is believing” kind of situation for her. Once she saw that she realized (a) she wasn’t crazy and (b) Nick wasn’t crazy.  So she kind of got thrown into the fire right away as far as joining the Scooby Squad or Grimm Gang, or whatever you want to call it.  They all have to join together ’cause not only is Nick in danger of dying and being a zombie, but their lives are in danger because there is a zombie invasion.  Monroe, Rosalee and Juliette get separated from Nick, so it’s kind of the three of them against a zombie army.  So for Juliette, she’s getting thrown into this right away; whereas Monroe and Rosalee obviously have a little bit more experience with this kind of thing.   But they really all have to have each other’s backs and everybody needs to work together to save Nick and to save themselves.  So for the first couple of episodes coming back, we’ll be focused on the zombie storyline.

With everyone in peril, have you been pushing the writers about Juliette acquiring some fight skills, particularly if she’s going up against a zombie horde?
BITSIE:  There have been a couple allusions to Juliette being tougher than she seems throughout Season 1 and Season 2. In “Game Over” in Season 1, she runs into the house as Nick was being attacked by the ogre and her survival instincts kicked in immediately and she grabbed a pot of boiling water and threw it at him.  Then in the episode where Nick and Juliette go away for that romantic weekend, and it was made clear in the episode before that Juliette is pretty handy with a gun and then she runs out into the forest and scares the bad guys by shooting.  So she’s kind of a tough cookie.  She has been very patient and understanding with Nick this far, but she’s stronger than she looks and she definitely has a lot to add. She has this science background.  She’s actually a doctor. So I always say, it’s like Rosalee is a wesen doctor with potions, but Juliette really has the science and chemistry background to back it up.  It’s fun going forward as everybody brings certain skills to the table and having them work together.

Is it going to be Juliette saving Nick this time around once they find him?
BITSIE:  Everybody is joining together to save Nick and everybody contributes to trying to work it out.  That’s what I think is so appealing about it. In order to form the solution, everybody needs to add their piece to the puzzle.

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“Grimm”

What will things be like between Juliette and Nick once he has been found?
BITSIE:  At this point, they are actually going to be able to move forward.  David and I have been having a blast shooting Season 3 because their relationship just totally changes.  He has been having to hide this from her for two seasons and it just completely changed everything.  They are now actually able to talk about this and its strengthening their relationship and their bond.  It’s also just such a relief for him that he doesn’t have to keep things from her and it’s a relief for her that she doesn’t think she’s crazy anymore — ’cause there was a point where she totally thought she was losing her mind and feeling very vulnerable.  And now she’s getting that confidence and power back. It’s going to be nice for them to go through this together as a team, as opposed to what happened in the past.

At this point has Juliette fully embraced the wesen world and decided to be a part of it?
BITSIE: She has and she hasn’t.  For the most part, she’s so relieved to have her man back that she’s down to do whatever it takes to be included and to be a part of it. But at the same time, I’m sure there will be obstacles moving forward.  She’s the only character that’s not either a cop or detective or wesen.  So she’s sort of the human and she’s going to make mistakes.  This is all totally new to her and it’s more unfathomable for her than it is to Rosalee or Monroe.  There was a scene last season when the tow truck driver is in the spice shop and she says, “What kind of wesen are you?”  She was almost overly excited. That was obviously purposeful on the writers’ part to set up the fact that there would be some obstacles about Juliette not quite knowing what she can and cannot say and when.

One of the things kind of abruptly dropped last season, was the sticky relationship between Captain Renard and Juliette as their were under the spell.  Will there be upcoming any scenes where there might be some awkwardness between them, or is that simply never addressed again?
BITSIE:  I would say: never say never. For now the primary focus is on Nick and Juliette’s relationship and the two of them going through this together.  That said, Sasha and I have sort of chosen to every so often in a scene where we’re together, there’s a subtle acknowledgement of some weirdness between them because of what happened.  But overall, the scenes where the Captain and Juliette are together, there’s a lot more going on that is more important than any awkwardness.

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“Grimm”

What would you say is the biggest issue or theme that they all have to deal with and face in Season 3?
BITSIE:  The wesen just getting more bigger and badder.  Nick is growing and getting stronger and smarter about them, but now there’s more and more. There’s the royal families and they are all figuring out Nick as well.  So it’s like everybody’s getting a little bit smarter together. They have done an amazing job delving in deeper into the mythology and addressing more about how threatening the royal families are.  I think the fans are really going to like that.  The first couple episodes back in particular are so grand in scope.  There’s a ton of stunt doubles and background extras. It feels like a small movie.  Norberto Barba, our director, did an amazing job. I really can’t wait for our fans to see it. I think they are really going to love it.

We’ve heard that Alexis Denisof is joining the show this season as a cousin of Captain Renard.  Is he going to make an appearance right away?
BITSIE:  He has something to do with the seven royal families, but he’s not in it right off the bat. He’s going to play a major recurring role, but we’ll be a few episodes in before he shows up.

And what about Adalind (Claire Coffee)?  She’s been hanging out there long enough. She’s about due to come back to Portland.
BITSIE:  I don’t know what I can say about her that I’m allowed to say.  She’s integral to the story as well as only a hexenbiest can be.

Then what’s up with Sgt. Wu (Reggie Lee)?  We’ve heard he’s going to come face to face with a wesen.  Is that going to rock his world and he’ll be joining the Scooby Squad, or will that just be a one time incident?
BITSIE:  (Laughs)  I’m not sure.  I haven’t read that episode yet.  But I can share that there’s a special Christmas episode which is called “The Twelve Days of Krampus.”  It’s so awesome!  We just started filming it and it is such a twisted take on Christmas.  It’s one of the scariest episodes we’ve done.

With your new film “Parkland” coming out on October 4th, maybe you could talk about what drew you to the film and the role of Marilyn Sitzman?
BITSIE:  The script was phenomenal. So that was why I was drawn to the project in the first place.  It was Peter Landesman’s first feature film, who is a novelist and journalist. The script was one of the best scripts I had pretty much ever read.  It was really beautifully written.  It’s just interesting because its a movie about the JFK assassination.  It’s not really about JFK or Jackie or Lee Harvey Oswald.  It’s about all the secondary characters that were so important in their involvement as unwilling, inadvertent participants who happen to be at the wrong place at the wrong time.  I play Marilyn Sitzman who was Abraham Zapruder’s secretary and she was super important because he had shown up to work that day without his videocamera and she made him go back and get it, and if she hadn’t done that, he wouldn’t have gotten that insane footage of the actual kill-shot.  It’s interesting to me that it is so much focused about the secondary characters and how their lives totally changed in that split-second. It is obviously a historically important moment, all over the world it was a tense moment for everybody, but for the doctors at Parkland Memorial Hospital being tasked with saving the President and for Zapruder and Marilyn who were 20 yards away from JFK when he was shot. Then there was Robert Oswald, who was Lee Harvey Oswald’s brother. It was just all these people who ended up being so tragically involved in this story.  I saw the film at the Toronto Film Festival and Peter just did a great job making a movie about a story where you know the outcome — JFK dies — but the movie is still very gripping.  The way it was shot, edited and written, it still instills some hope that JFK’s going to pull through. So there’s a moment in the theater where you’re like, “Why am I — of course he’s not going to pull through.”  I thought that was pretty impressive feat for Peter, as a director, to do a movie about the assassination where you’re sitting there watching the President dying on the operating table and still hoping he’ll pull through.

There was also quite an amazing cast on this project. What was it like working with them on the film?
BITSIE:  Amazing! I was so nervous when I was flying to Texas to shoot it, especially since I worked with Paul Giamatti and Billy Bob Thornton exclusively, because there’s three separate storylines. The cast is amazing.  There’s Jacki Weaver, Marsha Gay Harden, Jackie Earle Haley. I was super intimidated about work with Paul Giamatti. I think he’s such a tremendous actor, and the same for Billy Bob Thornton.  The good thing about it is that once you’re in the scene and in the character, all of that stuff goes away.  You’re not really you anymore.  So the nerves went away pretty quickly.  And they’re awesome.  Paul and I remained friends.  We were hanging out in Toronto.  He’s so humble and so incredibly talented.  It was an amazing experience.

Make a point of checking out “Parkland” in theaters near you and do not forget to tune in for the Season 3 premiere of GRIMM on Friday, October 25th at 9:00 p.m. on NBC.  Just in time for Halloween, the zombie apocalypse cometh!

Where to find this article:

http://www.thetvaddict.com/2013/10/04/grimm-preview-star-bitsie-tulloch-gives-the-inside-scoop-on-season-3-and-previews-her-film-parkland/

"Parkland"

“Parkland”

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