Feb. 06, 2015 | 3:33 p.m.

‘Grimm’: Sasha Roiz on complex characters and charity

Captain Jean Renard of “Grimm,” played by Sasha Roiz, is easily the most mysterious character on the NBC show. A royal heir, a Wesen (half-Zauberbiest) and a police captain, he, like the show’s hero Det. Nick Burkhardt (David Guintoli), has his feet planted firmly in both worlds. The same can be said for Roiz. The actor, a Canada native, has, like many of the cast, adapted to life in Portland, Ore., where the series films about nine months out of the year. He’s devoted a lot of his time recently to helping with a charity called the Grimmster Fund for a local children’s hospital. The endowment, which assists families in financial need, is holding a gala (sold out) and an auction that features authentic drawings and props used in the show, and even includes a limited amount of “Grimm” shoes made […]
Jan. 02, 2015 | 2:09 p.m.

‘Grimm’: Reggie Lee’s Wu struggles with the truth about Wesen

“Grimm” fans know that for Reggie Lee’s character Sgt. Wu, 2014 was a difficult year. Drew Wu now understands the supernatural nature of “Grimm’s” Portland, Ore., but the consequences of knowing the truth have been fairly grave. A face-to-face encounter with a childhood boogeyman called an Aswang prompted him to commit himself to a mental health clinic, and although his friends and fellow law enforcement officers, Dets. Nick Burkhardt (David Giuntoli) and Hank Griffin (Russell Hornsby), confirmed to Wu that the Wesen world and, the sergeant’s personal demon, are, in fact, quite real, the information provided little comfort. With the NBC series set to return Jan. 16, Hero Complex chatted with Lee — whose character has the unusual honor of having a doughnut named him at a Portland bakery — to learn more about how the actor is coping with […]
Nov. 14, 2014 | 12:14 p.m.

‘Grimm’: Claire Coffee talks Adalind’s emotional roller coaster

Claire Coffee’s Adalind Schade is the most cheered-yet-jeered character on NBC’s supernatural procedural, “Grimm.” The Northern California native has settled into her role as the show’s perpetually mischievous Wesen creature, but her journey to this point has been a rocky one. Hero Complex recently caught up with the actress in a side hallway on the set of “Grimm” in Portland, Ore. The small enclosure had been dressed to look like a bedroom in a medieval castle, and despite the dreary surroundings, Coffee strolled around happily, chatting with cast and crew members at craft services and laughing at longstanding inside jokes from three years of working together. Coffee’s easy smile makes it all the more vexing that her on-screen character is vindictive and, as executive producer Jim Kouf says, “puts a face to the monstrous behavior within human beings.” In real life, Coffee loves […]
July 27, 2014 | 2:39 a.m.

Comic-Con 2014: ‘Grimm’ panel focuses on weddings, honeymoons, more mystery

“Grimm” might not be the highest-profile supernatural series, but the show’s cast and creators were treated like royalty during a Ballroom 20 panel presentation at Comic-Con International on Saturday. Producers Jim Kouf and David Greenwalt, director Norberto Barba and cast members Reggie Lee, Bitsie Tulloch, Sasha Roiz, Russell Hornsby, Claire Coffee, Bree Turner, Silas Weir Mitchell and David Giuntoli were on hand to discuss the series’ fourth season, which concluded with Turner’s Rosalee and Weir Mitchell’s Monroe, two different kinds of Wesen creatures, tying the knot, and Giuntoli’s Nick Burkhardt losing his powers. At the outset, audience members were treated to a video of the show’s characters offering their congratulations, or just reactions, to Monroe’s and Rosalee’s wedding, hilariously in some cases. But most of the presentation involved a lively discussion of the series’ evolving narrative, moderated by The Times’ […]
May 16, 2014 | 3:34 p.m.

‘Grimm’: Russell Hornsby talks monster finale, mysterious future

The Season 3 finale of “Grimm” arrives Friday evening with a festive twist — the episode sees Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell) and Rosalee (Bree Turner) wed, and it’s Hank Griffin, played by actor Russell Hornsby, who has the pleasure of giving away the bride. One of the few human characters on the supernatural NBC series, Hornsby’s Griffin is called up to lend a grounded perspective to the often outrageous adventures. He’s faced monsters and kept his sanity (unlike fellow human Sgt. Wu, played by Reggie Lee, who has in the past temporarily tipped into madness), and he understands the true nature of his partner, Portland Det. Nick Burkhardt (David Giuntoli.) In advance of Friday’s episode, Hero Complex caught up with Hornsby to chat about the season finale, Hank’s role in the series’ ongoing narrative and when the detective might find […]
March 06, 2014 | 8:42 p.m.

‘Grimm’ star Reggie Lee on fairy tales, first names and killer doughnuts

As Sgt. Wu on NBC’s “Grimm,” actor Reggie Lee dutifully has helped solve some of Portland’s most bizarre and often gruesome crimes over the last few seasons of the series, and he’s done so without letting on that something serious could be amiss in the Pacific Northwest. With Friday’s episode, titled “Mommy Dearest,” Wu is about to learn some surprising truths as he’s confronted by the notion that a force from his own nightmares could be alive and terrorizing his friends. Another big moment in the upcoming episode? Fans will finally hear the sergeant’s first name. (Check out a clip from the episode above.) Hero Complex recently caught up with Lee to discuss the ways in which his Filipino heritage is referenced in “Mommy Dearest,” his character’s reaction to supernatural sights and his connection to “Grimm” fans. Be warned, though, the […]
Jan. 17, 2014 | 1:55 p.m.

‘Grimm’ video: Rosalee actress Bree Turner teases ‘big step forward’

Rosalee Calvert has become integral to “Grimm’s” main crime-fighting group, helping Det. Nick Burkhardt (David Giuntoli) in his quest to protect the people of Portland, and humankind, against destructive Wesen creatures and more. Though Rosalee is a Wesen, a Fuchsbau to be exact, her knowledge of history and potions already has helped save Nick and the city many times over. Actress Bree Turner has infused Rosalee with a mysterious quality, and added a romantic element to the show in her relationship with Silas Weir Mitchell’s Monroe — but Friday night’s episode clears up a lot of the mystery and puts an obstacle in the way of that relationship. Hero Complex readers can watch an exclusive clip from Friday’s installment above. We also caught up with Turner to get some more insight into Rosalee and the actress’ approach to her role. Hero Complex: What are […]
Dec. 13, 2013 | 3:08 p.m.

‘Grimm’ video: Bitsie Tulloch on the show’s dark Christmas finale

“Grimm” airs its two-part mid-season finale Friday — the back-to-back episodes “Cold-Blooded”/”Twelve Days of Krampus” (the latter centering on the famous German Christmas demon) provide a spirited conclusion to the series’ third season, which has been creatively strong as a core team has taken root around David Giuntoli’s Detective Nick Berkhardt (David Giuntoli). Bitsie Tulloch, who plays Nick’s wife, Juliette, has been heartened by the direction of the show. In the exclusive clip above, she and Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell) prepare to decorate Monroe’s home for his first Christmas with new girlfriend Rosalee (Bree Turner). Hero Complex caught up with the actress to talk in more detail about her screen partnership with Nick and her character’s increasing involvement in the mysteries at hand. HC: What can you tell us about the mid-season finale episodes? BT: It’s a two-parter, which we’ve never done. Krampus, […]
Oct. 03, 2013 | 5:04 p.m.

‘Grimm’, ‘Dracula’ webisodes tease supernatural series

Eisbiber Bud, played by Danny Bruno, on "Grimm." (NBC)
NBC’s new supernatural duo of “Grimm” and “Dracula” doesn’t kick off until Oct. 25, but fans of both can get glimpses of what’s to come with new webisodes that delve into each show’s mythology. Fans of “Grimm” know that Dammerzustand, or zombies, are the newest danger in the Portland-set drama, with last season’s finale showing them overrunning the heroes. The undead invasion is spotlighted in “Grimm: Meltdown.” The series features refrigerator repairman Bud, an Eisbiber (rodent-like creature played by Danny Bruno) who faces off against zombies in his repair shop and has to call for help. It’s something many of the supernatural Wesen creatures are reluctant to do. For “Dracula,” the show itself may not have a following since it hasn’t premiered, but the character, played by Jonathan Rhys Meyers, is, of course, known to fans the world over, bringing […]
July 21, 2013 | 8:19 p.m.

Comic-Con: ‘Grimm’ hints about Season 3. But will Renard be shirtless?

“Grimm,” the other fairy tale show that’s growing fans by the legion, made its way down from Portland, Ore., to San Diego for its full-cast Comic-Con International panel on Saturday and brought along the immortal Dracula just to top it off. Producers David Greenwalt, Jim Kouf, Norberto Barba and Todd Milliner and cast members Claire Coffee, Reggie Lee, Bitsie Tulloch, Sasha Roiz, Russell Horsnby, Bree Turner, Silas Weir Mitchell and David Giuntoli seemed a little overwhelmed by the attention they got in San Diego — dozens of fans had to be turned away from the panel — but grateful for it. Giuntoli got the discussion rolling, hinting that his “Grimm” character Nick Burkhardt will become angrier (which at least means Nick will survive last season’s cliffhanger). “Yeah. It’s very nice to get angry. And there’s going to be a lot […]
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