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

Dec. 13, 2013 | 3:08 p.m.

“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, which is the Christmas episode, is definitely one of everyone’s favorites. You’d think that it being Christmas they’d lean towards being kind of benign, but it’s actually very dark with a very, very twisted Santa. I love it.

HC: Juliette’s relationship is finally in full bloom. How do they complement each other?

BT: One of the things I’ve always liked about their relationship… is that there’s obviously a deep foundation of love between them. It wasn’t a case where you see in a lot of dramas where the characters are breaking up and getting back together. It was firmly established that they’ve been together and she’s been through a lot with him. One of the things that she can bring to the table besides the fact that she’s a veterinarian and a doctor with a chemistry background is that she has known him longer than anybody else. So it’s great for me getting to work with David and actually talk about cases. For two seasons they’ve been tiptoeing around each other and hiding things, so it’s been exciting how the dynamic has shifted and it’s the first time that they’ve been able to be a team.

HC: With her taking a more active role in what Nick is battling, she’ll be in more danger. Was that something you welcomed?

BT: I definitely welcomed it. It’s been a nice change of pace for me. There will be more danger, but I sort of liken it to being a sort of benign, lesser version of what Nick went through in the first season. He didn’t know anything and was just kind of thrown into the fire, and it’s the same thing with her. The first time she was thrown into the fire was basically a zombie invasion, and it doesn’t get much worse than that. So, the reality is that she’s going to help out when and where she can with her medical background and her general knowledge of science. Probably what’s going to happen is that Nick’s going to end up training her kind of like how he sort of trained with Monroe in Season 1 so that she can protect herself. She knows what the risks are in dating a Grimm, but she needs to learn to be a bad-ass…. There’s a two-parter airing in early January where my character really gets in on the action and has to come to a friend’s rescue — that’s always really fun for me.

In "Grimm,: Julliette (Bitsie Tulloch) is enjoying the holidays. (NBC)

In “Grimm,” Juliette (Bitsie Tulloch) is enjoying the holidays. (NBC)

HC: Always interested to hear what the cast does during your time off while in Portland shooting the show...

BT: Being on location, we’re really tight. If “Grimm” had been shooting in L.A., we wouldn’t be as close as we are. We all live [in Portland] in the same neighborhood and we hang out constantly. Claire Coffee just got engaged and we’re doing a girls’ night out with her and Bree [Turner] and some other people. [Friday] night we’re going to a producer’s house to watch the shows and live tweet…. The cast is throwing the crew a Christmas party …  These people have become my close friends, and Portland’s great.

HC: What should fans expect to see in the second half of the season?

BT: Expect to see more stuff with the Scooby Squad. Not only is Nick having more help, but he’s getting help as the Wesen are getting bigger and badder. You’re also going to watch their relationship change a little bit as they try to figure out ways to help each other. I also know that Monroe and Rosalee will be getting married, which will be exciting, and there’ll be fighting between their families since she’s a Fuchsbau and he’s a Blutbad. And, it’s still kind of up in the air, but everyone wants to know when Wu (Reggie Lee) will find out everything since at this point he’s the only one who doesn’t know.

– Jevon Phillips| @LATHeroComplex

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