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TV Goodness Q&A: Bitsie Tulloch, NBC’s Grimm 

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[Warning: spoilers for Grimm season 2]

One of the most satisfying elements of Grimm‘s second season has to be the way Juliette is more fully incorporated into the mythology of the show. During much of season 1, she was supportive of Nick as well as unaware of his newfound supernatural responsibilities. The second Adelind’s cat scratched her, the character instantly became more interesting. And when she woke up from the coma without memories of her significant other — and with a sudden, let’s say, attachment to Renard — an entertaining triangle was born. Take a look at the heat Juliette and the mysterious captain have been generating as of late:

And while we haven’t decided whether we’re Team Nick or Team Renard just yet, we’re excited to see what’s going on with Juliette in tonight’s Grimm fall finale. We recently took part in a press call with Bitsie Tulloch, who plays the good vet. It’s clear she’s enjoying the juicy story she’s been given to play. Plus, she talks about the enviable position her character is in — the one that puts her smack dab in the middle of a love conundrum. Some of what we learned:

It’s challenging but fun to play Juliette in season 2

BITSIE TULLOCH: It’s been hard. It’s certainly a harder storyline than what I had last season. For her to wake up and just to play it as if I was just meeting this guy for the very first time was interesting to just sort of – all of the things that you use as an actor to find chemistry and everything, you sort of have to subdue all of that so that you’re coming to it with a blank slate because her mind is kind of blank right now with regards to Nick.

She feels there is hope for Juliette and Nick

TULLOCH: As far as a relationship with Nick, the reality is, there is a spark there. There is – even with the memory loss – it’d be great if she could remember him. I don’t know if that’s going to happen or not. But there’s definitely a spark there. You saw they were having date night that one night when they started dancing and then unfortunately she flashed to Captain Renard and kind of psyched herself out. But there was something there. There’s still a reason they fell in love in the first place. So it’s definitely been more fun for me, everything that’s going on this season and, obviously, getting to make out with two sexy guys as opposed to just one is never a bad thing.

So far, fans are largely Team Nick

TULLOCH: I would say 75% are Team Nick, maybe 70% Team Nick, 25% Team Renard and then I’m having a lot of Team Monroes [Silas Weir Mitchell] thrown in there. So that was kind of interesting. And then I was shooting last week with Bree [Turner, Rosalee] and I was like screw the boys. There should be a Team Rosalette. She was like, ‘Yeah!’

Bitsie wants Juliette to get her memories back

TULLOCH: I think it would be pretty cool [if] eventually I get my memory back and then I sort of, you know, what’s my reaction [to learning Nick was a Grimm] going to be like this time? Is it going to be the same as it was the night in the rain when he told me and I just thought he was crazy? Or having gone through everything I’ve gone through this season with being under the spell and everything like that — is that going to make me open minded? So, I think, at a certain point, I think it would definitely be nice for Juliette to get the memories back. It’s certainly been a lot more emotional for my character this season especially in a couple of episodes coming up. There was one episode where all I was doing the entire episode was crying which sounds like it wouldn’t be that much fun but as an actress it was fun to sort of really be able to delve into such deep emotions.

She loves working with Sasha Roiz [Captain Renard]

TULLOCH: When we read that we were going to be love interests, he and I were dying because we’re like best friends. And so we were just laughing so hard like…this is going to be kind of weird because we’re so close. And it was definitely a lot of giggling and sort of this is strange — the first time we had to do a kissing scene. But there was a scene in episode 213 so that will be the first one that comes back in the New Year, whenever that is…that involves him that’s amazing.

While Tulloch wouldn’t reveal whether Roiz or David Giuntoli was the better kisser, she did give us a heads up that tonight’s fall finale would end in cliffhanger fashion.

A Synopsis of “Season of the Hexenbiest”: ADALIND RETURNS TO PORTLAND WITH VENGENCE AS HER TOP PRIORITY AND NO ONE IS SAFE – Adalind (Claire Coffee) returns to wreak havoc in everyone’s lives and avenge her mother’s brutal death. She has her eyes set on Nick (David Giuntoli) and those closest to him – especially Hank (Russell Hornsby) and Juliette (Bitsie Tulloch). Elsewhere, Captain Renard’s (Sasha Roiz) obsession continues to escalate. Meanwhile, a surprise visit at the spice shop gives Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell) more than he ever bargained for. Reggie Lee also stars.

Some questions to think about for tonight’s episode:
-How is Monroe going to react to Juliette and Renard at the spice shop?
-How bad is it going to get for Hank now that Adalind is on the warpath?
-Will Nick learn about Juliette’s feelings for Renard?
-Speaking of Renard, will his half-brother [played by James Frain] be part of the action?

The fall finale of Grimm airs at 9/8c on NBC.

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