Exclusive: Bree Turner Talks “Dark, Serious Turn” for ‘Grimm’

Bree Turner’s role as Rosalee Calvert was initially set for a couple of episodes, but thankfully Rosalee has been an integral member of Grimm’s diverse and unpredictable universe.

One of the main focuses of this season has been the loss of Nick’s (David Giuntoli) powers, but Turner also hinted at darker elements that may affect the marriage between Rosalee and Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell).

During the interview, Turner also gave a preview tonight’s episode, “Cry Luison,” which features a pretty dapper Wesen. Grimm airs Fridays on NBC at 9 pm et/pt.

How have the fans reacted to Nick losing his powers?

I think the fans are ready for him to get his powers back – for sure. Grimm Nick (David Giuntoli) is a badass Nick. I think it’s been a really cool twist to start off the season in a more internal drama fashion. Rather than last year’s zombies craziness – it’s been more of a slow burn. It felt very appropriate for season four.

But tonight’s episode kicks off the old school Grimm energy and from tonight on, each week it gets more and more intense and dramatic. And serious.

We are getting back to dark, serious, season one Grimm which I think fans will be really excited about.

On your Twitter handle (@RealBreeTurner), you mentioned how much you love tonight’s episode.

Yes. We sink back into what Grimm’s really good at, which is getting the gang together (laughs) and Monroe’s out in the field tonight with the boys. I’m more in the spice shop doing what I do best and the Wesen tonight is a very smooth, sophisticated Wesen. Most of (them) are pretty aggressive and pretty gnarly (but) tonight’s Wesen has a smooth element. It’s more of a GQ Wesen tonight.

GRIMM -- "Cry Luison" Pictured: Mark Bloom as The Wolf -- (Photo by: Scott Green/NBC)
GRIMM — “Cry Luison” Pictured: Mark Bloom as The Wolf — (Photo by: Scott Green/NBC)

Are you excited to see where Rosalee and Monroe are headed with their relationship?

Oh yeah. Tonight’s episode 5 and we’re in the middle of shooting episode 12 – so we’re quite a bit ahead. Where Rosalee and Monroe’s (Silas Weir Mitchell) storyline is going – (it’s) predominantly focused on (the events surrounding) the Wolfsangel brick through our window and those two men in masks from last week. That storyline gets so crazy and so scary.

It’s some of the most satisfying character stuff we’ve been able to do on the whole series. I’m really excited to get in all that.

Four seasons in, it’s great to know that Grimm is still going in unexpected and surprising directions creatively and thematically.

I’ve never done a fantasy show like this before, and what’s so fun about it is we get our scripts very close to when we shoot them. So I don’t know what’s happening (for Rosalee). It’s like real life – I get the script and “oh, this is happening” or “oh, I hadn’t realized that had happened in my past!”

I think we’re able to get away with a lot of social commentary on our show without being heavy handed. The issues between Rosalee and Monroe, having it be an inter-species marriage – that can touch upon interracial marriages, inter-belief marriages. We can really talk about things without actually having to talk about them which is cool. You can really get away with a lot.

GRIMM -- Season: 4 -- Pictured: Bree Turner as Rosalee Calvert -- (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC)
GRIMM — Season: 4 — Pictured: Bree Turner as Rosalee Calvert — (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC)

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