Grimm’s Bitsie Tulloch on Juliette’s Dark Turn
BY Jennifer Griffin
Published 9 years ago
Now that Juliette’s scary secret is out of the bag, will the truth finally bring a measure of peace to the troubled veterinarian? That’s a definite no, as fans who tuned into last Friday’s episode of Grimm will testify.
“Bad Luck” saw Nick visibly horrified by Juliette’s transformation, repelled by her appearance and jealous that both Henrietta and Renard found out about her Hexenbiest nature before he did.
Nick may still love Juliette (and we’re sure he does), but his Grimm nature, coupled with feelings of shock and betrayal, have served to drive this loving couple apart, a circumstance that actress Bitsie Tulloch tells us will carry repercussions into the season finale.
We hopped on a conference call with Bitsie just before Juliette’s big reveal last Friday to talk about how that crushing reaction will impact Juliette going forward, how it will fuel a drive to the dark side, and if this really means goodbye to that “sweet, loving girlfriend that everybody’s gotten used to for the last few seasons.”
ScreenSpy: What’s next for Juliette now that she’s come clean to Nick?
Bitsie Tulloch: It’s been such a great storyline because there’s such a push-pull with her. A first she really didn’t want it. She just wanted to have her normal life back. But now that she’s learning how to control the Hexenbiest within, she’s realizing just how powerful this makes her.
And, you know, to an extent, as much as she’s been able to contribute to the Scooby squad as a veterinarian and as somebody sort of good with a gun, this is the first time that she has supernatural powers. So it’s really the question of do I want to be normal again, and be with Nick? Or do I want to stay a Hexenbiest because this is kind of fun. And I think the Hexenbiest are pretty wicked.
She’s definitely going to the dark side, and that’s the intention. And I think that’s really where they’re going with the character, at least in the immediate future and for the rest of the season.
This [season] really changed everything. I was really thrilled when I saw the first script. We had no idea, and I remember texting with the cast, and everyone was like “what? This is so crazy! What an awesome idea.”
Going forward it’s adding a new element to the series for sure.
ScreenSpy: How will Juliette’s revelation affect her relationship with Nick going forward?
Bitsie Tulloch: Really the question going forward is can they live like this or not? I think she’s kind of given up hope because she looks in the mirror and all she sees is this ugly monster, and she hasn’t really embraced it yet.
So she’s like ‘I can’t handle the way that you look at me when I look like this and this is what I am now.’ We’ve tried and Juliette tried with Henrietta and there seems to be no cure, so that’s really the question going forward. But, you know, it’s almost becoming like a Romeo and Juliette situation where, yes they’re in love, but they can’t really be together the way it is right now.
ScreenSpy: How will Juliette’s turn to the dark side impact events in the season finale?
Bitsie Tulloch: The Season finale for this season is the biggest game changer we have ever had. I mean people will lose their minds. There’s going to be … gosh, I don’t know what I can say without giving it away other than we’ve never done anything this big on the show before. So that’s going to really change everything going into Season 5. And the Juliette Hexenbiest storyline has a lot to do with that.
Going forward, you’re going to see a lot of the push-pull with psychologically wanting this power. I think it adds a really interesting element to the story for her to turn really, really dark.
She is going to cause major, major problems for basically everyone involved. The reality is, she misses Nick and she loves him. But she just can’t imagine a way for them to be able to stay together under the circumstances.
ScreenSpy: Will Juliette learn to embrace this change?
Bitsie Tulloch: She’s been told by numerous people now there’s absolutely nothing she can do about it. And so what else would you do? I mean you have to embrace your new life. And she has to go forward with that.
She is dead set on embracing it. She’s like if this is how it’s going to be then I might as well be the best Hexenbiest I can. And, you know, there’s a darkness to that that’s going to seep into her veins. And you’re not going to really see the sort of sweet, loving girlfriend that everybody’s gotten used to for the last few seasons.
Grimm continues Fridays (8-9 p.m. ET) on NBC.