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'Grimm's' Bitsie Tulloch dishes on a highly anticipated showdown

Fans of NBC’s Grimm have a lot to be excited about. Season four has served up some incredible storylines, one being Juliette’s (Bitsie Tulloch) unexpected transformation into a Hexenbiest. Juliette’s decision to confide in Capt. Sean Renard and keep her beau, Nick, in the dark about her new “identity” is a hot topic among fans of the show.

We got the chance to chat with Tulloch about Juliette’s reason for keeping her secret from Nick and a highly anticipated upcoming showdown between Juliette and a certain blond Hexenbiest.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY COMMUNITY: How would you defend Juliette’s decision to confide in Renard but not Nick?

BITSIE TULLOCH: I think it makes sense. I think her gut reaction is, she knows Nick’s mortal enemy is the Hexenbiest, and he’s a Grimm and now she’s a Hexenbiest. She doesn’t even want to look at him because she can’t control it. She doesn’t know what’s going on; she doesn’t know when she’s going to morph. So she needed to go to somebody who had the same affliction, so to speak—and the only person who really understood her is Sean Renard. And they have a little bit of a history because of everything that happened in season two with the love triangle, and they’re close enough that she would go to him.

Also, she wanted to go to him anyway, because she’s sort of blaming him indirectly because it was his mother who set the ball rolling on this whole issue with the Hexenbiest. [Renard’s mom] is the one who did the spell, and she had warned Juliette and everybody else that there might be side effects. But obviously Juliette would never have ever done this if she had known she was going to turn into a Hexenbiest. She did it because she thought her lover, Nick, would be happier getting his powers back, and she also did it more immediately because Rosalee and Monroe were being threatened. But at the end of the day, it just completely uprooted her entire existence. She doesn’t even know who she is anymore. So she goes to Sean being like, “Your mom did this, call her and have her fix this.”

Do you personally think Juliette made the right decision?

I think it makes sense that she did that. Nick might just launch into Grimm mode and kill her. She doesn’t understand what’s going on with her enough; she doesn’t really understand how powerful she is. She’s incredibly powerful. One of the things that comes up is the fact that the Hexebiests who are made and not born are extremely dangerous and extremely powerful. She has no idea how to control it, so quite frankly, she’s scared she’ll kill him or [Nick] will kill her. So in that sense, it really does make sense that for the time being she’s trying to avoid him.

Has it been fun to portray Hexenbiest-Juliette?

It’s been really, really fun. I was so excited when I first saw that’s where they were going to sort of take her character. … You know, what’s so fun about this new storyline is the question of, is she going to use this newfound power for good or for evil? And what kind of situations is she going to find herself in? She already killed the guy from the Tribunal with her powers, and she’s obviously incredibly badass with this thing. It’s pretty intense, and I don’t think anyone really knows how to help her. It won’t be something that’s easily solved.

I think I can probably say, without giving anything away, that basically the thing that all the fans have been waiting for, for four years, is a catfight between Adalind and Juliette. How great is that going to be when it’s Hexenbiest on Hexenbiest? That’ll happen, and that’ll be awesome. It’s definitely been a really fun storyline.

At first it was bittersweet: One of the reasons I always loved [Juliette] is because she was the only series regular who wasn’t a cop and wasn’t wesen. And so I always really liked playing Juliette because I was like, well this is how the audience would be looking at all this crazy stuff happening if they were just plopped into this world. But now obviously she is wesen. It’s just fun for me going through it.

What else can you tell us about a potential showdown between Juliette and Adalind?

That’s coming up sooner than later. The fans really seem to like the new Hexenbiest Juliette. I think they’re really, really, really going to love that showdown. Because we’ve really been waiting four seasons for a showdown. Adalind has been making Juliette’s life miserable since season one. She’s not just your gun-toting veterinarian who’s threatening but maybe not that threatening—now she’s über threatening and dangerous.

If Juliette can’t find a cure, could a relationship between her and Nick ever work?

As I said before, Hexenbiests are the mortal enemies of Grimm, and I think it would be really hard for them to be able to conduct a relationship with that kind of stuff going on. I think the most immediate thing for her is going to be getting back to normal. And if she can’t, she doesn’t really have a choice except to embrace it.

We met a new character in the last episode, Henrietta, who Juliette is hoping can help her. Is she someone Juliette should trust, or does she have ulterior motives?

Right now I would say she’s pretty ambiguous, as to whether [Henrietta’s] helpful or she’s hurtful. Does she have Juliette’s best interest in mind or is there something else in play? … Do we even trust Sean Renard at the end of the day? And Sean Renard sent Juliette to see Henrietta. So, here we think Capt. Renard is so trustworthy; maybe he’s not.

Is there anything you can tease about what’s coming up for Juliette?

It’s a pretty big tease that the witch fight between Adalind and Juliette is coming up sooner than later, and also Juliette isn’t going to be able to keep her secret from Nick forever. It’s pretty dramatic when he finds out.

Grimm airs Fridays on NBC at 9/8C.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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