Interview: Grimm Star David Giuntoli

So on April 29th I got to talk to none other than David Giuntoli as part of a phone conference interview. As there was a group of us all asking questions, he was asked about everything. Alright, Grimm fans, first we’ll talk about spoiler free stuff, and then we’ll get spoilerific.

And if you want to skip my summaries and read it all for yourself, click here. Or if you just want to read my part of the interview, click here.Grimm - Season 2

 

Unspoiled: First, regarding the move to Tuesday night, David says they’re excited to “scare and befuddle the whole new segment of the population” that will be watching after The Voice. And remember how Hank was rolled away from his desk and sent off on vacation last episode (Volcanalis)? Well, it turns out he snapped his Achilles tendon on Super Bowl Sunday, and needed to have surgery. He’s since made a full recovery, but he’ll be gone for the next couple of episodes.
And have you ever wondered if all those gorey scenes stay with the actors? David says it does. Here’s what he had to say regarding the Danse Macabre episode. “…I was on set and I walked by this car in a parking lot that I didn’t know had a corpse with rats pouring out of his mouth- into his stomach out of his mouth. That ruined me for a good, oh, 90 days. I couldn’t handle it. It was so gross.”

And, of course, I had to find out if we would be getting more shirtless scenes. David thinks there will be. “I’m seeing they’re training me really hardcore- pretty heavily- this summer in preparation for season three. So- I just got back from my trainer in fact. So if it gets to that point, if I don’t think America will cringe and turn off their televisions, then there will be more of that.” I assured him no one would be cringing.

Here go the spoils: So we’re going to be finding out what Prince Renard wants Nick to do for him but, as David put it, “…we’re working, you know, tentatively together. He did after all try to kill my aunt.” We’ll finally see Juliette and Nick get back together but “in Grimm fashion they’ll find some way to make that as difficult as humanly possible.” Which is a relief, since it means we can finally go back to her having an actual character and not lying on the floor for the ENTIRE EPISODE (Natural Born Wesen). And David’s theory about Nick’s mother is that she really is off somewhere else taking care of the Coins of Zakynthos, she just didn’t take a train to get there. “Well I think she stole a car at the station. And I think she was just pretending- in my head when I saw that- which was a great scene… she just didn’t have a train ticket because she’s like why, when I can just contact someone or steal this car and go. But I do believe she is dealing with the coins right now.”

We also will apparently be seeing the Grimm versions of aliens and zombies in these last four episodes of the season. So I’m looking forward to that.

Below, you can read the full transcript for yourself, courtesy of NBC Universal. I’ll see you here again tomorrow (May 1) with a review of tonight’s episode.

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We’ll proceed with our first question. It’s from the line of Kristi Turnquist with the Oregonian. Please go ahead with your question.

Kristi Turnquist: Hi, there.

David Giuntoli: Hey how are you?

Kristi Turnquist: I’m fine. How are you? So you…

David Giuntoli: Long time no talk.

Kristi Turnquist: I know. Now you guys are done shooting here for the season. So where are you now?

David Giuntoli: I’m seated in a – underneath a lemon tree in Los Angeles, California.

Kristi Turnquist: Yes, you don’t find too many lemon trees here.

David Giuntoli: No. And here we don’t even pick the lemons. You just let them go to waste. That’s how spoiled we are.

Kristi Turnquist: Oh, no. So do – so will you all be back in Portland again to shoot season three?

David Giuntoli: Of course we will be. I mean unless there’s some major plans that no one knows about yet we’ll all be back in Portland for season three — probably in mid-July — just after the best part of the year.

Kristi Turnquist: Ah-ha. Absolutely.

David Giuntoli: Yes.

Kristi Turnquist: Well that’s good news. And how do you feel about the season three pick up and the move to Tuesday night?

David Giuntoli: I think it’s all very exciting. I think that NBC is showing a lot of faith in Grimm by moving us to Tuesday nights. I think actually what they wanted to do was hopefully The Voice can start getting some of our followers. I know that show’s been struggling.

So – no we’re very excited to expose Grimm to an entirely new audience and, you know, scare and befuddle the whole new segment of the population.

Kristi Turnquist: Okay, all right. Well I’ll let somebody else ask you questions. Thanks.

David Giuntoli: Nice speaking with you.

Kristi Turnquist: You too.

Operator: Thank you very much. And our next question is from the line of Melissa Hayer with the Oklahoman. Go ahead with your question.

Melissa Hayer: Hi, David. It’s great to speak with you today.

David Giuntoli: Hey, how you doing?

Melissa Hayer: Great. Thanks for taking the call.

David Giuntoli: You’re welcome. My pleasure.

Melissa Hayer: Oh, thank you. Grimm has so many elements to it — drama, action, romance, you know, fantasy, you know, everything. Are there any of these that you enjoy performing in the most or do you appreciate the variety overall?

David Giuntoli: Well I do appreciate the variety. Though I will say it is a dark show, and I really love when we get to squeeze in some more comedic elements. And every now and then we’ll have a more comedic episode — one of which would have aired maybe three weeks ago.

We had a Ziegevolk lawyer charming the entire jury. And Rosalee was on the jury. And Sergeant Woo was testifying, and he changed his testimony. There were a lot of many great comedic [moments] in that. So I’d say the comedy is something I like squeezing in there.

Melissa Hayer: That was an excellent episode. And the season has been amazing. The first one was great, but this one has been amazing.

David Giuntoli: I agree with you. Thank you so much for that.

Melissa Hayer: And one more quick question. Nick was temporarily blinded in the recent Mr. Sandman episode.

David Giuntoli: That’s right.

Melissa Hayer: And I was wondering if you could share what acting without sight was like.

David Giuntoli: Well I could see. I had prosthetics in my eyes. I had lenses in my eyes. That was crazy. But I could see through them. It was – I’d say really fun. It was fun finding new ways to make that work — to sell especially fighting without seeing. And I was pretty happy with how it turned out. So all in all I was very pleased with the challenge of acting without sight.

Melissa Hayer: Great.

David Giuntoli: And I was very happy to get those contacts out of my eyes.

Melissa Hayer: I bet. Well thanks again for answering questions. And I’m looking forward to more Grimm.

David Giuntoli: Thank you. Pleasure speaking with you.

Operator: Thank you very much. We’ll proceed to our next question. And it’s from the line of (Josh Malone) with (Niagara Frontier). Go right ahead.

(Josh Malone): Hi, David. Thanks for your time today.

David Giuntoli: Thank you.

(Josh Malone): So David if you told fans at the start of the season that, you know, we’d be this far into the season and Nick and Juliette would be apart and Nick and Renard would be working together so closely, I think they’d be pretty surprised. I’m wondering if that surprised you and what you think of, you know, the state of these relationships.

David Giuntoli: That’s a good question. It does not – nothing really surprises me on Grimm. Our writers are not afraid to go anywhere. So nothing really surprises me. I want to speak especially to the relationship between the Captain and Nick.

I wanted to make sure that even though we are working together I’m not too easy with him. I wouldn’t call it a friendship. I wouldn’t call us pals. I wouldn’t – we wouldn’t go out and eat together. I think we more or less have a common enemy.

I always like to think – when I’m working with the captain I always think about that picture from World War II where like Stalin and FDR were sitting next to each other with Churchill. You know, like how did Stalin get there? But they just had a common enemy.

And so we’re working, you know, tentatively together. He did after all try to kill my aunt. So as far as Juliette goes, you know, I think we’re going to be seeing us kind of patching things up — turning things around a bit. And I’m sure that in Grimm fashion they’ll find some way to make that as difficult as humanly possible.

(Josh Malone): Right. You know, I love your show. I think you guys do a great job. I’m wondering, you know, there’s been so many other, you know, sort of Sci-fi action adventure shows that have struggled — that have not made it in recent years.

Obviously you guys did great on Friday. It moved now behind The Voice. Why do you think your show has worked when maybe some of the others haven’t?

David Giuntoli: I’d say the roguish good looks of lead David Giuntoli. I think we have – listen it – a successful television show is a mystery how to make it. But there has to be certain components. We have writers and creators who are seasoned and excited, and that’s a really great combination.

They know what they’re doing. They have found the sweet spot. David Greenwalt, you know, has this gallows humor about him as does Jim Kouf — our two main writers, executive producers. And they balance story well with a lot of darkness and a little bit of levity. And, you know, there’s some very lovable characters. And that’s what it takes. They just know their stuff.

(Josh Malone): All right. Thank you very much.

David Giuntoli: You’re welcome. Thank you.

Operator: I’ll proceed to our next question. It is from the line of Kim Roots with T.V. Lion. Go right ahead.

Kim Roots: Hey David. Thanks for the time today. Congratulations on the renewal.

David Giuntoli: Thank you so much.

Kim Roots: So have you gotten any hints from David or Jim about kind of Nick’s heightened abilities. We saw him playing Fruit Ninja in one of the episodes…

David Giuntoli: (Unintelligible).

Kim Roots: …right after he lost his sight. Yes, so have you gotten any intel on what that’s going to mean for the character in the coming season.

David Giuntoli: Nick hates fruit so bad. I have not received any nuggets of what’s to come as far as Nick’s supernatural powers. At the end of season one I did get some info that they wanted me to – they wanted to turn me more into a hero with supernatural abilities.

Kim Roots: Okay.

David Giuntoli: But I did not ask what they were. And I just kind of found out a month before the viewer did.

I would imagine going forward we’re going to revisit some of what we kind of teased with my super human hearing and ability to fight fruit with a bat.

Kim Roots: Awesome. And then working off of the Nick and Juliette tip, no one is, you know, doubting his devotion to her. But the character’s not a bad looking man. So I’m assuming especially after this week…

David Giuntoli: Very strange casting. That’s a very strange casting choice.

Kim Roots: …with the muse coming in and kind of him getting wrapped up with another woman even if it’s only for an episode in whatever way. I mean I imagine there’s going to be a point where he doesn’t want to wait for Juliette anymore. Or is he just kind of going to wait for her forever? What’s your take on that?

David Giuntoli: I certainly hope he wouldn’t wait forever. I am personally more shocked at the point that she would be interested in me after all I have done – I mean truly cowardly moves on my part as far as Juliette’s relationship is concerned. I wouldn’t tell her about any of this after she’d lost her mind, went into a coma, just really struggling with memory loss and like what is happening to her — going, you know, crazy. And I’m still sitting back like, “I don’t want to tell her. What if she leaves me?”

So I hope we have to talk about things in a real way before we get back together. You know, I think Nick’s a guy who knows what he’s done to her and would probably do anything to get her back. So I think he’d wait for a long time.

Kim Roots: Great. Thank you.

David Giuntoli: Thank you.

Operator: And we’ll proceed to our next question. It is from the line of Sheri Block with ctv.ca. Go right ahead.

Sheri Block: Hey David. Thanks for taking the call today. We’re big fans of Grimm up here in Canada.

David Giuntoli: Well I had no choice. Thank you.

Sheri Block: Yes, you’re welcome. It’s been such an intense season two. I mean even going into the mid-season finale so much happened. So what could possibly happen for the season finale of this season? I mean could we see a Nick and Juliette reunion? What about Adalind’s baby? Like maybe Nick’s mom will return? Is there anything you could tell us?

David Giuntoli: All three of which are very much on the table. There – you could definitely see a Nick and Juliette reunion. And again, in Grimm fashion they love tearing people apart and bringing them back together and who knows how hard they’re going to make that for Nick and Juliette.

What you will be seeing that I haven’t spoken about yet is a lot of – we deal with the undead in a way that’s really never been dealt – in a way that it’s never been approached before — in very typical Grimm fashion.

Sheri Block: Okay.

David Giuntoli: So zombies quote unquote will be coming to Portland. And I would also say the cliff hanger of this season is — I don’t know how the writers are going to get themselves out of this corner that they’ve painted themselves into — one of the cast may not live through the finale.

Sheri Block: Wow.

David Giuntoli: I know.

Sheri Block: That sounds pretty intense. And…

David Giuntoli: Big one.

Woman: …to be renewed, I mean congratulations on that again. Is it nice to have that comfort level to know that you don’t have to kind of wait around to hear about that? Do you guys find like you’re more settled into your characters season from say last season knowing that you have a long run ahead of you?

David Giuntoli: Yes, you know, I speak with other people who have been on shows that have lasted for several years, and there is a typical psychological arc that takes place or phases that you go through the first season.

You’re really concerned with the acting. You don’t quite know what the show is in the beginning and so that forms underneath you. And it’s – everybody’s kind of starts to gel together by the end of the first season and the second season. But there’s always an energy of – it’s being spent on just wondering how long this will last. And you’re whole – and your personal life — am I going to live in Portland, for how long.

And now it’s to a point where we kind of know we’ll be there for a while. So it’s very comfortable. And there’s a lot more room to play with the characters, because a lot less anxiety is involved in our actual lives.

Sheri Block: For sure, well thanks very much. Best of luck.

David Giuntoli: Thank you so much.

Operator: Thank you. And we’ll go to our next question. It is from the line of Erin Willard with SciFiMafia. Go right ahead.

Erin Willard: Hey, thank you so much for being on the call today. This show keeps getting better and better. So thank you so much for your work and congratulations on (unintelligible).

David Giuntoli: Appreciate that. Thank you so much.

Erin Willard: Do you have a favorite – my pleasure. Believe me. I love watching you guys. (Unintelligible) T.V. in my house. So do you have a favorite scene or storyline in the episodes that is going to be coming our way in this last month?

David Giuntoli: That’s going to be coming your way.

Erin Willard: Or even sort of whole season, do you have kind of a – this my favorite, this is my best, this is the funniest, or just something that really sticks out for you?

David Giuntoli: I mean, something about season two that I’ve really loved and going into season three that, you know, I’m going to continue to love is more and more of the main characters are in the know sort of speak….

Woman: Yes.

David Giuntoli: …which means that certain characters can interact that wouldn’t have during much of season two, all of season one. And it brings a fresh, lovely dynamic to scenes where I’ll be in a room with say,, you know like a completely new group of actors and watching them interact. And there’s comedy to be found in it when someone is learning the ropes of the Grimm world for the first time.

I really enjoy those scenes where we all get to spend the whole day together. I really do enjoy the moment of levity in the dark world of Grimm. And there was a scene in particular that played in the Volcanalis episode where Russell Hornsby’s character Hank went on vacation.

Erin Willard: That was great.

David Giuntoli: It was so – it was almost out of another show like an Ally McBeal episode. But it was very fun. It was fun. And here’s a fun bit of info. That episode – that scene was written in reaction to Russell in real life snapping his Achilles tendon. So he can walk we had to somehow keep him in a chair and get him off of the show for two episodes so he can get surgery. So…

Erin Willard: Oh, my gosh.

David Giuntoli: …this is kind of some of the behind the scenes info that I always find very interesting.

Erin Willard: Absolutely.

David Giuntoli: People [ask me these] things and I’m like yes, Russell tore his Achilles tendon while watching the Super Bowl — literally.

Erin Willard: Oh, wow.

David Giuntoli: And sober as a judge.

Erin Willard: So he’s going to be out of the next episode as well then?

David Giuntoli: Two episodes and then he’ll come back.

Erin Willard: Okay, great. Did that cause a problem with the story line at all?

David Giuntoli: No problem really. We just a couple of things had to be tweaked. I’ll do a little more working with Wu, with Sergeant Wu, which was really fun and a pleasure to get to work so much with Reggie Lee. He is just a phenomenal actor. So it shook things up for a little while. But I think it was fresh and really wonderful. And Russell I think is fully repaired at this point.

Erin Willard: Okay, great. Thanks so much.

David Giuntoli: Thank you.

Operator: And I’ll proceed to our next question. It is from the line of Vicky de Lange with threeisbyspace.net. Go right ahead.

Vicky de Lange: Hello from down the road in West Hollywood.

David Giuntoli: Hey, how’s it going?

Vicky de Lange: It’s going pretty good. Thanks so much for taking the time today. And congrats on season three.

David Giuntoli: It’s my pleasure. Thank you so much.

Vicky de Lange: So my first question is what other character if you weren’t playing Nick would you like to play?

David Giuntoli: Oh, boy. Someone with like a glandular problem, because I want to eat whatever I want to eat. I want to get, you know – I just want to be a slob. I would – you mean what character on Grimm.

Vicky de Lange: On Grimm, yes.

David Giuntoli: Oh, my gosh. I can’t say Juliette because that’d mean I want to kiss myself.

Vicky de Lange: That’d be interesting, right?

David Giuntoli: It’s – that’s a whole other kind of show.

Vicky de Lange: Yes.

David Giuntoli: I would say – boy I mean Monroe would be fun, but I wouldn’t even want to try that. Because I mean he’s mastered that whole thing. Some – yes, either Monroe or Wu.

Vicky de Lange: Yes.

David Giuntoli: ‘Cause you get a snarky and kind of just everywhere, especially Monroe’s character. When Nick is always like the center of like this kind of grounded force. So it’d be fun to kind of live in that world for as long as I could handle it.

Vicky de Lange: Great, now my other question is it seems really interesting and it’s great that you’re focused so much on Portland in this show but surely there have to be other Grimms out there. And we know obviously Nick’s mom.

David Giuntoli: Right.

Vicky de Lange: But are we ever going to see or hear anything about Grimms in the rest of the country, the rest of the world?

David Giuntoli: Honestly, not as of yet that I know of. That – you would think that does have to do become a storyline at some point, or are there only a couple Grimms left and they’re just a lot of little Santa’s little helpers out there who are Grimm-like. I don’t quite know. The only Grimm that they really currently want to deal with is me. Because they know that I have one of the keys.

Vicky de Lange: Right.

David Giuntoli: Whereas you know as far as the Royals are concerned they know I have one of the keys. And that’s why they even care about me at all. So who knows? That’s a good question.

Vicky de Lange: Okay, well thank you very much.

David Giuntoli: Thank you. Enjoy sunny L.A.

Vicky de Lange: You too.

Operator: I will proceed to our next question. It’s from the line of Steve Eramo with Sci-Fi and T.V. Talk T.V. Zone Magazine. Go right ahead.

Steve Eramo: Hi, David. A pleasure to speak with you today.

David Giuntoli: And you, thank you.

Steve Eramo: And listen before we begin I have to thank you for this season, especially these last few episodes. You guys are pulling up all the stalks, and they’re doing a fantastic job. And a well-deserved pick up to season three.

David Giuntoli: Thank you so much. I’ll pass that along to everybody who deserves it.

Steve Eramo: Listen, the first question, looking at season two have you found any new acting or do you find I should say any new acting challenges with playing the Nick character? And how did you see Nick sort of grow and develop in season two also?

David Giuntoli: Yes, season two I wanted – Nick was written as a little more accepting of his role. In a way Nick went through the stages of grief of finding out that he was a Grimm and the loss that that would entail with Juliette, revisiting why his family is no longer with him. You know, a lot of lies had happened in his life systematically, and he found out about it all kind of at once.

So he was denial, anger toward it, befuddlement, you know. And finally I think he’s kind of accepted it, and throughout season two he’s owning it now. So it’s more fun to play — as far as I’m concerned — a very confident guy who’s coming into his own and becoming more of a — I’d say — force to be reckoned with in the Wesen world. So it’s been really fun to play that.

Steve Eramo: And then second question I wanted to ask you about I love the Nick and Monroe relationship, and I love the fact that they’ve become roomies this year. And it’s just – the chemistry between you and Silas on the screen is just great.

And just in general can you talk a little bit about that relationship, how you’ve seen that develop – further develop this season? And what maybe you enjoyed most about that relationship.

David Giuntoli: I think Silas put it best. He said, “everybody has seen the cop and partner relationship, the detective and his wife or girlfriend relationship, the detective — you know, there are a lot of dynamics that have been played out and some really well and some not so good.

But in our show we have the detective and this thing which is Monroe. It’s a totally different thing. And it’s been such a pleasure to work with Silas and have this wonderful dynamic that plays out on screen. The writers have done a very good job with that.

As far as the relationship and how it’s grown, I’d say we were always reluctant. We allied in the first season. But he could always turn into a creature, and I could always behead him. And this season we are more, I’ll just say friends. You know, he’s housing me in his attic for God’s sake. And I love the relationship he has now with Bree Turner — Rosalee.

And I think I believe in this next episode there’s a very — that airs tomorrow night — funny scene where I perhaps walk in on a moment I shouldn’t have walked in on. So that’s fun to play with.

Steve Eramo: Listen David, again thank you for your time. And thanks for all the hard work on the show.

David Giuntoli: Thank you so much. It means a lot.

Steve Eramo: Take care.

David Giuntoli: You too.

Operator: Thank you. And our next question’s from the line of (Toni Alvez) with (lenalanore.com). Go right ahead.

(Toni Alvez): Hi David. I wanted to ask you this since the first episode or anyone from Grimm. I’m a big Grimmster. How did Wessens recognize you as a Grimm? What’s a Grimm face look like to them?

David Giuntoli: It looks like my face believe it or not. Truly. They don’t see anything aside – from they are not used to having their emotions in check. Because human beings – non- Grimm human beings cannot see them. And then when they see someone reacting to this or they sense someone knowing what they’re going through and watching them change, they’re on to me.

And they’ve learned from a young age through their storybooks about Grimms and how evil we are and, you know, almost like we’re this supernatural thing that may or may not exist. They’ve been told by their family, their parents, and their grandparents about us. So when that actually see them it’s like they’re seeing a ghost, but not literally. But they can’t believe that one actually really exists.

(Toni Alvez): Thank you. I have one more question. I think you hinted about Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio coming back as your mother Kelly.

David Giuntoli: Sure.

(Toni Alvez): Because, you know, I wondered when that was going to happen, because she still has those coins. And she faked going into the station. So she’s been hanging around Portland a long time. What’s she up to?

David Giuntoli: Well I think she stole a car at the station. And I think she was just pretending – in my head when I saw that –which was a great scene…

Woman: It was.

David Giuntoli: …she just didn’t have a train ticket because she’s like why when I can just contact someone or steal this car and go. But I do believe she is (unintelligible) dealing with the coins right now. And I believe in the coming episode on Tuesday — unless I’m wrong and it was in another episode — we’ll – there’s communication with her. And I believe that that is tomorrow night if I’m not mistaken.

(Toni Alvez): Great, I look forward to that. Thanks so much.

David Giuntoli: Thank you.

(Toni Alvez): You’re welcome.

Operator: And we’ll get to our next question. It’s from the line of Earl Dittman with Digital Journal. Go right ahead.

Earl Dittman: David, how are you today?

David Giuntoli: I’m doing well. How you doing?

Earl Dittman: Doing great. Congratulations again on the pickup. If there’s a show that really deserves it it’s Grimm. It really is wonderful.

David Giuntoli: Man I can’t be happier than I am.

Earl Dittman: It’s just one of – again someone said earlier thanks for a great season. It’s been wonderful.

David Giuntoli: Thank you.

Earl Dittman: Now I was just on Facebook and they had a little ad here for tomorrow night that said, “What is a Grimm?” Is that going to be answered tomorrow?

David Giuntoli: What is a Grimm, is that going to be answered tomorrow. I think we learn a little bit more about what a Grimm is every couple of episodes.

Earl Dittman: Yes.

David Giuntoli: I don’t think this episode coming up – first of all forgive me. I know what’s happening on our show. I just don’t know when it gets billed out. You know what I mean?

Earl Dittman: Do you never watch it?

David Giuntoli: I watch it all the time. I usually don’t watch it on Friday nights. I usually watch it well before that. But certain storylines I know exactly what happens I just don’t know in which episodes what happens in that storyline. So I don’t know if it’s tomorrow, but we do – the Captain will be giving me a stern caption – captain-esque lecture as to my – a little bit about my history and the Royals and why they want me and me in particular.

In this coming episode I believe we’re going to be seeing – I know we’re going to be seeing something very paranormal – I want to say almost X-Filesy that is not a standard Grimms fairytale and almost like we’re dealing what people on the Earth think are aliens. But we tell you what they really are — the real explanation for them.

Earl Dittman: Yes. Well I appreciate it, David. We talked before the beginning of season one and you we’re right. It’s going to last for a while. So I’m so happy. Thanks again.

David Giuntoli: Thank you.

Earl Dittman: Take care.

Operator: And our next question is from the line of Liz Henderson with Nice Girl T.V. Go right ahead.

Liz Henderson: Hi, David. Congratulations on the new season pick up.

David Giuntoli: Hey.

Liz Henderson: And thanks for taking time today.

David Giuntoli: Thank you. It’s my pleasure.

Liz Henderson: Which Grimm story has not yet been told that you are really pulling for that the writers tackle next season?

David Giuntoli: The sausage and the fork go to town. No, I actually don’t know. I feel like we’ve hit all the classics. And every time I see a new Grimm’s fairytale I’m almost learning about it as we go through the season. What I do really enjoy now about our show is the fact that we’re kind of straying from the Grimms fairytales.

And remember in the lore of our show — in the world of Grimm — there are only Grimm’s fairytales because they’ve been written about in a book. Now certain things that have not yet been explained maybe they just haven’t been written down yet. So I get to add to that book.

And thus a phenomenon or a phenomena that is here to for unexplained gets written down in the Grimms fairytales, and it becomes a legend for kids to learn about forever. Was that the most confusing sentence that’s ever spoken?

Liz Henderson: No, I get it. I did understand it.

David Giuntoli: Good.

Liz Henderson: You know, I also want to…

David Giuntoli: In other words, we’re borrowing from a lot of lore that’s even outside the standard Grimm’s fairytales. And we are adding it to those Grimm’s fairytales.

Liz Henderson: Yes, that’s awesome because I know there’s over 200 Grimm stories. And I like the departure. It makes it more interesting and more believable.

David Giuntoli: Sure.

Liz Henderson: You are also – you’ve also been voted our Nice Boy of the Week this week. So I wanted to ask you — yes — what is the nicest thing a fan has ever done for you.

David Giuntoli: Well I mean they’ve affirmed me over and over and over again all the time, which is lovely. But what is the nicest thing? Well a really great thing a young man did for me – I met him at I believe Comi-Con. And he read somewhere – he said I always use like ChapStick.

And I didn’t have any that day. And he got a brand new package for me and gave it to me. Because I’m addicted to Burt’s Bees ChapStick. And it was very kind.

I’m sure there’ve been so – I mean there’ve been so many things that people have done and said and written. And I love it all. But that moment kind of sticks out. Because I was in such need of it. And he happened to have it and give me this gift.

Liz Henderson: Sure. Great. Awesome. Well thank you so much. And have a nice rest.

David Giuntoli: Thank you so much.

Operator: Thank you. And we’ll get to our next question. It’s from the line of Scott Katz with U.S. Town Hall. Go right ahead.

Scott Katz: Yes, hi David. Thank you for taking our call today.

David Giuntoli: It’s my pleasure.

Scott Katz: Okay, you’ve talked a little bit about some of the things that we might be seeing tomorrow. Can you just give us a – I guess a little more depth of some broad strokes about some of the plot lines for the remainder of this season?

David Giuntoli: Absolutely. Nick and Juliette start patching things up. And it’s looking very hopeful for us come the end of the season. Two, a level 10 — as I like to call it — wesen comes to Portland who is pulling the strings controlling a lot of other types of wesen. We can call them the undead.

And he has an army of people under his control that wreak havoc. And this is a longer story arc. We’ll be visited by an actor named Reg E. — the initial E — Cathey. He’s a wonderful actor who’s just been in House of Cards, and he’s been in everything. And he’s great. And he plays this kind of powerful wesen that we will be introduced to in the next couple of episodes.

The Royals get closer and closer to me. They come to Portland, and they want the key. And I learn much more about why it is they want the key. The captain and I start working together.

Let’s see. Zombies are entering Portland. And also as far as Adalind goes – the Adalind storyline is insane. And that’s all I’ll say about that.

Scott Katz: Okay, and looking forward to season three what would you like to see happen with your character — both professionally and personally?

David Giuntoli: Well I’d like to see some resolve — some real closer — to the Juliette storyline, some, you know, – I love working with Bitsie Tulloch and, you know, it’d be nice to be just a couple again.

I want to get Sergeant Wu into the fray of the knowing. That would be really fun to work with him in the way that now Russell, Hank, and I can work together and Bree and Silas and the Captain. I would love to get Sergeant Wu into the fray.

Scott Katz: Okay, and looking back now that you’ve completed two seasons what has this whole experience meant for you as an actor?

David Giuntoli: Oh, gosh. I look back at the beginning of season one, and I’m like who is that kid, that supple little kid. It has been just an absolute gift to me and a blessing. And I’ve learned so much. I feel like I get paid to learn every day.

And I’ve become very good friends with a lot of my cast. And, you know, we live in Portland together. And they’re my group now. It’s been so lovely. And there’s the producers and the writers and my bosses are also giving. They leave us alone. They give support. You never feel, you know, criticized. It’s a very healthy place to be. So I’m very grateful.

Scott Katz: Okay, and you’re on Tuesday nights for the rest of the season. Do you know if you’re going to be on Tuesday nights in season three?

David Giuntoli: I don’t know if we’ll be on Tuesday nights in season three. I guess we’ll all kind of figure that out together based upon how we fit on Tuesday night for the rest of the season. I’d be really – I have had that thought myself. I do not know the answer.

Scott Katz: Okay, well good luck on the rest of the season and season three. And thank you for taking our call. I’ll hand it off to the next caller.

David Giuntoli: Thank you.

Operator: I appreciate it. Thank you. And we’ll proceed to our next question from the line of Chelsea Banks with Whedonopolis. Go right ahead.

Chelsea Banks: Hello.

David Giuntoli: Hey, how you doing?

Chelsea Banks: So Nick deals with a lot of gruesome scenes and gruesome things. Have any of those scenes ever stayed with you?

David Giuntoli: Oh God. I – yes. The horribly gross scenes. One of which when Monroe gouges out the eye of a fly person.

Chelsea Banks: Oh, yes.

David Giuntoli: I believe the person’s name was David Jinnamuru Xunte, which sounds like someone who’d be touring with Erykah Badu. But it’s the fly person. That scene stays with me. That was hideous.

Another scene that stayed with me was the season one episode maybe five where the rats are…

Chelsea Banks: Yes, I was thinking of that.

David Giuntoli: Yes, and I remember just before we even shot I was on set and I walked by this car in a parking lot that I didn’t know had a corpse with rats pouring out of his mouth — into his stomach out of his mouth. That ruined me for a good, oh, 90 days. I couldn’t handle. It was so gross.

Chelsea Banks: Wow.

David Giuntoli: Yes, that was very strange seeing an absolutely life-like reproduction of an actor- usually- just completely dismembered on the ground after you just met them and had lunch with them. It’s so strange. The child in you does not know what’s real and what is not for a split second.

Chelsea Banks: Wow, well you did a really good job at seeming not scared when you were looking at that gnawed off face.

David Giuntoli: Yes, well, you know, detectives have seen everything. So that’s how I play it.

Chelsea Banks: So, how do people react to you now when they see you now that you’re playing this sexy action hero?

David Giuntoli: Sexy action hero. That’s funny. I guess – I don’t know. I definitely notice people looking at me a lot. In Portland and certain towns that are not L.A., I get approached quite a bit, and it’s lovely. I love it. Because all of us actors have the saddest little frail egos, and we need to be inflated constantly and flirt with narcissism. So that’s nice.

Chelsea Banks: Well along those lines are we going to be getting more shirtless scenes?

David Giuntoli: That depends how I’ve been eating. I think there will be some more of those. I’m seeing they’re training me really hardcore — pretty heavily — this summer in preparation for season three. So I just got back from my trainer in fact. So if it gets to that point if I don’t think America will cringe and turn off their televisions then there will be more of that.

Chelsea Banks: I don’t think anybody will be cringing.

David Giuntoli: You know.

Chelsea Banks: Just one last question. What’s your favorite weapon that you’ve used, or what weapon are you looking forward to using?

David Giuntoli: Sexist T.V. weapon has to be the cross bow. It’s just so cool. They do those shots that kind of pan up on the crossbow and then the eyes go right above it. But Nick really loves the – I believe it’s pronounced (conobo) or (conabo), which is just a basically a baseball bat with spikes on it — nothing too technically fancy. But he loves it.

Chelsea Banks: Well thank you very much.

David Giuntoli: Thank you.

Operator: I will proceed to our next question. It is from the line of Amanda Dyer with BioGamer Girl. Go right ahead.

Amanda Dyer: Hey, David. I want to know on the show Nick really never gets a lot of down time. So what do you think he would do if he actually had some time to himself? Do you think he would play video games or, you know, what kind of shows would he watch? And what do you do during the down time of the show in between takes and such?

David Giuntoli: That’s a very good question. I think Nick’s a Palm Springs kind of guy. He wants to get down there with a group of friends. I think he probably drinks canned beer and wine. He’s nothing too sophisticated though. Now with Monroe introducing me to a whole other world of foods and wines maybe I’m enjoying the finer things.

But he needs some sun. So I’d say like Palm Springs, Hawaii, Mexico. It’s all kind of west coast.

Let’s see what else he does. In the real downtime between sets, between takes, I mean it’s just – you would get so annoyed with us. It’s hijinks really. We laugh all of the time, talk, I mean ongoing jokes, play games that you’d play in like long car rides when you were a kid.

One game we play is dictionary which is – this is Silas’ game of course. You just go into your dictionary app on your phone, find a word that’s pretty hard that you probably know it, and you tell another person the first letter of the word, the part of speech, and the first definition. And that person has to figure out what that word is — makes you smarter.

Amanda Dyer: Do you see a Grimm video game being a possibility in the future? And would you be up for working on something like that if it was?

David Giuntoli: I would be completely up with that. That is what I like to think of as a revenue stream for me. But I don’t know if a video game is in the works. I have some very good friends who have voices on video games. A good friend of mine who’s on the show Being Human — Sam Witwer — is a voice for someone in one of the Star Wars video games. I think like the main dude. And he loved it. So I would love to get into more voice acting.

Amanda Dyer: Well how did you mind working on the episode Nameless which was about video game Black Forest 2? Did you find that episode fun, and what would you do if you was kind of trapped in a video game and you had to survive? What would you do if you was trapped in that world?

David Giuntoli: I’m seeing through line now. What would I do? I have – first of all I’ve enjoyed video games in my adult life though I try not to let it take over, which it can. It’s a nice way to totally turn off though when you’re an actor. Turn off your brain and like just get away or whatever.

I enjoyed the episode Nameless. I thought it was really smart. It was written by a really smart girl, and I thought it was such a kind of, you know, a current thing that we’re been dealing with. If I was trapped in a video game I would imagine I would find the nearest video game and just end it. I couldn’t handle being trapped inside of a video game. I’m not that much of a fighter.

Amanda Dyer: Well thanks very…

David Giuntoli: It depends what video game I suppose.

Amanda Dyer: Yes, well I mean do you actually play any video games in real life, or do you actually have any time to?

David Giuntoli: I was a good Call – I mean I do have time, but I don’t now on set because I’m so busy. But most recently I was a big Call of Duty guy. That’s the last video game I really got into. It’s been a couple of years now.

Amanda Dyer: Yes, well you need to try out Mob of the Dead then. That’s on Call of Duty. It’s just a new DLC. But thank you very much for taking the time to answer my questions.

David Giuntoli: My pleasure.

Operator: Thank you, and our next question is a follow up question from the line of Kristi Turnquist with the Oregonian. Go right ahead.

Kristi Turnquist: Hello again.

David Giuntoli: Welcome back.

Kristi Turnquist: And I have yet another Portland question, because, you know, that’s what I do.

David Giuntoli: Okay.

Kristi Turnquist: You were talking about sort of getting used to, you know, living part of your life in Portland.

David Giuntoli: Sure.

Kristi Turnquist: And I’m just wondering how you’ve adapted to doing that. And whether you have some kind of rituals that you’ve settled into when you’re here.

David Giuntoli: I purchased a seasonal effective disorder lamp. I really did. Though I didn’t need it this year. And I don’t know if that’s because I’ve adapted to the rain or because the winter was so mild. But I don’t really notice the rain as much as I used to. I guess that’s probably a typical thing that Portlanders go through.

Kristi Turnquist: Oh, yes.

David Giuntoli: I adapted – I’ve become a absolute food snob, coffee snob — absolute coffee snob. I brought Stumptown coffee home with me so I could make it here and not have to suffer the inferior coffee shops of Los Angeles.

Kristi Turnquist: Good call.

David Giuntoli: Though there are some good ones. Have I adapted no sales tax? That’s not hard to adapt to. I’m happy about that. We all kind of settled in the Pearl originally.

And now people are kind of – I’m thinking about purchasing a home there. You know, people are kind of spreading out and settling down a little bit. And I think that also comes with knowing that we’re getting a season three and if we get a season three then we’ll probably get a four. So, you know, that security of knowing where we’re going to be in a couple of years.

Kristi Turnquist: Wow, so purchasing a home.

David Giuntoli: I’ve become a – out of nowhere I’ve become a basketball fan because of the Blazers. And the tickets I get to those things I get to sit on the courtside, which is amazing.

Kristi Turnquist: Excellent.

David Giuntoli: So I’m a big fan. So these are all adaptations that have been slowly happening.

Kristi Turnquist: So if you bought a house what neighborhood would you consider?

David Giuntoli: There’s a lot of neighborhoods I would consider. I dig the Northeast. I love the Pearl. I love the Northwest, Southeast. I don’t know Southwest that well. But I want to be kind of close to action. You know, I want to be able to get out of my house and have people walking around. So whatever can offer me that I would look into.

Kristi Turnquist: Excellent. And just one last thing.

David Giuntoli: Any realtors out there you can give me a call.

Kristi Turnquist: Oh, I’ll definitely include that. And just one last question. There’s, you know, – those of us that live here recognize a lot of Portland actors who appear on Grimm. And I was just curious what’s – what you think of some of the actors, you know, who are Portland based actors that you’ve worked with on the show.

David Giuntoli: I wish I could remember all of their names just right off the top of my head.

Kristi Turnquist: That would be a…

David Giuntoli: Portland has such a – I can remember a lot of them. But I don’t want to forget some.

Kristi Turnquist: Yes.

David Giuntoli: Portland has a great theater community. I’ve talked to a lot of these actors about why. Possibly because it’s raining so much that it’s nice to get into the theater. And people are willing to kind of sit through longer form entertainment than they might not be willing to do in some other cities.

Portland — and Seattle too — both have great actors, and it has been really lovely to work with these men and women who working in T.V. is just – sweetens the pot a little bit. And but their heart is in theater.

And they’re always emailing me and texting me. I’ll give them my info (unintelligible) going on about – they’ll tell me what shows are going on. I just had one guy named (Jonah Westin) tell about this one man show he was doing I think like on the roof of some venue in Portland but I was of course in L.A. It’s great to meet these guys and girls.

Kristi Turnquist: Yes. All right, well I’ll let somebody else ask you a question. And again I know people in town will be looking forward to seeing you all back there to begin shooting season three.

David Giuntoli: Yes, we’re looking forward to coming back.

Kristi Turnquist: All right, thanks.

Operator: Thank you very much. We’ll proceed to our next question. It’s from the line of Julio Velez from (Ravesta) Cine Premiere. Go right ahead.

Julio Velez: Thank you. Hi, David.

David Giuntoli: Hey, how are you?

Julio Velez: It’s nice to talk with you today.

David Giuntoli: Yes, you too.

Julio Velez: Fine, thank you. You know, – the episode nine of this second season was the La Llorona or The Weeping Woman.

David Giuntoli: Oh, yes.

Julio Velez: How was working with Mexican actress Kate del Castillo?

David Giuntoli: You know what she gave me as a wrap present? A bottle of like the finest tequila I’ve ever had in my life. So it was a joy. Kate del Castillo was – I mean almost like no other actor we’ve had. So fun to be with, you know, even after we were working. She knows how to have a good time — is just so happy to be there.

And of course she’s a star. So it was very good for our show to have her on this episode. We all would love her to come back and it was one of our – I think it was our second most watched episode next to our premiere. So obviously she brought with her some cache and popularity.

That episode in particular was really fun, because it was largely done in Spanish, which I can’t remember any other show doing that that wasn’t a Spanish speaking show. So I thought it was kind of cool, and it worked so well. It fit so well into the world of Grimm.

Julio Velez: Wow, it was a (unintelligible) episode. Here in Mexico it was very successful. I can tell you that. Well I hope we can more of Valentina Espinoza.

Now regarding the wesen — the creatures of this show — it was established that on the episode that La Llorona is not necessarily one of them. What do you think about this great idea of the writers about expanding the motility of the creators – the creatures of this show.

David Giuntoli: Yes, I think – I really enjoyed that aspect of it. I think that it shows you, you know, in keeping up with the lore of Grimm the Grimms fairytales are just stories that have thus far been logged in these books. But they’re growing as the Grimms continue to discover more and more I suppose wesen.

And reasons behind phenomena that human beings make up stories to explain. The Grimms can then explain it in this book and try to put it out to the rest of the world. I really enjoy getting to borrow from other folklore, you know, legends that had not yet been in the Grimm books.

Julio Velez: Wow, thank you so much, David.

David Giuntoli: Thank you.

Julio Velez: Congratulations on this great show.

David Giuntoli: Many thanks.

Operator: Thank you very much. And now we will proceed with our last question for today. It will be from the line of Scott Katz from the U.S. Town Hall. Go right ahead.

Scott Katz: Hi, David. My question is you mentioned before about working with Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio. Can you just tell us a little bit about what it’s like to have here on the show? And who is on your personal wish list for potential guest stars in the future that you like to work with?

David Giuntoli: Oh gosh. I can’t say that just because there’s so many. I wouldn’t want to offend the people, you know – Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio was wonderful to work with. And the episodes that she’s been in have been so work intensive, and she has such a wonderful you know ethic — work ethic. And she’s so fury, and she, you know, working with her I get caught watching her all of the time and almost forget that I’m in the scene. Because she’s so captivating and compelling and beautiful and just makes wonderful choices. And, you know, that’s what I think about her.

I’ve really enjoyed the guest actors we’ve had thus far. And anybody’s who’s decided to come who can swing it we’ll love to have.

Scott Katz: I mean is there like a specific type of actor that you think fits well into the Grimm family?

David Giuntoli: Sure, character actors.

Scott Katz: (Unintelligible) theater actors or is it – what is does a actor need to have to fit in with you guys?

David Giuntoli: You don’t have to be like a theater actor per say. I mean most actors have done some theater. But I love the local guys getting some jobs — guys and girls getting some jobs. Because you know these are people who have dedicated to theater and they live in Portland. So there’re not a ton of gigs that show up there. So I love when we get a really great new talent.

But also it’s fun to expose viewers to people who you have not seen much be that we had an actor name Brian Finney who is a very well respected actor in Los Angeles. He works with the Robbins Theater — the Actors’ Gang. And he played the Ziegevolk in the episode where he was .a lawyer who charmed the jury. And, you know, it was great getting to have him. So, you know, that’s the type of actor.

Scott Katz: Okay as far as you personally concerned what do you like to do during your down time? Are you like an actor who seeks other projects like theater or movies? Or do you just like to take it easy until the season begins again?

David Giuntoli: I like to seek other jobs that I think will push me and do something that I’m not currently doing.

Scott Katz: Okay, do you have anything on the – in the pipeline that you want to talk about?

David Giuntoli: I do, but I can’t talk about it, because it’s not a solidified yes. But I appreciate the question.

Scott Katz: Okay, well thank you very much. I’ll hand it off to the next caller.

David Giuntoli: Thank you.

Operator: Thank you very much. Ladies and gentlemen this concludes the call for today.

David Giuntoli: Thank you.

Operator: Thank you.

David Giuntoli: Bye-bye.

Operator: This does conclude the call for today. We thank you for your participation and ask that you disconnect your lines. Have a good day everyone.

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1 thought on “Interview: Grimm Star David Giuntoli

    Yumenoko

    (2013-05-14 - 5:10 pm)

    Good questions, Chelsea! Hope we do get more shirtless scenes. 😉

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