Grimm’s Bitsie Tulloch on Her New Identity (and How She Kept it a Secret) – TV Insider

Fans of Grimm were shocked at last month when Juliette, who apparently died in the season four finale, showed up in Portland and saved Nick. Bitsie Tulloch talked to TV Insider about how Juliette is now known as Eve, her new alter ego, , how does Eve feel about Nick and Adalind, how the show kept her return as a surprise, and more. Source: TV Insider

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Let’s cut right to the important question: How do you like being a platinum blond?
It’s so great, but you’re going to see many more looks for Eve. [Laughs] This gal owns a lotta wigs! When she’s outside of her underground compound where she sleeps and works, she needs to be incognito because she’s still in Portland and knows people there. She can’t risk being recognized. She’s got a black wig that’s really fun, and a hot pink one. Now I’m trying to sell the producers on a blue wig. In next week’s episode, you’ll get to see Eve’s room and all her various getups. [Laughs] I love it!

So Eve has free will to make her own decisions and do her own thing? Or is Hadrian’s Wall guiding her?
She certainly has a lot of autonomy. Here’s what happened: Juliette was completely out of control in her Hexenbiest mode and Hadrian’s Wall got wind of her incredible power. They’re thinking, “If we could break her and train her, she’d be a massive asset for us!” So she was kidnapped and broken into submission. And it was exactly what Juliette needed. In one of the upcoming episodes, Eve says to Nick, “This is my reason to live.” Until the end of Season 4, Juliette had this need to fight her inner demon and go back to the way she was. Now, as Eve, she wants nothing to do with her former life. She has to be laser-focused on getting a job done on behalf of a very good cause. She wants very little contact or interaction with anyone.

Grimm did a spectacular job keeping your return a secret. Maybe you folks should give Game of Thrones a lesson in how to protect plot spoilers.
It was definitely tough keeping it all quiet. There were about seven months where I was not able to talk about the show which was hard for me, because I’m big on social media. I was always the one tweeting photos from behind the scenes and live tweeting the episodes. So I had to be very wily. There were layers upon layers of protection. I was listed in the scripts under my legal name, Elizabeth Andrea. We hid it from the background actors and guest stars. We shot my scenes on the soundstage, not on the streets of Portland where fans might come by and spot me. My cast chair was taken away. My bio was taken off the NBC website. I wasn’t allowed to go to Comic-Con. The producers made it seriously clear that we had to keep the surprise!

Were you concerned that it might appear you’d been fired?
Well, no, because I’m not a diva. I don’t have that reputation. But I also had roles in a couple of movies that were coming out [including Concussion, opposite Will Smith]. People would ask, “So why are you off the show?” And I could honestly say, “I’ve been doing movies” and let them think that was the reason. It also helped that I’m in a relationship with David Giuntoli, so when fans would run into us on a date in Portland they would think I was still living there because my boyfriend lives there. It would have been way harder to keep it a secret if I wasn’t dating David. I love the fans so much that I never wanted to be flat-out dishonest, so I’d say, “Juliette is not coming back, guys. I’m bummed, too! Sorry.” [Laughs] So it wasn’t exactly a lie, right? It was more of a deflection.

Read the complete TV Insider interview with Bitsie Tulloch to learn more about Eve, Juliette’s new alter ego, and season 5 of Grimm.

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