Sasha Roiz has played Captain Sean Renard for almost 6 years as an ambiguous character, but this last season, his character has gone into a new villain. Yahoo talked with Sasha Roiz about working with David Giuntoli as a first-time director, being the next big bad after Bonaparte’s death, a spirt haunting, leaving Portland and wrapping production on Grimm. Source: Yahoo
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What were your thoughts on Renard becoming one of the big bads?
It was very much something I not only wanted, but was petitioning for for a good season or two. I like keeping the audience guessing. That’s where the fun lies for the audience and for me as an actor. The second be becomes too predictable the fun is gone. I love the fact that he turned on Nick and the gang and has become in many ways the darkest we’ve ever seen him. It is really just a pleasure to play him as an antagonist and nemesis to David.
I almost had a hard time believing it. I thought he got swept up in the wesen revolution and running for mayor in a sort of “can’t beat the, join them” way. But, nope, he just doubled down.
I think a lot of fans were holding out hope that he would come to his senses after killing Bonaparte. That it was somehow all a ruse to undo Bonaparte’s command. But I think it triggered something in him that we haven’t seen since the first season; a ruthlessness and callousness that he has certainly always been capable of. That is part of who the character is. He has always been a survivor and when he sees a way to leverage a situation in his favor or a way to gain a more powerful position, he is going to do so.
It appears he is being “haunted” because of what he did to Meisner. Can you tease what happens with that?
I can’t say exactly as it would give too much away. It is definitely Renard’s Macbethmoment where he is haunted with everything from guilt to a literal ghost. It is very open to interpretation. Even I myself can’t say with any certainty if it was a literal haunting by a spirit or just something brought upon by his sense of guilt and subconscious. It was definitely something he was struggling with within himself. It goes back to our discussion of Renard giving in to the darkest tendencies of his personality. This is what offsets it. This brings him back to neutral.
Well he really did do Meisner dirty, given that the guy is one of the reasons his daughter is still alive and not with the royals.
True. There is a tremendous amount of guilt over what he did in shooting him. Renard is he is not a one-dimensional villain. He does his best to suppress his moral side, but he feels a lot and you see that when he is with his daughter and certainly through this haunting from Meisner. At that point, Meisner was going to die and Sean shooting him did limit his suffering. There was nobility in that decision to end his misery. Of course, some would argue that he could have also turned the gun on Bonaparte. But he’s complicated. Sean agonizes over and struggles with the decision.