In this March 2012 interview, Bitsie Tulloch talked to Glamour in between shooting Grimm’s Season 1 on the Portland set about the show, her TV favorites, her acting journey, shooting in Portland, her character Juliette Silverton, and more, plus she shared some exclusive photos. Source: Glamour
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How do you like shooting Grimm in Portland? I really, really like it. I love LA, and I love that most of my friends in LA, but I get along great with the guys on the show. The six of us still go out together as a group probably once or twice a month because we like each other so much, and some of us even live in the same building up here. Portland is a really great city, especially because I’m a shopper and there’s no sales tax! That really adds up so fast, because in California, a $1000 pair of shoes ends up costing another $100.
I read that you went to Harvard and double majored. That’s true. I never wanted to be an actress really. I sort of caught the bug fairly late. So many people are so intrigued with the glamour and celebrity of acting, and a lot of actors start acting when they are 9 or 10 years old–so young. I started when I was about 24. I was extremely academic, and my plan was to get a Masters in art history, and what I really wanted to do was own my own art gallery. Instead, I had a really rough senior year, double majoring and doing my thesis, and my parents were in the middle of a really messy divorce, so I was burned out by the end, that I decided to take a year off and move to LA. I was dating a guy that lived there and had friends out there, and then one of my girlfriends was scared to go to her acting class because she was so nervous about it, so I was like, ‘oh, it can’t be that bad. I’ll go with you.’ And then of course, she ended up not becoming an actress, and I fell in love and never looked back. As much as I’m sure that people think, ‘oh it happened so quickly for her,’ the funny thing about actors is that you get to a certain level and you’re like, ‘sweet, this is amazing, but ok, now what’s next? What’s the next level?’ I can’t think of anybody that doesn’t think that.
My most surreal Hollywood moment is: Ok, when I was in college–and this was before I became an actress–I was down in Australia with a friend, and I ended up playing this role as R2D2’s girlfriend in a documentary that__George Lucas__ did called R2-D2 Beneath the Dome. I was wondering around the FOX lot a couple weeks after we had wrapped, and Ewan McGregor came up to me, and was like, ‘you’re so good. You’re so effing funny! You’ve gotta do this.’ And I was like, ‘What?!’ That was so surreal. It also feels really surreal because the first movie that I am starring in and also co-produced is premiering at Tribeca [Film Festival] and that’;s kind of surreal too. Between Ed Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz’s quarterlife, and being in a pilot Sarah Jessica Parker produced (Washingtonienne), and Grimm and the Artist, just everything, I feel very lucky. I’m still not at the point where I’m getting offers and stuff. I’m still auditioning, but when I look back, even though I’ve done some cheesy stuff, I don’t regret any of it.