The brand spankin’ new podcast premiered tonight over on Spreaker, and my first guest was makeup artist/director Tate Steinsiek of “Face Off.”
Not only did we talk about the show, the contestants and the judges, but we talked about Tate’s collaborations with Clive Barker on some products for his upcoming store and that he will be directing the film version of “Son of Celluloid” after his current film in pre-production, his first feature film as director. We also talked about his work in short films with his former roommate Peter Greene (“Zed” from “Pulp Fiction”) and Norman effin’ Reedus.
Yes, you read that right.
Norman will have a role in his first feature, and appears in his short from 2008, “Clown.” Watch it and see if you recognize him… I assure you you won’t.
Here’s the full podcast with Tate Steinsiek. I love you, Big Guy, but after this week, I really never want to type your name again.
And tune in next week, when my guest will be Bitsie Tulloch from NBC’s “Grimm.”
Eric Balfour, who plays “Duke” on Syfy’s “Haven,” based on “The Colorado Kid” by Stephen King.
Last week I got to dish on the fabulous “Haven” with one of its stars, Lucas Bryant. This week, me and some other media reps got to chat with Eric Balfour, the charismatic yet mysterious “Duke” on the series. And sadly for him, the odd man out in the somewhat unconventional love triangle that runs through the “Haven” series.
Ah, the pain of unrequited love.
Here is a sound clip of part of the call, where Balfour talks about his character’s arc for this season, finding the “one true love,” and the real bromance between him and Lucas. And checkout my TV column tomorrow at Examiner.com for the full scoop on today’s call, and the full length story from last week with Lucas Bryant.
I got to chat a bit with Lucas Bryant Thursday about the upcoming season of his show “Haven” on Syfy on a mass media conference call. If you want to read the hot gossip on spoilers for season 4 that premieres September 13 (Friday the 13th!) check out my article over at Examiner.com.
If you want to dig into the quirky goodness of Lucas a bit more — peel away a few layers, if you will — I have am audio clip of my speed interview with the guy on why you should be watching, and what he hopes Nathan’s, Audrey’s and Duke’s fates are on the show. And an epic use of onion references.
Speaking of audio, I told you we were going to be adding another layer of onion here, so to speak, by adding podcasting to the blog. I’ve confirmed Tate Steinsiek of “Face Off” and Bitsie Tulloch of “Grimm” so far, with a whole lot of pending schedule juggling going on with the madness that is the fall TV premiere season.
The podcast premieres September 13 as well, but you can get a sneak peak of our killer platform over at Spreaker now with this clip. And PLEASE click “follow” — Spreaker podcasters can apply to be picked up by iHeartRadio, so your support can help us get syndicated by the big boys. Plus you’ll never miss a show because you didn’t know with email reminders.
Imagine going away on vacation, and coming back to find you’re in the hottest movie of the summer. Shanley Caswell can tell you all about it.
The young actress made her major role debut in the film “Detention” a little over a year ago, but finds herself in a considerably different position these days, as one of the stars of “The Conjuring,” the summer box office dark horse that usurped the likes of “Pacific Rim” and Johnny Depp himself.
So it was time to catch up on our chit-chat from when “Detention” hit theaters and see how things were going.
TQOS: Well, last we talked you just had an independent film come out, your first major role in “Detention.” And now you have recently had a little movie out called “The Conjuring” that maybe a few people have heard of.
Shanley: Yes, they may have heard of it. [laughs]
TQOS: I looked back in the last interview and you referred to your next project as a film called “The Warren Files,” so that was obviously the working title then. But anyway, how has life changed for you since the opening of “The Conjuring?”
Shanley: Really, not much. I have been on vacation with my family in the middle of nowhere in the mountains so I have kind of avoided all the hustle and bustle of everything that has been going on which is nice. It’s nice to be away from the industry for a bit while this craziness is going on.
TQOS: But were you kind of surprised at such an overwhelming response to the film?
Shanley: Yes, I think everyone really was. We knew that people would like it but we weren’t expecting the huge response that we got: everyone going to see it and it being the number one movie… nobody was really expecting that. So I think everyone was pretty shocked because we are not a super, super high budget movie but on the lower range. I think that everyone was shocked but really, really proud that we did something that became that big. It’s really validating that people like it because we all like it so much and it’s wonderful to have other people agree with that.
TQOS: It is a quality horror film, and that’s from a horror movie geek. You know, there’s a lot of garbage turned out in the horror genre, so it’s really refreshing to find a good one. But being kind of a smaller film and not big budget you still got to work with some really great actors… like Vera (Farmiga) and Lili Tailor who I have always adored. So how it was like working with all those great actors?
Shanley: Oh, it was wonderful, but it was very intimidating. But of course as soon as I met them all it wasn’t so intimidating because they’re just so wonderful and always very down-to-earth. Yes, I learned a lot from just being on set and watching them work… they’re all so professional. Ron and Vera and Patrick and all the kids involved really took it very seriously. When we weren’t rolling the camera it seemed like we weren’t working but just hanging out. But as soon as the camera started rolling, everyone was extremely professional and did an amazing job. So I think I learned a lot about how to balance relationships on set. And how to work well on set: I think that is a bit I really took away from them all and watching them together was just amazing.
TQOS: Was there any one thing in particular that was really tough with doing some of the scarier scenes in the movie?
Shanley: Yes, I think because all the little girls and myself (and all the actors really) were very close… when we did have to roll the cameras, and we were getting into all the screaming and crying… it’s a fine line with the younger girls between having fun on set, and making sure that you’re going into a serious mode with them. I realized that part of this film is finding that line between working and really learning how to work with kids, because I had never really done that before. But it went well and the kids were all amazing.
The wonderful thing about James (Wan, the director) is that there wasn’t a lot of CGI either. It was there and real so that wasn’t hard: we actually had things to react to instead of just pretending that it was there.
TQOS: It was definitely nice to have such a CGI-free movie because I’m old-school. I hate CGI, I mean I know it has its place, but I can imagine it would be much harder to react to something imaginary than something physical.
Shanley: And I think it made it scarier for the actors on set to have something to react to: real things that they can actually see so they don’t have to imagine the thing. I think it makes it scarier watching it as well. You know, it seems real, it doesn’t seem fake. I see some movies and I just get so distracted by how fake it looks or how computer-generated it looks and, well, it actually takes me out of the bubble of reality that the movie has tried to create.
TQOS: Exactly. And, well, I know that the movie has only been out for a couple of weeks and this is really early, but has anyone started talking about “The Conjuring II” already, god help us?
Shanley: Oh, god, I know… (laughs) Yes, I have heard something about that … I can’t remember but apparently there is going to be a second one… I think that it might be the parent’s story? I don’t really know, but this is the continuing franchise about the Warrens, and maybe going on to their next story.
TQOS: That would be what I would predict. When they had one of the scenes when they were lecturing about the paranormal in a classroom, I wanted to jump up and scream, “That’s the real Lorraine Warren! Right there in the front!” during her cameo.
Shanley: You noticed her? Oh, my god, I looked for her every single time and I completely missed her. I need to pay attention more.
TQOS: Well, there’s a lot going on, so it’s hard to catch her. But moving along, do you have any other projects in the works right now?
Shanley: Next week I’m leaving to study abroad and I’m basically just trying to finish up school. I am graduating at the end of August — I already did the ceremonial graduation stuff — but I am going overseas and finishing up some classes. Then I’m back here and looking for the next job.
TQOS: Well, you’re probably going to get some offers while you’re overseas I’m just guessing… going out on a limb here.
Shanley: Fingers crossed, fingers crossed…
TQOS: So since you have been on vacation in the middle of nowhere, you probably really haven’t had a chance to get to talk much with any cast members about their reaction to the movie and its success?
Shanley: A big group of us have been emailing back and forth, and everyone is just out of their minds excited. James has been texting all of us, just sending us pictures of the headlines and articles. Everyone in my family is really excited, too. We all went to see it last Saturday — it was, like, 50 of us — so I’ve had many congratulations through a variety of sources, and it is just unbelievable. I really didn’t expect that at all.
TQOS: So now, what would be the kind of role you would hope to do next?
Shanley: What I’ve been kind of gravitating toward are good stories and stories that haven’t been done before, because you read the same things over and over again… just carbon copies of the scripts you’ve read before. So anything that’s original — original stories and original characters — characters that I haven’t done before. I’ve played the typical teenage daughter a million times and would like something with just a little more meat to it, something to challenge myself with.
TQOS: Are you at the point yet where you are going down the street and people are saying “Hey! Weren’t you in ‘The Conjuring?’ or is it still a little premature for that?
Shanley: Well, it’s still a little premature and I’m at this point where I’ve been out in the middle of nowhere. But I was in the library studying one day and this kid comes up and he recognized me from “Detention” — I had never really been recognized before. So when he told me he recognized me I was like, “Oh, we probably have a class together.” And he said, “No, you’re Riley.”
TQOS: Well, hopefully when we touch bases again in a year, you’ll be, you know, like A-list, red carpet, getting the Bieber mobs famous. And it won’t be a teen horror movie or a teen comedy or teen anything — it will be, you know, as an adult.
Shanley: Yeah, fingers crossed, fingers crossed.
TQOS: It comes in time, it comes in time. Of course, in twenty years you’ll be saying “Why can’t I play a younger character?”
Shanley: Yeah, exactly! I’m holding on to this for as long as I can.
TQOS: Well, thank you so much for checking in and hopefully we’ll speak again in about another year.
Shanley: Plan on it!
“Grimm” has been the surprise hit of the new season for the network, and despite a somewhat challenging Friday night timeslot, the show has been steadily gaining a loyal following, with signs of achieving cult favorite status. With a lead like David Giuntoli, it’s easy to understand a certain aspect to the fan base — the ladies — but if you ask fans of the show why they love it, you get some variation of the same answer again and again:
“I love Monroe!”
Fans are singing the praises of Giuntoli’s sidekick on the series, played by actor Silas Weir Mitchell. If, for some foolish reason, you haven’t tuned into the show yet, the premise is Giuntoli plays a detective who has just discovered he’s a descendant of the Grimms — the legendary folks who penned all those tales as warnings about the beasts they hunted down and killed. Monroe belongs to one species of those monsters and is a “Blutbad” (German for “blood bath”) — a modern day version of the big bad wolf, or a werewolf, if you will.
But as Monroe himself would point out, a very modern and reformed Blutbad, who has gone “vegetarian” with a “strict regimen of diet, drugs and Pilates.” He and Giuntoli’s character, Nick, have paired up to solve some crimes, with Monroe also giving the detective a crash course in this whole new world of Grimms vs. Wesen (monsters.)
To say Monroe is a quirky character is putting it mildly, and if anyone has followed Mitchell’s other characters on shows such as “Prison Break” or “My Name is Earl,” it comes as no surprise if you look him up on Wikipedia that the words “unstable” and “disturbed” come up.
But just in regards to the characters he plays … really. And Mitchell is quick to point out he had nothing to do with the construction of that page, for the record. But there’s no denying he has developed a niche for the, shall we say, outsider archetype.
It seems like you’ve been kind of typecast as the guy that plays the weird characters. Is that something that just kind of came about naturally or do you like being put in those roles?
Mitchell: Well, it came about because when you start out, you try to get work that you can get and that’s just the work that came to me because of, you know, the combination of physiognomy, timing, and sense of humor, I guess. It’s just the nature of it, you know.
But on the other hand, not to say that it was completely out of my hands, because I am interested in that frame of mind. The frame of mind that is not ordinary, like what’s going on in that guy’s head? That guy on the corner who’s talking to himself, what’s he talking about?
Do you think you like playing those parts because you feel like it’s similar to you or do you feel it’s something completely opposite from your real personality?
Mitchell: I feel like it has nothing to do with me, per se. It has more to do with what I find interesting in the human psyche. So it’s not about whether it’s like me or not like me. It’s more of something that I am objectively interested in, as the person who is interested in what makes people tick and when you find people, when you can’t quite figure out what makes them tick, I think that’s interesting.
Are there any different kinds of roles you would like to play besides the crazy guy or the eccentric?
Mitchell: Of course. I mean that’s what’s great about Monroe, you know. Like Monroe is an oddball, but he’s not malicious and insane. I get to explore and live in a completely different realm of the human soul or spirit or high humanity. It’s like, it’s a very different place I get to live in with Monroe because for all Monroe’s otherness, there’s still a very, very deep streak of humanity and compassion and, you know, there’s a real effort being made on the part of Monroe to live a decent life, despite, my ancestry and my own tendencies. That’s really fun.
Well, you know when I was telling people that I was going to be talking to you, everyone said that you’re their favorite on the show. They just love what you do with the character. Are there any parts of Monroe that you do feel kind of similar to you or is there any special preparation you do for the quirkiness?
Mitchell: Yeah, I mean, I think there’s an affinity there. One of the things I was talking to David and Jim about — David Greenwalt and Jim Kouf, the creator and head writers — I was talking about the similar way Monroe’s mind works. It kind of bounces around a little bit, you know, and then once it latches on to something, it will bore all the way into it, like the clock making or the Pilates or the vegan thing or, you know, but when it’s not anchored, it kind of skitters around. My mind is like that. If I don’t have something to really focus on, I can kind of, think about five things to do at once. You know what I mean?
I definitely make an effort in my personal life. Sometimes I just do one thing at a time, you know. Fill the dishwasher then, you know, fix the couch then make the bed instead of, sort of, making a third of the bed and then running to the dishwasher, putting a few more things in there and then, you know, running into the other — you know what I mean? Like I’ve tried to do one thing at a time.
Sadly, I know exactly what you mean. I think you just gave me some insight to why I love the character so much, which scares me a little bit. Now, you’ve been working a lot with David Giuntoli and there’s a lot of dry humor in your scenes. Like, in particular, the bit where you’re translating about the Wesen species Nick’s aunt was involved with, and make the comment that “They have very large sausages — I can’t be translating that right.” I mean, are you guys having a hard time keeping a straight face through some of that?
Mitchell: There are moments of straight faces being hard to come by, yes. I love that and you know, the convivial and collegial working relationship. So it’s quite nice.
Are you guys getting kind of to a point where you’re ad-libbing a little bit or are you doing a little improvisation now that you’re kind of really getting to know the characters?
Mitchell: Yeah … I mean there’s definitely room for that. It’s not improv. It’s more like, “This line would be better if we just moved this around this way.” You know, there are definitely elements of that. I always call the writers and I badger them about things to a point where I sometimes feel like, “Hi, I’m sorry. It’s me again. What about this line?” But there’s a lot of that. They’re very, very open to that because, you know, yeah, like you said, once you’re on episode 20, you’re starting to really sink in to the world.
Now you guys just got picked up for a second season and I just watched a bit of an interview where you said that you told somebody that you didn’t think it’d go past the first season. So obviously, it sounds like you’re a little surprised, but happily so.
Mitchell: Well, I wouldn’t say I didn’t think it was going to go past the first season. What I was saying was I’m surprised that it’s the first thing that NBC renewed. I mean, I was saying, who would’ve thought back in October of last year, you know, cut to spring of this year and what new NBC show that’s not a mid-season replacement would still be standing.
Like, I don’t want to forget a show that’s still there but I’m just saying I don’t think many people would’ve said back in October, “Grimm” is going to be the show that NBC gives the first re-order to of their new hour-longs. I just don’t think that people would’ve thought that and I certainly was more than pleasantly surprised when that happened.
Well, yeah. You guys have that Friday night timeslot which is really tough.
Mitchell: I guess it’s tough in a way but it’s also, apparently, one of the good things about Friday is you don’t need to pull huge numbers to justify sticking around. You don’t need to get Thursday, Wednesday, Tuesday numbers.
We were really, really worried when the pilot was in the air because I don’t know if you remember this but we were up against the World Series and the World Series was supposed to be finished. Without doubt, there was no way that the World Series was going to last longer than Thursday before we opened the next day on Friday, even if it went seven games before we premiered. And then they had a rainout.
So not only was there a rainout, there was an opportunity for one team, the Rangers, to close it out, win the series, and be done with it on Thursday night and they were up two runs and then they got tied and then they were up two runs again and then they got tied and then they were up again and the other team won it in the bottom of the ninth or something to force Game 7. So we were up against Game 7 in a way that should never have happened because there was the rainout and there was this incredible comeback victory. We were all looking at our cell phones manically watching the score of the game.
So, I feel like we were up against some pretty serious odds and we hit something and it’s very, very exciting.
Well, you know, DVR has been a blessing to you guys. You’ve done really well with DVR ratings added in. Even people that don’t catch it when it’s running live, that’s been a big factor in your ratings as well.
Mitchell: I believe that you are correct in that and I think it speaks to, I mean, it speaks to the age we live in when, you know, there’s a metric for people who watch something on the DVR but there has to be. So many people do it that you have to start measuring it and if you add those in for the numbers, you’re right. We get a lot more viewers than just those who watch it live and I’m glad that they’re aware of that because I’m sure that contributed to their decision to renew us.
Well, and it seems like it’s picking up almost a cult-like status. People are really catching on. I mean, do you see that happening? Would you be excited if it became, you know, like a Star Trek-type cult thing and you’re doing conventions playing Monroe 20 years from now?
Mitchell: Oh, man. Now you’re really scaring me. Twenty years from now?
Well, look at Mr. Spock.
Mitchell: I don’t know what I’m going to have for lunch. I’m not thinking about 20 years from now.
Okay, fair enough. Well, do you know anything about what’s coming up for season two or any spoilers that you can give us? Of course, obviously most of it has to be under wraps but anything that we can be looking forward to for season two or even the rest of season one? You said you’ve got a big part in the episode you’re working on now.
Mitchell: Yeah, I can say I honestly — I’m not trying to be coy — I don’t know anything about season two, not literally one tip. But what I can say from what I know is that I think fans, especially the fans that you were just referring to, “cult-like fans” or the, you know, the people who know David Greenwalt’s work from “Buffy (the Vampire Slayer”) and people who are interested in the “genre shows.” I don’t know what that word means, except it’s the most vague term. It’s like a genre show — that’s like saying, you know, a round cookie. Every show is some genre. Anyway …
I think they mean horror and sci-fi geeks.
Mitchell: I know they do. That’s what genre means but I feel like it’s the strangest term because it’s like a generic term for, you know, a type. It’s like saying, “You’re on a type of show”. Well, yes, I am on a type of show. Anyway, that’s a semantic point. What I’m getting at is I can tell you that the fans of this genre will be very excited, I think, by what happens towards the end of season one because the mythology of the whole set-up, the underpinnings of Nick’s situation, his relationship to various people in the world, the tip of the iceberg starts to, you know, broaden and we start to feel a little bit more about what’s really going on and I think that’s going to be really fun for people. There’s the procedural element.
The procedural element sort of gets woven into the fabric of Nick’s particular journey, i.e. what am I doing here, who are these people, what are their motives. You know, it’s not just crime of the week. It’s crime of the week that has to do with the “Grimm” mythology. So, the writers have done a really cool job, sort of, dove-tailing those two things and I think that’s going to be fun for people. You have to forgive me because I’m just completely rambling, you know. Sorry.
No, that’s okay. But I was going to say that your writers are really great, I especially really love how they wove in real history with their mythology in the “Three Coins for a Fuchsbau” episode.
Mitchell: Yeah, in fact the “Three Coins” episode which was the, sort of mid-season, I don’t know what you call it — it was episode 13 so it was, kind of like, the midseason, not cliff-hanger, but kind of climax in a way. I think that type of writing and that type of narrative where the crime of the week, which was the coin, has to do with the deeper mythology of the Grimm story, which was exactly what I was just saying. I feel like that is going to start happening more, which is really — its fun. It just gets darker and richer and like, brings in real history and I think it’s fantastic. It gives it a kind of gravitas, you know.
Yeah, what you were saying made me think of “Three Coins” because I really, really loved that one. That was the “please-don’t-cancel-us” episode.
Mitchell: Yeah, I guess it kind of was. “You want some action, here it is.” Although by the time that aired, by the time they were writing that, I think we knew that we weren’t going to get bounced.
Where are you right now in your filming schedule?
Mitchell: We are filming the next to last episode right now and we start shooting the last episode after Easter.
Okay and then do you guys know yet when the second season comes back, probably next fall?
Mitchell: I think next late summer is my guess. I think, from what I heard, you know, this is all rumor. I don’t really know. I just keep my head down and just say words. You know what I mean?
Oh, yeah. Hey, you’re still trying to figure out what you’re going to have for lunch. Alright, take care and hopefully, maybe next season we’ll sit down and chat again.
Mitchell: I’d love that.
“Grimm” airs Friday nights on NBC at 9 p.m. ET.
Not only has “Grimm” been a surprise success for NBC, but even a bit of a surprise for the stars of the show itself. Despite a former starring role on the TV series “Lincoln Heights,” Russell Hornsby’s new gig playing detective Hank Griffin may not be the lead, per se, but has brought him much more recognition than any other credit to his name thus far.
“I think any time you are on a network show, you are going from maybe half a million viewers to five to six million viewers a week. So it’s a numbers game.
“I also think that for the longest time I was a face that people recognized, but they couldn’t put the face with the name. I think now they have been able to put both of them together, and so now I see people and they say, ‘Hey Russell, how’s it going … love Hank … love Lincoln Heights.’ Before it was like “Hey, you’re an actor, right … I know you are on something … tell me what you’ve done.’
“So finally they now recognize me (and) as an actor they know my name, and that’s what I really appreciate. I have less autonomy that I used to obviously because of that, but that goes with the territory.”
Another thing that seems to go with the territory is being cast as a police officer, which seems to be a recurring career theme. Hornsby thinks it might have something to do with conveying an air of authority, and confirms the powers in charge did try to cast actors in roles perhaps not so far removed from their personalities (and yes, that includes Silas Weir Mitchell as Monroe.) They also cast actors that really hadn’t had a breakout starring role prior to “Grimm.”
The lack of superstars has created a cool vibe on the set amongst cast members and crew.
“Number one, I think our heads are in the right place, and but also the fact that we are not in L.A. helps a lot because you don’t have the friends and the family members and the people that are whispering in your ear, and putting a wedge through the cast.
“Everybody comes to the moment very humble, very appreciative, very gracious of the opportunity. With the landscape of the television and the entertainment business now, people aren’t taking their opportunities for granted. I think that makes for a greater cohesion amongst the cast, and I also think that it’s going to make more of a creative environment and a more creative dynamic between us.”
Thus far, Hornsby’s character has been pretty much the “normal” guy in a world full of beasts. His partner, Nick (David Giuntoli), has a family history of slaying aforementioned beasts, or being a “Grimm.” Of course, Hank has no idea about this secret life his partner Nick has. But as the season approaches the end of its first run, Hank is going to find himself getting tangled up more in that unknown world, giving Hornsby a chance to get in on the supernatural fun of the show and get some “juicier” story lines.
He’s already had a run in with one toxic babe, which he barely survived.
“I think that the writers are doing a wonderful job of incorporating Hank into the world of Grimms, and allowing him to be affected by it. Hank is starting to question his life, his ability to do his job well — is he getting too old for this, has the world changed so much that he is not in touch anymore — so these are some challenging dynamics for the character, and for me to play.”
While playing a police officer may be old hat, Hornsby does want to bring a bit more to his character than the typical cop roles he’s played in the past.
“I mean the writers, Jim and David, had sort of said to me ‘You know Russell, this is your character — have fun with him.’ And that all trickles down into his way of speaking, his manner of speaking, how he walks, how he dresses. You know, sort of collaborating with the costume designers on things that Hank would wear, and things that are specific to Portland — it’s been a wonderful collaborative effort and working with the writers, and the directors, and whatnot to sort of bring Hank alive, and sort of see how does he fit into the story, and how does he fit into the world.
As “Grimm” is his first venture into a “genre” show, is he worried about the stigma some cast on anything related to horror, sci-fi or fantasy?
“I mean, of course, I love sci-fi and stuff like that, but I’m not, like, a comic book crazy guy. But now I’m able to appreciate the world of science fiction, and the fairly tale genre in a whole different way. So I’m really excited by it — it’s still very intriguing and very interesting to me as I’m growing into the character, learning more about the world of Grimm, and the world of fairy tales and science fiction.”
Beyond understanding the horror or fantasy genre itself, one of the pleasant surprises for Hornsby has been learning about the cult behind the genre, and specifically, the genre fans.
“The fact that we got a full season surprised me, but what’s even more surprising is just the following, and the real appreciation for the show, and for the genre. I mean, you have to understand this is new to me. I didn’t follow ‘X-Files’ when I was in college, I didn’t have a TV, and so I just remember people in the dressing room, or in the green room of the theater, and the ‘X-Files’ is coming on and all the crew members are watching. It’s crazy being on the other side now.”
Hornsby first got the sense he had signed on for some kind of strange phenomena at Comic-Con, where the fans showed tremendous enthusiasm from a two minute preview clip. But it was enough for the cast to see the beginnings of a cult following brewing.
“It was like, are you guys seeing what I’m seeing? Is this real? We were all literally pinching ourselves.”
With its character-driven story lines, the show has proven to carry a broader appeal than the typical genre audience, and even found itself being labeled a family favorite — at one of Hornsby’s favorite Italian restaurants in Portland, he often gets fed on the house by the owner.
“She says ‘Thank you for giving me something that I can watch with my family on Friday night.’ Every time I go in, you know, they put out some wine, an appetizer or salad, and she is like, ‘Here baby, this is just me saying thank you, thank you so much. My family loves you. They love the show. We can sit down and watch together.’
“It’s great — that happening on a Friday night, when the kids stay up a little later. I think that sort of helps our cause as well.”
The series is winding down on its first season, but there is still plenty of action to come.
“There are going to some wonderful cliffhangers. Nick is going to have to make a decision — a choice as to putting his job first and his commitment to be a Grimm over his love for Juliette, and his commitment to the friendship with Hank, and I think that’s going to lead to a very interesting cliffhanger for this season.”
Not too bad for a series that looked like it might be doomed before it started, after a disastrous set of circumstances led to Game 7 of the World Series airing at the same time as the premiere.
“Oh man, I thought we were dead in the water. You have no idea,” says Hornsby. “I mean, we were on set, almost in tears, Silas and I. I could not get over it. I said we were going to be dead before we even got a chance to get off the ground.
“But we’ve overcome many obstacles, and I’m having a ball, I must tell you. I mean, just going to work everyday is so easy. I think the fact that we are shooting up in Portland really helps because not being in the machine of Los Angeles sort of sets your mind at ease.
“The crew that we are working with, they are just gracious and wonderful people. And you know we also aren’t taking ourselves too seriously, either — we get to make movies. We get to play everyday, and just have a good time.”
“Grimm” airs Friday nights on NBC at 9 p.m. ET.