This is a transcript of Press Conference on November 10, 2011
Q: Okay, this is for each of you, my one question. What is the most challenging thing about your character that you have to deal with when you’re performing?
Russell Hornsby: You know, I mean, I think the – I don’t the character – I don’t have a challenge for the character necessarily, it’s – I think right now the biggest challenge is just the time and the shooting schedule itself. You know, we shoot very late at night and sometimes early into the next day, so I think just the schedule, the turnaround is probably one of the most challenging things right now.
David Giuntoli: And I’d say for me, I’d say what Russell said is certainly true. It’s a wonderful job that they work, you know, really long hours, but in TV you film – you know, in TV and movies you often film like the climax of the episode first thing that day, and then the first scene of the episode right after the climax, so it’s all out of order. So, it’s very difficult to remember exactly where you are at the story (arc) of that episode. And then, the greater story (arcs) a little easier, but just remembering where you are in the story all the time.
Russell Hornsby: Well, I – well, since we do – since there are two elements of the show, I’m more – I’m greatly steeped in the procedural element. And you know I just, you know, lived – I live in that world, and so for me that makes it a lot easier for Russell the actor and for Hank to just to make – just focus on the procedural elements of the show.I think as we move on further down the line in more episodes, I think the character will become a little bit more curious and a little bit (unintelligible) as to how things are sort of changing in the city itself with a lot of these crimes that are being committed. But overall, it’s just – me just really being – keeping my feet on the ground as far as the procedural real world elements are concerned.
In the first two episodes, Nick really hasn’t had any problem hiding his Grimm ability from Hank. Hank kind of – just kind of gone along with Nick’s hunches, how does it play out going forward? Is it going to become an issue for the partnership?
David Giuntoli: Yes, I think as the series goes on it becomes more and more difficult for my character to keeps these two worlds separate. In the first several episodes, it’s – they’re fairly separated. The monsters are only going after a different perpetrator or – and not very much me. And so, (the one) that start to come after me and my life, and my life includes the precinct and my life includes being at home with Juliette. And then, they start going after maybe, I don’t want to give too much away, some of my loved ones, so it becomes a little more difficult for me to keep this lie going.
Russell Hornsby: Well, from my perspective, I mean I’m totally in the dark, so as things sort of open up it becomes a little bit more interesting for my character to discover, you know, just new elements of the show, but I – of the story. But again, I think my character starts to see, again as I said in the previous question, that things are just getting a little weirder in the city, and he’s just seeing the type of crimes that are being committed are a little bit out of the ordinary.So – but I mean as it stands, I don’t think I’ll ever – well, I don’t know what the future holds, as far as my character finding out about Nick’s ability, we’ll just leave that up to the writers and sort of – we’ll all just have to tune in.
I was wondering if there’s any specific fairy tales that you want to see worked in and like – and if you have any preferences on who would play them perhaps? I don’t know, something – like anything out of that realm?
David Giuntoli: I mean there’s like 300 fairy tales that we’re working with. I – any one that involves me sleeping for eight hours would be wonderful. I think that – so we’ve probably done maybe 12 different types of fairy tales that have weaved their way in and out of the show. I don’t really have a preference to one. We haven’t done a Rumpelstiltskin truly.We’re getting – we’ve done many of the famous ones. My favorite has always been Rapunzel and we’ve already (dealt) with that in Episode 107, I believe, and it’s a wonderful episode that I can’t wait to see, and it’s kind of you know incorporated in a very fractured, very fractured way. It’s very difficult to – it’d be difficult to figure it out as a viewer that it’s Rapunzel, but there you go.And as far as guest stars go, I mean we’ve been very lucky with some of these people who really just elevate their – the roles from the page to bring it to life. And as long as they keep doing that, you know that’s what I’m happy about.
Russell Hornsby: I’m saying my favorite thus far has been the Pied Piper sort of fairy tale, even though I’m afraid of rats, but I still enjoy the story. And as far as guest stars are concerned, it’s actually quite a joy to meet new and very – or very new and very talented actors, you know what I mean? The people – a lot of those names that we’re not familiar with as fellow artists and actors, but also that the community and the fans may not be familiar with as well, so it’s good to just to meet new talented people.
David Giuntoli: Exactly. And we also – building on that it’s – we’ve been able to use a lot of the local Northwest talent, which is maybe they don’t get to work as much because they’re in L.A. And there have been some phenomenal actors and actresses who’ve come through Portland and Seattle and the vicinity.
I’m curious for both you, has there been anything that you’ve been surprised to learn about yourselves while, you know developing your characters for the show?
Russell Hornsby: …I didn’t realize that I had a sense of humor. You know, I was – I’ve always been used to doing really intense dramas all my career, up to this point. And you know the writers have weaved some wonderful funny moments and bits and a lot of levity in to script and into my character, and it’s actually a lot of fun to play. So, I’m not as dower and dark as I normally am in the other roles. So yeah, that – I can sort of be liked.
David Giuntoli: And I guess…thank you for that because it’s going to perfectly (just oppose), like I feel like I can – I’ve had to be very forceful and very, you know like authoritarian and forceful, I guess would be the word, in various episodes. And – because these Grimm’s creatures, one of the wonderful thing about our show is the creatures have been raised to fear me. Fear – you know, they run away from me when they see me on the street.And my character Nick, who’s just supposed to this like nice guy, a detective with a family, so their response to me doesn’t sync with my identity on the show. And as the show goes on I try to kind of fill that role and actually become this fearful enemy of the Grimms when they’re around, so – or of the creatures when they’re around, so that’s been very fun to play.
Can you guys talk a little bit about your relationship on and off screen? You guys have some good chemistry on screen, but can you talk a little bit about your relationship and what you think the other brings to the particular role?
David Giuntoli: I mean, first and foremost, we have a wonderful chemistry. I think it’s been great. Our entire cast has really gelled nicely off screen, as well as on screen, but Russell and I, from my point of view, it’s just been an honor working with him because, you know, he’s, as I like to say, he’s a youthful veteran of the world of theater and acting. So, I’ve learned so much from him. It’s just like, you know, as far the trade goes and the craft, and you know between him and Silas just getting to spend so many hours with them, it’s like going to – you know it’s like going to master class.
Russell Hornsby: And, you know, I mean the joy of working with David, David’s a very smart, intelligent actor and has a wonderful, you know, approach to the work, you know, as well, which is totally the opposite of my approach, so it’s been wonderful to sort of watch how he approached the material and just learning from that. And also, he has a great sense of humor, so you know we sort of – we’re able to like wisecrack, you know on set and it – you know it makes the day go by a lot faster, you know…
David Giuntoli: Yeah.
Russell Hornsby: …just being able to work with somebody who has a sense of humor, takes himself seriously, but not too seriously, but is definitely talented, but also engaged in the work.
Speaking of some of the local actors like you were talking about, a friend of ours has been an extra, (Tera Dublin). She said she’s going to be in the precinct this weekend
Russell Hornsby: That’s right. Of course, we loved her.
But, my question is probably really direct for you, David, since Russell’s not on Twitter, but how has social media networking sites like Twitter and Facebook been a really great asset for the promotion of the show?
David Giuntoli: I was a reluctant adaptor, but it – well, I’ve learned to really love it. I mean, our promotion of the show was, I don’t know if anybody has done this before, but we leaked – for all the followers of NBC Grimm, we leaked the pilot episode to them maybe a week in advance to get kind of the buzz out there and to get some of the good talk within the – you know the fan base.And people were kind of reticent about that. They didn’t know if that take away from our viewership of the – of our premier, but we premiered some really big numbers. And I think it was so smart, so you know right on the nose, and I don’t know if that would have worked it wasn’t a “genre” piece, I don’t know. But yeah, Twitter really helped launch us and helped us become this hit for NBC.
Absolutely, and hopefully that will entice Russell to join as well, because there’s so many of the amazing cast members that Tweet during the episodes, like (Iona Berkshire) and Bitsie, and of course yourselves…
David Giuntoli: Exactly.Sasha, Reggie, yeah, everybody does that now. It’s fun. It’s really fun after a while.Once you get into it.I’ll tell Russell to set up his account. How about that?
This question’s actually for Russell. You play cops a lot and I was wondering how this role as Hank is going to differ from the other cops, particularly the role that you played on Haunted, which was another supernatural show ?
Russell Hornsby: Yeah, well, I think that – I actually think this character Hank has a – more of a – a more interesting personality, I think. It’s a more well-rounded character. You know, it’s – and it’s – I’m having a lot more fun playing this role, and I think because of the concept and the show itself I’m just – I’m able to sort of, you know, add different elements of Russell, you know, into the character, which makes it a lot more fun to play.You know, and the difference with, you know, the character on Lincoln Heights, which was more recent, and this was more of a – you know a father knows best sort of police officer, you know where now I’m sort of the Man Friday, if you will.
I was wanting perhaps if you could tell us a little bit about how you both initially became involved in the project and perhaps about the audition process for your respective roles on the show?
[hmtad name=”Adsense Link Unit 1″ align=”floatleft”]David Giuntoli: It was kind of the run of the mill process for me. The pilot season you get two script sent to you and you kind of – if you’re lucky you get to kind of whittle down the projects you’re interested in, and Grimm was one of the, you know, immediate things that I – my attention kind of honed in on.I actually worked with the Director. I – the Director is the one who called me in to audition for this. I – his name’s Marc Buckland, I worked with him on a show called Love Bites like two months prior to the casting process for Grimm. And also, the producers knew who I was because I worked on their show Hot in Cleveland last year, so already it’s nice to be kind of highlighted in that way. You’re kind of – you know you’re a cut above the rest, and so you’re not like a number. They know you personally, so that helps a lot.They brought me in, I read for the producers and Marc Buckland and they’re like, “Okay, can you test next week,” and testing’s like the big – you know it’s you and five other people that they want for the role, so that happened. And then, I heard they like were going to try to offer it out to like a big movie star and I freaked out and then they didn’t, and then we did the test process. And they called me when I was driving away from the audition and told me I got the role, and I had to pull over because I thought I was going to run my car into like a house because I was just was so excited.
Russell Hornsby: I think – and I think for me it was I had a few fans in the room from my work on HBO’s In Treatment, so – and again they knew my work just as an actor, but I think the biggest question for me was, could he – could I handle, you know, the more lighter elements, the more comedic elements of the show? And so, sort of going in there and auditioning I think that was one of the things that they wanted to see if I could handle. And I guess I handled it and – which has really been a lot of fun for me, sort of again find that lighter side of Russell and the lighter side of Hank.
David Giuntoli: It was fun. I got to be in the – I – to help out in the auditioning process. I got to be in the room when they were casting some of the other parts, and so I got to watch some of your auditions, Russell.
Russell Hornsby: Oh, yeah.
David Giuntoli: Homerun. Homerun.
Russell Hornsby: And he shoots and scores.
Russell Hornsby: Most times though there was a flag on the play.
David Giuntoli: Flag on the play.
Russell Hornsby: Sorry, we went on a tangent. Apologize.
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