'Grimm's Bree Turner Gets Lost Playing Wendy on This Week's Peter Pan Episode
Grimm usually plays with monsters from, well, very grim fairy tales. This week’s episode, however, “is a super disturbing and screwed-up take on the Peter Pan story,” says Bree Turner, who plays Rosalee Calvert, the fox-like Wesen known as a Fuchsbau. We spoke to Turner, who previewed tonight's episode, aptly titled Lost Boys, about what's coming up for her character.
It seems Rosalee will become Wendy to some motherless kids tonight. Was that fun to play?
I love when we do more popular tales that most people have heard of, but in our own Grimm way, of course. All these Wendys die.
Who are these lost kids?
They’re a bunch of orphan children, all Wesen. They live in this magical forest tree house. We have some of the best set decoration people in the business, and the set that they built with the kids in their teepees are so incredible. These kids are basically looking for a mother and, for many years, they’ve kidnapped women who they think would make good candidates for that job. They hold women hostage in their fort and force them to be their mother. It’s really disturbing.
How does Rosalee become one of these mommy candidates?
The kids come into the spice shop to steal some medicine. Through their interaction [with Rosalee], they think she’d make a good candidate. Their last mother died trying to escape. They chloroform Rosalee and kidnap her. The rest of the story unfolds with her being held captive and trying to figure out how to survive.
You sound pretty happy about the story.
It’s one of my favorite scripts, and not only because I have so much fun stuff to do. Every week we deal with really crazy life-and-death scenarios. This is too, but because these kids (three boys and a girl) are dangerous, because they're Wesen children, there’s a very different tone to the writing. It’s not as immediately threatening; it's more, how am I going to get out of this situation and how am I going to help these kids who are so lost and alone? Rosalee can relate because she has a past in which she was also very lost and living without guidance. Not that she’s above kicking their asses, too!
Do these kids never grow up?
That’s a very good question. You’ll have to see.
Will Rosalee's time in “Neverland” make her and Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell) want to make little Wesen babies?
Babies have been on their mind, especially now that Nick (David Giuntoli) and Adalind’s (Claire Coffee) baby, Kelly, is in their face. Maybe they’ve had trouble conceiving, maybe they’re scared, maybe they’re thinking of adopting, we haven’t been told yet. But having this episode with the kids raises some questions.
Where will Adaline, formerly the very evil Hexenbiest, be living with her and Nick's baby?
Tonight’s episode will reveal where Adaline will go. Rosalee pretty much tells Nick that Monroe and she would look after the baby. She’s not replacing Juliette (Nick’s murdered former fiancé who turned into an ultra-violent Hexenbiest) or Adalind, but there’s a baby that needs parents and love and support. Rosalee’s still guarded and fearful that Adalind's powers could come back because it was only a suppressant spell that changed her.
Adalind’s first child, Diana, is scarily powerful. How about her baby son with Nick?
We don’t know yet. He’s powerfully cute, so far.
What are some upcoming challenges for Rosalee and Monroe, the show’s most constant couple?
The main threat, the connective tissue of upcoming episodes, is the big Wesen uprising. The couple has to decide where they stand. Is their true allegiance to Nick, the Grimm, or to the community of Wesen? The second problem is that her past in Seattle, which she has desperately tried to bury, will arrive in Portland on our 100th episode (airing sometime this spring). Someone from her past, who she was in trouble with in Seattle, will arrive back in her life. She’s reinvented her life with Monroe, but will she be able to survive her past, and is it stronger than Monroe? She had addiction problems and was living her life in fear.
We hear there was also a big 100th Grimm episode party in Portland.
It was a huge event! Bob Greenblatt (NBC Entertainment Chairman) was there, and so was Kate Brown, the governor of Oregon and the police commissioner. They named a street after us—Northwest Grimm Way—and Nov. 10 will be Grimm Day in Portland forever.
Grimm, Friday, Nov. 13, 9/8c, NBC