Anyone who follows the cast of “Grimm” on social media knows that they love each other, but leads David Giuntoli and Bitsie Tulloch revealed recently on Twitter that they are now more than just friends. Just like their characters Nick and Juliette, they are in a relationship.
“It’s pretty public now that I’m dating David, so that’s kind of out of the bag,” Tulloch tells Zap2it. “We were hiding it for a long time, but now everybody knows.”
Tulloch says she and Giuntoli hang out with co-stars Silas Weir Mitchell, Bree Turner, Claire Coffee, Sasha Roiz, Russell Hornsby and Reggie Lee “all the time” in Portland, Ore., where “Grimm” films and most of them have homes. “Everybody just really likes to get together,” she says.
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Interview with Bitsie Tulloch
By K9 Magazine on December 12, 2014
Bitsie Tulloch is an actress best known for her current lead role in the hit TV show ‘Grimm’ playing Juliette Silverton. Also appearing in the acclaimed film ‘The Artist’, Bitsie has two films due for release soon – the crime thriller ‘Dead Draw’ where she stars opposite Canadian actor Michael Eklund, and the hugely anticipated ‘Chronic’ opposite the UK’s own Tim Roth.
Kim O’Meara caught up with Bitsie during her down time filming ‘Grimm’ to hear all about her constant leading man, her dog Henry.
Tell us about your dog – we’d like to know everything about him!
Henry is a 4 ½ year old French Bulldog. He’s goofy, sassy and super courageous – not even remotely intimidated by bigger or meaner dogs. I have had him since he was about two months old and we have been through so much together, including a move from California to Oregon to shoot ‘Grimm’, and more importantly a life-threatening stroke he suffered last year. Learning to care for a disabled pet has been a huge adjustment for me, but now that he is walking again it’s much easier to take care of him and more a matter of taking him to physical therapy and making sure he takes his medication.
When you decided to get a dog, what was it that led you to Henry and made him stand out as the one for you?
I just always wanted a French Bulldog named Henry. But in my mind I wanted what I call a “breadloaf” Frenchie – the little chubby cream-colored ones, but then when I started looking, I saw a photo of baby Henry and immediately knew he was my dog. I don’t know why, just a gut reaction, because he looked nothing like what I had envisioned was going to be my Frenchie. I just knew he was mine.
You grew up in a lot of different places, including Spain, Uruguay and Argentina, how do attitudes to dogs differ from place to place in your view?
I don’t recall there being much of a difference. I think it’s fair to say that dogs are pretty universally beloved.
Tell us a little about Henry’s stroke, how did you adapt and evolve as a dog owner after that? How is he getting on now?
Last year in early December, Henry had a Fibrocartilaginous Embolism (‘spinal cord stroke’). There were few warning signs other than that day he was looking pretty weak and didn’t want to go outside to play or go for a walk – Frenchies are incredibly playful and have a ton of energy so that was unusual. It was one of the worst nights of my life – I came home from a concert to find him hyperventilating and paralyzed from the waist down. He was in the ER for 5 days in an oxygen tank and as soon as I got him home I started taking him to physical therapy 3-4 times a week. Now we are down to once a week.
He gets acupuncture, underwater treadmill, laser therapy etc. He was completely paralyzed from the waist down for over a month, and slowly regained feeling in his legs. He was in diapers, and I had to manually express his bladder and bowels a few times a day – that’s true love! He loves his physical therapists at Back on Track Rehab in Portland, and seems to be aware that everything they’re doing is helping him — he barely lets me brush his teeth, but happily lets them stick acupuncture needles in his back.
Your TV show ‘Grimm’ is a huge hit here in the UK. For anyone who hasn’t watched it yet (where have you been!), describe the show and your character to them.
‘Grimm’ is a TV show that is half-fantasy, half-procedural. The basic idea is that fairy tales and creatures do indeed exist, and my character’s boyfriend (the Grimm), has to battle the dangerous creatures (wesen). I play ‘Juliette Silverton’ – she is smart, sincere and well-meaning. She can be a little naive about the ways of the wesen world — but that’s not her fault, and she’s learning. She is a veterinarian and therefore has a background in chemistry etc. I love that the writers are playing with the fact that she can be a little awkward and brainy.
“[Becoming a Hexenbiest] is the last thing in the world she wants. It’s hard enough for her being as involved as she is with the Grimm stuff,” Tulloch tells Zap2it. “She’s the kind of Wesen, or witch rather, that her boyfriend’s fate is to kill them, so that’s kind of scary and she’s obviously going to try to hide it from him while she figures out how to correct it. She’s obviously going to try to desperately get back to normal.”
Watch has confirmed it’ll screen the fourth series of fantasy drama Grimm from late January.
Inspired by the classic Grimm Brothers’ Fairy Tales, the series stars David Giuntoli as Portland homicide detective Nick Burkhardt, who discovers he is descended from an elite line of criminal profilers known as Grimms.
He increasingly finds his responsibilities as a detective at odds with his new responsibilities as a Grimm. ? ?Grimm also stars Bitsie Tulloch, Russell Hornsby, Silas Weir Mitchell, Bree Turner, Reggie Lee, Sasha Roiz and Claire Coffee.
Season three ended on an eventful wedding episode and tense cliff-hanger; Nick’s Grimm powers are stolen by Adalind (Claire Coffee), after tricking her way into his bed and casting one of her spells.
Season four picks up with Nick and his girlfriend Juliette (Bitsie Tulloch), struggling to come to terms with the loss of his Grimm abilities.
However things have never been more chaotic with the Wesens, the immortal creatures only seen and battled by the Grimms. In episode one a new group of Wesens show up in Portland, stealing the memories of their victims.
This season Nick must dig deep and decide what type of person he wants to be. Will he regain his powers, or will he now forever just be human?
Season four of Grimm returns to Watch on Wednesday 28th January at 10pm.
Where were we? The veterinarian wasn’t too pleased to find out that her boyfriend couldn’t tell the difference between her and Adalind, even if there was a spell involved, and that he had inadvertently cheated on her.
What’s next? “Oh, it gets worse!” Kouf teases about Juliette’s feelings of betrayal. Greenwalt adds, “She would like to have a normal life, but later she sees how incredibly important what he does is, not just to him but to the world at large. They need to work on getting Nick’s power back, and there could be some side effects from that process. Let’s just say she won’t be the same person she was a year ago.”
Bitsie & David are signing at Spooky Empire next Sunday from 10am – 12:15pm and 3:00pm – 3:30pm ONLY – event tickets CAN BE BOUGHT HERE plus the Autograph tickets!