(This story was published May 3, 2013, in the Weekend Look section of The Oklahoman.)
“Grimm” actor David Giuntoli, 32, says he enjoys the diversity of storylines on the hit NBC series, and he’s especially fond of the comedic aspect.
“Well, I do appreciate the variety. Though I will say it is a dark show, and I really love when we get to squeeze in some more comedic elements,” said Giuntoli, who plays Portland, Ore., homicide detective/Grimm creature profiler Nick Burkhardt.
Giuntoli, who grew up in St. Louis, shared information about “Grimm” during a media conference call this week. The series, which has recently been picked up for a third season, airs at 9 p.m. Tuesdays on NBC.
The show, inspired by the Grimm Brothers’ Fairy Tales, also stars Silas Weir Mitchell, Bitsie Tulloch, Russell Hornsby, Sasha Roiz, Bree Turner and Reggie Lee.
Giuntoli also demonstrated his affinity for comedy when he gave a fun answer explaining the reason he thought “Grimm” has caught on when other similar kinds of shows haven’t.
“I’d say the roguish good looks of its lead David Giuntoli (laughter). We have writers and creators who are seasoned and excited, and that’s a really great combination.
“They know what they’re doing. They have found the sweet spot. David Greenwalt has this gallows humor about him as does Jim Kouf — our two main writers/executive producers. And they balance this story well with a lot of darkness and a little bit of levity. And, you know, there’s some very lovable characters. And, that’s what it takes. They just know their stuff.”
As for what’s ahead on “Grimm,” Giuntoli said Nick and Juliette might be getting back together.
“You could definitely see a Nick and Juliette reunion. And, again, in ‘Grimm’ fashion, they love tearing people apart and bringing them back together, and who knows how hard they’re going to make that for Nick and Juliette.”
And “The Walking Dead” won’t be the only show where zombies can be spotted. They’re also going to be seen on “Grimm.”
“What you will be seeing that I haven’t spoken about yet is a lot of — we deal with the undead in a way that’s never really been dealt (with) … in very typical ‘Grimm’ fashion.
“So, zombies, quote unquote, will be coming to Portland. And, I would also say the cliffhanger of this season is — I don’t know how the writers are going to get themselves out of this corner that they’ve painted themselves into — one of the cast may not live through the finale.”
When asked how people react in public when they see him now that he’s playing “a sexy action hero,” the actor responded humbly and humorously.
“Sexy action hero. That’s funny. I definitely notice people looking at me a lot. In Portland and certain towns that are not L.A., I get approached quite a bit, and it’s lovely. I love it. Because all of us actors have the saddest little frail egos, and we need to be inflated constantly and flirt with narcissism. So that’s nice.”
– Melissa Hayer
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