GRIMM -- "The Grimm Identity" Episode 501 -- Pictured: (l-r) Claire Coffee as Adalind, David Giuntoli as Nick Burkhardt -- (Photo by: Scott Green/NBC)
Claire Coffee, along with David Giuntoli as Nick in the season 5 premiere of “Grimm”(Photo by: Scott Green/NBC)

Season 5 of “Grimm” premiered Fri., Oct. 30, 2015 on NBC and promises, according to Claire Coffee, who plays Adalind, to be “a pretty twisty, turning season.” Claire talked with journalists on the phone this week about what can we expect in upcoming episodes. Below are the highlights from the call:

On Adalind’s relationship with Nick:

At the beginning of the season, they’re both at a bit of a crossroads – Nick having lost his mother and Juliette, the love of his life. And Adalind has no one. And I think that they really do bond over this child where the only feeling that matters to them at this point is keeping this child happy and healthy. So, they form a bond over that.

And I think it’s easy to let bygones be bygones when you have a baby that really does need you 24 hours a day. So, it gets them pretty sidetracked – at least for a while.

On whether Adalind and Nick will hook up on the show or whether that’s “too crazy”:

Well, there’s no crazy talk, I don’t think, on the show. There’s nothing too crazy…. Nick and Adalind have had that very aggressive and contentious chemistry from the beginning, since she was the first wesen that he saw, and she’s been a thorn in his side.

And so, I do think they are an expression of that saying that there’s a thin line between love and hate. They are inextricably linked, I would say. So, it’s not so far-fetched.

But there’s so many things complicating the situation at this point. And especially this season, we have a brand new villainess entity. There’s this vested uprising afoot, so there’s a lot going on….

I think this Adalind/Nick relationship is kind of providing just one more layer for the gang. I think for the rest of the team, they definitely aren’t so excited to have her in the fold at first. And nobody is trusting her completely. So, it’s a very slow process.

On what she likes and dislikes about the new Adalind:

What I like about the new Adalind is I get to shoot with the rest of the cast more frequently now that Adalind is in Portland and hanging out with the gang…, which I didn’t get to do so much as evil Adalind.

And then, what do I miss? Well, I guess I would really like – I’m into dramas for a large part of the season because just having had the baby. So, I was really loving it, but now, I’m kind of anxious to get back to Adalind’s fashion.

Claire Coffee in season 4 of "Grimm" (Photo by: Scott Green/NBC)
Claire Coffee in season 4 of “Grimm” (Photo by: Scott Green/NBC)

On how the definition of a Hexenbiest has evolved over the years:

At the start, I was the only Hexenbiest, and we had the B episode where you learned a little bit more about Hexenbiest – the sort of lethal, witch creatures that no one in the wesen community really liked.

And I think now, it’s gotten more specific with the rules of Hexenbiest age and how you can become a Hexenbiest. And Juliette became a Hexenbiest. She was not born a Hexenbiest, so therefore, her powers are more deadly.

And then we have the Zauberbiest, which is the captain. We learned about the male version of the Hexenbiest. But it is evolving for my character, and she’s suppressing her powers – how and what does it take for those powers to kind of come back and come through? And how can you suppress them forever? Those are things that we will continue to learn about in Season 5.

On the most challenging scene to shoot so far this season:

There is a scene coming up where I had to hold the baby, answer the phone, and deal with a pot of boiling water with rice. So, just from a choreography standpoint, I would say, that was pretty challenging.

On how she felt when she found out Adalind would be having Nick’s baby:

I was shocked. They wrote another baby in because I had a baby in real life. But when I told them I was pregnant, I said, “Obviously, we’re not going to do another baby storyline.” Like, [they said] don’t worry we can use a body double, whatever. It will be all fine. And then, halfway through the season, they said, “Actually, we are going to have you be pregnant, and it’s going to be Nick’s.” And I think my jaw hit the floor.

But it ended up being outrageously a kind of fun adventure. It still is, so I’m happy that they went in that direction.

On recently becoming a mother in her private life:

It’s so many things, but it’s been awesome. Cal [the baby] is awesome. And luckily, I’m able to bring him on set with me, so he hangs out in the trailer with my incredible nanny. And I get to pop in and out to feed him or hang out with him on breaks from set. So, that’s been really good.

He’s sort of like the set mascot. That’s right. But it’s been good, and I think I feel so much better informed this season playing the role of a mother now that I am one myself.

I feel very bad about my birthing scene of Diana. I would have done it very differently had I known what it actually feels like.

On how she and Adalind differ as mothers:

The differences are that Claire as a mother is over-researched and much more paranoid than Adalind is as a mother. I think she’s winging it a little bit more.


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