(clockwise from top) Bitsie Tulloch, David Giuntoli, Ed Asner, Zak Burns, Jessica Kittams and Gov. Kitzhaber with cast including Silas Weir Mitchell and Russel Hornsby
ON SET: I am a lucky guy. I get to hang out with big stars, governors...and wallabies.
On Tuesday I had my second chance to visit the set of Grimm, the procedural fantasy drama on NBC that's filmed in Portland. Well, deep in the heart of industrial Northwest Portland in a faceless building full of magical gadgets and sets, that is. At least on this day. The occasion was to kick off the second season of filming for the who-knew-it-would-do-so-well-on-Friday-nights-in-the-18-to-49-demographic show. Filming actually begins today. Governor John Kitzhaber was there to cut the over-the-top red-velvet celebratory cake and make a few comments.
The first time I visited the set was last summer when the were shooting at Good Sam Hospital with my friend Ayanna Berkshire. I saw the guy who played Nick, David Giuntoli, in the makeup area. He was cute then. He is cute now.
At the second season kick-off, David was joined by the soon-to-be-super-famous Bitsie Tulloch (featured in this year's best picture, The Artist, Tulloch is also appearing alongside Guintoli in the new indie film Caroline and Jackie), Slias Weir Mitchell (he plays Eddie the "reformed wolf" on Grimm and has becomes somewhat of a Portland supporter, especially it's restaurant scene, he loves Piazza Italia), Russell Hornsby and some brass from both NBC and Oregon's own legislature.
And, oh yeah, Ed Asner was there. The television icon sits on the Oregon Film and Television Board. Also in attendance were local Grimm crew members, Comcast officials, and Oregon business owners who have benefited from the impact of local production.
“More and more, the film and television industry is calling Oregon home,” said Governor Kitzhaber. “Productions like Grimm keep capital circulating in our region through local sourcing and supply chains, creating jobs all over the state.”
2011 was a record year for film and television in Oregon, with over $130 million spent on production in the state.
As for Bitsie and the wallaby? Bitsie says she's looking forward to the second season due to the fact that she loves animals and her character's role as a veterinarian will be fleshed out more. But no one on set could either confirm nor deny whether or not the "creature" has a role in the second season, but it's a pretty safe bet the cuddly cutie will show up...just...when...you...least...expect..."it."
God, I love this show!
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