“I will definitely admit that I had mixed feelings when the producers called me in March” to alert her that Juliette was going to die, the actress told reporters during a recent conference call. But the fact that her new character is a kickass mystery woman with a “laser-focused” drive — the beginning of which we’ll see on Friday’s midseason premiere (NBC, 9/8c) — helps a lot.
“Nothing can get her off her mission, which is basically to eradicate Black Claw,” Tulloch says, referencing the monster-uprising movement. “In her head, that’s the only reason [she’s] alive right now and not wreaking havoc and destruction on people [she loves].”
Which is good news for Juliette’s stymied-and-still-grieving almost-fiancé, Nick.
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“What better antagonist do you have than the woman who is the love of his life, whom he trusts implicitly, to be the one who is now out for blood and involved in the death of his mother?” Tulloch asks.
Read on for more highlights from the conversation — including how far the series went to protect the secret of Tulloch’s return.
* We don’t know much yet about the Wesen-fighting group Hadrian’s Wall, but in Tulloch’s mind, they’re good people. “Hadrian’s Wall knew how powerful she was, kidnapped her and broke her down and turned her into a fighting machine,” the actress says approvingly, adding that HW’s tutelage helps the Hexenbiest — yeah, she’s still a Wesen — keep her powers in check.
* Remember Nick’s nightmare from the beginning of the season? Originally, Tulloch was supposed to be in it. “It was ultimately decided that if they were gonna really sell this, really have fun with this and really convince the fans… they wanted to extend it a little longer.”
* The series’ Portland, Ore., set went into lockdown when it came to keeping the secret that series regular Tulloch was still shooting scenes… even though Juliette was a goner. On the call sheet, she was referred to by her given first and middle names — Elizabeth Andrea — and her name was scrubbed from everything, including her own trailer door! “My cast chair was taken away, with my name on it,” she says, laughing, adding that Eve’s scenes were filmed almost exclusively on soundstages rather than on location “so that I could be hidden” and so no passersby would be able to get photos of Tulloch in the production.
* How does Eve feel about Nick having a son with his (and Juliette’s!) former nemesis, Adalind? “Eve does not have an emotional attachment to the baby or to Adalind,” Tulloch says. But what about those pre-Eve days, when Juliette found out about the pregnancy? “Did it send her spiraling downward further? Yeah, I’m sure it did,” she adds. “But she was on that trajectory, anyway.”
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