This is one of a few projects, from the Snow White movies to the TV show Once Upon A Time or even the comic book series Fables, that are turning towards classic fairy tales for inspiration. Why do you think fairy tales endure?
I think, reading the Grimm’s fairy tales, they all have some sort of moral component to them, teaching you a lesson. You know, do right be other people and the Big Bad Wolf won’t eat you. I don’t know if it’s just because we’re edging towards the apocalypse that people are reaching back in time to the simple stories that we all grew up with.
The first script after the pilot was a modern spin on Goldilocks and the three bears, like, how could you modernize what Goldilocks did then, breaking into their house and sleeping in all their beds? In the parlance of cops, that's "breaking and entering." I think it has this element of humor, and it’s not taking itself too seriously.
The big reveal at the end of the pilot is that your character is working with someone who is originally believed to be a good guy. How deep can fans expect a conspiracy to go in the Grimms world?
There’s definitely a conspiracy and there’s definitely, within the underworld of the evil characters, there’s definitely a hierarchy. You’ll start to learn more. Same as there’s a government and police and people controlling people in the world that we know, they have that too.
Can you say where you exist in that hierarchy?
I work for the police chief, who’s very high up. I’m a bit of an assassin, but then it gets called into question. I can’t really get into more than that.
What is the most monstrous thing that a guy might discover about you in a relationship? What is your deep dark secret?
Like the fact that I actually have four arms under my outfits? [Laughs.] Um, I’m pretty stubborn, but that’s not monstrous. I’m afraid of the dark, but that’s ridiculous.
Would you consider yourself to be high maintenance?
I’m definitely not high maintenance.
Well, perhaps there is nothing and you’re just a dream girl.
On your other show, Franklin And Bash, you play an assistant D.A. Was there anything particular that you did to prepare for the role?
One of my friends was finishing law school and studying for the bar at the time, so if there were ever any terms that would come up, I would ask her. I like to know what I’m talking about. That was super helpful, but it’s mostly ridiculous cases, so [ultimately it was] the same preparation I would do to play the [Grimm] lawyer who’s actually a monster.
Has playing the ex girlfriend of Mark-Paul Gosselaar's character been like living the pre-teen dream of a Saved By The Bell-loving Claire?
If I’d gotten the role when I was 14, but I think now in my old age, I was more just curious.... People who’ve been in the business that long, it can go either way. Some people who grew up in Hollywood, or were just child actors, have a very skewed sense of reality, but Mark-Paul is actually great. He has two kids and he’s really funny. It's been a good, pleasant experience.
Does the crew give him a lot of shit about Saved By The Bell?
Oh yeah, he and Breckin [Meyer] both, because Breckin did Clueless. They’re both '90s heartthrobs—and current heartthrobs, obviously. They both get tossed a bunch of shit on set, and then also in any interviews it’s the first thing that comes up. They’re good sports about it. I don’t know if I’d be as gracious as they are.
As people who’ve had that kind of longevity, did they impart any wisdom as to how to not end up one of the statistics of this job?
Yeah, I think the most important thing is to just be nice and generous to the people you’re working with. Try to learn as much as you can. I always like working with people who I think are better than I am, so I’m always learning. It’s stressful and the hours are so long, and if you can just remember that your job is no more important than anyone else’s job, I think that it’s the best way to get through the day.
What was the craziest soap opera plot you were involved in during your 170-episode run on General Hospital?
When my character Nadine Crowell first got there, she was coming to town because her sister tried to kill staff at the hospital. Her sister was working for an insurance company and trying to sabotage the hospital, and she was in a coma. So I was there to visit and check up on my sister in a coma, but then you never saw my sister again. [Laughs.] That was sort of typical. And then my love interest kept seeing the ghost of his wife who’d died, so that was pretty soapy.
Didn’t a hospital collapse on your character?
No, that was my sister.
Ah yes, the sister who’s never seen again.
Yeah, my demise wasn’t that dramatic. I just had my heart broken and left town.
Was doing a soap a fun experience?
I’m glad I did it. I learned a lot, but I’d been working in episodic television before then, and I like comedy; it doesn’t really give you the opportunity to do that. But the hours are great and the people are really great. It was nice going to work with the same group of people for that long. You established relationships in that way. But yeah, I prefer the way I’m doing it now, project to project.
Interview by Justin Monroe (@40yardsplash)