The sleek and immaculately groomed Captain Sean Renard has been an enigma from day one of Grimm, but now as season two resumes, fast-tracked from the US on to pay-TV's Fox8, clues are starting to emerge about what this member of the Wesen royal family is doing in Portland.
Why he protects the Grimm, detective Nick Burkhardt, is still unclear to everyone, including Sasha Roiz, the actor who plays Renard. Grimms are born to be destroyers of the supernatural creatures ruled over by Renard's family, though Nick, having come to that knowledge later in life, is more tolerant than his predecessors.
In some shows, actors are given extensive backstories for their characters to help them build the role, but not in this one.
"We don't know what is happening until we get the script," Roiz said while on holiday in Australia during the mid-season break in filming. "We all basically let our showrunners sit in the driver's seat and guide us. We trust them and they always come through."
The Israeli-Canadian actor said the first script he got for Grimm left him scratching his head.
"I did not quite know what to make of my character because there was very little of him present in the pilot. I just had to believe that his storyline would eventually surface, and it has."
Roiz said that in the second season, Renard looked a lot less suave and was more out of control as he and Nick's girlfriend, Juliette, fought against the spell that had made them romantically obsessed with each other.
While Grimm has not officially been renewed for a third season, it is rating well in the US and turned out to be one of the most successful shows premiered in 2011, mixing crime, fantasy and horror.
Roiz said that Grimm's success had taken everyone a little by surprise. "We don't have 'names' in our cast and we were certainly not at the forefront of the network's season presentation but there is this fan base that exists for quality storytelling, whatever genre it is in. I think a lot of people love the fairytale metaphors . . . and whether you call it escapism or imagination or whether it is just trying to make sense of our world - it seems to have found a niche audience."Grimm airs on Sundays at 5.30pm on pay-TV channel Fox8.
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