March 30th, 2012
07:17 PM ET
"Who saw that coming?"
That was Silas Weir Mitchell's reaction to the fact that "Grimm" was picked up for a second season on NBC.
The fairy tale/horror/procedural hybrid was recently renewed, despite its tough Friday night timeslot (versus established genre series, "Fringe" and "Supernatural").
Mitchell – who plays the offbeat, "Big Bad Wolf"-ish Blutbad Monroe on the show – told CNN, "In October of last year, I don’t think people would point to ‘Grimm’ as being the first show that NBC renewed for 22 [episodes]. It’s a bit of a – no pun intended – Cinderella story!"
Mitchell is still in the midst of wrapping up the first season, but shared a few thoughts about where it should go in the fall: "I think ['Grimm'] is still finding itself. I think it gets better all the time. I don’t think there should be any big changes."
What can fans expect for the rest of this season, including Friday night's new episode? "As we get toward the end of season 1, we’re going to learn more about the underpinnings of the world that Nick and Monroe inhabit. We’re going to learn more about the roots of this situation, for sure."
In preparing for his character, Mitchell (who made quite an impression playing crazed characters on "Prison Break" and "My Name is Earl") studied werewolfism, or lycanthropy – though Monroe is only seen as a werewolf by the outside world, and not in actuality.
"I discovered werewolfism is a metaphor for people who lose their s*** completely and do stuff like Charles Manson did."
With such a series of unusual characters on his resume, Mitchell has found that he attracts offbeat fans.
"I was having dinner and a girl [came up to me] who was in a getup that was half-bunny suit, half-Baby Huey kind of thing, and she loved the show," he said. “There is an element to the show and Monroe that attracts outsiders. Monroe is an outsider. I love playing outsiders. There is a kind of person attracted to the characters I play. God love ‘em for it."
Mitchell has recently found himself obsessed with another show that deals in the realm of fantasy.
"I watched three episodes of ‘Game of Thrones’ and decided, 'I wanna read this,'" he said. "I just started the fourth book in the series and I love it. People eat and drink and screw and die, and there are these mythological elements all around them, forces beyond their control [not unlike 'Grimm'], and I find that quite compelling."
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