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‘Grimm’ & ‘Once’ TVLine Interview

Amy Acker is no stranger to the fantasy/supernatural genre, so it’s hardly surprising that she should find herself on not one but two fairy-tale-themed series. First up, she reconnects with her Angel roots (and producers!) as a life-sucking Black Widow in tonight’s episode of Grimm (NBC, 9/8c). Then, in a few weeks, she’ll don a pink dress to play Grumpy’s new gal on Once Upon a Time. Here, she shares with TVLine her observations about the differences between the two fantasy realms, and tells all (well, almost all) about her Grimm alter ego’s double life.

TVLINE | Your Grimm character, the Spinnetod, seemed very remorseful after her kills, which is unlike the show’s typical villain. How did you get into the Black Widow mindset?
I think that was the exciting part about playing the character — it wasn’t that she was just a killer. There is a difficult choice between having to do something you don’t want to in order to survive and deciding if your life is more valuable than someone else’s. It was interesting to see how that struggle would affect someone — on top of being a spider. [Laughs]

TVLINE | The first kill is actually a bit of a shock. It seems like she’s not going to go for it, but then she attacks.
I thought that was a fun scene, because you think, “Oh no, she’s gonna get hurt by that guy!” but she doesn’t. I love when that stuff happens — when you think that it’s gonna be one way, but then it turns on you.

TVLINE | What about the moral dilemma — she had to suck the life out of young men every five years to keep from rapidly aging?
The real interesting part of this character — and it sort of goes in with the bigger picture of what they’re doing with the characters in Grimm – is distinguishing between what’s right and what’s wrong when the lines aren’t clear. I think she just wants her family to have a normal life and wishes for the other part to go away, but there’s no way to do both that she knows of.

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‘Grimm’ TV Guide Interview

Amy Acker, known for portraying a sweet egghead who was enslaved on Joss Whedon’s vampire-detective series Angel, won’t be playing the victim on Friday’s Grimm (9/8c, NBC).

In “Tarantella,” Acker plays Lena, an alluring woman who happens to be a deadly black widow-type of creature, or in Grimm-speak, a Spinnetod. “It’s a spider-creature who, in order to survive, has to sacrifice or eat three men every five years,” the actress tells

Working on Grimm reunited Acker with Angel executive producer David Greenwalt. “I was excited that he was back doing something else again,” she says. “And I just loved the whole concept of the fairy tales, the Grimm tales and detectives. It was something that when we were looking at all the new shows, I was like, ‘I want to watch that one.’ I was excited for this role because it seemed like it was going to be just a real challenge and it was going to be something that I definitely hadn’t done before.”

Read more about Acker’s conflicted character, the makeup involved and reuniting with Whedon for Much Ado About Nothing and The Cabin in the Woods:

What can you tell us about Lena and her need to kill men?
Amy Acker: That was what was interesting about playing this part is that you really, you kind of struggle with her as to what the right thing for her to do is. She’s doing the wrong thing, but at the same time, it’s kind of like, there’s not another choice.

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‘Grimm’ Stills & Sneak Peeks

Production stills featuring Amy in her upcoming episode of Grimm have been released, therefore 005 MQ stills and an promo-esque still have been added to the gallery; link and previews are below.

In other news, there are also several sneak peeks available for viewing at SpoilerTV — the very first clip is Amy centric. Enjoy!

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‘Grimm’ Preview Captures

A promo of Amy’s upcoming episode on Grimm that was attached to the end of this week’s episode has been posted on YouTube — definitely seems like a scary show — therefore (spoiler-ish) screencaptures have been made & added to the gallery; a preview is to your right & the gallery link is below. Enjoy!

Don’t forget, Amy’s episode shall be airing this Friday [10 February] — be sure to check your local listings.

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1×11 – Tarantella Preview Captures

First Look at Upcoming ‘Grimm’ Appearance

TV Guide has posted a short article with a small still of Amy from her upcoming guest spot on Grimm, which is scheduled to air next Friday, on February 10 — be sure to check your local listings! Thus, I’ve added the still to the gallery; preview to your right & link below (hopefully I can replace with bigger versions soon) and I’ve also posted the related article below. Enjoy!

In other news, the same article has revealed the scheduled airdate for Amy’s other upcoming guest spot on Once Upon a Time: March 4, which I believe to be the 1×15 episode titled ‘Red-Handed’ — I shall keep you guys up-to-date on that!

She’s a serial killer with a secret. Sci-fi fave Amy Acker (Angel, Dollhouse) guest stars on the Feb. 10 episode of NBC’s fairy-tale cop drama Grimm as a spiderwoman who seduces and slays a string of Portland men by sucking out their organs and leaving their bodies mummified. Don’t be looking for some feminist statement here. “This is not one of those revenge-against-men-type stories,” Acker says. “She’s a black widow who is facing a very difficult inner struggle. She’s doing what she must to survive.” To attract her victims, the character goes undercover in various hot disguises, then when it’s time to do the nasty, suddenly sports fangs, extra arms and lots of body hair.

You can also find Acker on the March 4 episode of that other fairy tale series, ABC’s Once Upon a Time — as a love interest for Grumpy the dwarf!

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‘Once Upon a Time’ Characters & Behind Scenes Pics

Buddy TV has revealed that Amy will play two characters in her upcoming guest spot on Once Upon a Time, as well as touching on Amy’s other guest spot on Grimm — which will air in February — details are below. How exciting!

In other news, you can take a sneak peek at one of Amy’s characters in Storybrook, thanks to a behind-the-scenes photographer. The images are available to view over at Flickr — such an interesting look for Amy! Personally, I’m really looking forward to this guest spot.

Grumpy is getting a love interest. What saintly maiden could Once Upon a Time get to put up with this surly dwarf? According to The Hollywood Reporter, her part will be played by Amy Acker.

Acker, well-known to audiences from her roles on Angel and Dollhouse, will play the characters of Astrid (in Storybrooke) and Nova (in fairy-tale land). Exactly what her relationship will be with Leroy and Grumpy (Lee Arenberg), we will only find out when the episode airs late in the winter of 2012.

This isn’t Amy Acker’s only foray into fairy-tale TV in 2012. The actress will also have a guest-starring role on Grimm in early February. On that show, she will play a Black Widow character. What exactly does a Black Widow do on a show like Grimm? Executive producer David Greenwalt noted, “She has an issue with men that has to be worked out. And it’s kind of a life and death issue.”

New Guest Appearance on ‘Grimm’!

Exciting news! Amy is scheduled to appear on NBC’s Grimm in the New Year as an ordinary housewife, who also happens to be the Black Widow. A few additional details are below, courtesy of TVLine. I’ll be sure to keep you guys up-to-date as the airdate gets closer.

Sources confirm exclusively to TVLine that NBC’s freshman thriller has cast Angel and Dollhouse alum Amy Acker as the fearsome Black Widow.

Just how fearsome is she?

Well, most of the time, not at all — she’s Lena, your run-of-the-mill happy housewife. But, because she suffers from rapid-aging syndrome — wait, that’s not just a soap opera thing? — every five years, she has to leech the life out of three guys in three short days in order to maintain her appearance.