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Q) What are the most recent projects that you are working on?
A) I am on the show "Grimm," which is a fantasy cop drama set in Portland, Oregon. That's one of the biggest projects I am working on right now. Aside from that, I have a bunch of film projects in development. They are also fantasy based and more independent films. I just moved to Los Angeles so I am still in that adjustment phase and I am getting to know the city, as well.
Q) Please tell us about your character Dr. Rose on the show "Grimm."
A) She is a doctor of internal medicine. As far as we know, she's one of the good guys. She comes in to help Nick Burckhardt's (David Giuntoli) Aunt Marie (Kate Burton) who is being pursued by some supernatural forces. She is a concerned doctor - as far as we know right now. There may be something more going on with her. She works with Nick to figure out the mysteries of how his aunt came to this point in her life. They are at that first spark moment where they are realizing something isn't right. I'm starting that investigative process to find out what's going on exactly.
Q) What made you want to be a part of the show?
A) I had just moved to Los Angeles from Portland and that's where the show is shot. So, it was a great opportunity to go home and to work with all of my friends. I'm also a really huge fan of Jim Kouf and David Greenwalt. Their big projects "Buffy," "Angel" and "The X Files" are mentioned quite a bit. They kind of lead you down this path and you don't know where you are going. There is just this wonderful mystery about them. So, that was also something really intriguing about the show. The opportunity to work with Jim, David and the cast has turned out to be amazing.
Q) What did you find challenging about your role?
A) I don't know when she is coming back. She'll be in the first two episodes. It's kind of open for debate as far as what sort of role she is going to take on because it's only slightly been developed. That's kind of a big challenge. It's being in LA and not knowing when I am going to back to Portland. My imagination just goes in a million different directions. So, I've been working on all different storylines for her and whether or not any of them are going to be what they write for the character is something we have to wait to see. Also, because they are writing episode by episode, it was really difficult to not anticipate too much and to start directing myself. I had to wait for the story to unfold from these master writers. That was a fun and challenging experience for me because I will tend to run with something if I'm not putting myself in check.
Q) Were you a fan of the Grimm tales before joining the show?
A) I grew up with all of the Grimm tales. I think they are completely integrated into the fabric of our culture. I really enjoyed the darker versions of the Grimm tales. I think fondly of my grandmother and my mother reading me stories. I grew up in a small community in northwest Washington and the woods were my backyard. So, I would go out, even as a young girl, and go play in the woods for hours and hours. I had this wonderful imagination that would create this landscape for me. Those were often a lot of the stories that I used to spark my imagination for my little worlds that I would create out there. It was really cute when I found out that I booked the role of Dr. Rose on "Grimm" because my mom sent me this beautiful old Grimm fairytale book that she'd found. It was totally sweet and had beautiful illustrations. It's got like fifty stories in it. You don't think of the brothers Grimm writing that much, but they wrote tons and tons of stories. Some of the stories almost felt like they were leaving it open for somebody to continue the tale. I think there is a wealth of material out there for them to use.
Q) What was your most memorable moment from filming "Grimm?"
A) It was probably walking on to set with David Giuntoli on my first day. David is the star of the show. He had already been up in Portland for a few days to get acclimated and I think they had worked on a couple of scenes already. When I showed up, I had just moved from Portland. It had been a couple of months, but I was really homesick. I walked on set and I knew everybody. It was like this huge homecoming! David was just looking at me. There were people there to interview me. There were hugs galore. David looks at me and is like, "Who are you?! Who gets this sort of reception when they walk on set?" He just couldn't figure it out. That was probably my most memorable moment. It's so wonderful to be able to work with friends
Q) Why will people want to take their time to see the show?
A) Right now it is a story that is based closely in our own reality. So, if they aren't fans of fantasy they won't dismiss it. It's also the Brothers Grimm. So, you have the familiarity with the stories. Then, it's helmed by David Greenwalt and Jim Kouf. They have their own following and are known for their craftsmanship with their writing and producing. I think people might even tune in just for that factor - just to see what they've created. I also think the story will pull them in because it's kind of the perfect drama and has a wonderful over-arcing story with this character Nick, even though there is all of this turmoil going on around him. He's at the core of the story a really good guy. So, he still feels safe in that. I think people are tickled by the idea of dark fantasy or dark cop dramas. There is a wonderful safety element to it and that's kind of grounded in a number of these characters - both David Giuntoli and Silas Weir Mitchell. They really kind of ground this show. It's also a fun show. There is not really a lot like it right now and I think it will kind of be a great show which, if left to develop, will turn into this fantastic world that I think will spark all of these different offshoots. I find it really exciting so I am just keeping my fingers crossed.
Q) Where can people go online to learn more about you?
A) They can learn more about me at my website, which ishttp://www.ayannaberkshire.com. They can always go to the Internet Movie Database. They can also follow me on Twitter, which is @AyannaBerkshire and I am Facebook, as well.