ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Silas Weir Mitchell is starting to feel comfortable.
After three seasons of playing Monroe on NBC’s supernatural drama, “Grimm” it feels about time.
“I’ve been in this business for a long time,” he says. “This is the first show I’ve been on that I’ve been a major character. The first two years were good and now we’re feeling like I’m in the groove.”
“Grimm” follows a descendant of the Grimm line, Nick Burkhart, played by David Giuntoli, as he deals with being a cop and trying not to expose his secret as a Grimm.
The show began featuring tales from “Grimm’s Fairy Tales” and over the past two seasons the show has delved into more regional types of folklore. In season two, the series had an episode about “La Llorona” and featured a detective who had been following the case while working in Albuquerque.
This season, the show focused on “El Cucuy” or the “boogeyman.”
“The storylines are starting to become more international,” he says. “I think it’s great because the show is expanding on its audience worldwide. It’s becoming a hit in more places and I couldn’t be happier.”
Mitchell finds playing Monroe intriguing because of his storyline.
Monroe is a Wieder Blutbad who used to live a fairly solitary, reformed life among humans. Monroe helps Detective Nick Burkhardt navigate the Wesen world.
The pair form an unlikely friendship as result of Burkhardt oftentimes calling upon Monroe for help.
Most times Monroe is consulted for his knowledge pertaining to creatures of the Wesen world, usually whenever the information offered by the books and diaries inside
Burkhardt has come to rely on Monroe’s support in various capacities: Monroe has helped from tracking suspects to protection to clandestine investigative methods. He met his girlfriend Rosalee whilst helping Burkhardt on a case.
“The relationship between Monroe and Nick has really grown,” Mitchell says. “Each character has a great story line and the characters all work together in some way. At the beginning of the series David was always working because he was in every scene. I think now the writers have developed enough of the story that he can take a little break.”
In the series, Monroe has found a girlfriend in Rosalee and the two have moved in together.
Mitchell says it’s going to be interesting to see how the relationship blooms between the two.
“I get to grow as Monroe grows,” he says.
Mitchell says he’s also like seeing the tales evolve.
From starting with stories like “Cinderella,” “Little Red Riding Hood” and “Goldilocks and the Three Bears,” the show has branched out to regional folklore.
“Every culture has its share of fairy tales and children’s stories,” he says. “Having these different cultural references really helps expand our audience. We have people on the show speaking French and one of the story lines is going with this global power struggle.”
While “Grimm” has been the longest that Mitchell has worked as one character, it’s not his first big show.
In “Prison Break,” during its four season run, Mitchell played Charles “Haywire” Patoshik.
“Haywire was going to be a two-episode arc,” he says. “Then during the show he got clued into what was happening and the writers liked that dynamic. Haywire was a crazy person and he just added an entirely new dynamic to the show.”