Sasha Roiz stars in the TV series Grimm.
Sasha Roiz stars in the TV series Grimm. Contributed - Foxtel

Fairytales have adult flavour

FEW stories have been retold and re-invented as often as Grimms' fairytales.

The collection of German children's stories, originally published by the Grimm Brothers in 1812 include the timeless stories of Cinderella, Rapunzel, Sleeping Beauty, Rumpelstiltskin and Snow White.

But an entirely new twist on this fairytale world focuses on the Grimms themselves.

American fantasy drama Grimm follows Portland-based homicide detective Nick Burkhardt (David Giuntoli) after he discovers he is a descendant from an elite line of criminal profilers known as Grimms who are charged with keeping balance between humanity and the mythological creatures of the world.

Canadian actor Sasha Roiz plays Nick's boss, the politically adept Captain Sean Renard who also happens to be a descendant of a powerful line of Grimm royalty.

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Taking a break from filming series two over the Christmas holidays, Roiz talked to The Guide about what to expect from the new series, debuting on pay-TV channel Fox8 in March.

"The second season has been very active," he said.

"They're basically giving fans all the things they've been patiently waiting for.

"There are lots of reveals about various characters, including my own. There's also a lot more evolution of the mythology of this world."

While Renard appears to initially have Nick's best interests at heart, it is slowly revealed that he might have other motives for keeping Nick close.

"People keep asking is he good or bad, but he's just a very interesting character who strides both sides of the fence," he said.

"You become very myopic as an actor, viewing the world through your own character's eyes.

"For me the ambitions of my character are the most important and all very justified.

"I don't perceive him as good or bad. I see his actions as 'necessary'."

Roiz's Canadian nationality and Russian heritage have come in handy in portraying the multi-lingual Renard.

"It's a lot of fun to utilise the French, which is mostly what I speak on the show," he said.

"It's quite ironic. As an actor I never spoke French before I moved to Hollywood. It's been a lot of fun to break into French now and again.

"Not an episode goes by where someone doesn't break into French or German or Spanish. It gives international audiences a chance to feel more connected to an American show."

The first series of Grimm aired on pay TV earlier this year, and is currently on Channel 7.

In this week's episodes, Nick finds himself in the heated world of Portland fire-dancing where he meets a woman who might be too hot to handle.

Then, after the grisly murder of a familiar shop owner, Nick joins forces with Monroe to help solve the murder.