‘Aswang’ makes it to ‘Grimm’


The NBC show “Grimm” in its TWitter account gave a sneak peak of what appears to be their version of the Filipino folk creature “aswang.” Screengrab from Grimm’s official Twitter account (@NBCGrimm)

The “Aswang,” a vampire-like mythical creature in Filipino folklore, invades a US fantasy-detective television series.

Filipino-American actor Reggie Lee, who costars in NBC’s “Grimm,” told the Inquirer about the plot featuring the aswang in the series’ “Mommy Dearest” episode, which airs on Friday, March 7, at 9 p.m. in the United States.

“This is a story that has been told over and over again within my family and my friends’ families in the Philippines,” said Lee, who plays the role of Portland police officer Sergeant Wu in the series.

Great affinity

The Quezon City native brought up the story idea on the aswang, a Philippine mythological monster that steals babies from pregnant women’s wombs.

“I have a great affinity to Philippine folklore,” said the actor, whose film credits include “The Dark Knight Rises,” “Here Comes the Boom (with Charice),” “Drag Me To Hell” and “Crazy, Stupid Love.”


“And as you know, we believe these things in the Philippines,” he said. “I’m so grateful that the creators of ‘Grimm’ decided to use my actual heritage to introduce my character to the ‘creature world.’ I mean, how often do we have a Filipino story line on mainstream television? It was probably one of the most fulfilling times I’ve had within my career both because of the connection to the Philippines and the tremendous amount of emotion involved. I am grateful!”

The “Mommy Dearest” episode, which also stars David Giuntoli, Russell Hornsby and Bitsie Tulloch, is directed by Norberto Barba and written by Brenna Kouf.

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  • PinoyNYC10128

    This is really the movie trailer to the 2016 Presidential election … Binay-Estrada tandem …
    Philippines, Back to the Dark Ages …! The Year of the BOBOTANTES …!

    • quenchy

      Yup, only the Aswang can save us from Binay-Estrada disaster

  • Maria B

    I love Grimm and I enjoyed watching the episode. So aliw hearing Tagalog lines. An aswang in Portland, yeah right hehe…

  • enteng

    Nakakataba ng puso na relevant ang ‘aswang’ sa isang popular na show kagaya ng grimm

    proud to be pinoy!

  • JustJam

    Hope that it will be faithful to our own folkore. They should do mananangal as well..but it would be too hard for them to pronounce it lol

  • NoWorryBHappy

    Grimm should feature generations and whole families of ASWANGs.
    We have lots of them in the Philippine senate and congress.
    These corrupt politicians suck the blood out of the Filipino people.

  • MeowMing

    pinoy pala yung cop lolz

  • nea

    I love that show..Yon bang mukha ng aswang? maybe next time is about mamanangal..

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