Jennifer Morrison: Adding ‘Frozen’ to ‘Once Upon a Time’ Has Been Incredible
Filed Under: Interviews, Once Upon A Time, Spoilers • Posted on September 23rd, 2014 by Jennifer • No Comments

For the cast of “Once Upon a Time” bringing new life to classic characters is a gift that keeps on giving. The cast of the fairytale drama took to the carpet at the show’s season four premiere Sunday at the El Capitan, and talked about what it’s like to continue adding to classic but evolving mythology.

“As an actor it’s all you want,” exclaimed Rebecca Mader, who stared in the back half of season three as the Wicked Witch Zelena, out for vengeance against half-sister Regina. “You get the chance to show all the dimensions – the reasons why a character’s become what they’ve become. I love that they gave that to Zelena.”

As opposed to making villains on the series strictly the big bad, “Once Upon a Time’s” writers have developed a reputation for showing something more recognizable in the backstories of their characters, heroes and villains alike. “It’s what makes TV and film interesting,” said Mader, “when you take a villainous character and add dimensions it’s just delicious,” she said, noting that the joy is in developing arcs that viewers can care about and become invested in.

Coming up, viewers can expect to see the return of “Frozen’s” villain, Prince Hans, played by Tyler Jacob Moore. The storyline will resume almost immediately from where the animated film left off, with Hans kicked out of Arendelle and sent back to his 12 brothers, who, as Moore said, “are not going to be too happy with him and what he’s done.”

Moore added that while his character is only seen as a bad guy, thus far, is “Once” storyline will get a “reasoning behind the madness. I think they’re doing a good job of giving the audience little hints and teases of why Prince Hans would do this.” The actor exclaimed that he was previously a part of the anti-Hans camp with fans of the film, though now that he gets to portray the character he’s realizing the importance of adding to the stories, a situation that comes with a certain expected pressure.

“Nothing quite prepares you for people screaming out ‘Let It Go,’” laughed Georgina Haig, who is joining the cast as Elsa. Haig walked the carpet with Elizabeth Lail, who plays younger sister Anna in her first on-screen appearance. The two noted that they’re “excited but nervous” about reviving the characters after their box-office-busting debut last November, and are looking forward to building on the stories audiences have already fallen in love with.

“There is pressure,” Haig said, “because the Elsa/Anna story has really hit a nerve with people in a way that is kind of sacred. The spirit of that very much follows through into ‘Once Upon a Time,’” the actresses shared before a screening of the premiere episode that introduces the sisters to the “Once” story, through a mystery unaddressed in the film.

“That’s the fun for us,” said series creator Adam Horowitz. “What we’re doing is taking those characters and throwing them into the mix of what we’ve been doing for three seasons, and we think it scrambles up the playing field in a fun way.”

“I think that’s everything, really,” added JoAnna Garcia Swisher, the show’s Ariel. “What makes the show unique is having the backstories and the original charm and glamor, mixed with all these fresh ideas.”

“Adding ‘Frozen’ to the show has been incredible,’ said Jennifer Morrison, who will be spending screen time with Haig as Emma and Elsa bond over learning how to control their respective magic. “[The writers] do such a wonderful job of adding layers to these stories that we’ve known for years and now we’re doing it with a fresher fairytale.”

Season four of “Once Upon a Time” premieres at 8 p.m. Sept. 28 on ABC.

Once Upon a Time: Emma’s New Life, Regina’s New Love and a Wicked New Villain
Filed Under: Once Upon A Time, Spoilers • Posted on January 19th, 2014 by Jennifer • No Comments

There are still seven weeks until Once Upon a Time returns! That’s the bad news. The good news is caught up with executive producers Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis to get the scoop on what’s ahead.

The last we left our favorite fairy tale characters, Peter Pan’s (Robbie Kay) attempt to reuse Regina’s (Lana Parrilla) curse forced everyone back to the Enchanted Forest, effectively destroying Storybrooke. But Emma (Jennifer Morrison) and Henry (Jared Gilmore), who were not part of the original curse, could not come along. Instead, their memories were wiped and they were living happily, one year later, in New York City until Hook (Colin O’Donoghue) showed up with news that her parents were in trouble. Find out what (and who) is coming next:

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Why was it Hook that came to Emma and Henry’s home in New York City?
Adam Horowitz:
 That is an excellent question. Why and how? 
Edward Kitsis: What’s he doing back? What the hell is going on?
Horowitz: We’re answering your question with more questions. It’s not why Hook, but how Hook and when Hook? What does it mean? That’s something that we get to, again, pretty quickly.

The true love’s kiss did not work. What lengths will Hook have to go to get Emma to actually believe?
Assuming that he does, it will not be easy, as it never is with Emma.

Emma finally joins the club of having two sets of memories. Will that be explored?
Horowitz: The ramifications of this new life of Emma’s that we glimpsed at the end of the winter finale and what would happen if she did regain her memories play a huge part in the second half of the season.

How different is this Emma from the one we’ve known?
It was an important thing. Emma, as a character, we love her. She has some new memories, but that didn’t ruin her upbringing. She still grew up tough, she still grew up with a wall. It was her against the world and what we’ll see is with these new memories it’s now her and Henry against the world. She still is the same person, but we’re going to really explore what her life is like in Episode 12 called “New York City Serenade.”

Christopher Gorham appears in that episode. What’s his connection to Emma?
Chris is an old friend. We worked with him onPopular a million years ago. We love him and we’re so excited that he agreed to come aboard. 
Kitsis: We called him and said, “You need to do this for us.” He was great. 
Horowitz: We love his character. 
Kitsis: He’s an integral part of two characters’ lives.

Emma might not have memories, but she still has magic. Could she stumble upon that?
We did see her drive out of town, so there’s no magic on that side. She is strong, but if we remember in Season 1, you have to believe in magic to see it.

Do the fairy tale characters sent back to the Enchanted Forest still have their memories of Storybrooke?
Yes. They know and that gets explored. 
Horowitz: As we laid out in the winter finale, Emma was the one who being back there was going to lose those memories and have this new life. The fairy tale characters get left with the pain and knowledge of what happened over the years that the show has been on and what they’ve been through. None of that is erased.

Snow White (Ginnifer Goodwin) and Charming (Josh Dallas) are in danger. Does this have to do with the Wicked Witch (Rebecca Mader)?
Horowitz: That’s an excellent guess. The Wicked Witch plays a huge part in the season half of Season 3. 
Kitsis: She’s the big bad. She’s a bada– witch who knows how to get hers. She does have a name. 
Horowitz: You will learn it pretty quickly. It’s not a name you’ve heard in Wicked Witch lore before. 
Kitsis: Like in Once fashion, we’re doing our own name, our own thing with its own meaning. 
Horowitz: It’s not like the play Wicked or the MGM movie. We’re using the books as a jumping-off point to do our Once twist on the classic characters of Oz.

It looks like she’s taken up residence in Regina’s castle. 
It does look that way! 
Kitsis: You know Regina. How do you think Regina will handle someone sitting in her chair looking through her stuff?
Horowitz: And eating her porridge?

What can you tell us about the Evil Queen’s relationship with Robin Hood (Sean Maguire)?
They have a connection that we hinted at and talked about earlier this season. Their stories are going to intersect. 
Kitsis: We set something up for a reason. We’re really going to explore what that meant and what happens when these two people meet. We’re going to see what happens when Regina has a second chance at love.

Tell us about some of the new characters coming in. 
We have a whole bunch of fun people popping up, but it’s in service of focusing on the core group of characters and the problem that you saw outlined in the winter finale. 
Kitsis: We’re still going to get to see Tink (Rose McIver) again and Ariel (JoAnna Garcia Swisher) and some of the people we met in the first half of the season as well. Lumiere (Henri Lubatti) is one of our favorite characters. He’s really fun and interesting. 
Horowitz: It’s a slightly different take than what you might expect from the movie. Alas, Jerry Orbach is not with us so we couldn’t bring him aboard to do it, but we have a take on the character that we think is fun. It’s fun to see him interact with Belle (Emilie de Ravin). 
Kitsis: With Rapunzel (Alexandra Metz), it’s princes and damsels in towers.

There’s a possibility for a Snow and Charming baby. So Goodwin’s pregnancy is being written in?
Kitsis: We definitely hinted that she wanted to have another child. They’re certainly going to try. 
Horowitz: We’ll deal with the realities of her pregnancy, but how we do it, we’re not ready to share. When you saw Snow saw her secret about that, it was well before we knew Ginny was pregnant. We’re telling the story that we’ve been setting up since the beginning of the season. 
Kitsis: But you know, every time Snow White gets pregnant, hell gets unleashed. 
Horowitz: Pregnancies tend to attract some chaos.

What can you tease about the wedding?
Yes, there may be a wedding, a birth and a lot of things. 
Horowitz: We’re not ready to send the save the dates out yet, but we can possibly expect some nuptials.

Regina still wants a child. Will that be explored?
The hole of Henry in her heart, that we’re going to explore and how that affects her and what it makes her do. 
Kitsis: She definitely wants to have another child, but for right now, she’s not thinking about that. She just lost one. For Regina, it’s what is going to make her heal again and where is she going to go. We know she filled the hole in her heart by doing the most selfless thing we’ve ever seen. She did what’s best for Henry and gave him up to Emma, her sworn enemy, so they can have a better life. What happens when she returns to the Enchanted Forest? She needs to fall in love first. Right now, she’s not open to anything. 
Horowitz: She’s not looking to replace Henry. As far as she is concerned, Henry is irreplaceable.

Once Upon a Time returns Sunday, March 9 at 8/7c on ABC.

“Once Upon A Time” Scoop From Mega Buzz
Filed Under: Once Upon A Time, Spoilers • Posted on September 3rd, 2013 by Jennifer • No Comments

Over at Mega Buzz, they have some scoop on what we can expect with Emma during the 3rd season of “Once Upon A Time”!

Anything you can reveal about Once Upon a Time with the premiere getting closer each day? — Steph, via Twitter

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NATALIE: Emma will take a surprising leadership role when the ragtag group of friends and foes heads to Neverland. “She’s surrounded by people who have been at each other’s throats for different reasons and are continuing to be,” Jennifer Morrison says. “But we are not going to be able to save Henry unless we all come together, so she has to be the voice of reason to overcome those differences. It’s going to leave room for new alliances that we don’t expect and also new conflicts.”

“Once Upon A Time” Scoop From Ask Ausiello
Filed Under: Once Upon A Time, Spoilers • Posted on February 26th, 2013 by Jennifer • No Comments

There’s some new scoop on what’s coming up on “Once Upon A Time” from Ask Ausiello!

Question: I’ve just finished watching the first season of Once Upon a Time and I love it, especially the relationship between Emma and August/Pinocchio. Do you know if he is coming back in Season 2? —Gaia

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Ausiello: Yes, as previously reported, Eion Bailey will resurface later this season as August — as will Jamie Dornan as Sheriff Graham/The Huntsman! — but Emma will only reunite with one the fellas. “I don’t have scenes with Jamie, unfortunately,” Jennifer Morrison shares with us, “but I do have scenes with Eion.” Bonus Scoop: Though Matt Mitovich teased in the new Spoiler Alert! that there would be one death in this Sunday’s episode, technically there are two — one in each realm.

“Once Upon a Time” Postmortem
Filed Under: Interviews, Once Upon A Time, Spoilers • Posted on December 2nd, 2012 by Jennifer • No Comments

Warning: This story contains major spoilers from Sunday’s midseason finale of Once Upon a Time. Read at your own risk!

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TV Guide Interview
Filed Under: Interviews, Once Upon A Time, Spoilers • Posted on September 28th, 2012 by Jennifer • No Comments

Those who thought breaking the curse on Once Upon a Time would restore happiness for our favorite fairy-tale characters will be in for a rude awakening when the magical ABC series returns Sunday (8/7c on ABC).

The curse being broken and magic coming to Storybrooke is, in fact, not a good thing — despite the smile on Regina’s (Lana Parrilla) face. “The breaking of the curse is the beginning of the final battle,” Jennifer Morrison warns Along the way, though, there will be some heartwarming, if not at times awkwardly hilarious reunions between the residents of Storybrooke, especially when it comes to the Charming family. But they’ll quickly realize that the battle that once raged in fairy-tale land will continue in the real world.

To find out what the battle will entail, we turned to Morrison and executive producers Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis for an in-depth look at the second season of Once Upon a Time.

Fair(y-tale) warning: Spoilers ahead!

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“Once Upon A Time” Spoilers From Ask Ausiello
Filed Under: Once Upon A Time, Spoilers • Posted on August 21st, 2012 by Jennifer • No Comments

There’s some new scoop on what’s coming up on “Once Upon A Time” from Ask Ausiello!

Question: Any scoop on Once Upon a Time? —Rae

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Ausiello: Something will happen this season that will ensure Mary Margaret and Emma get a lot of mother-daughter bonding time, whether they like it or not. Bonus clue: Think Lost.

New “Once Upon A Time” Spoilers From Spoiler Chat
Filed Under: Once Upon A Time, Spoilers • Posted on June 19th, 2012 by Jennifer • No Comments

There’s some new scoop on what’s to come during the second season of “Once Upon A Time” posted by Spoiler Chat!

Trish: Got any Once Upon a Time scoop?

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It’s such a long summer without magic Once Upon a Time. But if you are anxious for some season-two scoop, then you’re in luck! The producers are hard at work writing and casting some cool new princesses for next fall. Anastasia could be mistaken for a spoiled rich girl, but as we all know love rules in Fairy-Tale Land. Plus, they are looking for someone to play Magnolia, a cool badass Asian chick who is an accomplished fighter and rider and might be a little bit magical. Dear ABC, we would like season two now, please. Sincerely, Team WWK.

Thomas: What’s next for Regina on Once Upon a Time?! I love to hate her.

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If it’s up to her lovely real-life alter ego, Lana Parrilla, there will be flashbacks to Regina in Storybrooke pre-Emma Swan, specifically so viewers can learn more about Regina and Henry’s complicated dynamic. “I’d like to see the history of that relationship; how she got Henry and I’m wondering if there will be flashbacks in Storybrooke next season,” she tells us. “I’m anxious to find out and at the same time I’m patient because every script has always been so great. The anticipation solely comes from a place of me being a fan of the show as well and I want to know what is going to happen, but as the Evil Queen/Regina, I can wait.”

“Once Upon A Time” Spoilers From Ask Ausiello
Filed Under: Once Upon A Time, Spoilers • Posted on June 12th, 2012 by Jennifer • No Comments

Some clarification about how the first season ended has been posted by Ask Ausiello!

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Question: Probably a stupid question, but in the Once Upon a Time finale, did Rumple restore the magic — even if it meant empowering Regina — because he was so ticked about Belle being hidden away so long? —Joshua
Ausiello: You are correct — that was a stupid question. “I thought that was explicit in the episode,” consulting producer Jane Espenson responds with a laugh. “You could make a case that [bringing magic back to Storybrooke] was always part of his plan, but yeah, it was definitely a counter move based on his anger at Belle being locked away. That doesn’t mean that that’s his ultimate end; he may have had a goal beyond that.”

New “Once Upon a Time” Season 2 Scoop From Ask Ausiello
Filed Under: Once Upon A Time, Spoilers • Posted on June 5th, 2012 by Jennifer • No Comments

There’s some new scoop about what to look forward to during the second season of “Once Upon A Time” up by Ask Ausiello!

Question: TVLine’s comments section re: Once Upon a Time is the best. Anything you can share to spark more prediction threads about next season? —Jen

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Ausiello: Don’t count on a time jump between seasons. “We’re picking up right where we left off, but where we left off was in the middle of a veer in a different direction,” consulting producer Jane Espenson told TVLine’s Meg Masters at last weekend’s ATX Television Festival in Austin, before reiterating, “Season 2 will be different than Season 1.”

Question: Any word on which new fairy tale characters Once Upon a Time will introduce in Season 2? —Claire

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Ausiello: The frontrunner would seem to be the Little Mermaid. “I would hope Ariel would join the show,” says Espenson. “She’s one we’ve definitely talked about.” But there have certainly been others. “There are a whole lot of princesses we haven’t seen — like Aurora, Rapunzel and Jasmine,” she adds. “And it’s hard to look at that list without going, ‘Well, what about Goldilocks?!’ And they’d all be good, because what we do is take them and go, ‘Well, the thing you never knew about Little Miss Muffet is… ‘”

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