Jennifer Morrison Shares Her Health and Fitness Secrets
Filed Under: Interviews • Posted on April 10th, 2014 by Holly • No Comments

On TV she’s Emma Swan, daughter of Snow White and Prince Charming on “Once Upon a Time.”

Yet, there are times, even in Hollywood, when Jennifer Morrison doesn’t feel like the fairest of them all.

She reminisces, “I just remember growing up in the Chicago suburbs on hot summer days, which do not equal good hair days. I was that teenage ball of frizzy hair.”

Now that she’s on a weekly series, Morrison doesn’t just leave things to the whim of Mother Nature. “I do work hard on staying in shape,” she says. “I have to put the time in because my body is my instrument.”

The Prospect High School grad and Arlington Heights native who grew up dreaming of becoming an actor shares her favorite fitness and beauty secrets:

Q: What is your best “I’ve got to slay an evil queen or two” stay in shape secret?

A: I do hot yoga about four times a week. I do it five or six times if I’m not working. And I’ve been trying to fit cardio in there. I love to run about two or three times a week. It really is a good way to put your phone down and just get out there.

Q: What do you enjoy about hot yoga?

A: I don’t do Bikram hot yoga, which is too hardcore for me. It’s so hot. But I’ve found a place to do warm yoga. It’s just warm in the room and you get a nice sweat going while it’s strengthening at the same time. I like the satisfaction of being really sweaty after a workout. Every single centimeter of your body seems to sweat, which makes me feel like mission accomplished.

Q: What about days when the dwarves have been acting up and you just don’t feel like going to yoga?

A: It’s about being disciplined. You have to force yourself to get in the car. Once you’re in the car, you’re on your way.

Q: Do you have a diet tip that really works?

A: I think one of the keys is to stay hydrated. I work crazy hours and it would be easy to forget about getting your water in. I know the better I feel, the more capable I am as an actor. Not only do I drink a lot of water, but coconut water has saved my life. It has five different electrolytes. And it’s way better for you than a cup of coffee. I really focus on the coconut water when I travel a lot because your skin gets so dehydrated flying.

Q: Any favorite lipsticks to kiss a Prince Charming or two?

A: Smashbox lip stains are the best. I just make sure to use a natural for daytime and then go for a deeper berry shade if I’m going out at night.

Q: Finally, how do you combat your hair problems now when you’re back in Arlington Heights?

A: Unite has a great dry shampoo called 7 Seconds. After a hot yoga class, when I’m super sweaty, I spray this on and my hair comes back to life. It’s a miracle!



Jennifer Morrison Takes EW’s Pop Culture Personality Test
Filed Under: Interviews, Videos • Posted on April 8th, 2014 by Holly • No Comments

Jennifer Morrison Pop Culture Personality Test
Filed Under: Interviews, Videos • Posted on April 4th, 2014 by Jennifer • No Comments

Lately, Jennifer Morrison spends her Sunday nights fighting off fairy tale villains on ABC’s Once Upon a Time. But when she’s not playing tough bailbondswoman-slash-princess Emma Swan, she’s probably groovin’ to some Vanilla Ice while wearing LA Lights and solving a Rubik’s Cube. Or something.

Point is, girlfriend has a weakness for the days of side ponytails and President George H.W. Bush. You’ll learn as much by watching her Pop Culture Personality test, in which Morrison gushes about her first celebrity crush, her karaoke guilty pleasure (hint: you can expect to hear it in a mall), and the movie she can quote start to finish. All in all, it’s totally awesome:

Jennifer Morrison Explores Emma’s Dark Side
Filed Under: Interviews, Once Upon A Time • Posted on November 15th, 2013 by Jennifer • No Comments

Like The Lost Boys who call it home, Once Upon A Time has found new life in Neverland, transforming season three into a revelation-heavy year that’s illuminated the darkest nooks and crannies inside each of our characters.

No one has grown more on this journey than Emma Swan, who was forced to confront her feelings of parental abandonment while fearing she could do the same to her son if this rescue mission fails. Along the way, Emma lowered her guard and opened her heart to Hook. But this is no time for love as the mission to #SaveHenry kicks into full swing in Sunday’s all-new episode and ETonline spoke with star Jennifer Morrison to find out what that confrontation looks like. Additionally, she weighed in on Emma’s feelings for Hook, the development of her magic and the spectacular end to this unique season.

ETonline: I’ve really enjoyed the themes OUAT’s been able to explore in Neverland, how do you feel about this season?
Jennifer Morrison: I’m really happy with this season. I feel like we’ve spent two seasons getting to know these characters and now that we’re all together on this journey to save Henry, we’re able to experience all new sets of emotions and see their relationships come to life in a way in a way we’ve never seen before. It’s really fun for the actors because we can explore the deeper, darker sides to all of the characters.

ETonline: I thought the revelation that Emma identifies more with the Lost Boys than her parents was particularly important.

Morrison: Yeah, the great thing about Neverland for me in terms of what it means for Emma is that she can’t really be guarded there. The island kind of forces you to return to your childhood and confront your past. It gives Emma an opportunity to be much less guarded and much more emotional. The stakes are so high; obviously she wants to save her son and will do anything it takes, so when you mix really high stakes with the elements of vulnerability on this island, it gives me an opportunity to take the character further. In Storybrooke, I had to be true to her and the fact her guard was up, so she wouldn’t show her emotions. But now, I’m in a situation where I get to make her more raw and emotional and it’s been really fun!

ETonline: It’s also allowed Emma to explore her magical abilities. What do you enjoy about the writers expanding upon her powers?

Morrison: I think it’s a great place for magic to become part of her life more. She has to embrace that side of her to get to Henry, and she will do anything it takes to get to him, so this may be the only scenario where she would embrace that part of herself. It kind of sets up the perfect opportunity for her to be forced to deal with something she’s been avoiding for a really long time and have it pay off in a way where it does benefit them to find what’s inside her in order to get closer to Henry.

ETonline: And while Emma’s sole focus is getting Henry back, there is a looming love triangle that will have to be addressed eventually. First, what was your Twitter experience like the night of Hook and Emma’s kiss?

Morrison: I definitely never had an on-screen kiss turn into that much of an event … is that the right word? [laughs] You end up in all sorts of different on-screen relationships in this business but that topped the charts in terms of people’s response.

ETonline: How do you view Emma’s relationship with Hook?

Morrison: Hook’s really taken her by surprise in positive ways, over and over again. She’s so grateful he didn’t lie, and overwhelmed with gratitude that he helped save David’s life — and now trying to save Henry. Hook has stepped up and is present in selflessly offering his help. She’s not used to people showing up for her, Emma’s used to people letting her down, so she has an overwhelming response to someone who doesn’t let her down and is proving to be there for her. Hook is adding to her life and helpful to her life. It does have her attention and whether or not it turns into something more, it will always be meaningful to her that he’s participating in her life in such a significant way.

ETonline: What would you have said if, five years ago, someone told you that you’d one day be talking about your love triangle with Captain Hook?

Morrison: [laughs] Well, I do tend to have a lot of captains in my life. I played the mother in The Miracle Worker on Broadway, and my husband’s name was The Captain. Then, I was on How I Met Your Mother and my husband’s name was The Captain. And now I am doing Once Upon A Time in a love triangle with Neal and Captain Hook. So I’ve gotten very used to having Captains in my life.

ETonline: What can you tease about Sunday’s episode, Think Lovely Thoughts?

Morrison: We’re getting close to the point where our heroes, as they call us in the stage directions, are seeing their plan come to fruition. It’s also really redeeming for Emma that saving Neal is helping the situation with Henry. I think there was some confusion with the fans about why Emma would go to save Neal as if it were a distraction from saving Henry. But Neal had lived in Neverland before and she needed to make the next strategic move that would help them get Henry back because they were missing so much information. She saw Neal as the missing puzzle piece that would help them save Henry and that was the truth; he knows how to get them off the island, so it’s been redeeming that Emma trusted her instincts in thinking they would need Neal to beat Pan because she was right.

ETonline: Looking ahead, what are you excited for people to see as the season plays out?

Morrison: It’s exciting that they will see all the relationships grow and change and evolve as we go on this journey. Also, this season is really exciting season in that it’s like two mini-seasons. People will get a full season finale at the end of 2013, a new season premiere in 2014 and then another season finale with episode 22. It’s a year that’s really packed with excitement and high-stakes and twists and turns that people won’t see coming. It’s a very exciting year.

Once Upon A Time
airs Sundays at 8 p.m. on ABC.

Jennifer Morrison: A fairy-tale life
Filed Under: Interviews • Posted on October 5th, 2013 by Jennifer • No Comments

Jennifer Morrison’s character Emma on ABC’s Once Upon a Time discovers she’s the long-lost daughter of Snow White and Prince Charming. But it’s Cinderella and Alice in Wonderland whom Morrison “gravitated” toward while growing up. “I was a misunderstood kid. With Cinderella, I related to being on the outside and wanting to be understood,” Morrison says.

As for Alice, it was about the “sense of adventure” a girl from the Chicago suburbs imagined. “I was always dreaming outside that city, about the adventures I wanted to have in life.” For her next adventure, the 34-year-old actress would like to find a big-screen “period piece” anything from the ’50s, ’60s or even back to the 1800s donning a corset: “It would be painful but cool to explore those time periods.”

Jennifer Morrison’s 3 Rules for Downtown-Chic Style
Filed Under: Interviews • Posted on June 4th, 2013 by Jennifer • No Comments

Jennifer Morrison is one stylish chick.

When the Once Upon a Time star isn’t on the small screen or walking the red carpet, you can find her in New York City hitting up some of the coolest boutiques like Isabel Marant.

Though she claims to have an “eclectic closet,” stocked with everything from girly sundresses to jaw-dropping gowns, like her recent Donna Karan Atelier MET Ball stunner, this beauty feels best in her casual, downtown-chic duds.

Not sure how to achieve this look? We dished with the actress when shopping the NYDJ event at Bloomingdale’s to catch her three rules for nailing her signature style this season.

Here’s what she shared with us:

1. Mix Prints: “I try to mix it up a bit to look cool,” she says. “I like to add contrast by taking a pair of neutral soft pants that have a hint of print on them.”

2. Add a Leather Jacket: We caught Jennifer in a buttery soft leather bomber. “I love adding leather, and have a lot of leather with studs on it in my closet.” A lightweight leather bomber is perfect for those cooler nights this summer.

3. Be Comfortable: Achieving that downtown vibe is all about looking effortlessly cool. “I always just try to be comfortable, and have always been like that,” she says. Our tip: Throw on a graphic tee with your favorite skinnies and a pair of studded sandals. Top the look off with a leather jacket, and head out the door!

Once Upon a Time’s Jennifer Morrison relishes fairy-tale role
Filed Under: Interviews • Posted on May 9th, 2013 by Jennifer • No Comments

It’s sunny and warm on an early May afternoon in Steveston Village, B.C., on the south arm of the Fraser River. The Once Upon a Time crew has packed up and left for another season, and historic Moncton St. has returned to its original self. The welcoming signs of a late spring are everywhere.

It could not be more different than that cold, wet morning, earlier in the year, when Jennifer Morrison ducked inside a pet-supply store during a break in filming, to take shelter from the rain. Morrison plays Once Upon a Time’s Emma Swan, a seemingly normal, well-adjusted young woman who, when surrounded by characters from a mythical fairy-tale kingdom, learns she’s anything but normal.

“I don’t think it ever occurred to me that I would ever be playing the child of Snow White and Prince Charming,” she said, with a wry smile. “I don’t think that would ever occur to anyone, to be honest. I mean, who thinks of Snow White and Prince Charming even having a child?

“That’s part of the beauty of the way Adam and Eddie think,” she added, referring to Time creators Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis.

Morrison grew up in Chicago, majored in theatre at Loyola University, studied with the Steppenwolf Theatre Company and settled in Los Angeles before landing the breakout role of Dr. Allison Cameron in the late, lamented hospital drama House.

Morrison filmed the pilot episode of House in Vancouver, in March 2004. The production relocated to Los Angeles that summer, for the rest of the series. Morrison left House after six seasons, and in 2011 found herself in Vancouver again, this time filming the pilot episode for Once Upon a Time.

The irony is not lost on her.

“There must be something in the water in Vancouver,” she said. “I’ve had major, major life moments here. My first film I ever did, when I was 13 years old, was a Richard Gere film called Intersection, and that was filmed here. I did the pilot of House, which was here. Then I did this film called Bringing Ashley Home, which is the only film I ever won an award for, and that was filmed here. And then we shoot Once Upon a Time here. Listen, Vancouver has been good to me, very, very good to me. So I think there might be some magic in the water here.”

Part of the compensation of the job, Morrison said, was being allowed to kill a dragon.

“I did kill a dragon, yes. There’s been a lot of that this year. What I love about that is it keeps me warm. We were doing a swordfight in the rain, the other day, and I was the only person still warm. Because I was sword-fighting.

“It’s a different kind of exhaustion. It’s a different strain on your body, when you’re travelling and working and doing all the things we’re all doing to do the show. And I’m learning that I have to take care of myself differently because of it.”

“It’s a different challenge, but it’s fun. It’s fun to learn new things and have the opportunity to have a character that can grow. A lot of times on TV you get stuck in a part that has to stay the same, because it has to serve some sort of purpose. Emma’s growth in the first season was pretty major. And Emma’s growth in the second season has been exponential, because of her introduction to her parents and dealing with all the emotions and vulnerability that comes with that. Part of it, too, is having a sword in my hand for the first time, or climbing something very tall at some point. As an actor, it’s fun to be able to grow like that.”

Morrison is recognized in public more these days, but it’s not like her years on House. The odd thing about playing a doctor on television, Morrison says, is that people naturally feel comfortable and at ease and inclined to share personal details of their lives, as if talking to their family physician.

“It’s nice, because you can interact without it feeling invasive,” she said. “I’ve been very lucky that way. I’m thrilled that people like the things I’ve worked on. It means a lot to me, and it’s why I continue to have a job. I’ll always be grateful for that.”

Once Upon a Time prompts a different reaction in passersby than House, though, Morrison added.

“For some reason, with this show, people want to hug me. I’ve learned, everyone wants a hug. Which has never happened with any other role I’ve done. Somebody said to me, just the other day, ‘You look like a huggable person.’ I was like, ‘You know what, this is happening, so I might as well just go straight in for the hug.’ People want to hug Emma for some reason. I think that’s awesome. If people want to hug me, that means I must be doing something right.

”I will take the hugs. And give the hugs.”

Once Upon a Time’s second season finale airs Sunday, May 12, on CTV and ABC at 8 ET/PT.

“Extra” Interview
Filed Under: Interviews, Videos • Posted on April 30th, 2013 by Jennifer • No Comments

Actress Jennifer Morrison, star of the hit ABC show “Once Upon a Time,” visited The Grove and chatted with “Extra’s” Renee Bargh on what’s in store in the season finale.

Once Upon a Time’s Search for Bae Will Leave Viewers ‘In a Tumultuous Situation’
Filed Under: Interviews, Once Upon A Time • Posted on February 15th, 2013 by Jennifer • No Comments

This Sunday on Once Upon a Time (ABC, 8/7c), although Mr. Gold and Emma’s jaunt to New York City is at the fore, flashbacks to Rumplestiltskin in the fairytale land that was will leave viewers of the series with a most unwelcome souvenir.

But first, there’s the matter of finding Rumple’s son Baelfire, who apparently wound up in the Big Apple after being sent to our realm — without his father — through a portal (in Season 1′s “The Dark One”).

“When I first read this script, it sort of felt like a season finale,” says Jennifer Morrison, whose onetime bail bondswoman helps suss out Bae. “So much that has been building up for so long happens all at once in this episode. It’s definitely a payoff to a lot of questions.”

Of course, attentive, forever-speculating Once fans have their theories on Bae, but as Rumplestiltskin (played by Robert Carlyle) learns this week in flashback, just because you know what’s going to happen, doesn’t mean you know what’s going to happen. “That is really true,” Morrison affirms. “[Series creators] Eddy [Kitsis] and Adam [Horowitz] did an incredible job of setting up the circumstances for everything to come out in a very particular way. I didn’t see it all coming this way at all.”

Because even if Rumplestiltskin does reunite with his boy, it won’t necessarily be “happy to see me.” At all. Instead, a rather complicated father/son talk may be on tap. Morrison, for one, is a huge fan of delving into such dysfunction. “What drew me to this show in the first place, and what I always loved the most about it, is when we go deeper into the relationships of the people that we got to know initially,” she says.

Giving the storyline added gravitas is the fact that it plays out in an environment without magic (sparkly Times Square billboards notwithstanding). So when words need to be had and as problems demand to be hashed out, Once transforms into (almost) your typical TV drama.

“That is a big difference about this particular episode,” Morrison notes. “On this show there is a lot of heightened, sort of fantastical elements, so it is an interesting relief to ‘take a breath’ in the real world, where there is no magical solution to something. It’s just real people with real problems, and they’re going to have to deal with it.”

All told, Morrison says that when father and son do come face to face, “It’s incredibly emotional” — for Rumple, at least. For Bae, however, “It’s everything he’s worked so hard to avoid for his entire life. So, there’s conflict and love going on at the same time in that moment.”

Speaking of conflict: As alluded to above, the episode’s flashbacks pack as much of a punch as the New York City story, when Rumplestiltskin’s stint in the Ogre Wars is rerouted by a run-in with a blind seer. That storyline plays out in a way that not only explains how things went sour between the gold-spinner and his wife Milah, but also drops in viewers’ laps a bombshell they never saw coming.

“It definitely puts the audience in a very tumultuous situation, in terms of being in on that piece of information and constantly sort of waiting for this thing to jump out around the corner,” Morrison teases. “It’s an incredible element of suspense that’s been built into upcoming episodes.”

On the Set: Once Upon a Time Finds Magic in the Real Storybrooke
Filed Under: Interviews, Once Upon A Time • Posted on January 4th, 2013 by Jennifer • No Comments

On Once Upon a Time’s main street in Storybrooke, resident evil queen Regina sits in her car, peering into her side mirror with tears streaming down her face. The mirror’s reflection shows Emma breaking bad news to Henry — someone has been murdered in Storybrooke, and all signs point to Regina as the culprit. As Regina realizes she’s likely lost Henry forever and more tears fall, the director yells, “Cut!” With only a minute or two to spare before the scene resets, Lana Parrilla dries her face, peers up in the air in an attempt to stop crying before reapplying more makeup. It’s time to do the scene again, and this time, it draws even more local looky-loos. That’s because the Storybrooke set of ABC’s fairy tale drama isn’t closed to the public, but a real working street in Steveston, a town just south of Vancouver in British Columbia, Canada.

Filming in Steveston is both a blessing and a, ahem, curse. On the one hand, “All the world’s a stage” takes on new meaning as the cast is literally acting live in front of adoring fans. On the other hand, those same fans are quick to snap a spoilery photo that will surely wind up on the internet. On this late October day, cast members Jennifer Morrison, Ginnifer Goodwin and Josh Dallas are filming this Sunday’s midseason return (airing 8/7c on ABC), picking up shortly after the Charming family reunion, a major spoiler fans didn’t learn about until the Dec. 2 winter finale.

“That does bum me out because I just feel like for me, as an audience member when I’m watching other shows, I don’t want to know those things ahead of time. I enjoy the surprise of it,” Morrison laments, noting that there’s a different level of acting when in Storybrooke. “You’re always on display. It’s an interesting thing as an actor. What you aim for is to not be self-conscious and what it creates is a tremendous self-consciousness. It’s a new challenge to find a way to do the best work you possibly can under those circumstances.”

On the flip side, Goodwin says, “It’s a good problem to have,” since the attention means the fans are passionate about the series. “When we first came back in the summer, when school was out, we’d come up and literally there’d be 200 or 300 people here coming throughout the day just standing around watching.” Dallas adds. “It became street theater. It’s great and it just means, obviously, we’re onto a good thing. I’m just glad that people are interested and want to come and watch.”

No one is more sensitive about spoilers than Parrilla, who’s had several spoilery scenes on the streets of Steveston this season. “I had that moment with Daniel [Noah Bean], when he stepped out in his fairy tale land clothes for that scene when he’s on the corner,” Parrilla says. “I stepped out and I went, ‘Oh my God! What are you doing? You need to put a jacket on! We need to put a hood on him!’ I freaked the f— out. Everyone was like, ‘Lana, calm down. Maybe it’s a nightmare.’ Oh right, that makes sense. But I panicked. I really do hate spoilers and I try to protect it as much as possible. It’s not necessarily a bad thing. People aren’t going to stop watching. They’re going to tune in just as much because they’ll want to see it.”

And that’s exactly how the co-creators of the series feel when they experienced the plight of filming in Storybrooke firsthand. “It’s funny because obviously when we shot the pilot and the first part of Season 1, there’s your normal looky-loos because you’re filming, but when we came up for the finale, we were really concerned because it was the scene where Snow and Charming realize who they are when the curse broke and they run to each other,” Edward Kitsis says. “We thought it would get out. Oddly, the truth is, it always gets out. Even on Lost, everything got out. There’s not much you can do. You’re worried and yet, at the same time, you’re inspired.”

“As far as spoilers go and the fans that are watching on set and leaking stuff, we’re so appreciative of the interest,” adds Adam Horowitz. “We know those who want to find out will, and those who don’t, won’t. Even those who want to find out are going to watch anyway to see how we do it.”

Back in Storybrooke, bad news has struck as a beloved fairy tale character — whose identity you can learn in this video — has apparently died at Regina’s hands. Unfortunate on many levels, obviously, but none more so than marring the long-awaited reunion of Snow and Charming, whose time together was short-lived in the Season 2 premiere.

“This will be the first time that they’ve been together in 28 years in their new amalgamated versions of themselves,” Goodwin says. “There are new obstacles, but one of those is not that they are going to be immediately separated again. We’re going to start to reexamine their relationship and figure out who they are now that they are a mix of these characters and they are going to be focusing mostly on what it is to be parents.”

Finding out what it’s like to be a parent will also be a challenge for Emma. “I think she’s always going to be a little unsure of herself,” Morrison says from a cold street corner in Storybrooke, with Emma’s sheriff’s badge strapped back on her hip — Emma and her father will act as a lawful tag team when the show returns. “She knows that ultimately, as long as she’s there for him and she’s supportive, she’s not going to be perfect and she will make mistakes, but at least he will know that he’s loved.”

Meanwhile, her TV son, Jared Gilmore, is as inquisitive as his Once counterpart. Gilmore walks down Storybrooke’s main street, heading for the only building actually owned by the show, Mr. Gold’s Pawn Shop, which always stands “dressed” with an array of props ranging from boxing gloves and a fencer’s mask to little toy robots, musical instruments, bikes, bird cages and a canoe — possibly an indication of people, places and things we may see in the future. Unfortunately, Mr. Gold’s pawn shop — which will later be used in a sweet Belle (Emilie de Ravin) and Rumplestiltskin (Robert Carlyle) scene that’s interrupted by Emma, Snow and Charming — is currently locked. “I have an idea,” Gilmore says, jokingly prepping to kick down the front door.

“I have a lot of favorite stuff in here,” says Gilmore from inside Mr. Gold’s. (He snuck in the back door!) “I like all the robots and then I like that little cannon, the telescope and samurai swords. Then there’s this really cool rifle back there. Whenever I shoot in here, I can’t help but touch everything I see.”

Gilmore’s Henry won’t be happy for long considering his adoptive grandmother, Cora (Barbara Hershey) has come to Storybrooke alongside Captain Hook (Colin O’Donoghue). “She’s a shape shifter and therefore a bigger threat, I think, than some of our other villains have been,” Goodwin notes. “Magic is here and magic works differently than it worked anywhere else. It’s not just that we have Cora and Hook here, it’s that waiting here are Rumplestiltskin and Regina, who do have a different version of their magical powers back, but they do have something and they were willing to do anything to keep Cora and Hook from coming here.”

“We’ve clearly established that Cora is incredibly powerful,” Morrison adds. “I don’t think any of us have really dealt with the depths of her darkness. To have that suddenly enter humanity is definitely going to be interesting to watch and see what comes of all that.”

Back on the road, Storybrooke’s library is still boarded up, with newspaper on the window. Earlier, the production team went through added signs throughout the street, including Storybrooke dental, Storybrooke hardware and Storybrooke bakery, though the latter’s owner likes to keep the sign up all the time, hoping to attract fans of the show in for warm bread. Just around the corner stands The Buck & Ear, which sounds like a place Captain Hook would frequent — but it’s actually a real bar and grille not used in the series… yet!

When scenes begin shooting, a production assistant politely asks people not to cross into frame, while down the street a cop diverts traffic away from the seemingly quiet, yet bustling town as the crew waits for a helicopter to fly over before commencing. Parrilla still sits nearby in the car between takes, with fans looking in.

“I see these people watching me,” she says. “It doesn’t bother me. I have a gift. I work hard. They’ve come to watch, and I’m going to give them the gift. It is like theater. That’s what I loved about theater is you feel the energy of the people and they do feed your soul and they do change how you’re going to say the next line because the energy is ever-present. You can’t deny that. It’s funny because I looked at all of them after the first or second take and I smiled and I let them in instead of pushing them away and it made my performance richer, I think.”

Parrilla has dealt with quite a few emotional scenes recently, most notably when Emma and Snow returned. “It’s a double-edged sword,” Parrilla says of the event. “It’s like, ‘I wish I could have just f—ing left them there because it would have made things a little bit easier.’ She is thisclose to getting rid of both of them and David and Cora and just wiping them out completely. But then what is she left with? Henry, who would hate her. At the end of the day, I go, ‘What makes this boy so special?’ Look at what he’s done. She just wants to be accepted and loved by him. And she still loses him.”

Surely there will be more of those emotional moments ahead with the arrival of her mother. “I think there are going to be moments when she does kind of revert back to being that little girl,” Parrilla says of Regina eventually crossing paths with Cora. “It’s now the adult knowing how f—ed up her mother really is and how she’s f—ed her up. And then there’s going to be moments of the Evil Queen. ”

And the Evil Queen may have already reared her ugly head, possibly claiming the life of yet another fairy tale character. “I think it makes the series, ultimately, far more compelling because it just means no one’s safe,” Dallas says from across the road, jumping around in the below 50-degree weather to get warm and taking a moment to soak in the sun that filters in between the brick buildings. “That’s another great thing about our storytelling. Just because someone’s gone doesn’t mean that we can’t ever revisit them again. So he may be gone, but maybe not forever.”

Adds Dallas’ on-screen and real-life love, Goodwin: “It’s important to keep the stakes high in that way and realize that though in theory we are immortal in that we are sort of ageless, we all have Achilles heels and there are ways to off us. I think it’s really important that they keep reminding the audience that there are really dire consequences to magic.”

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

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