'Once Upon A Time' Stars Preview What's Next!
This Sunday, the second chapter in Once Upon A Time's journey to Happily Ever After begins and to get you as much scoop on the notoriously spoiler-phobic show as possible, I caught up with OUAT's three leading ladies!
Ginnifer Goodwin and Lana Parrilla previewed Regina and Snow's second acts at Entertainment Weekly's pre-Emmy party while Jennifer Morrison rang up TheInsider.com to break down Emma's upcoming adventures. Check out the video for starters and read on for more!
TheInsider.com: What are you most excited for fans to see in season two?
Jennifer Morrison: I wouldn't even know where to start because we've been doing the most outrageous things. There are days I leave set and think, "What did I just do today?!?!" [laughs] The whole world opens up emotionally this year. When everyone didn't know who they were, there were such limitations on the way the characters could interact with one another because they were so affected by the curse. Now that we're free of that, the world is so different. Everyone has memories of their fairytale lives and their Storybrooke lives, so it's about combining those memories and figuring out what that means for them as a person having lived two such different lives. That affects how Emma feels about her parents, who they truly are, if she can handle it and realizing that Henry has been right this entire time. The doors are getting blown off emotionally – everything is so much more raw for everyone.
Insider.com: How many times does Henry say to Emma, "Ha! Told you!"
Jennifer: [laughs] He definitely has a couple "I Told You" moments. He's mostly thrilled to be right and that everyone is moving forward. But I will say that everything gets complicated again, quite quickly.
Insider.com: Yeah, I can't imagine everyone has time to sit around and tell stories.
Jennifer: Right. What ends up happening is all the emotional stuff gets interwoven in with the action of every episode. It's something Adam [Horowitz] & Edward [Kitsis, the creators] are so good at doing. Things are happening while we're working out the emotional stuff. We don't talk about it and have a cry – sh*t is going down while we're dealing with the fact we're mother and daughter. Everything happens at once instead of in pieces.
Insider.com: How does magic being released into Storybrooke affect Regina's relationship with Emma?
Jennifer: Her initial reaction is some seriously intense anger for having almost killed Henry. That's always going to be there on some level, but the sad thing is, on Emma's part, she didn't want to have an antagonistic relationship with Regina. She never intended to take Henry away and she's said that! The threat of Emma is so huge in Regina's mind, that she can't help but antagonize her. So Emma has no choice but to be aggressive.
Insider.com: Everyone will have new memories except for Emma. Does she feel isolated in some way?
Jennifer: We all know Emma is not the most advanced person emotionally. She either shuts down or makes fun for something instead of actually dealing with the emotions of it. It opens up the opportunity for Emma to have some great one liners.
Insider.com: How much room does all this emotional exposition leave for love in Emma's life?
Jennifer: It was definitely a priority for the writers this year to bring men into her life. Interestingly, I think we can't truly be in healthy relationships until we work out issues with our parents, so I think it's fascinating that they've chosen the season where she begins to learn about her parents to also be the season where she opens herself up to love. But Emma definitely won't be the pursuer. She's a tough nut to crack, but there are men coming into her life who aggressively try to break through her armor.
Insider.com: Looking at what you've shot so far, what's your favorite episode in season two?
Jennifer: Selfishly, I have to say episode six because it's Emma’s backstory [laughs]. As an actor, you work out a backstory with the writers and you obsess over it but so rarely do you get to actually put it on screen. There was a great luxury of getting to live that after so many months of talking about it. I also think episode five, which I'm not in at all, is a great one, because you'll meet Captain Hook. It's a great character and the fans should freak out – it's just that good!
Once Upon A Time premieres September 30 at 8 p.m. on ABC.