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Jennifer Morrison on wearing the Season 3 finale ball gown.
After a brutal hike up icy peaks to the Once Upon a Time set in Arendelle, we cornered the showrunners of ABC’s fantasy hit and demanded answers about season four’s much-buzzed-about Frozen storyline. Is Olaf going to be on the show? Are they going to give Elsa a love interest? How big a part of the show will Frozen be? And who is Elizabeth Mitchell playing, exactly? After a brief chase involving reindeers, sleighs and trolls, writer-producers Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz finally agreed to take our questions about their live-action take on the biggest animated movie of all time:
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Disney has been really accommodating to you in the past. But studios have historically been reluctant to let TV shows mine a current film franchise. Frozen was so huge, and there’s a possible sequel in the works. How did you convince them to let Once into this world?
Edward Kitsis: We really felt the characters would be a great fit for our show to incorporate into our universe. We really just asked, we took a shot, and we were pleasantly surprised when Disney said yes.
Adam Horowitz: There was a lot of support from within the company and we were very grateful. They trusted us with something and we take that very seriously, because it’s not just important to the company—it’s important to millions of fans of Frozen, and we want to do our best to honor what they loved about that movie, and more particularly, about those characters.
What’s your biggest concern taking this on creatively?
Horowitz: To do it justice. We would never want to re-do the movie. But we want this to feel like a part of [the movie] and feel a part of our show. We want it to walk that line of being part of the Once Upon a Time universe, but also feel like part of the Frozen world.
Read the rest of the interview at EW.com [x]
When Once Upon a Time producers asked their parent company, Disney, for permission to use characters from its 2013 animated megahit Frozen on their ABC fairy-tale mash-up this fall, they expected a chilly response. But Disney let the characters go (let it goooo!), and now fans of both the film and the show are excited - and maybe a tad nervous. Reimagining dusty Disney icons such Prince Charming is one thing, but Frozen is red-hot - the highest - grossing animated film of all time, with a possible sequel in the works.
What is Once planning to do with Disney’s newly crowned royalty, Queen Elsa and Princess Anna?
Showrunners Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz insist that capturing a faithful live - action version of Frozen’s heroines is their top priority. And relax: There’s no big character twist (like when the series turned Peter Pan into a villain). “We want to do our best to honor what fans loved about that movie”, Horowitz says. (“The Frozen story line will be introduced in this fall’s season 4 premiere and will conclude midway through the season - so these toys are “going back on the shelf”, the producers say, once this are is over.)
The arc will not include a love interest for Elsa, a character praised for giving young fans a Disney Princess with an independent streak. Nor are the producers going to try palling off a live-action incarnation of chatty snowman Olaf. “His story in the movie is so beautiful, the story we want to tell doesn’t involve trying to expand upon that, nor do we think it should”, Horowitz says. And there won’t be any musical elements from the film. So what are the producers planning? Newcomer Elizabeth Lail was cast as adorable Anna, Greek vet Scott Michael Foster as her love interest Kristoff, Fringe alum Georgina Haig as Anna’s ice-wielding sister , Elsa, and Lost veteran Elizabeth Mitchell as, well, Mitchell’s role is a mystery, but the producers say one of the top two fan theories is correct. (She’s either the original Snow Queen or Anna and Elsa’s mother, who was presumed dead in the film.)
Like Frozen, the show will focus on the relationship between Elsa and Anna, and explore the idea that you never give up on the people you love.
"At the end of the day," Kitsis says, "this is really expensive fan fiction."
- Tom Ellis was busy when they decided to bring Robin Hood back. It didn’t feel hard to replace him. The cast and crew of OUAT are very welcoming. There’s no ego in-between the actors. They’re all far away from home in Vancouver, so they hang out together a lot during filming.
- He says that Robin Hood should be British.
- On OUAT’s Robin Hood being more gentle than the typical Robin: It wasn’t his choice, it was in the script. Robin Hood was Robin of Locksley before being a thief, so he’s a noble and he speaks well and has good education.
- Important elements of Robin’s personality: First, he’s a father. He’s also a natural leader. He’s not afraid of anything, but he also doesn’t have magic. He’s a simple man with good virtues and a great sense of humanity. “And he falls in love for the second time in his life.”
- Despite his strength of character, he’s vulnerable when it comes to his son. He’s a single dad and Sean thinks this is what people like about Robin because even if it’s something rare in fairy tales, it’s common in our world.
- On the Outlaw Queen relationship: These two are different in appearance, but they are very similar when you look deeper. They’re both single parents that lost the love of their lives. They are strong leaders who don’t scare easily. “And you’ll see, when they are together, there’s an clear attraction between the two characters.”
- On whether or not they are actually meant to be together: Sean said that everything can happen with OUAT. Marian comes back and Robin goes to hug her, but “what kind of love is it? If you saw a loved one come back from the dead, wouldn’t your first reaction be to hold them in your arms?”
- His bow is two meters long and it can be dangerous on set. He’s always apologizing because he almost hits people with it.
- He doesn’t know what’s going to happen in season 4.
- She didn’t expect the success of OUAT. She was auditioning for another role when the casting director told her he wanted her to play the Evil Queen. Four days later, she was auditioning for Regina, and that her agent called her saying ‘Hello Regina.’ She thought it was a wrong number at first. But she was still skeptical because she had been in 7 series before and none of them lasted so…
- The president of ABC looked at her audition tapes because he didn’t think she could play a villain. Lana really wanted to play Regina even if the show didn’t work out.
- On ‘good’ season 3 Regina: She didn’t know how Regina would turn out in season 1, but she had a feeling the writers would flesh her ouat because a one-dimension character is not very interesting for a whole series, and is boring for an actor to play. 3A Regina is a very protective mother and Lana loves playing her vulnerable side, “her love for Henry, Robin, and even Snow.”
- On her ‘love’ for Snow: She loves Mary Margaret as much as she hates her. Regina raised her for many years, but Snow was also responsible for taking away her destiny. Same thing goes for Emma — they need to learn to coexist because of Henry. Lana says she tries to give more dept to Regina and the Queen every time she plays her. It makes her more interesting.
- She hates her 6 inch heels, but she likes that it allows Regina to tower over everyone. She loves her corsets, but she can’t eat when she has them on. She has to stick to drinking, and it’s getting long when she has to wear them for 14 hours.
- She’s an actor first. She doesn’t decide where the character is going. However, she calls the writers and asks them to explain if she doesn’t understand something. And they’ve taken some of her comments to improve the character. Worst case, if she plays something that she doesn’t really feel and they don’t like it, they it ends on the cutting room floor. “Advantages of television!” She loves where Regina is in season 3. “She’s grown a lot.”
- On modern movies and TV showing the side of the villains of the story: She thinks it’s a way of showing that, even if you’re evil or do bad things at one point in your life, people change. The world is not black and white; it’s way too complex for that. Everyone can become a better person.
- On Regina being Queen and mayor without being elected: Regina is a republican, and Lana’s a democrat. She watched some of Sarah Palin’s speeches to prepare the role.
New interviews: Jennifer Morrison, Lana Parrilla And Sean Maguire |Series Mag July/August 2014
It’s not every day you become a Disney princess.
But for Georgina Haig, today is that day.
The Sydney-based actress has just scored the role of Frozen’s Elsa in the Disney-produced US series, Once Upon A Time.
But it turns out she owes the honour to her very own Prince Charming - her husband Joshua.
"I was on my honeymoon on Magnetic Island when I got the audition," she told AAP.
"Obviously it’s a lot harder to organise putting down an audition when you’re on a remote island with your new husband."
"But he very kindly agreed to play a princess and read with me."
When the first audition was well-received, the groom had to once again stand in the role of Princess Anna when the two were holidaying at Port Douglas.
Thankfully, the effort paid off.
"I’m glad (it) was for a good reason," Haig laughed.
The two, who became engaged at New Year’s, got married in Sydney in June.
Haig said she and her scriptwriter beau were happy to get onto the nuptials quick-smart, given her unpredictable working schedule.
It’s an assumption that’s paid off, now the newlyweds are busy packing to move to Vancouver on Monday - just four days after returning from their honeymoon.
As for the role, the 28-year-old said the writers have remained true to the Elsa of the hugely successful Disney flick, while expanding her narrative journey.
"It’s very much the spirit of the character," she explained.
It is also not lost on the Dance Academy alumni that getting to dress up as a Disney princess for a living is a pretty good gig.
"If five-year-old George could see this, she’d be like `oh my god!’" she joked.
The in-demand actress also has a main role on Network Ten’s new US series Reckless which starts in a few weeks.
But for now, she’s busy packing.
"Hopefully I can just snap my fingers and barnyard creatures will come and help me," she said.
"I think that works now."
What does Regina want in season 4? (x)
JOE YOGERST catches up with JENNIFER MORRISON in Los Angeles on hiatus from filming Once Upon a Time to talk about acting and producing, love of the stage and learning from Hugh Laurie
THERE’S SOMETHING ABOUT Jennifer Morrison that sets the world on fire. The American actress rose to fame and acclaim on the long-running television series House – which at one point was the most watched TV show on the planet (airing in 66 countries). And now she seems on the verge of doing it again with another small-screen hit called Once Upon A Time. [x]
"The outtakes must be hysterical with you on set, seriously."
Now that Once Upon a Time’s Emma and Hook kissed, and she let go of her walls and fears, is a CaptainSwan relationship possible, or is it too soon? –freak91
Just because old issues have been put to rest, you can count on new ones arising. “There will be some challenges for them,” cocreator Adam Horowitz teases. Eddy Kitsis elaborates, saying, “The very first obstacle is Emma’s guilt over the fact that she just destroyed Regina’s relationship [with Robin Hood],” by transporting Marian to our world. “So there’s a part of her that feels guilt in starting a new romance of her own.”
Jennifer Morrison, a real life queen Elsa.