‘Once Upon A Time’s’ Ginnifer Goodwin & Josh Dallas On Mary Margaret’s Parental Worries

October 25

“Once Upon a Time’s” Mary Margaret and David/Charming are going on their own date night this Sunday night on ABC.

Last week, the fairytale couple (for the first time) experienced what it was like to watch their daughter, Emma, go out on a date, while they sat at home worrying. Date night for the couple themselves though, may present a different set of worries, including being away from baby Neal for the first time.

Ginnifer Goodwin explained what’s behind her character’s parental worries this season on “Once.”

“I think it’s because she put Emma in a wardrobe… and then she physically had — Neal was swept up from her arms by the Wicked Witch last season, so I think there’s like a physical need to hold tight and I also think that given what happened to Emma, I think that she thought that having a baby was gonna sort of make up for what happened before and that there would be like an [alleviating] of the guilt, but instead, she doesn’t really feel suddenly deserving somehow… of Neal at all,” Ginnifer said on the set last week.

“She believes that she needs to be like this ridiculously, unrealistically perfect multi-tasking mayor mother and that if she can’t do everything, it’s almost like she shouldn’t be allowed to do anything and so she’s also scared to ask for help,” the actress continued.

Josh Dallas, who plays Charming, said his character understands where Mary Margaret is coming from.

“He gets it, he gets why she’s doing it, you know? We haven’t had the best luck bringing up babies… We put them in wardrobes and they get taken away from us and they get swept up by wicked witches and things like that, so he understands why she’s being so protective in not letting go of baby Neal,” Josh explained.

“But, at the same time… he wants that chance to be able to be the father that he didn’t get to be with Emma, but he’s gonna be there and he’s gonna be supportive and he’s going to let her know that he’s there and… let her know that he wants to help and be there, but he also understand that she needs her time to be able to process it and go through what she needs to go through,” Josh added.

“Once Upon a Time” continues Sunday at 8/7c on ABC.

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ONCE Stars Ginny Goodwin & Josh Dallas Talk Babies, Frozen & Season 4

October 11

Screenspy spoke with Ginnifer & Josh about the new season of once and about being first time parents.

According to Once Upon a Time star Josh Dallas, making David a Dad has done wonders for his character’s “huge heart.”

The new real life Dad speaks about how becoming a father has helped David be the parent he didn’t get to be with Emma. “It’s huge,” the Once star reveals in a new video interview, courtesy of our friends at ABC.

“Prince Charming needs a life that is worthy, I think,” says Dallas. “He needs a battle. He needs a quest. He needs a maiden to rescue. He needs a baby. A baby is something that can fill his huge heart.”

Meanwhile, Ginny Goodwin previews that obstacles lie ahead for new mother Mary Margaret, who will step into Regina’s (Lana Parrilla) shoes this week as she attempts to rise to the challenges of being Mayor of Storybrooke.

Not only is Mary Margaret “struggling a lot with letting go of her son,” but she now faces additional responsibility issues for the town.

“Mary Margaret is at first loath to take over these responsibilities, but then finds she may actually have a knack for it and incorporates some of her mothering skills,” the actress hints of Sunday’s episode.

Catch Josh Dallas’ and Ginnifer Goodwin’s full interview below.

Once Upon a Time’s “Rocky Road” airs Sunday 8/7c on ABC.

‘Once Upon a Time’ Stars Tackle 11 Unanswered Season 4 Questions

September 26

The Hollywood Reporter spoke with members of the Once Upon a Time cast to discuss some of the questions related to season 4 of the series! Are you all as excited for Sunday as I am?!?!?!

Jennifer Morrison, Ginnifer Goodwin, Josh Dallas, Lana Parrilla, Colin O’Donoghue and others preview the season’s non-‘Frozen’ arcs

With Frozen on the horizon in the Once Upon a Time universe, what else can viewers expect from the new season?

At the end of last season, Emma and Captain Hook inadvertently left a portal open, allowing just enough time for Frozen’s Elsa to slip into town. Plus, there was the awkward love triangle between Regina, Robin Hood and his once-dead wife Marian, Mr. Gold and Belle’s marriage lie and the Charmings’ venture into parenthood. As Jennifer Morrison tells The Hollywood Reporter, the premiere contains “a mess of information” that she promises will “come together.”

Ahead of Sunday’s return, the Once stars talk to THR about season-four’s biggest non-Frozen questions.

Can Captain Hook and Emma be in a healthy relationship?

Things were looking good for the happy couple at the end of season three but in Storybrooke, that bliss is only temporary. “They’ve really invested in maybe wanting to be together,” Colin O’Donoghue tells THR. “Emma is The Savior and Hook is a 200-year-old pirate — it’s never going to be plain sailing or easy going. But they’re going to try their best to make their relationship work.” In doing so, Hook — who will “do whatever it takes, good or bad” to maintain their romance — will be forced to decide whether “he can find a place for Emma within his heart when she’s so busy trying to save the world,” O’Donoghue adds.

Morrison echoes that sentiment, saying that though Emma and Hook both desire “to be the better versions of themselves and vulnerable enough to be close to someone romantically,” it’s easier said than done, especially when more immediate threats like Elsa’s snow monster loom. “There’s a lot of trying to work out a relationship in the midst of a lot of chaos, which is funny at times and heartbreaking at times, and causes them to really figure out how this could or couldn’t work,” she says.

Who will Robin Hood choose: Marian or Regina?

After the unexpected return of Marian, Robin Hood is now faced with a major dilemma, one that is addressed head-on in the show’s return. Does he honor his vow to Marian or does he start anew with Regina? A decision is made. “I have a certain living situation I have to deal with, with a current romance and a wife coming back from the dead,” Sean Maguire tells THR. “That seems to be the situation last season ended with. Suffice it to say, Robin Hood does come to a truce of sorts.”

Regina is understandably frustrated by the sudden turn of events, which may veer her off her path of goodness. “We’ll see Regina really battling the two sides of good and evil. She’s been on the road to redemption for the last couple of years and yet she’s been evil for most of her life,” Lana Parrilla tells THR. “Where is she really comfortable living? And is she going to continue down her old habitual ways or is she going to surprise us all and do the right thing?”

How does Emma cope with the guilt of causing Regina’s unhappiness?

Well, it’s complicated. “Emma can’t apologize for saving a life, but it’s not her plan to mess up Regina’s true love,” Morrison says. “She’s trying to toe the line. She’s trying to prove that she truly is Regina’s friend and that she truly wants what’s best for her, but also protect Marian.” Juggling a vengeful Regina won’t be an easy task for Emma and that becomes an ongoing season-four thread. “Ultimately, Emma is trying to keep Regina in a good place in her life. She’s worked so hard and come so far from her villainous mindset that it would be tragic, in Emma’s eyes [if she returned to that] because she’s become Emma’s friend,” Morrison says. “[Emma]’s going to spend time fighting to prove her friendship and fighting to keep Regina in a good place.”

How do David and Mary Margaret navigate parenthood?
“It’s hard because they’re finding this all out as they go. It’s basically the first time they’ve [raised a child]. They don’t want to lose [baby Neal] like they lost Emma,” Josh Dallas tells THR. “Emma has suffered a lot of psychological repercussions because of it. She’s isolated herself because of it. They want to raise Neal right and still honor Emma as their child.” Says Ginnifer Goodwin, Snow and Charming “are confronting a lot of their exceptionally guilty feelings in having lost the opportunity with Emma, who has a remarkable story with Hook.”

What about Charming’s past?

Attention will be given in the first half of the season to Prince Charming’s “origins,” Dallas hints. “We’re going to see, in my opinion, the most important friendship he’s ever had outside of Snow White that really changes the entire course of his life and sets him on the path of becoming the hero that he is. It’s an unlikely connection with a character that I can’t wait for people to see.”

Will Mary Margaret get back into the workforce?

The simple answer: Yes. Though her immediate focus will be to raise Neal, Goodwin says, she will find herself taking on a new job. “She has been thrust in a brand-new job while she’s trying to juggle [raising a newborn] and she’s expected to rule as she is technically the ruler of the Enchanted Forest transported to Storybrooke,” she says. Morrison hints that Mary Margaret will be taking over a position of considerable power for someone else within Storybrooke.

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‘Once Upon a Time’ Showrunners Talk ‘Frozen,’ the Charming Family’s Challenges and Regina’s Evolution

September 22

Variety gets Once Upon a Time’s showrunners Adam & Eddie to share a bit about the new season!

“Once Upon a Time” is kicking off season four with a dose of “Frozen,” transporting the beloved characters of the blockbuster Disney movie to the town of Storybrooke. Ahead of the Sept. 28 premiere, Variety talked to showrunners Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis to preview Anna (Elizabeth Lail) and Elsa’s (Georgina Haig) “Once” debut and find out what’s ahead for the rest of the fantasy show’s ensemble.

How will Snow White (Ginnifer Goodwin) and Prince Charming (Josh Dallas) adjust to a second chance at raising a child? Will Emma (Jennifer Morrison) and Captain Hook (Colin O’Donoghue) be able to maintain a relationship despite their differences (and similarities)? How will Belle (Emilie de Ravin) react when she realizes that Rumplestiltskin (Robert Carlyle) is keeping another secret from her? What will Regina (Lana Parrilla) do now that Robin Hood’s (?Sean Maguire) lost love Marian (Christie Laing) has returned? Read on to find out.

Entering the fourth season, what is your major goal for this year?
Adam Horowitz: I think our goal is to continue to try to get better and improve and to raise the bar on the show. We feel a responsibility to the fans who’ve been with us for so long to make the show as good it can be, to deepen the characters, to explore them. One of the advantages of series television is, the longer you’re on the air, the more you get dig deep into the characters and that’s what we’re hoping to do this year. We left off last season in a place where a lot of our characters were in new situations, and we’re excited to delve into that.

What is the central theme of the first half of the season?
Eddy Kitsis: The first half of the season for us is “never give up on the people you love.”

You attempted a spinoff last season with “Once Upon a Time in Wonderland,” which [ABC President] Paul Lee admitted he probably shouldn’t have rushed to get on the air in the fall when it was initially planned for winter, and subsequently it didn’t connect with viewers the way “Once” did. Would you hesitate to embark on another spinoff series or are you still open to ideas if they present themselves?
Horowitz: We would never say never, and I think that there are lessons learned from “Wonderland,” particularly as Paul said, and I think we all agree, if we were ever to do it again, I think the way to do it is in the middle, after the 11th episode of “Once.”
Kitsis: For us, that was always what we wanted to do and everyone was really excited about the pilot. But of course, looking back I think our audience was watching “Once” at the time and as we say, it’s hard to get a solo album when the band also has an album out that week too. Would we embark on it again? If we had the right idea… This year we felt like we really just wanted to focus on “Once,” but next year, you never know.

How integral are the “Frozen” characters to the first half of the season? Is it comparable to the addition of the Peter Pan arc or the Wicked Witch?
Kitsis: Absolutely. The first half of this season will be “Frozen,” and that will be the arc. It’s the characters from “Frozen” coming into “Once Upon A Time.”
Horowitz: It’s not us doing “Frozen,” the sequel, as a TV show. Instead, it is taking the characters from “Frozen” and bringing them into the “Once” world, as you said, much in the way that we brought the Wicked Witch or Peter Pan, and finding the hopefully surprising way they intertwine with our characters and our mythology.

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Once Upon a Time Is Doing Frozen! Bosses Spill on “Misunderstood” Elsa and More

May 12

E!Online spoke with Adam & Eddie about the big finale last night … they talked about their goals for Snow this past season and what is to come.

What were your goals for Snow this season?
EK: I think for Snow we wanted to tell a much more emotional and personal story, which is you know, for two seasons, it was kind of, you know, the first season she was in the dark because she was cursed and then season two, she just naturally, because she’s such a hopeful spirit, assumed that now that the curse is broken and Emma knows who we are, we have our daughter again, and this year, what we wanted to do was say well actually that’s not true, she doesn’t look at you like a mom, and it made her kind of question what she missed in life and what she wanted and where her happy ending was and how she continued to try and provide a hopeful influence on Emma. So her journey this year with Emma personally was to get Emma to look at her like a mom.
And how great was that moment when Snow finally got her wish?! Even aside from the exciting Frozen twist at the end, that finale was packed with beautiful moments, from Emma somewhat embracing her feelings for Hook and the marriage of Rumple and Belle! Interested in buying a wedding present?

“They’ll be registering for eye of newt and a dragon’s heart,” Kitsis told us with a laugh.

Great! Now… does anyone know how to get to Diagon Alley?!

To read the entire article go here.

Ginnifer Goodwin Previews Wicked Childbirth, a ‘Significant’ Baby Naming and Season 3?s Super-Secret Final Scene

May 2

TV Line’s Matt Webb Mitovich spoke with Ginny about the season 3 finale and what is in store for the rest of the season.

ABC’s Once Upon a Time will make a very special delivery this Sunday at 8/7c, as Mary Margaret aka Snow White gives birth to a baby that the Wicked Witch is hot to get her green mitts on. With an eye on the imminent addition to the Charming clan, TVLine invited Ginnifer Goodwin — whose baby with husband/costar Josh Dallas should soon arrive with a bit less drama — to preview Season 3?s final three hours, including the top-secret scene that sets the stage for Season 4.

TVLINE | I probably should know the answer to this, but I’ve never bothered to ask you myself: Which pregnancy came first? Would [series creators] Adam [Horowitz] and Eddy [Kitsis] have made Snow White pregnant regardless?

It’s something that we had sort of discussed over the past year-and-a-half. They knew that there was an “Untitled Ginny Goodwin/Josh Dallas Project” in the works, and we knew there was a very much-titled Snow White/Prince Charming Project in the works, and we were hoping that the timing would overlap. And they had given themselves some wiggle room in the writing. We knew that the characters wanted to become pregnant, so once we became pregnant in real life, they could say, “All right, here we go.”

TVLINE | But once they did write it in, did they give you a heads-up that Snow’s pregnancy would not be without drama?
Well, we knew that from the beginning! [Laughs] But what was lovely – and unexpected, just because no one thinks of these things that far enough in advance – is they found a way to help me be an extremely pregnant woman while filming. I was not asked to leap off any cliffs or things like that myself, once we knew there really was a baby in there.

TVLINE | I think back to a couple of episodes ago, where Snow was kicking back in the apartment, her feet up on a hassock….
Oh yes. One of my assistant directors actually got for me — and carried around the woods — a leather lounge chair. It went everywhere with us, including on mountaintops.

TVLINE | When I visited the set in February, you and Jennifer Morrison used the word “creepy” to describe the Season 3B storyline. And really, what’s creepier than having the Big Bad going after a baby?
Absolutely. There’s something very Rosemary’s Baby about the whole thing to us, and I feel like that was almost honored in the wardrobe choices for Mary Margaret — though no one ever confirmed that that was any kind of inspiration. But all of those baby doll dresses of the ’60s eras kind of gave us an additional layer of the creeps.

TVLINE | Going into this Sunday’s episode, “Kansas,” Snow is in labor. Are she and Charming going to be able to lose themselves at all in the joy of childbirth?
No, that wouldn’t be near dramatic enough. [Laughs] We’re going to be looking over our shoulders the entire time, because we know that Zelena is after our newborn, in order to turn back time and change her destiny and possibly erase Regina from existence. We are not even going to get through the actual pushing part without there being complications that are not medically related.

TVLINE | One of our readers wondered: “Why not deliver the baby at the apartment, which has the protection spell?”
That’s a good point. I kept raising the question, “Why is Charming all right with Dr. Whale down there between Mary Margaret’s legs?” After all they’ve been through. [Laughs]

TVLINE | Without revealing anything, will Baby Charming’s name make a certain amount of sense?
Yes, the baby’s name is going to be significant, absolutely significant. In fact, every time I not only read the script but then every time we filmed it, I got very, genuinely emotional. It was an excellent move — and very unexpected.

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