Celebrity Q&A, Featured ArticleBy Paulette Cohn on September 12, 2012
Does Ginnifer Goodwin, who plays Snow White on “Once Upon a Time,” have a favorite fairy tale?
—Jillian Ramsey, New London, Conn.
Goodwin, 34, is a big-time Disney fan and, funny enough, one of the things she has always aspired to do as an actress was to play a Disney princess.
“Little did I know that I would get to play a live-action princess, and I didn’t know it would be such an iconic character,” the Memphis, Tenn.-born actress says. “Snow White was my favorite growing up. I was even Snow White a few Halloweens ago, before I even knew the [‘Once Upon a Time’] script existed. So my inner 8-year-old does cartwheels every day I get to do that.”
What she is also enjoying about the show is that because it does not strictly follow the original literary versions of the fairy tales, it has opened up the show so that all kinds of magic are possible. That means that it isn’t a stretch that Snow White and Cinderella are best friends and that Rumpelstiltskin can be the beast in “Beauty and the Beast.”
“There is nothing in the history of those stories to contradict those ideas, it is just something nobody before [creators] Edward Kitsis and Adam [Horowitz] thought of,” she says.
When “Once Upon a Time” returns for its second season this fall, it will be adding three new fairy tale characters: Princess Aurora, Mulan and Captain Hook. Also, Little Red Riding Hood and Belle will become series regulars.