Interview with Once Upon a Time’s Giancarlo Esposito - Some Spoilers Headed Your Way!
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In this week’s episode, we again saw Emma placing a lot of faith in her “super-power” of being able to tell when someone’s lying to her, but Sidney’s been playing her for weeks now. Is she going to get a rude awakening in terms of her alliances any time soon?
Yeah, I think eventually, for sure. I feel like she’s always been a little bit skeptical of Sidney only because he did come from being so deep in Regina’s pocket that it’s hard for Emma to believe that someone could really make that much of a turnaround. But she’s also in a town where she doesn’t have a lot of people who are on her side. So, sometimes I think she feels that she has to take the best-worst option. It’s like she knows that there may be something to be skeptical about with Sidney, and yet, he seems like the best possible option at this point. She almost has to force herself to believe that he’s going to be trustworthy because she has no other choice. He’s really the only person she has access to that can get her the information that she needs and to help her try to solve this case. But yes, at some point, she will definitely have a rude awakening in terms of how deeply he’s not supporting her.
The promo for next week reveals that Emma actually arrests Mary Margaret for Kathryn’s murder. Obviously, Mary Margaret has been Emma’s closest friend in Storybrooke up to this point, so what does this new development mean for their friendship?
It’s a really upsetting situation for Emma because clearly, she doesn’t think that Mary Margaret is guilty. And yet, there are seemingly tangible pieces of evidence that point to her. Emma’s sort of left with no option because if she doesn’t go where the evidence leads and actually make the arrest, then she looks like she’s offering some sort of favoritism to Mary Margaret, which then makes Emma look like she’s not doing her job properly, which then gives Regina a reason to fire Emma. So, there’s this domino effect of problems that would happen if Emma doesn’t follow through with what actually seems to be going on. In Emma’s mind, even though it’s a horrible thing to have to arrest this person who she truly does consider a friend and truly does believe in, she feels like she can protect her better by doing this than she can if she doesn’t do it, because then she could be fired and then someone else be put in that would really take her down.
I think you’ve said in the past that you guys want to avoid playing the parent/daughter dynamic in Emma’s scenes with Mary Margaret or David because you don’t want to be winking at the audience like any of them are really aware of something, correct?
Yeah, I think that she really doesn’t believe any of this at all. I mean, there’s no little part of her that thinks that what Henry has suggested to her with these fairytales being true could possibly be real. So, I can’t ever go into a scene thinking that she believes that. So her entire dealings with David or with Mary Margaret are always from the perspective of two people that she just met and treating them as two people that she just met. I do believe that she does feel drawn to both of them in some way. There’s some sort of underlying magnetism that she feels to them. But I think she just thinks that that’s because she thinks they’re good people and that she believes that they’re telling the truth, not because she thinks that there’s any deeper meaning of them being related.
In next week’s episode, we’ll also see Mr. Gold as Mary Margaret’s attorney. What are Emma’s feelings towards him at this point?
I think initially she’s very opposed to [Mary hiring him] because obviously she doesn’t trust him, for good reason. Ultimately, the dilemma that Emma always ends up having with Mr. Gold, sort of from this point on, is that she does not agree with his methods and she does not agree with the way that he goes about doing things, but she does agree with his results, oftentimes. She suspects that he has ulterior motives that are serving him, but those ulterior motives that are serving him are also serving Emma sometimes. So she, once again, has to sort of choose the lesser of two evils and decide if she’s going to go along with what he’s doing in order to get the results that she needs in order to protect the people that she wants to protect, or shy away from all of it and try to do all of it by herself.
I think the producers have indicated in previous interviews that there will be a resolution to the Kathryn storyline fairly soon. So in terms of where you’re filming now, has the balance shifted between Emma and Regina at all, or has Regina still got the upper hand?
By the point we’re at right now, it does start to balance out a little bit. There’s more and more building against Regina in terms of proof for other people in town to realize that maybe, she isn’t just a good mayor. Part of the curse has been that people have not questioned things; they’re sort of in this haze where they don’t really think outside of what’s been the norm from day to day for the last 28 years. Now, all of the things that have been set in motion because of Emma being in town are forcing people to sort of wake up a little bit at a time and go, “Wait a second, why would she do this?” So, Regina is starting to lose her footing in terms of her hold over everyone in town. There does start to be a little bit of a power shift — or at least some sort of a power balance — because once you plant those seeds of doubt then she’s definitely not as all powerful as she once was.
The March 25 episode will see Emma kidnapped by the Storybrooke version of the Mad Hatter. What can you reveal about that episode and what he wants from Emma?
It was probably the most fun I’ve had so far shooting episodes. It’s one of my favorite scripts. I had such an amazing time. Sebastian Stan, who plays the Mad Hatter, he’s such an extraordinary actor. It was so great coming to work with him every day. He did such cool stuff with his character. I mean, there was not a second I didn’t believe he really was this guy. So, from that perspective it was just such a good time.
It does start to plant some interesting seeds in Emma, because it’s another person saying to her some of the things that Henry has been saying. She can still justify it away in the sense that, “Well, maybe he read the book. Maybe there’s another copy of the book. Maybe he heard about the book.” But it is really the first time that there are little chips in Emma’s armor in terms of her thinking; not necessarily that there really is a curse and that everybody really is a fairytale, but I think it’s really that turning point for her to realize that there is something very dark and possibly dangerous going on that she needs to try to figure out.
We now know August’s name and that he’s a writer, but we don’t know much more than that. How are things developing between him and Emma?
Very slowly, but surely. I mean, she’s clearly very suspicious of him. He’s a stranger who’s come to town [and] he doesn’t offer a lot of information about himself. Emma relates to that — she’s someone who keeps to herself and doesn’t like to offer a lot of information about herself because she feels like she has a lot to hide. Because she’s aware of her own reasons for doing that, I think that makes her especially suspicious of him. So, I think the next several episodes you sort of start to see her test whether or not she can trust him. She allows him in, in little bits, and then pushes him away in other ways and sort of starts to kind of test the waters to see how trustworthy he is, where he really stands on things, and if he is safe or not for her or for Henry or for anyone. There’s definitely a bit of a dance that goes on there. You will find out by the end of the season who he is. But it’s going to be a little while.
Can you tease anything else about the story lines you’re currently filming?
I feel like the whole season — the way I’ve put it metaphorically is — we’ve been sort of climbing up the roller coaster. It’s been sort of like one notch at a time. Climbing, climbing, climbing, climbing. By the time we get to episode 20, we’re hanging at the top. At 21 and 22, we’re just flying down. So, all these little pieces of things that have been set up, all these little puzzle pieces that have been planted all along the way for the whole season, a lot happens really fast. All of it starts to come together very quickly. It’s going to be a whirlwind at the end.
Zap2it has the guest cast list for episode 19, “The Return”:
David Anders (Dr. Whale), Anastasia Griffith (Abigail/Kathryn Nolan), Keegan Connor Tracy (Blue Fairy/Mother Superior), Meghan Ory (Red Ridding Hood/Ruby), Giancarlo Esposito (Magic Mirror/Sidney Glass), Beverley Elliott (Granny), Dylan Schmid (Baelfire), Conner Dwelly (Morraine), Greyston Holt (Fredrick/gym teacher), Gabe Khouth (Sneezy/Mr. Clark), Michael Coleman (Happy), Mig Macario (Bashful), Jarod Joseph (Billy), Christina Gooding, and Michael Roberds
**This includes people who have shown up for more than one episode, but have not been in them all. Votes for people not on this list will not be counted.**
Here’s the long list:
Thank you for participating everyone! I really, really enjoyed this and I hope you did, too. Watch out for more polls and theory questions coming out later today! :)
Favorite Storybrooke side characters (in ranking order): Not a surprise here, but Jefferson took the lead with 20 solid votes! Taking second place is the ever lovely Ruby with 17 votes. In third place is our ruggedly handsome author, August with 7 votes. Tying for fourth place is Mr. Archie Hopper and
Hotty Sheriff Graham with 6 votes each. Leroy takes fifth place with 3 votes, leaving Sidney, Marco, Kathryn and Granny in last place with 1 vote each!
Favorite main Fairytale Land character (in ranking order): Rumpelstiltskin takes the lead with 18 votes in his favor. Next up is Snow White with 15 votes to her name. In third place, is our Prince Charming with 3 votes. Last, but certainly not least, is the Evil Queen with 2 votes.
Once Upon a Time | Now that magic has come to Storybrooke, will the Evil Queen be in need of her magic mirror? Because he might be a little busy given that Giancarlo Esposito (who also played Sidney Glass) is now a cast member on NBC’s Revolution. But in a pinch, “I think I can [pop up on Once],” the onetime Breaking Bad guy tells me. “And I would love to be able to do that. I am so happy about their pickup, because it’s a show my kids can watch! So you know I’m going to be trying to go back and forth.”
I had some fun this afternoon, as you can tell. When different versions collide!
Bonus Scene - I’m Your Friend, Too
Days to go until Premiere: 12 Days!
As most Oncers know, the characters in Storybrooke have very…creative names. Names that definitely deal with their fairytale counterparts. For some of us, deciphering their names is a source of entertainment.
Today I have for you a compilation of various Storybrooke characters’s names compared with their fairytale character.
——>Mary Margaret Blanchard
——> Mr. Gold
——> Emma Swan
Want to read more? Check below the ‘read more’ cut for lots more names and meanings!
When versions collide…