“Once Upon a Time” Cast on the Set

Posted on October 25, 2012

One Upon a Time‘s Ginnifer Goodwin, Josh Dallas, Jennifer Morrison, Meghan Ory, Lee Arenberg and Jared Gilmore take some very staged-looking “candid” shots on set.


The cast of ‘Once Upon A Time’ filming scenes for the second season of in Richmond, Canada.

Which we’re really only putting up in order to talk about the show.

We keep finding ourselves watching it on Sunday night, mainly out of a sense of inertia. It’s already a packed night of TV-watching for us, and we tend to use OUAT as a pre-game warmup. It’s on, but we’re not all that invested in it. Anyway, it occurred to us that, despite our less-than-enthusiastic response to the show, we still find ourselves drawn toward it, as if we can’t quit it. We go back to our original complaint about the show to explain why: it’s a fantastic story concept, somewhat clumsily and inelegantly rendered. It’s hard to walk away from a show like that.

Okay, fine. Fashion:

Goodwin and Dallas? Those are not your jeans. Morrison? You were born to wear those jeans.



[Photo Credit: PacificCoastNews]

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  • BazoDee

    Even on set candid Goodwin can’t get out of the “Girl that is not you X” rut that she is in. Those jeans are horrid! 

    • kschwarting

      Thank goodness TLo called it, because I was thinking that she is a teeny slip of a thing and those jeans make her look HUGE.  That is not what anyone needs out of a pair of jeans. 

  • Staged looking but authentically chilly!

  • jilly_d

    I started laughing when I loaded this page and said the same thing – “gurl, those are not your jeans.”  Why do people make these jeans?  If they look that hideous on someone as tiny and adorable as GG, imagine what they would do to us mortals.

  • Reneesance

    I just today finally buckled down to finish off season 1 before gloming season 2.  It does have just enough to keep me going.

  • I’m the same way–I blew through the first season somewhat aghast at myself, and then was horrified to find myself awaiting the season premiere! I would say I like it ironically….but I think I just like it. It’s fun and easy bubblegum.

  • I think I may have even made a pact with myself not to make a big deal about watching Season 2 and yet… I also decided after the pilot that I wasn’t going to watch “Revolution” ever again and yet… Maybe there’s something about Giancarlo Esposito, though I’m not sure what that might be either. *ponders*

    • I LURVE him.  Always have – since very very early Spike Lee movies – but I’m kind of into Revolution now, too.  

      •  I used to love him: something about him in these two roles gives me the squicks, though. I know that’s the point, but still…

    • CozyCat

      Robert Carlyle has the same effect on OUAT as Esposito does on Revolution.  Both are examples of those actors who were consigned to character parts until everyone suddenly realizes:  “Oh!  This guy (or gal) is great!
      Esposito had a great turn in a recent episode, when they showed his backstory as the meek insurance man and his current existence as the cold-as-ice enforcer.  And he was creditable in both.

      • lovelyivy

         Robert Carlyle and Lana Parilla are TOTALLY the reason to watch this show. It is often deeply silly, and some of the acting is brutally bad (looking at you Mulan and Princess Aurora) but the baddies are just too much fun to watch.

        I will say however that if we were going to have a OUAT fashion post, I wish it had been about the three piece suit that Lana Parilla wore int he season premiere. It was killer.

        • oohsparkley!

          I was going to say also that the Rumplestiltskin character/actor is so great, he keeps me coming back and enjoying the show.

  • Brad Watson

    Maybe it’s me – I can’t bear this show this season, and quitting was real simple. On the other hand, I find absolutely nothing wrong with Mr. Dallas’ jeans – aside from the fact that I’m not the person who gets to paw him in them.

  • ojosazules

    What does Jennifer Godwin have on her feet? Are those rat shoes?

  • dharmabum8

    I like the analogy the show runners made recently….OUAT appeals to your inner twelve year old boy or girl who played with action figures and/or dolls and wanted to see what would happen if Darth Vader took on GI Joe or Belle was bffs with Jasmine.

    • lovelyivy

       That’s really on point. This show is my one legitimately guilty pleasure. I know it’s ridiculous, but the 6-year old in me that read all of the Grimm Fairy Tales (in the original gory versions- yes I had nightmares) and was traumatized but came back to read more anyway because they’re such great stories is hooked.

  • I still watch the show too. I like the story and want to see what happens, but like you say, it’s not a great show. 

  • PaulaBerman

    Mr. Dallas is very much filling out those jeans, though. I hate Jennifer Morrison’s hair blonde…

  • But that’s her natural color.  Supposedly she dyed it while she was on “House”.  Only she & her hairstylist know for sure.

    • MilaXX

       She was blond as a child. She was on Jimmy Fallon last night and they showed a Wheaties box she did as a kid actor.

  • Violina23

    I think once I accepted it for being hokey and clumsy/campy I started enjoying it a lot more. The most recent episode with captain hook was surprisingly good (not to mention, the actor was kinda hot…)

    • MilaXX

       maybe that’s what it is. I completely agree about Hook. He’s a hottie.

  • THIS. I thought I hated it, but then I realized that somehow I always ended up watching it…

  • MilaXX

    I think the show has improved this season. I can’t put my finger on what has changed, but I find myself enjoying and really looking forward to the show much more this season. The only weak moment so far was Mulan and so far she hasn’t really been a major storyline.

    • lovelyivy

       Her acting was excruciatingly bad. She even made Sara Bolger, who was the best part of The Tudors at one point, look like a bad actor as well.

  • Excuse me! we need more of the the hot bearded man in the back! (and what IS it with furry chested men who wear t-shirts to cover up the hair? If you have got it, let us enjoy it! (I know I know, shaved, baby but smooth is ‘in’….but give the tiny percentage of us something to drool/Woof over!

  • GenieinTX

    But TLo, did you not see the guy playing Hook?  Rowr.  Between the princessey dresses, the hot guys in gorgeous period looking clothes, and my love for fairy tales – I love this show.

  • ceceliadid

    Mr. Dallas appears to sporting some camel toe  … ?

  • has tlo always been this bulge-tastic?
    not complaining.

  • TaurusKW

    It’s still far from perfect, but I find this season of the show to be much improved from the first season, and continually improving.

  • Every time I think I’m ready to drop this show, Robert Carlyle comes back in either waistcoats or tight leather. It’s just not fair…

  • Every time I think I’m going to quit this show, Robert Carlyle reappears in either perfectly tailored waistcoats or obscenely tight leather. It’s just not fair…

  • I’d lvoe to get a closer look at Regina’s wardrobe on this show

    • lovelyivy

       Yes! That navy three-piece suit she wore in three episodes was to die, and all her outfits as the evil queen are killer.

      • HazellC

        Yes! I love her costumes, and I love how they do things like give her leather leggings and heavily split the skirts so she can ride on a normal saddle.

  • CarolinLA

    For the characters, they should’ve hired actors who are classically trained.  Because the language is slightly heightened given the fantasy realm, they would’ve done better to hire someone who knows how to make Shakespeare relatable.  Jennifer, Ginnifer, Josh, Mulan, the other princess girl with Mulan – they’re out of their depth.  You can’t be mush-mouthed on a show like this.  Look at the supporting characters that do work:  the head dwarf, Red, the king played by Alan Dale.  They really sell it.  Regina really sells it too.

    • lovelyivy

      I agree with all the actors you called out except Jennifer Morrison. The rest of the cast really should be more comfortable with ornate language, and having a stage background would probably help immensely as well (the lack is most egregious with Snow White and Prince Charming. I think Ginnifer is a great actress, but she is lacking a certain something, some level of conviction to the story that is clear when you look at Lana Parilla or Robert Carlyle in particular), but her character is supposed to be grounded in the present, in this reality, so her lack of comfort with everything even slightly fairy tale makes sense.

  • ZnSD

    yeah. he definitely needs to take those jeans OFF.

  • rhl25

    Dem pants tight, Prince Hottie.

  • RocknLox

    I love Regina and her drag queen realness and I know this show is ridiculous, but I have no regrets.

  • RzYoung

    They look like they should be walking like’ hey hey we’re the monkeys’ with their legs crossing over each other

  • What I love most about the show is the portrayal of women. They have relationships and lives outside the men and it’s unusual enough that I notice it. Maternal relationships are not waved away. The baddie is allowed to be both sympathetic and evil congruently, which is so unusual for a villain. Red is allowed to dress provocatively without being slut-shamed or portrayed only as a pair of breasts. There’s a lot wrong with the show, but this is something they get right.

    Those jeans on Ginny, however, are not ok.

  • I quit it, and came right back like a little bitch when I saw the pictures of Hook. Rawr.

  • Charming and Snow were on my plane from Louisville last week. He is way cuter in person!!!

  • Candigirl1968

    The first pic reminds me of a Gap ad.  

  • tereliz

    Eh. I only watched about twelve episodes of this before I just lost interest. Plus, I think I had a dvr scheduling conflict. I swear, I need to get another dvr just for Sundays! I thought the Sheriff in the first part of season one was super hot, so I guess I was pissed at the show for bumping him off and never really forgave it. *shrugs* Maybe I’ll finish try it again someday on Netflix or something. 

    /serious segway/ Speaking of Netflix, this week’s South Park was a hilarious The Shining “homage” Halloween episode where Randy bought a Blockbuster video. Which, of course, was haunted, since no one has gone into a video store since like 2009. Sometimes South Park episodes are just not worth it, but this one was pretty funny.

  • kalisa

    Why don’t the girls wear belts? 

  • The very epitome of mom jeans.  Ugh.

  • julnyes

    It is a silly but watchable show that is elevated by the presence of Robert Carlyle.

  • I would have thought that you guys would LOVE to recap this show — it’s campy and magical, with hot boys (Charming, Hatter, August), drag queens (Regina, Cora) and scene stealers (Rumple…and Gold, and yes I love them both, dearie).  🙂  I know your Sundays are packed, but this show is just too fun this year — so many possibilities.

  • abfidy

    Too bad they didn’t manage to get hot Queenie and hot Hook in for the photo shoot. This show might be a whole heap of crazy, but it absolutely knows how to keep this gal watching. Yowza.

    It has to be said though: they really need to kill the kid. Just get him outta there.

  • abfidy

    I have to say though I’m always weirded out when I watch it that a show this Gay with a capital G (I mean really Regina and Rumple might as well try out for RuPaul’s Drag Race) doesn’t have any actual gay characters. I suppose that’s the Disney effect, but it’s a little weird for 2012.

  • Melizmatic

    You guys watch that show?

    A friend of mine suckered me into watching the first season based upon concept alone;

    You nailed it with the terms ‘clumsy & inelegant.’

    I was sooo underwhelmed.

    That being said; is it January 28th yet?