We all know that Once Upon a Time has countless mysteries but one of the biggest mysteries for me has been unanswered since the middle of SEASON FREAKIN’ TWO.
What mystery, you ask? THIS ONE.
THIS ONE FROM “THE CRICKET GAME.”
Because look, it’s breakfast, right? Emma and Henry leave the diner in this scene because Emma is going to walk Henry to the bus stop. They both are drinking what I’m assuming is hot chocolate. Henry has what looks like pancakes or waffles but Emma?
EMMA IS EATING FRENCH FRIES.
I mean, I get that there’s no real difference between French fries and home fries/hash browns, but you don’t typically see crinkle cut fries being served at breakfast.
And I have always had countless questions about this turn of events. Like, I get why Emma would want French fries after returning from the Enchanted Forest, considering the dearth of McDonald’s and Burger King in the area. But I had always wondered if Emma like, begged Granny for an order of fries or if Granny’s actually serves French fries for breakfast..
WELL, MY FRIENDS, I CAN WONDER NO MORE!
Thanks to a certain set visit, I was able to take a picture of Granny’s menu and
FRENCH FRIES ARE RIGHT THERE ON THE BREAKFAST MENU!
The Vancouver Aquarium’s park board has just decided to ban all cetaceans from “captivity” at the facility
Congratulations Canada. You just lost your only cetacean rescue and research facility in your whole huge country, a facility which has saved many lives and done invaluable things for animals and the environment.
You decided to listen to propaganda and animal rights (anti-animal) activists, decided to hold a “public vote” on what KINDS of animals an aquarium staffed with ACTUAL EXPERTS should be able to keep, pressuring the idiotic park board.
Congrats. The next porpoise or baby whale washing up on the shores of Vancouver will have to die, because you chose to listen to people who ar against animals, and only for their own cozy feelings.
Hello there! My name is Hannah and I’m spunky as hell. I currently live in Vancouver, Washington- just across the river from Portland- and I love it here. I’m passionate about art, hiking, rock climbing, photography, environmental sciences, and all things music. Please- talk to me about music! I proudly play guitar, piano, violin, and uke (some better than others). I love writing, and especially love meeting new people, so I’m excited to combine the two and make some new friends. Before I moved to Washington, I lived in Michigan, and before that, I lived in Texas. I speak some mediocre French, and do a bunch of accents as a party trick. Next year I will be attending Western Washington University to study Oceanography and environmental engineering, so feel free to bring that up if you’re interested. I have a passion for helping people, and will never cease to insert poetic irony into everything. I am guaranteed to doodle a bunch of flowers all over the letters I send, and will probably insert some sappy poetry quotes as well. Maybe a polaroid or two every now and then… I’m looking for someone to tell stories to and share all kinds of advice with. I’m a great listener. Very excited to see who I get to talk to. :)
sure you’re gonna be ok with me gone?” Jensen asked for the 500th
time. He was packing his bag to leave for PhoenixCon and while you didn’t
really want him to go you knew he couldn’t disappoint the fans to stay behind
it’ll be fine.” You reassured, wrapping your arms around him from behind and
resting your head against his shoulder. “Emma will be here and Gen is gonna
come by when Emma has to work so I’m pretty much covered. Plus, the dogs will
keep me company.” You glanced over at Oscar and Icarus, who were both staring
at you intently.
spun in your arms and put his arms around your neck, checking your face to see
if you were lying. “Sorry the doctor said you couldn’t go. I really thought
she’d say yes. You’re doing so well.”
Me too.” You sighed. “Plus, I’ve been getting a lot of people asking me on
Twitter and stuff about singing since I did it in Rome. I was actually kinda
hoping I’d get to do it again…”
Jensen stopped and blinked, pulling away from you while he continued to pack
his clothes. “You actually…were planning on singing with me? Like on stage?”
Starting out with the intention of becoming reacquainted with my self-portraiteur and accidentally ending up taking outfit photos; which I have rarely ever done.
Getting to know my body as it is now… More disabled and much smaller than before, I feel like a stranger some days. Simultaneously learning to shed shame and embarrassment of doing things that make people stare. Even when I appeared fully able-bodied I struggled with this. Far too much scrutiny on the individual, at the same time, much of it is self inflicted.
So a friend of mine used to live in Vancouver, and had a friend who I have hung out with a few times. And then it turned out she was a fucking heinous person and friend-broke up with them. So from that point on she was dead to me, because if you’re cruel to my friends that’s pretty much unforgivable in my book.
AND TODAY I got a notification that she’d followed me on Tumblr. Like. We have not talked since my friend forwarded me the break-up letter, which is one of the meanest fucking things I’ve ever seen addressed to a person in my life. That was ten years ago.
(I’m not sure there’s any point to this other than don’t underestimate my ability to hold a grudge. Also don’t follow me when you’ve fucked over my friends. And possibly Vancouverites are shitty awful people.)
you can’t go down that street. they’re filming a movie. that’s what the friendly people with the high-powered lamps and the trailers say. you will never find out what movie. perhaps the lamps are for another purpose.
you walk into the starbucks on the corner of thurlow and robson. you buy a coffee. you cross the street to the opposite corner of thurlow and robson. you walk into the starbucks on that corner. you buy a coffee. you cannot tell the difference between the customers of this starbucks and the last one, nor the baristas, but the furniture is far more inviting and the ceiling closer overhead. there are two more starbucks on the next two blocks of this street, and three more if you detour a block or two north or south.
they’re building more condos. the skyline is littered with empty high-rises, their windows eternally dark. occasionally there is one with a single lit window, its occupant like a lighthouse keeper illuminating the night in solitude. you pass five homeless people between your skytrain stop and the pizza joint where you buy lunch. who are they building the condos for? why does the construction never stop? what dwells in those buildings if not human beings?
everyone agrees that vancouver is the most livable city in the world. what lives in it is less clear. you don’t know anyone who lives within the city limits; everyone you know lives in burnaby, coquitlam, port moody, north vancouver, richmond, new westminster, surrey. but something has judged the city of vancouver livable. it will be moving in soon.
they found another disembodied foot floating in the harbour last week. no one knows what happens to the rest of the bodies.
it rains constantly. the gutters clog and overflow. everything is slippery and smells of wet asphalt. the downpour runs into your shoes, your skin cold and clammy under soaked fabric, and you are grateful because you have seen what happens when it stops raining.
Highlights from the Mixed Cast panel at Storytelling Con, Barcelona, April 22, 2017
Please note I missed the first 10 minutes of this panel… 5AM is early to get up on a Saturday :)
Favorite scenes for each actor:
Gil: “I guess I have to go with meeting Ariel. I’ve had some nice scenes but that was really the special one. It was the first scene that I shot. Walking down the stairs and seeing Ariel and falling in love.”
Sean: “It’s difficult to pick one because there are lots of scenes that I enjoyed. But there is an episode [4.17] where I’m riding a horse down a street in New York. And obviously you can’t ride a real horse on concrete because it’s dangerous. So they have this pretend mechanical horse which is just a big rocking horse and they put it on a truck and they drive it down the street. So I’m on a big pretend rocking horse driving down a main street and there are all these people in Vancouver looking at me going what is that guy doing? And I was like… I’m Robin Hood.”
Beverley: “My favorite scene was in Red Handed, when Ruby was just about to attack Peter and I threw the cape on her… that was so exciting because we were outside in the snow it was beautiful it was tense and we were fighting and I had to throw the cape on her and turn her back into Ruby.”
Bex: “I have two favorite scenes. My first one I love the scene with Zelena and Regina in the episode… I love all the stuff that explores the relationship between the sisters. And there was one episode in season 5 called Sisters… there was a very emotional scene with me and my sister and our mommy when she made us hold hands and close our eyes and we remembered that we had known each other all along. That was my first one and my second one was the musical which you haven’t seen yet!”
Gil sang A Whole New World to Deniz as if he was Ariel.
Bex best moment as the Wicked Witch: “My song in the musical was so much fun! I don’t even know what to do with myself. I keep looking at the calendar is it May 7th yet? That was the best moment for my character because in this song it tells my character’s whole story in one three and a half minute song. One of the best days of my life.”
The most touching moment filming scenes:
Gil: “Getting to kiss Ariel. Multiple times. I was like ‘can I get one more?’ They are like Gil it doesn’t need to be an open mouthed kiss.”
Bex: “One of the most emotional scenes I shot was when I had to give up my baby to Robin and Regina because I was hurting her and I had to surrender her that was really…”
Beverley: “When they were going through the gate back to [the Enchanted Forest] and I had to say goodbye to Roland. […] I was holding the baby and I kissed his head that was very touching. Raphael is a gorgeous little actor.”
Sean: “Obviously working with Raphael. I started working with him before I became a dad… because I was a child actor myself I felt very protective over him. It was one of the first days I was filming with him I had him in my arms and he was only 5 at the time and I have lots of nieces and nephews and I’m very touchy feelly and I kissed him on the head. We weren’t filming and he turned around and said ‘did you just kiss me?’ And I was like yes, yes I did. I’m not sure if I’m supposed to do that… why is this strange man kissing me… from day one we had a really strong bond, we got along very well. He’s just a very sweet boy and I love him.”
Faustino: “When we have these little glimpses of nature cutting in. We were shooting a scene [in 3.02] by the river with Snow White and Charming and all the dwarves and in comes a deer. Just starts walking. Walking … walking and we’re just kind of doing our scene and the deer is in the scene. Everyone at that point was .. and then at that point the deer was right there and Ginny goes ‘oh my god’ … and on the wedding scene we had some birds that snuck in the building while filming we had those glimpses of nature setting in…”
Deniz: “I was always a big fan of the cartoons of Aladdin and on the first day we actually got to do the scene where I fly in and Jasmine’s in the hourglass and Jafar’s there with the staff and I’m in the cartoon I’ve watched four hundred million times… And I got to be Aladdin and save her…”
What do you love most about Once Upon a Time:
Gil: “That I got to play a Disney prince. Because honestly I was shocked that I got that part. I feel honored and humbled.”
Deniz: “That I got to work with all these lovely people.”
Faustino: “I love the message. It’s a message of hope and ah that message is represented through all of you. Thank you.”
Bex: “The best thing about Once Upon a Time is how it’s brought all of us together. The fandom has created a community. Like no matter what happens we’ll always have each other.”
Beverley: “I love that it took these fairy tales that we all knew as children and then gave this life and history which connected all of us together. And that it’s international. The cast is international and now we get to travel the world and have this international community.”
Sean: “I just like that I get to wear leather head to toe all day and they pay me.”
Will Zelena be a good person or will she just be a wicked witch: “I think Zelena is going through a massive transformation… I think becoming a mother has made her heart softer. You’ll see throughout the rest of the season what happens with Zelena’s relationship with Regina but I think no matter how redeemed my character becomes there always be a little bit of wicked in there.”
What UK food does Bex miss the most: “A good bloody cup of tea! Like a proper cup of tea with milk and sugar! Like a lady!”
For Sean: What do you like most about playing a Disney fairy tale character? “Well I thought of Robin Hood as a character by itself before Disney made a Disney movie of Robin Hood. I just liked the fact that I got to play a … just getting to play the legend of Robin Hood. It’s just one of those characters that any male actor would really enjoy.”
What do you think about fans that follow you around the world [at conventions] are they crazy?:
Bex: “I think it’s amazing that people get on a plane to come and meet us. It’s mental. We are very very honored and it really means a lot to us.”
They were asked to dance the Macarana. Bex attempted to decline saying she needs more coffee but Beverley made them all get up and do it. The editor at this point is having 1990s PTSD flashbacks…
Favorite same sex love interest for your own characters:
Sean: “I don’t want to disappoint the gents here because they’re strapping men every one of them but I’d have to say my old pal Colin O’Donoghue. When he raises that eyebrow I just fall to pieces.”
Gil: “Aladdin here. He’s got long hair …. something to grab hold of….”
Deniz: “I’d have to go with the one and only Prince Charming. He’s the prince of Charming.”
Faustino: “Charming absolutely.”
Beverley: “I just feel strange because I’m a grandmother… of course Zelena would be number one but my tied for number one … Jasmine …”
Bex: “I think Zelena might have a crush on Belle. She’s so little! I can pick her up she’s so cute! In really life I think Rebecca Mader would go for Lana Parrilla we’re not sisters in real life so it’s not wrong. It’s not weird.”
How long does it take to become the Wicked Witch: “Three hours. Seven coffees. And lots of snapchat, twitter and instagram. But once the green makeup is on it can stay on for 17 hours and then it takes half an hour to take off. And then I look 16 at the end because it’s taken all the skin off.”
Who is your favorite scene partner:
Beverley: “I love hanging out with Archie and Geppetto. We have a nice little trio and the three of us [talk a lot].”
Gil: “Again there are just so many to choose from. I’m going to say Joanna who plays Ariel. Though last time I was up there I got to work with Karen David and she was absolutely wonderful. Do you want to trade?” [to Deniz]
Deniz: “Karen David’s my answer. Actually no Jafar.. Oded is so fun to work with. He’s so evil and so lovely in person. It’s kind of cool to see him switch.”
Faustino: “Since I play dwarf I’m going to say my dwarf brothers. Because we have a lot of fun all the time.”
Sean: “I can’t pick one person. All of us became good friends. Bex is like my sister, Colin is like my brother, Mikey Raymond-James who left the show a little while ago is one of my best friends…. it’s a tie. Lana obviously … I can’t pick between all of my favorites.”
Bex: “Lana Parrilla! Two reasons I like working with my sister the most. One when we’re in character we play and each take is different. And number two she makes tea like a British lady. I spend a lot of time in her trailer drinking her tea and eating her chocolate.”
If you could play any other character:
Sean declines to answer because they were all well cast. “I’m very happy I got to be Robin Hood because I think I would have been a terrible Queen of Darkness.”
Bex doesn’t want to play anyone else but her.
Deniz: “I’d like to play Zelena for a day. Just for a day. One day get green…”
Gil: “Prince Charming because he’s gotten to do way more episodes than me.”
Faustino: “Hook, that’s an interesting character.”