Ge­orgina Haig

Once Upon a Time’s Elsa talks fairy­tales and Frozen

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Did you model your per­for­mance on the film? I went to the movie to get things like her move­ments and ges­tures but I was more in­ter­ested in fig­ur­ing out what it was about Elsa that was at­trac­tive to peo­ple. I found it’s that Elsa is an out­sider. I wanted to make sure I hooked into that so peo­ple would recog­nise that in my per­for­mance. Is it strange see­ing kids daz­zled when you wear full Elsa re­galia? I love it be­cause it’s such a trans­for­ma­tion. I spend two hours in hair and make- up and be­come this mag­i­cal woman that kids love to be around. And then I change back to me and I don’t get rec­og­nized as much. It re­ally is about be­ing in that blue dress. While look­ing for Anna, Elsa dis­cov­ers the Snow Queen and they’re re­lated… Yes! El­iz­a­beth Mitchell plays the Snow Queen and we’ve had some in­ter­est­ing stuff to do where I know she is the en­emy but she is the only fam­ily mem­ber other than Anna. El­iz­a­beth is won­der­ful to work with be­cause you never know what she’s go­ing to do. She’s like a tick­ing bomb and fun to work with in that way. Are you get­ting any sense of whether win­ter will stay in Sto­ry­brooke? I feel like maybe if it was a dif­fer­ent character, or a fran­chise that wasn’t so re­cent or valu­able to Dis­ney. Be­cause they are mak­ing a se­quel to Frozen, I’m not sure if they will let us hang onto the show. It has gone down so well with ev­ery­one but I feel there is a pro­tec­tive­ness around the char­ac­ters. There have been ru­mours about a Frozen spin- off, but who knows! Tara Ben­nett Once Upon A Time sea­son four is cur­rently air­ing on ABC in the US.

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