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Spotlight on Once Upon a Time Star Jennifer Morrison

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Jennifer Morrison is probably best known for her portrayal of Dr. Allison Cameron on the long-running television series House, M.D.  Leaving the series after its sixth season in 2010, Morrison has gone onto other projects, including the 2009 Star Trek movie, in which she plays Captain Kirk’s mother and a stint on the CBS comedy series How I Met Your Mother.

In Once Upon a Time, Morrison stars as Emma Swan, a 28-year old bail-bondswoman living the single life. One night a young boy appears on her doorstep; he is a ghost from Emma’s past—Henry, the son she gave up for adoption at birth.

Henry has sought out his birth mother to enlist her aid in what seems to her to be a far-fetched fantasy (or delusion). Insisting the Emma is the long-missing daughter of Snow White (Yes, that Snow White), Henry tries to convince her to return with him to his hometown of Storybrooke. It is there that Emma will meet her destiny (and a lot of strange characters).

“Basically, it’s as if every fairy tale character ever written is real and actually exists, but they’ve been cursed and they don’t know their true identities,” Morrison told TVLine last spring. “They are living in our reality not knowing who they truly are.”

For example, Regina (Lana Parilla), the mayor of Storybrooke (and Henry’s adoptive mother) is in reality The Evil Queen who once upon a time put a curse on the fairytale characters, trapping them forever here in our modern world.

Morrison has a pretty full schedule, appearing the feature film Warrior, starring opposite Nick Nolte, and this month she stars in the Lifetime TV movie 5 For the Cure, intended to increase awareness of breast cancer. Now residing in Los Angeles, Morrison originally comes from the Chicago area and studied at the legendary Steppenwolf Theatre Company. She earned a degree from Chicago’s Loyola University in Theater.

I interviewed Morrison while she was still doing differential diagnoses on House. You can read it here.

Once Upon a Time airs Sundays on ABC beginning October 23.


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About Barbara Barnett

Barbara Barnett is publisher and executive editor of Blogcritics. Her first Historical Fantasy novel, The Apothecary's Curse is due out from Prometheus Books (Pyr Imprint) October 2016. A noted entertainment writer, Barbara is author of Chasing Zebras: The Unofficial Guide to House, M.D.. She has contributed short stories to two anthologies, and chapters in a non-fiction book on spirituality and pregnancy. But Barbara writes on an everything from film to politics to technology to all things pop culture and spirituality.
  • Ofelia

    Who cares? Jennifer Morrison sucks.

  • Linda

    Oh yeah the jen-haters have nothing better to do than to comment.Nice!! Well done Girl!! You are so good.

    I`m bad because i love Jennifer Morrison and i can`t wait to watch her new show. Thanks Barbara that you wrote a little review of the show.

  • No problem, Linda. There will be 8 more articles in this series leading up to the premiere. I’ve seen it and it is very promising!

  • Sally

    Thanks for this, Barbara! I like Jennifer Morrison, she’s such a talent, so beautiful and smart (yeah, I can see why some people hate her, jealousy does that to the small minded). I still miss her on House, but it’s going to be great seeing her on her own show. I’m looking forward to the show and the rest of your article series :)

  • Laura

    Thanks so much for this article. I’m looking forward to this show. I love fantasy programs like this and the fact that the amazing Jennifer Morrison is in it makes it even better. She is a superb actress.

    I’m looking forward to the remaining articles and the premiere.

  • Tom

    Can’t wait to see this show :) I love Jennifer Morrison .She’s a great actress.

  • sara

    Thank you very much Barbara :)
    I love OUAT, Jennifer, Ginnifer, Lana, Josh etc and creators! It’s a good show.

  • Lucille

    Thank you Barbara for the articles.
    I´m looking forward to the show since I´ve heard about it. You might think nothing could go wrong with these great and well-known producers,writers and cast,right??

    Are you planning to interview Jane Espenson?? She is really a great fantasy/sci-fi script writer!!

    P.S: Jennifer Morrison is awesome!!

  • Nam

    I’m such a fan of Jennifer Morrison. I can’t wait to see her in OUAT. I’d watch her in just about anything, but the show looks really good all on its own, so I’m twice as eager to see it.

  • Lucille–great idea! I loved Jane’s Torchwood scripts.

  • Teresa

    I am so looking forward to this show! It will be great to watch Jennifer play a kick a** character. It’s nice to see how well she is doing after House. She is the epitome of class and deserves all the success in the world.

  • Breaking News! I’ve interviewed Jane Espenson. Interview will be up tomorrow! Possibly a live chat with her mid-week :)

  • iLL

    I’m sorry but this lady is not a good actress. That is all. Yes, she is good looking and maybe that’s why she clearly has a fan base but her skill is nil.