Jessy Schram on Cinderella’s Return to Once Upon a Time Season 2: “No One Leaves” – Exclusive
Once Upon a Time took a lot of iconic characters and brought them to life in a contemporary setting. One of those Storybrooke, Maine, residents was Ashley Boyd — better known in Fairy Tale Land as Cinderella — played by Jessy Schram.
As Jessy is getting busy with the new ABC series Last Resort (read Wetpaint Entertainment’s exclusive interview with Jessy about her new show here), and potentially the third season of Falling Skies, where she plays alien spokesperson Karen, we couldn’t help but ask where that left our iconic Disney princess.
In an exclusive interview she gave Wetpaint Entertainment the scoop on playing Cinderella, and whether or not she’ll be back for the second season.
Wetpaint Entertainment: Is there any chance you might come back to Once Upon a Time? Jessy Schram: We are all very much alive in Storybrooke. We're all there because no one leaves. I think that they're introducing a lot of new characters and a lot of new storylines in Season 2. So I think whenever anything matches up, when they need Cinderella, I'll be there.
Did you have fun as Cinderella? It was so memorable, and it was such a blast. How could it not be? It was really quite fantastic.
The role is beyond iconic. Oh, yeah. I mean, you don't need to mention the pressure on that one. It was iconic, but I think one of the coolest parts about playing this version of Cinderella is there's no happy ending. We're not playing the typical Cinderella that you would see. So it was really neat bringing her to a way that you could relate to her or get to know her more, and we got to create that.
Where do you have most fun: bitchy Karen on Falling Skies, sweet Cinderella, or supportive wife on Last Resort? Oh, my gosh, they're all so completely different and so similar at the same time. I'm loving right now getting to play Christine because of that sense of people can write someone off as just being a wife, but there's so much more to it. I'm loving this supportive role in trying to figure out where everything goes. But Karen was amazing, trying to figure out, am I vacant? Am I not? How much blood is my own? How much is alien? And Cinderella was fantastic. Just trying to put yourself in the shoes of a cinder girl. Each role is completely different and at the same time all are so challenging. So it was really neat!