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Once Upon a Time

Once Upon a Time Stars Share Their Favorite Disney Movies and Characters

Disneyland may be The Happiest Place on Earth, but it’s also good for some deep, personal introspection.

D23, the official Disney fan club, asked Once Upon a Time stars Jennifer Morrison (Emma Swan), Lana Parrilla (Regina Mills/The Evil Queen), Raphael Sbarge (Dr. Hopper/Jiminy Cricket), and Josh Dallas (David Nolan/Prince Charming) to share some of their favorite Disney memories. Their answers are pretty telling.

Here’s just a sample, with two answers from Lana and Jennifer:

Do you have a favorite Disney movie?

Lana: “I have two, actually. Dumbo, which I love. That was my favorite Disney movie to watch with my dad. The other is The Little Mermaid. I think every little girl wants to be a mermaid. I would definitely swim out to sea and pray to the mermaid gods to turn me into a mermaid. The Little Mermaid was a favorite. I think initially I adored Ariel. As I got older, I found Ursula fascinating to watch. Her body language and the bigness in character. She’s not only big in size but in voice and in movement. I loved it. She also has some effect on a subconscious level in the development of the Evil Queen. Little nuances here and there, like in those fun scenes with Hansel and Gretel, there are scenes where I can play Ursula.”

Do you have a favorite Disney character?

Jennifer: “For me, it was always a strong tie between Cinderella and Alice in Wonderland. Looking back, I think there were subconscious reasons. From the Cinderella perspective, I was a very misunderstood kid. I was a little slow to develop socially. I did well academically but my social skills kicked in later in life. I was an outsider, so I identified with her sense of being an outsider. With Alice, since I was five years old I knew I wanted to be an actor and was fascinated with the world and playing all these different characters. I identified with her going down the rabbit hole. That’s what my life has become, going on different adventures—different films and television shows that I get to be a part of.”

It’s hard to imagine Jennifer as a socially awkward outsider, but you never can tell what’s under the surface. Oh, Disney — how you help us all!

Check out the full story for many more answers from the actors.

Once Upon a Time Season 2 premieres on September 30, 2012 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.

Source: D23

Gina Carbone is a contributing writer at Wetpaint Entertainment. Follow her on Twitter @ginacarbone.

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08.23.2012 / 12:58 AM EDT by Gina Carbone
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