Once Upon a Time’s Jennifer Morrison on Emma’s “Ugly Duckling” Origin Story
As we enter Once Upon a Time Season 2, Emma (Jennifer Morrison) is a changed woman. She's not only sheriff of Storybrooke, she's the "savior" of her son, Henry, and the town. Like so many characters, her ongoing transformation is tied up in her name. Will we ever get to see her origin story?
Jennifer's OUAT character is the resident hard-edged skeptic in a land of magic and fairy tales. "Emma Swan is an incredible damaged, lonely person," Jennifer explains in an interview with Fanbolt. "She has had a hard life. Emma was in and out of juvenile detention as a kid. She grew up in the foster system and she probably experienced abuse on some levels."
"I think [show creators] Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz knew what they were doing when they named her Emma Swan," Jennifer said. "They told me they thought it was a cool name and they were moved by the idea of The Ugly Duckling story, so it appeared to fit. Emma … blossoms into this beautiful swan that is destined to hopefully save everyone from an evil curse."
Jennifer said she actually looked up the meaning of swans for more background, and was thrilled to discover how much has been written about them. Her most relatable discovery?
"Often, in literature and in a lot of religious references, swans are some sort of unity between divinity and humanity, which is a great fit for Emma,” Jennifer explains. “It's very symbolic because she doesn't realize she could be the link between the fairytale and reality worlds. It's incredibly fitting for her."