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Once Upon a Time’s Robert Carlyle on Playing Rumplestiltskin vs. Mr. Gold

Scottish awesome factory Robert Carlyle gave himself a huge acting challenge when he signed on to play two very different roles on Once Upon a Time. In Storybrooke, he’s Mr. Gold. In Fairytale Land, he’s Rumplestiltskin. They’re the same guy, but very different — and Robert shared his fascinating character creation process with Entertainment Weekly.

For example, he said, Rumple’s high-pitched voice had its origin in sounds Robert’s son happened to be making in the house. And since we see the 300-year-old Rumple in different time periods whenever we’re in Fairytale Land, the actor uses a slightly different voice in the various times to illustrate a layering effect. So if you’ve noticed the different voices — there’s a method to the madness!

However, Robert said, “I almost do [Mr. Gold] in slow motion. It’s the exact opposite of what I’m doing with Rumpelstiltskin. He resonates calm. There’s not many times as an actor you get to play the opposite ends of the scale.”

It does sound like it would be rewarding — and fun! Josh Dallas and Ginnifer Goodwin are enjoying a somewhat similar treat. Prince Charming and Snow White are brave, confident, independent rulers (and parents!) — but Charming’s Storybrooke alter ego, David, was confused and weak, and Mary Margaret was like a cross between Pollyanna and Bridget Jones.

Surely at least one of the OUAT actors deserves an Emmy nomination for so much work and creativity. Get with the program, dearies!

Catch the next new episode of Once Upon a Time on Sunday, October 21 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.

Source: Entertainment Weekly

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

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10.18.2012 / 06:30 PM EDT by Gina Carbone
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