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We’re already well acquainted with Snow White and Prince Charming, but in Once Upon a Time Season 1, Episode 4, “The Price of Gold,” we get to meet another well-known fairytale princess: Cinderella.

“Cinderella (Jessy Schram) and Snow White (Ginnifer Goodwin) are friends,” executive producer Steve Pearlman told Wetpaint Entertainment during a recent visit to Vancouver, where we got a chance to visit the set.

“It’s kind of fun how that comes about and what that relationship is like. It plays very naturally and in a way that for viewers who know the classic fairytale, it’s very respectful and it’s a modern day twist on it, taking a fairytale to a new place,” he says. “And for those who don’t know the fairytale, it plays on that level too — like, ‘Of course Cinderella and Snow White would be friends, why wouldn’t they?’”

Let’s hope Snow will stand by her friend when she realizes that Cinderella made a crappy deal with Rumpelstiltskin (Robert Carlyle) — one that threatens to have Cinderella’s first born child taken away from her. And because we know you’re just dying for more teasers, we got Steve Pearlman and the Once Upon a Time cast to spill some hot spoilers on future plotlines.

John Doe will soon cross paths with Emma
“They come across each other at a party,” reveals Josh Dallas, who plays Prince Charming/John Doe. But before you get all worried that the father and daughter will be making eyes at each other, he makes sure to add: “I don’t think John Doe would have that kind of attraction towards her.”

Stay tuned for a Prince-centric episode
We will in the near future find out where the prince came from, meet the parents, and see how the man became a prince. “He has a kingdom to run, he has someone who’s threatening his family that he needs to take care of,” says Josh. “I look at him as an every man. He gets his hands dirty, he’s a man of the people.“

Once Upon a Time, meet The Lying Game
“There might be a Prince and the Pauper kind of thing with Prince Charming,” hints Josh. “It’s all connected to his back-story. You find out where he came from, who his parents may or may not be.  Maybe he has a brother.” But revelation is something that Snow has yet to figure out. “Snow White only knows the Prince Charming that’s been presented to her,” teases Ginnifer Goodwin.

The most famous weapon of all comes back into play
“In an episode a little bit later, we tell the story of how the Queen came to get the red apple that she is going to kill Snow White with,” says Steve Pearlman. “It’s totally fabricated by the writers of this show and has nothing to do with the mythology of the original fairytales.”

Keep your eyes peeled for mystery fairytale characters
“We have Cinderella coming in. We have Hansel and Gretel coming in. In some cases we’re trying to plant a seed or introduce a character in an episode who you might not know who they are or what significance they have until a couple episodes later. And then you realize, Oh, my God, that character is... whoever that character may be,” the exec producer teases.  

Will Emma turn into a believer?
“She’s a real-world character, she’s coming to grips with the fact that she has this kid and what it means to be a parent and what it means to give your kid up for adoption,” says Pearlman. “She’s struggling with all of those emotions for the first part of the season. I think she’s also struggling with the coincidence that Henry keeps telling her things from the book and she knows fairytales can’t be true, yet they keep happening.”  

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