Crystal Lars was an exquisite soul who left us too soon at the age of 19. Her account was a cheery presence for Oncers, and her "Why We Love Once Upon a Time" pics with captions were always a joy to see on my timeline. Her dear friend Elisa Barry (@ElisaBarry7) shares here Crystal's inspirational Untold Story.~Teresa Martin
Crystal was the most warm and beautiful person I have ever known. She had this incredibly positive attitude. Crystal loved Once Upon a Time more than anything. It actually kept her going in the face of her cancer.
I only met Crystal two years ago (Nov.) through my girlfriend. She was her best friend and I had no idea that this positive ray of holiness and spirit would become my best friend too. We were this perfect trio of friends, but things were not perfect for us.
The day Crystal found out about her cancer, she got a social media account. And then another and another. She wanted to leave her mark on this world. She wanted to make an impact on someone who did not know her personally. She saw all the hate in the fandom and knew what she had to do.
The Power Of Dearies: Robert Carlyle Fans Raising Money For a Statue and Promote Awareness of Scottish Boxing Legend Benny Lynch
The Power of Dearies: Robert Carlyle Fans Raising Money For a Statue and Promote Awareness of Scottish Boxing Legend Benny Lynch
A fan interview by Teresa Martin (@Teresa__Martin)
Benny Lynch was a legendary boxer whose story is still an inspiration to the people of Scotland. Robert Carlyle has become the patron of an effort to create a statue in Benny's honor. When Mr. Carlyle's birthday was upcoming this year, fans of his worked to have Oncers donate to the cause. Teresa Martin interviewed Eva (@pot_supplier) and Doc (@way2distracted) to tell the story of this special gift.
What made you become a fan of OUAT?
Eva: I was a fan of Robert Carlyle way before Once Upon A Time, I actually didn’t know he was in OUAT until after "Skin Deep" aired. I watched the pilot episode and fell in love with the show. The show introduced new favorite characters and actors to me. I truly fell in love with OUAT due to its storyline of second chances, and the beautiful story of Rumplestiltskin and Belle.
Doc: I started watching Once Upon A Time because I am from Steveston and I wanted to see what they were filming in my town. I also love Robert Carlyle and so that made it easy for me to start watching. It is impressive to watch him play, as of the sixth season premiere, pretty much seven or eight different characters. I was sold the moment he jumped out of the jail cell in the first episode. I also loved the twists on classic fairytales and the concept of these fairytale characters in a modern setting.
Tell me about how you became a fan of Robert Carlyle?
Eva: I was introduced to the work of Robert Carlyle in 2009 when I watched 28 Weeks Later for the first time. I immediately had to look up his filmography because I needed to see what else he is capable of doing! He’s a magnificent actor, there’s no lie there. Aside from being such a phenomenal actor, he’s one of the sweetest people you will ever meet. He has been a part of so many charities, and supports different humanitarian organizations. He’s definitely someone I look up to and it has been an absolute honor meeting him.
Doc: I was very young when I saw my first Robert Carlyle film. I was eight years old and I watched Angela’s Ashes with my parents (can’t believe I was allowed at that age now that I think of it!). So that is how I was introduced to him.
What gave you the idea for raising money for the project/Birthday?
Eva: Usually most fans trend #HappyBirthday for their favorite actors on Twitter but Robert isn’t much of a Twitter guy. I got the idea of raising money for the charities that he’s a part of last year. He’s one of the ambassadors for With Kids, a charity based in Glasgow dedicated working with young children. So last year during his birthday his fans from all over the world raised money for With Kids to help them reach their goal of buying Christmas presents for kids whose families can’t afford it. You can check out the announcement for With Kids charity project here.
So this year, we did the same thing, a group of us came up with the idea of donating to The Statue of Benny in honor of Robert’s birthday. And I want to give shoutout to everyone who donated and raised close to 3,000 dollars in just two days.
Doc: I knew Robert loved Benny Lynch based on things that he has said, the fact that he narrated a documentary about him, the nod he gave to Benny Lynch in his new film The Legend of Barney Thomson (If you have not seen it, I highly recommend it!), and a few other things. So I went and found their gofundme page. I thought he may like it if fans would donate to that for his birthday as it is something he seems passionate about. It is also a great project in its own right and so I wanted to help out. I thought it would make a difference if people in the Once Upon A Time community could donate even 1 dollar. Oncers can be amazing at that sort of thing.
Pretties With A Purpose
Fan interview by Teresa Martin (@Teresa__Martin)
The cast of Once Upon A Time has inspired thousands of fans around the world to help people in the world community. Rebecca Mader (affectionally known as Bex) inspired Oncer Jordan Wright (@JNWSinger) to raise money for charities as a birthday present. Jordan spoke with Teresa Martin about her project (@wicked_2016).
What made you become a Oncer?
I have been a fan of Once Upon A Time since the beginning. I saw a promo commercial for the pilot and thought to myself, "This is a show about Disney. I love Disney. I'll give it a shot and hope they don't mess it up." Haha. And the second Lana, aka Regina, burst through those doors and crashed the Charming wedding I thought, "THAT'S The Evil Queen?? Yeah, I think I'm going to like this show". And I did. I loved the messages of hope, standing up for yourself and really going after the things you want. The show came at a time where my personal group of friends was breaking up, and in the fandom I ended up finding some of the best friends I've ever had. All thanks to this show.
How did you become a fan of Rebecca Mader?
I went to Vancouver in 2014 with one of those great friends named Laura Rhinehart (@suzieloublog) and we went to one of their sets to watch them film. We stood outside for about twelve hours and got to meet a lot of the cast. Bex was there the whole day, and every time she walked by she'd wave and say "hello". Towards the end of the day she was still filming and we hadn't technically met her yet. Plus, it being around freezing temperatures and me being from a hot, southern climate, I was freezing and couldn't stop shaking from the cold. So I basically chose to save my toes over meeting Bex. Haha.
Fast forward a few months. I went to the Spooky Empire convention in Orlando, FL. My friends and I walked into the autograph room, and I think Bex was the only member of the cast who was there because it was basically just the check-in day. I got in her line and when she saw me she yelled out, "THANK GOD!!! ANOTHER RED HEAD!!!" She pulled me into the tightest side hug I'd ever been in, and she said, "Ooh! You're warm! Let me pull you in closer!" And basically used me for body heat! We took a picture and I showed her a hand sign I'd made up combining the evil regal sign with her wicked sign, which she loved and it was just a really funny, entertaining moment.
Fan interview by Teresa Martin (@Teresa__Martin)
Last Spring diverse Once accounts banded together to create a special project for the Paris Once convention, Fairy Tales IV. Fandom United rallied fans to raise money for three charities as a gift to the Once Upon A Time stars. Naomi (@Codonoghuecom) Coralie (@OUAT_Source_FR), Julie (@JmoDailyNews, @Codonoghuedaily) and Ophélie (@ParrillaLanaCom) spoke to Teresa Martin about this heart-felt endeavour.
What made you become a fan of OUAT?
Naomi: I started watching at the end of Season 2. My friend had told me to watch it and I became hooked. I watched the entire two seasons in a day or two. I absolutely love the show. Once Upon a Time has such an amazing storyline. It makes grown-ups believe in fairytales again and gives us hope.
Coralie: I began to watch the show just before the Season 1 finale in the US, and I became quickly addicted. I loved (and still do, despite some tragic events in the show) the hope the show brings to us: the idea of fairytale characters living in our world, and all the twists in the fairytales we know. Since then, I live, eat and speak Once Upon ATime, especially since I started my account!
Julie: I’m gonna be honest, the first time I heard about Once Upon A Time, I wasn’t even planning on watching it at all. I waited for the show to be released in France. I tried it, and it was like love at first sight. I never feel better than when I’m watching Once Upon A Time.
What also makes me a fan of this show is all the great and important human lessons and the hope that they give us. Fairytales are made to teach kids what is life through "happy things", princes and princesses. They are telling your kids "Yes baby, there is a very mean evil queen and a very big dragon. You will meet lots of them in your life, but if you keep hope and light inside you, you will be able to defeat them and find your happy ending at the end of the road."
Ophélie: I became a fan of Once Upon A Time 4 years ago. My friends told me about this show, and as a huge fan of the Disney universe, they told me I would fall in love with this show. Which I did. I found in Once Upon A Time something very important: hope. Something hit me when I watched the first season. It made me feel good when I most needed it. I particularly fell in love with Lana and her character, from the first words she said in the pilot. This is the reason why I decided to open my website, and share my admiration and respect for this incredible woman through it.
With a Smile and a Song--An Interview with Snow Cosplayer Malerie McDonald