Adam Horowitz and Eddy Kitsis Discuss Their Insights and Creative Strategies for Once Upon a Time’s Powerhouse Season 2 - by Diane J. Reed
Sometimes when you follow that yellow brick road with Toto tucked under your arm, you discover that the Wizard of Oz is REAL after all! Such was the case when I had the extraordinary good fortune to talk with the brilliant creators & writers of Once Upon a Time, Adam Horowitz and Eddy Kitsis. Behind the magic curtain of Hollywood, these two geniuses take a passionate and very hands-on approach to cooking up those enchanting characters and plots that we’ve all come to love week after week. So put on your ruby slippers and get ready for a wild ride with this Season 2 exclusive interview!
Diane: Hi there guys—thanks for talking to us!
Eddy & Adam: Of course! Thank you for having the fansite - we are honored!
Diane: All right, I know we only have a short time, so let’s begin with the obvious: Everybody and his brother wants to know what the next season will be like now that the curse has ended. Is it safe to assume that fairy tale characters might venture out into the wider world to some extent?
Eddy: I would say that the first step is, “Can we cross the Storybrooke line? What will happen if you do that?” What do you say, Adam?
Adam: There’s a lot that has changed in our world with magic coming to Storybrooke. But at the same time, the show will continue to do many of the things it did before, which is telling stories where characters are welcome to go into other lands, but hopefully in a new way.
Diane: So the new magic might be just as restrictive as Storybrooke was with the curse, but also expansive sometimes in that you can traverse different worlds?
Adam: The stories we’re telling will be in the same format where you can flash back between time and place. But as far as what happens in Storybrooke with magic and your ability to come and go, those new rules and paradigms for alliances in Storybrooke are what we’re planning to explore in the first two episodes of the season. Very quickly, you should get an understanding of what Season 2 will be like and what the characters are going to have to deal with.
Diane: One thing we know for certain, though, is that the Storybrooke characters now have their memories back. Is that always a good thing?
Eddy: I think that’s a great point. I mean, if you were somebody like Archie, for instance, who has a conscience and for twenty years thought he was a psychiatrist—but now he remembers who he was and what he did to Geppetto’s parents. So I think the philosophical debate of “Are they better off knowing or not?” and “Who do we want to be—people of Storybrooke or Fairy Tale Land?” is definitely something we are going to explore this season. I don’t think it’s as easy as we would assume it would be.
Interview by Gareth Hughes
Lana Parrilla is much in demand these days. The Brooklyn raised latinos star is ascending, thanks in no small part to what can arguably be classed as the defining role of her entire career, playing the wickedly delicious Evil Queen on ABC's Once Upon A Time
Lana Parrilla grew up in a family household where pursuing one's dreams was encouraged. Beginning at an early age, Lana was constantly making videos with her family, signaling her desire even then to be an actress. After graduating from high school, Lana moved to Los Angeles and began honing her craft in local theatre productions.
Success came quickly for Lana, snagging roles in US TV shows such as Spin City, Boomtown (for which she earned the Imagen Award for Best Supporting Actress), Six Feet Under and 24. Eagle eyed viewers will also have spotted Lana in Lost during the shows 2-part season three finale. However her most memorable role prior to OUAT was almost certainly that of Trina Decker, one half of a hilarious swinging couple in the CBS drama Swing Town. In January 2011, Lana snagged one of the leading roles on ABC's flagship fairy tale show and the rest, as they say, is history.
Despite her busy schedule, Lana recently took a few minutes out of her own time to answer some questions exclusively for Once Upon A Fan.
Interview by Gareth Hughes
Espenson may be an anagram for Openness but in my world, Jane Espenson stands for the ultimate in Cool! Having been a huge fan of her writing since the 90's when I would obsess about every episode of Buffy, the chance to pose questions directly to her sent me on a "Fan Boy" high.
Not only is Jane one of the major players in conceptualising Once Upon A Time, she has also earned herself a unique place in the sci-fi/fantasy pantheon of great writers with production and writing credits on the aforementioned Buffy, Battlestar Galatica, Caprica, Firefly, Warehouse 13, Torchwood, Tru Calling, Game of Thrones, to name but a few. Jane is quite simply a sci-fi geek's ultimate babe!
We chatted about her plans for the second series of Husbands, which premieres August 15th, as well as all things Once Upon A Time. Jane was also kind enough to share some practical advice for all you aspiring writers out there.
Photo Credit: Adam Bouska