Once Upon a Time: Elizabeth Mitchell Teases 'Sweeping' 2-Hour Episode, Emma's Dilemma, Regina vs. Marian

Once Upon a Time Snow Queen

This Sunday on ABC’s Once Upon a Time, the forecast calls for extra amounts of snow, seeing as the episode “Smash the Mirror” was supersized to run two hours (starting at 8/7c).

What chilling face-off will the Snow Queen conjure? What burning questions will be answered? (And where does Ingrid stand on the Regina/Robin situation?) TVLine spoke with Lost/Revolution alum Elizabeth Mitchell about all that, her magically gravity-defying wardrobe and more.

TVLINE | What have you gone and done that they needed to add an extra hour to this week’s episode?
Oh, you know…. [Laughs] We had this amazing director, Eagle [Egillson, for Part 1], and when we were shooting it, I just liked what he was doing. I thought it was so fun and dramatic and kind of just wonderful, like a sweeping, epic fantasy. I guess [the producers] felt like it was so much fun, they wanted to add more. And there’s a lot more, too, with Lana [Parrilla]’s character, which is joyful for me because I love watching her.

TVLINE | If you are following Lana’s storyline, whose team are you on? Do you want Robin to go for it with Regina, or should he be true to Marian?
That’s a hard one, isn’t it? It’s lovelySEAN MAGUIRE, LANA PARRILLA to be true, but I don’t even know if [Robin and Marian] really like each other all that much. So, yeah, unfortunately that is kind of my feeling on that. But Marian’s a lovely girl, so hopefully she’ll find happiness somewhere else.

TVLINE | So, I’m looking at the logline for this two-hour episode. Why is The Snow Queen going to pit Anna versus Elsa?
She’s just trying to find love, so it seems to me that throwing a bit of discord in there always helps people figure out who they really are. I’ve been playing her like a very angry preteen girl because I feel like she was self-aware in that urn for so many years, so I don’t really see where she learned to grow up or any of that stuff. She’s just doing it the best way she knows how. But it’s so hard because you keep wanting to be like, “It’s right in front of you! You have it already,” but that’s why we have all these great antagonists.

TVLINE | If Emma were to lose her powers – and it appears she might try to make that happen this Sunday — would Ingrid lose her interest in her?
Oh my gosh, that’s such a great question because there is something kind of horrifying about the fact that she only deems people who have magic to be interesting, right?

TVLINE | Yeah, she’s elitist that way. She’s “magic-ist.”
She is. Maybe she would [lose interest in Emma], or maybe she’d try to help her get them back. But that’s definitely one of the biggest draws for Ingrid. For her, magic is blood. To her magic is what links everyone together. To her magic is what makes them family. So, I think probably she would [lose interest]. How sad is that?


TVLINE | Last week’s flashbacks painted this very sympathetic picture of Ingrid, the misguided misfit.
Poor Ingrid….

TVLINE | Is she about to do something that’s going to make us say, “Uh, no. She’s a villain”?
Well, she’s definitely a villain. I mean, you can dress up as pretty as you want, but she’s definitely a villain. Yeah, she’s going to do some pretty bad things, most definitely. She’s a well-drawn protagonist; they did a lovely job with that. You will continue to kind of hate her and then wonder about it, which is good. That’s how it should be. Black-and-white is never as much fun as shades of gray.

TVLINE | Here’s my burning question: What is the key to gliding through a forest without snagging your ornate gown on a twig?
Oh, I’ve snagged my gown so many times, but the key, I think, was to ask them if my character could be barefoot. That way I can feel the twigs coming and kind of navigate them. Had I been in those six-inch, unbelievably gorgeous sparkly heels that they gave me to wear — which I did wear sometimes — that would’ve been impossible. I voted for barefoot and it made it a lot easier, it really did.

TVLINE | In that final pawn shop Once_Rumple_SnowQueenscene, did you whisper the actual secret to Rumplestiltskin freeing himself of the dagger into Bobby Carlyle’s ear? Did you know what it was?
No. I had kind of figured out what it was, but I didn’t want anyone to catch it, so no, I did not. I kind of just hovered my lips near his earlobe. We laughed.

TVLINE | What does your 9-year-old son think of all this?
He thinks it’s really cool! I go to school and his friends are talking to me about it, like, “You’re evil, you’re really bad,” and then they come sit in my lap and give me hugs. It’s the first time I’ve played a character where he’s hearing about it at school, because a lot those things [I act in] you can’t watch when you’re a kid.

TVLINE | That said, he might wish that you were a bit more clothed.
I do have to say there have been a number of people in my family who have been like, “Are you cold?” It’s very interesting, because when the designer came up with the second dress, I said, “That looks lower[-cut] than the first dress,” and he goes, “Yeah, apparently we’ve got to show ‘the girls.'” My best friend sent in a list of names that she felt we should name them. I don’t know that it matters to [my son], although every once in a while he’ll be like, “Mom, could you please look more like a mom?” So, the other day I was wearing sweats and he’s like, “That’s much better.”

TVLINE | There are some lingering questions about Snow Queen. For example, how did she get to our realm? Is that something that will be answered?
In this next episode, actually. It’s really interesting, yeah. I thought that it was smart and brought a new element into the whole thing. I think you’ll like it.

TVLINE | And we’ll learn why she erased everyone’s previous memories of her being in Storybrooke?
Yep. We’re going to figure that one out, too. They wrap up all these little, like, crumbs that they’ve left, which I was grateful for.

TVLINE | It hit me the other weekOnceUponaTime_SQ_Sidney as I’m watching the scene with you and Giancarlo Esposito (who plays Sidney Glass), “Rachel is being awfully nice to Neville.”
I know! It was really funny, that transfer of power. I was wondering how he would be with it, but his character is so completely different [than on Revolution]. He’s so fun to watch.

TVLINE | So, what about those Revolution fans? They’re still yearning for some sort of closure, but everyone on the cast has been keeping pretty busy.
Yeah. I think everyone is pretty busy. It would always be fun to all get back together — we had a great time together, and as a lover of books I always want there to be a beginning, a middle and an end. It’s never fun when you’re kind of just left hanging because you’ve invested, and I think a lot of people invested in that show.

TVLINE | In the meantime, now you get to shower and dress in sparkly clothes. I mean, what an upgrade.
Well, that was basically the thing. When they asked me to do [Once Upon a Time], my grandmother was thrilled. She’s like, “Oh, no more grime! We’ll get to see your face.” She hasn’t said anything about the cleavage yet, but I’m sure she’s appalled!

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  1. Roberta Hirstius says:

    I know everyone in entertainment loves boobs, but really, is that so important on a family show? Who’s making these dum dum decisions?

    • abz says:

      I don’t know how people continue to think this is a “family” show. Just because it comes on at 8pm? While it may be tamer than most other shows on TV, there are still many adult themes in the show.
      I’ve always considered this show sort of like Disney for adults/teens.

    • Moment says:

      While the show does attract people of all ages, it’s nothing people haven’t seen already. You only have to go to a beach.

    • Anesu says:

      I find american complaints about boobs weird , people and kids go to the beach and watch boobs all the time this has happened for years.
      Once compared to a lot of shows is a family show l watch with my mom and would gladly watch with my kids in the future , the show has never felt overly sexualized to me even with some sexy outfits , there really have never been sex scenes on the show at all and thats an achievement . The closest thing l can relate to that is Graham and Regina kissing and the door closing behind them,.
      If Elizabeth was running around naked it would be a problem but shes not the dress is not really outrageously sexy , its fine. More akin to Reginas memorable outfits.

      • Weelad says:

        Entirely agree. for me too it’s really weird. what’s with this weird obsession over boobs or cleavage? You can show torture on screen (Once has done that with Rumple or Regina, both mental and physical) you can show blood and huge violence, but boobs are off limit? Uh?

    • Jess says:

      I agree with Roberta. I don’t care what anyone says, boobs do matter or they wouldn’t shove it in everyone’s faces all the time. The actress even said she thought it was low/made a remark about it. Why make it lower? If it really didn’t “matter”, just go with the first dress. And her own son commented about her dressing differently. And just because some have conservative views on showing a ton of cleavage, that doesn’t mean their view is wrong. It’s just different. Leaving my house to go to the beach is quite different than sitting in my living room. This show’s usually not so over-the-top on boobage, so it wasn’t as expected. Also, if that was no issue at all, why did the interviewer bring it up? There are still some kind of standards in place as to what’s more or less decent with some people I guess. Women have been showing the girls since forever, we get it. It’s actually expected and pretty boring to me. But obviously tv will never tire of displaying women’s breasts. Is it really “empowering” to women? I feel pretty empowered by showcasing other things over physical appearance (over showcasing my chest), and my husband thinks I’m all the hotter for it ;)

  2. Lexdy says:

    Can we please keep Ingrid as a character?

    I think Elizabeth Mitchell has been such a fantastic breath of fresh air to the show, this whole entire arc is not about Elsa and Anna, to me it’s about Ingrid and her transformation into the villanous Snow Queen.

    She acts with such malevolent grace and decadence, as if the words barely escape the icy coffin in her heart, it’s far more menacing than the crazy villains we’ve had on the past like Pan or Zelena (which were pretty cool in their own regard).

    I’d love for Liz to stick around in Storybrooke.

    I’m wondering if her last name is Swan… Ingrid Swan!

  3. LNS1 says:

    Cant wait for the 2hr episodes. More Emma :)
    Pretty sure Emma will keep her magic (because isnt that what Ingrid wants and wants to make a family of 3 with Elsa too), its makes who she is – not just a savior but Emma Swan as well just Emma. Cant wait to see more of Emma and her progression
    I feel like Hook is going to be in danger but i always felt that esp if i read the Snow Queen original tale and also the fact that villain tend to target the person who loves you and believes you and understand you and that is Hook to Emma. But i think and hope he will be fine and alive.

  4. Cate53 says:

    Love Elizabeth Mitchell and glad she has a sense of humour about the excessive evil cleavage OUAT just adores! I just hope they make her story a bit different to Zelena’s from last year

  5. murley says:

    Elizabeth Mitchell is so delightful and well spoken. And she has absolutely been a breath of fresh air this season. I love her portrayal of the snow queen, it is perfect. Can’t wait to see how it plays out. What seemed like a lame motivation (a family) is a lot more interesting now that they have revealed the circumstances for her desire and she is just playing the character, past and present, SO WELL. She really does these shades of grey characters so wonderfully. I just want more of her!

  6. Daisy says:

    I would like so Rumbelle spoilers and good news spoilers,!

  7. whydoucare says:

    First off the lady can tease me any time she wants. Second, not sure if I like her as so mean but I’ll deal with it. She can play a part not like some actress these days.

  8. JW says:

    What I don’t understand is why no one has thought of having Marian’s son kiss her as that would be “true love” also.

  9. Robert says:

    I love her and I am going to be sad when her storyline has come full circle; but the producers and writers of this great show have the proven ability to find a way to bring back popular characters like Ingrid.

  10. Stefan says:

    I like Elisabeth Mitchell from her time on Lost, but I don’t think I’ve read any interviews till now. And suddenly I fell in love with her. Apart from being a great actress, she seems to be so funny and clever. Hope they finish her arc well. I’ve been enjoying it, although I got to say Zelena’s story line was a bit better from my perspective.

  11. Tom says:

    Elizabeth Mitchell seems like such a delight. She’s so warm and down to earth that it’s so refreshing. I’d love to see her in something less “genre” just to see her playing a normal person in normal circumstances. Love her. Thanks, Matt, for the great Q&A.

  12. Bryan Lovejoy says:

    This is porn.