The following contains spoilers from Once Upon a Time‘s Season 6 finale.
Jennifer Morrison is excited to see Once Upon a Time‘s Henry suddenly all grown up, even though she won’t have much opportunity to hang with him, no longer being a series regular as the ABC drama enters Season 7.
“This is part of the creative process. Things change and evolve,” the original cast member says of the show’s new “chapter,” which was teased at the close of the Season 6 finale on Sunday night. “The idea of Henry in the future opens up so many possibilities for the storytelling, so I think people should have faith in [series creators] Eddy [Kitsis] and Adam [Horowitz]. They do such amazing jobs at reinventing the show and finding ways to keep it fresh and interesting.”
Here is what else that Morrison, who will appear in one Season 7 episode (the premiere), had to say in Part 2 of her Once Upon a Time exit interview:
TVLINE | You obviously worked a lot over the years with Colin [O’Donoghue, as Hook]. What was his reaction to your decision to leave, what kind of support did you get?
Colin and I are good friends and will always be good friends. He knows me like a family member, so he was sad, because obviously we work well together and we enjoy our time on set together. But the other side of that is he cares about me as a person and he knew it was the right thing for my life. He was very supportive about that.
TVLINE | Looking back, do you have any favorite seasons or storylines?
I loved the Dark Swan storyline, the idea of being able to stretch Emma in different ways and explore the darker side of her. And I also love that ultimately they still stayed true to the Savior that was within her. That she is who she is, and you can’t take away that fate. That no matter what she went through and no matter how far she pushed the limits, ultimately within her was this fate as the Savior. I thought they did an amazing job of giving that character a chance to spread her wings and be completely different in certain ways but also keep her true to the core of her being. Her intentions and her desires were actually well-intended, even though she was going about it in maybe not the most productive way. [Laughs]
I have loved so many of the storylines over the years. I loved the Back to the Future stuff that I did with Colin [in the Season 3 finale]. I loved the musical episode [on May 7]; I was so happy that I got to be a part of that and I felt as if it was a very beautiful wrap-up of who Emma has become. It was a chance to really see her go from that ugly duckling to a swan, in that song she has [“Emma’s Theme”] in the mayor’s office. It was also a chance to see her completely unguarded and absolutely in love and vulnerable with Hook at the wedding. She was full of joy and not worrying about the next monster or crisis, just absolutely deciding to be in the moment and alive and free and happy. And she was willing to do that knowing that she’s about to face something really difficult. She had the courage to say, “You know what? It’s OK to be in the moment. We’re going to find a way through and it’s going to be OK.” To see her in that place after how far she has come…. It’s hard to imagine, when you watch her in the pilot, being someone who could grow to that place. I love that I got to take her on such an incredible journey.
TVLINE | How will you be keeping busy this summer, to start?
My God. [Laughs] I thought I was going to give myself some time, and that turned into me being busier than ever — which has been wonderful! I have been very creatively satisfied, so it’s been great. Right as I was wrapping Season 6, I went to New Orleans to do a small part in a movie called Assassination Nation, which a dear friend of mine [Sam Levinson] is directing but also I just think is a really special piece; I was excited to be a part of it, even in a very small way. I went back to Louisiana to do the film Back Roads, which Alex Pettyfer is starring in and is his directorial debut. He’s doing an incredible job, I truly believe in him as a director.
Right now, I’m in New York in rehearsals for the Off-Broadway play The End of Longing, which Matthew [Perry] wrote and is starring in. I’m playing opposite him, and we are having so much fun. We’re all exhausted with rehearsals but loving it. And then, Sun Dogs is going to premiere at a signficant festival in the next few months. And beyond all that, I’m going through a lot of material to find what will be my second feature as a director. And I have some projects I’m developing as a producer. So, I’m developing some things and doing some acting, just waiting to see what falls into place first after the play.