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May 17

Ginnifer talked with Entertainment Weekly about deciding to leave Once Upon a Time and the goodbye to Snow & Charming.

Warning: This story contains major spoilers from the season finale of Once Upon a Time. Read at your own risk.

Snow White and Prince Charming got their happy ending after all.

During Once Upon a Time‘s season finale, the future looked grim for everyone. The Black Fairy had unleashed a curse that separated a now memory-wiped Emma (Jennifer Morrison) from her family, who were sent back to the Enchanted Forest as the realms began to crumble at Emma’s lack of belief in fairy tale characters.

As the curse overtook the Enchanted Forest, Charming (Josh Dallas) nearly died climbing back down a beanstalk with Hook (Colin O’Donoghue), but Snow (Ginnifer Goodwin) found him and — in a scene echoing their true love’s kiss from the pilot — was able to revive him with a smooch.

Ultimately, Rumple (Robert Carlyle) killed the Black Fairy, while Emma sacrificed herself to prevent Gideon from turning dark. Echoing the climax of the season 1 finale, Henry’s kiss resurrected Emma, and the storybook ended, making the heroes realize they get their happily ever after. For Snow and Charming that meant living in Storybrooke, with Snow back to teaching and her family all together. Even though the heroes are missing in action when an adult Henry’s (Andrew J. West) daughter Lucy (Alison Fernandez) tracks him down 10 years in the future, for now, the Charmings have their happy ending.

The finale comes in the wake of the news that Goodwin, along with Dallas, Morrison, Emilie de Ravin, Jared Gilmore and Rebecca Mader, will not be returning to Once Upon a Time as series regulars next season. In an email interview, Goodwin exclusively tells EW about the impetus behind her — and real-life husband Dallas’ — exit.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: What came with the decision to leave Once Upon a Time?
GINNIFER GOODWIN: What came with the bittersweet decision to give these characters a happy ending — and the timing couldn’t have been more perfect for that — is room for a new story to grow and flourish as Snow and Charming’s did.

What was that conversation like with Josh when you guys were deciding this would be your final season?
“Hey, let’s call Eddy and Adam to talk about where our very special arc is headed.” — Ginny
“What a wonderful notion, Ginny. You have EXTRAORDINARY ideas! And have I told you lately that you’re ALWAYS right?” — Josh

How do you feel about how the story ends for Snow and Charming?
Selfishly, I’m pleased as punch. They got exactly what they wanted: dramatic, epic love balanced with normalcy (Snow’s word) and the space to indulge in both. Actually, it’s not an “end.” The final chapter of this story line is a continuation… which is kind of Snow’s own point in the finale.

Would you return in the future — either next season or for whatever ends up being the series finale?
In keeping with the aforementioned continuation-as-happy-ending, OF COURSE I (and we) will be back. It’s merely time for ONCE to focus on something new because ONCE does “new” extremely well.


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May 17

Hollywood Reporter has officially given the official word of Ginnifer leaving the cast of Once Upon a Time after the season 6 finale.

The recently announced seventh season will be built around returning stars Lana Parrilla (Regina), Robert Carlyle (Mr. Gold) and Colin O’Donoghue (Captain Hook).

There is going to be a massive void to fill when ABC’s Once Upon a Time returns for its newly announced seventh season.

Original stars Ginnifer Goodwin (Snow White), Josh Dallas (Prince Charming), Jared Gilmore (Henry) and Emile de Ravin (Belle) are joining Jennifer Morrison and Rebecca Mader and exiting the series after season six, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Set to return for season seven are Lana Parrilla (Regina), Robert Carlyle (Mr. Gold) and Colin O’Donoghue (Captain Hook), who resigned new contracts for the rebooted seventh season that is said to include a big time jump.

“Words can’t do justice to what Ginny, Josh, Emilie, Rebecca and Jared brought to Once Upon a Time … but we’ll try … never have we had the privilege of working with a more talented group of collaborators,” creators/showrunners Eddy Kitsis and Adam Horowitz said in a joint statement. “Each brought unique talent, incredible intelligence, and their own individual bit of magic as they gave life to these iconic characters. … We can’t thank them enough for the hard work, dedication and passion they delivered day in and day out. Without them there would be no Once Upon a Time. As Once continues, this group will always be the beating heart of the show. And even though we won’t be with them every week, in a show about magic and hope, we fervently believe it won’t be the last we see of them.” (Morrison is expected to return for one episode next season.)

Goodwin and Dallas met, married and had two sons together during their six-year run on the show. Their departures come as little surprise as the couple had been expected to exit after season six.

“Ginny reinvented Snow White for a modern audience — there was no way she would be stuck cleaning up after dwarfs, she created an iconic empowered heroine for the 21st century,” Kitsis and Horowitz said. “Josh mined the depths of Prince Charming – a character who in myth was just a ‘type’ but in his superlative interpretation became a complex man fighting for love and family.”

De Ravin was a guest star in season one and was promoted to regular for season two. She leaves after reuniting with Kitsis and Horowitz following her role on ABC’s Lost.

“Emilie took the character of Belle to a deep and soulful place, bringing great intelligence and warmth to the character, making her fiercely independent, strong willed but also an eternal optimist who saw only the best in all those she encountered,” the producers said.

Mader, who also came from Lost, announced her departure late Thursday and said her exit was a creative choice and not something she wanted.

“Rebecca took us on a broomstick roller coaster ride as she reinvented the Wicked Witch of the West by finding the pain beneath the green. She made the character soar to incredible heights while always keeping her grounded and relatable,” Kitsis and Horowitz said.

Gilmore, meanwhile, has grown up on the show. His Henry will likely be featured in the rebooted seventh season with The Walking Dead alum Andrew J. West playing an older version of the character.

“Jared literally grew up before the eyes of millions, from a child actor with enormous innate talent to a young man whose abilities continue to astound as he created a character who truly, as we say on the show, has the heart of the truest believer,” Kitsis and Horowitz said.

Once is poised to feature a big time jump next season, which will include West and Jane the Virgin’s Alison Fernandez, who both make their debut in Sunday’s two-hour season finale.

“There are set endpoints to different stories,” Horowitz said recently of the super-sized episode. “But that doesn’t mean there aren’t new stories for different characters. I think that by the end of the season finale, a lot of what we’ve been doing for the last six years is wrapped up — we hope in a very satisfying way — and then we move forward in a way that at the end of it, hopefully you’ll see what we’re hoping to do in season seven.”

Added Kitsis: “We feel like we’ve completed this story, and the next chapter of Once Upon a Time will be completely different. … Creatively, it’s time to end a few stories.”


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May 17

Deadline has shared that ABC has officially renewed Once Upon a Time for another season. We know that Jennifer Morrison is not coming back. There are rumors going around that Ginnifer & Josh will not be returning either but there has been no official confirmation yet. So stay tuned.

Once Upon A Time is heading into a “reset” seventh season. ABC has officially renewed the fantasy drama, which is bringing back several popular regular cast members: Lana Parrilla, Robert Carlyle and Colin O’Donoghue.

I hear the revamped Once is expected to center on Parrilla, Carlyle, O’Donoghue and The Walking Dead‘s Andrew J. West, who will debut in the upcoming Season 6 finale before joining as a series regular in Season 7.

Jennifer Morrison recently announced her exit. She will return for one episode next season. Other original cast members including Ginnifer Goodwin and Josh Dallas, also could appear as guest stars.

The two-hour season finale of Once airs from 8-10 PM Sunday.

In an interview with Deadline in January, ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey hinted about Season 7 being envisioned as a reboot, opening a new chapter in the franchise after closing the current one after six seasons. “Regardless of what we decide to do at the end of this season,” she said, “I think [Horowitz and Kitsis] think they would put a little bit of a bow here, and then there is a next piece that comes after that. There will be a little bit of closure in this particular narrative.”

While down in the ratings, Once remains an important series for ABC with strong Disney DNA and solid DVR and digital play. The current sixth season, in which the Evil Queen had been facing her alter ego, has been building toward the Final Battle between light and darkness: between the savior, Emma, and The Black Fairy.


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Feb 17
Ali Events, Images Comments Off on The 2017 Academy Awards

Last night Ginnifer and Josh attended the Academy Awards where her film Zootopia won for Best Animated Feature Film. Ginnifer wore a sheer cut out red gown to the event.

Thank you to Claudia & Maria for their help in finding these beautiful images.

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Feb 17
Ali Articles & Interviews, Co-Stars Comments Off on Ginnifer Goodwin Admits It ‘Felt Wrong’ to Come to the Oscars Hours After Learning About Bill Paxton’s Death

Ginnifer shared her feelings with People about why she decided to attend the Oscars after hearing about co-star Bill Paxton’s death today.

As Hollywood reels from the news of actor Bill Paxton’s sudden death, his former Big Love costar Ginnifer Goodwin admits that it was a hard decision for her come to the 2017 Academy Awards just hours after learning about his death.

“It was hard to come here, it felt wrong to come and celebrate anything,” Goodwin told PEOPLE Deputy Editor JD Heyman on the Oscars red carpet on Sunday. “But [husband] Josh [Dallas] reminded me that Bill loved all things Hollywood history and he would want you to be here.”

Goodwin also shared that the second place Paxton would probably want to be (aside from hanging out with his family) would be at the Oscars.


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Feb 17
Ali Once Upon A Time Comments Off on EW Spoiler Room: Scoop on The Flash, Once Upon a Time, Supergirl, and more

Entertainment Weekly answers a spoiler question about Once Upon a Time.

Can you reveal when Snow and Charming will both be awake on Once Upon a Time? — Miley
I cannot reveal when, but I can give you a tease about how. “The manner by which they are brought out of the sleeping curse is moving,” Ginnifer Goodwin tells me. “I became emotional every time I read the script and it has nothing really to do with David or me.”


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Jan 17
Ali Awards, Zootopia Comments Off on Zootopia is nominated for an Academy Award

Congratulations to the cast and crew of Zootopia for their Academy Award nomination!

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Zootopia


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Jan 17
Ali Constellations Comments Off on Ginnifer Goodwin to Star in Constellations at The Geffen

Playbill.com shares that Ginnifer will be making her LA Stage Debut this summer!

The Big Love actor will make her Los Angeles stage debut in Nick Payne’s drama.

Los Angeles’ Geffen Playhouse announced that Ginnifer Goodwin (Once Upon a Time, Zootopia, Big Love) will make her L.A. stage debut in its upcoming production of Constellations. The two-hander, penned by Nick Payne, was staged on Broadway in 2015 starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Ruth Wilson.

The Geffen has not yet announced who will star alongside Goodwin. The production will be directed by Giovanna Sardelli and will begin performances June 6 in the Gil Cates Theater. An official opening night is set for June 14 for an engagement scheduled through July 16.

Constellations is an exploration of cosmic collision; the play tells the story of Roland, a beekeeper, and Marianne, a quantum physicist, and asks: what are their odds of falling in love?

“With infinite moments that can change the trajectory of a life, it’s anyone’s guess how cosmic collision is possible,” read production notes from the Geffen. “[Constellations] is a charming, devastating and profound exploration of the universal truth of finding and losing love. A play that balances on the question of ‘what if’ is, at its core, a poignant picture of ‘what is.’”

Tickets are available in person at the Geffen Playhouse box office, by phone at (310) 208-5454 or online at geffenplayhouse.org. The Gil Cates Theater at the Geffen Playhouse is located at 10886 Le Conte Avenue, Los Angeles.