Storybrooke opened a new chapter on Sunday night, as “Once Upon a Time” kicked off its 4th season with a story arc that featured characters from the movie “Frozen.” But did the live-action characters measure up to the animated movie icons? On Sunday, People posted an interview with Georgina Haig, who plays Queen Elsa in the ABC fantasy drama, and the actress admitted it was “overwhelming” to bring the beloved character to life.
“I have a lot of responsibility portraying this universally loved character, but I think everyone will be very excited,” the 29-year-old Australian actress said. “The series is staying very true to the essence of the characters.”
Haig also revealed that she hadn’t seen the hit Disney film before taking on the high-profile role, but sad she has watched it many time since then to perfect Elsa’s graceful movements. “When Disney was creating Elsa, they based a lot of her movements on that of a ballerina, which was interesting for me to find out because I actually did ballet years ago,” Haig revealed. “That definitely informed some of the ways I made her walk and move.”
Elsa’s pit top in Storybrooke had her unleashing a nasty snow monster on town sheriff Emma (Jennifer Morrison), and it looks like more freeze-outs are to come. But producers had to think back to the movie to keep the Elsa character in check. Morrison told TV Guide that produces planned on filming an upcoming Elsa scene in a meat locker so they could capture the characters’ breath on screen.”But they realized that they [shouldn’t] see Elsa’s breath because she isn’t affected by the cold, so that wouldn’t make any sense,” Morrison explained.
While the big screen flick ended with the Elsa’s sister Anna and mountain man Kristoff realizing their feelings for one another, “One Upon a Time” show runners have already gone on record as saying they’re not trying to do a sequel to the box office smash. Still, Scott Michael Foster, who plays “Frozen’s” resident mountain man the “Once Upon a Time” arc told Hollywood Life, “The show will pick up where the movie left off. In the beginning there’s a lot of Kristoff and Elsa, but you will see a lot of Kristoff and Anna.” Anna will be played by Elizabeth Lail, while dastardly Prince Hans (Tyler Jacob Moore) will also turn up this season.
But the action won’t be set in “Frozen’s” Norwegian-inspired country, Arendelle. “The characters get involved with people from Storybrooke,” Foster added. (Sure enough, Elsa had a run-in with Sleepy and Grumpy in the premiere episode.)
“Once Upon a Time” co-creator Adam Horowitz told Blogcritics there is a danger in taking on a beloved property like “Frozen,” but he also promised that the show’s creative team is very conscious of their responsibility to the already iconic characters. “We want to do them justice,” he said.
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“Once Upon a Time” airs Sundays at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.