Snow White 101
- Storybrooke identity: Mary Margaret
- Worst enemy of The Evil Queen
- Skilled fighter and hero
- Married to Prince Charming
Who doesn’t know the story of Snow White? The innocent girl who ended up cursed to an endless sleep by her stepmother, the Evil Queen. But our Snow is no delicate flower; she’s a warrior. Though Snow’s life has been an endless series of trials and tribulations, the powerful bond she shares with her family gives her the strength to overcome any obstacle. With her true love Prince Charming at her side, neither the armies of King George nor the dark magic of the Evil Queen could stand in her way. Even when leading her cursed life as Mary Margaret, the love she held for both her husband and daughter shone through. Giving up Emma was the hardest moment of Snow’s life, and now that she has her back, Snow will go to any length to keep her family from being parted ever again.
In Fairy Tale Land she’s Snow White, the fairest of them all. Lips red as rose, hair black as coal, and skin as white as snow. Awakened from the Queen’s sleeping death by her Prince Charming, Snow is on her way to happily ever after when the Queen crashes her wedding and vows that she will yet enact her revenge on the couple. Not one to roll over without a fight, Snow stands up to the Queen and challenges her power. Strong, competent, and self-assured, our Snow White is a far cry from the demure damsel we might imagine.
However, once Snow becomes pregnant, her anxiety about the Queen's threat prompts her to seek knowledge of the future from the only person who can see it...Rumplestiltskin. He makes a deal with Snow: information about the Queen’s plans for the name of Snow’s unborn daughter.
He tells Snow & Charming that the Queen created a powerful curse, one that will send everyone from Fairy Tale Land to a place where they will be deprived of their happy endings. But, Rumplestiltskin counsels, there is hope. If Snow & Charming can keep their unborn daughter safe from the curse then, in 28 years, she will return to them and they will be able to undo the Queen’s curse. Snow White honors her deal and gives Rumplestiltskin the name: Emma. But at what future cost?
In Storybrooke, meet Mary Margaret Blanchard, a charitable, sensitive elementary school teacher. Though she wears a brave face for the world, we sometimes get the feeling that she’s hiding a deep personal loneliness. Among her students is 10 year-old Henry.
When Mary Margaret recognizes Henry’s own unhappiness, she gives him a fairy tale book with the intention of instilling in him some hope in a town where hope is often elusive. Henry devours the stories in the book and becomes possessed of the notion that it describes real characters and events. Mary Margaret’s simple act of giving Henry the book has set into motion a chain reaction that will change the town of Storybrooke and the lives of everyone in it.
Ginnifer Goodwin on playing Snow White:
"Snow White knows how to *play* the good girl. She lives for love and she only appreciates that which she earns, which makes her an adventuress, a risk-taker, a rule-breaker, and a mischief-maker. She is keenly aware that she battles vanity and jealousy, just as her evil stepmother does. Childhood guilt drives her to try harder and to constantly strive to become a better person, but she also carries with her a princess' sense of entitlement. and while that is something she is unable to see from within her frame of reference, she does have enough perspective to recognize that her self-reliance separates her from the other fairytale princesses. Playing Snow White, flaws and all, feels less like acting and more like getting to step into the shoes of someone I would like to be."
Hailing from Memphis, Tennessee, Ginnifer Goodwin has quickly found a home in Hollywood. With effusive talent, she shined in the Oscar-nominated biopic Walk the Line as Johnny Cash’s first wife, opposite Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon. She recently completed production on National Geographic’s upcoming telepic Killing Kennedy, starring as first lady Jacqueline Kennedy opposite Rob Lowe’s JFK. The drama, produced by Ridley Scott’s Scott Free Productions, tells the provocative story of Kennedy’s last days. The movie is set to premiere in November.
Goodwin was seen in HBO’s critically acclaimed series Big Love, opposite Bill Paxton, Jeanne Tripplehorn and Chloe Sevigny and produced by Tom Hanks’ Playtone Productions. In 2011 she performed in an industry reading of Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Beth Henley’s comedy, The Miss Firecracker Contest, directed by Judith Ivey and featuring Christopher Burns, Louis Cancelmi, Lauren Cohn, Mary Catherine Garrison and Ronica Reddick.
Her other films include Something Borrowed, opposite Kate Hudson and based on the bestselling novel by Emily Giffin; Ramona and Beezus; Tom Ford’s directorial debut, A Single Man, alongside Julianne Moore and Colin Firth; He’s Just Not That Into You, with Drew Barrymore and Jennifer Anniston; Jonathan Kasdan’s In the Land of Women; and the independent films Day Zero, with Chris Klein and Elijah Wood, and Birds of America, with Matthew Perry and Hilary Swank.
Goodwin is a classically trained actress who holds a BFA in acting from Boston University. In 1997 she studied in England at Stratford-Upon-Avon’s Shakespeare Institute, in conjunction with the Royal Shakespeare Company. The following year she earned an Acting Shakespeare Certificate at London’s Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. She returned to England in 2000 to attend the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. During her senior year at Boston University, Goodwin performed in a number of student films and several college and local stage productions. She was presented with the Excellence in Acting: Professional Promise Award by the Bette Davis Foundation and graduated with honors.
Moving to New York City following graduation, Goodwin landed a guest role on an episode of Law & Order. In 2001 she joined the cast of the comedy series Ed, playing the bookishly cynical Diane Snyder. She also starred in Comedy Central’s telefilm Porn ‘N Chicken. Her breakthrough role came in her first feature film, Mike Newell’s Mona Lisa Smile, in which she co-starred with Julia Roberts and Kirsten Dunst. Soon after, she starred in Robert Luketic’s romantic comedy, Win a Date with Tad Hamilton!, with Josh Duhamel, Kate Bosworth and Topher Grace.
Goodwin voices the character of Jean-Marie St. Cloud in Electric City, an animated series produced by Playtone and Reliance Entertainment, which debuted on Yahoo! in July 2012. She co-stars with Tom Hanks, Jeanne Tripplehorn and Holland Taylor, among others. The show was created and written by Tom Hanks and is co-executive produced by Hanks and Gary Goetzman.
Goodwin was recently honored at the 2012 Young Hollywood Awards as the Fashion Icon of the Year.
She currently resides in Los Angeles.