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‘Once Upon A Time’: Jorge Garcia’s Giant Spells Big Trouble For Emma

Fri, November 2, 2012 5:38pm EDT by Andy Swift 4 Comments
Jorge Garcia Once Upon A Time
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Jorge gives the scoop on his super-sized guest appearance this Sunday!

Emma (Jennifer Morrison) and her merry band of fairytale misfits are about to encounter their biggest obstacle yet on the Nov. 4 episode of Once Upon A Time: a “very angry” giant, played by Lost‘s Jorge chatted with Jorge about what fans can expect from his larger-than-life role, as well as some behind-the-scenes secrets — including how Jennifer went “the extra mile” to make his character more believable.

Read on for my full interview with Jorge:

First of all, how glad are you to be back in the Lost family?

It’s kind of fun! I’m looking forward to seeing how it all turns out. It was a lot of work being by yourself in that green screen studio.

Were you totally alone?

Well, Colin O’Donoghue and Jennifer Morrison were there to to do off-screen lines for me. At one point, Jennifer laid down next to the camera on the ground so the eye line would match. That was definitely going the extra mile for a fellow actor; that was pretty great.

We haven’t seen much of your character in the promos, just a shot of you screaming and stomping. Can you describe the giant for me?

We know at the end of last week’s episode that [Emma and Hook are] climbing the beanstalk, so I’m essentially what’s waiting for them at the top. It doesn’t take too much of an imagination to know the story we’re aiming for. The giant is very angry and does not appreciate intruders.

Of course. But this is Once Upon A Time, so can we expect a slight variation on the ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ story?

Definitely. I met with [creators Eddie Kitsis and Adam Horowitz] and they gave me a pitch about the giant’s origin story that they’re going for. In true Once Upon A Time fashion, it kind of goes in a slightly askew direction than the story you’re familiar with. That always makes it exciting to play, and it gave me a good basis to start from.

Let’s say, hypothetically, you weren’t playing the giant. Is there another fairy tale character you’d love to be?

From a fairy tale? Hmm… Since it doesn’t have to from a fairy tale — they just introduced Frankenstein — I’d have to go with Godzilla. It’s my favorite.

I guess that’s not too different from the giant. Lots of stomping and growling and whatnot.


Are you excited for Jorge to leave his enormous footprint on Once Upon A Time? Drop me a comment with your thoughts on this Sunday’s super-sized episode!

— Andy Swift

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