Once Upon a Time Cast: Before They Were Stars

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Check out the stars from Once Upon a Time before they became fairy tale heroes and villains on the ABC hit show.

1. Jennifer Morrison (Emma Swan)

Jennifer Morrison (Emma Swan)
Jennifer's been on some of our favorite TV shows over the years. She was Melanie Shea Thompson on Dawson's Creek to Dr. Allison Cameron on House M.D. But the most memorable may be as Ted's girlfriend, Zoey Pierson, on How I Met Your Mother.

2. Ginnifer Goodwin (Snow White/Mary Margaret)

Ginnifer Goodwin (Snow White/Mary Margaret)
This gorgeous actress who eventually landed the iconic role of Snow White once played Maya in the TV movie Porn 'n Chicken! If you missed that you may have caught her as Diane Snyder on Ed and Margene Heffman on Big Love. She was once even the voice of a mermaid on SpongeBob SquarePants.

3. Josh Dallas (Prince Charming/David)

Josh Dallas (Prince Charming/David)
Josh once played Node 2 on Doctor Who, Ben Bass on Hawaii Five-0 and Kip Woodman on CSI before becoming the one and only Prince Charming on Once Upon a Time.

4. Lana Parrilla (The Evil Queen/Regina Mills)

Lana Parrilla (The Evil Queen/Regina Mills)
We've loved Lana in everything we've seen he in and that's been qutie a bit. From her role as Angie on Spin City to guest spots on JAG, The Shield, Lost, and Medium. You could also catch her as Officer Janet Grafton on NYPD Blue, Sarah Gavin on 24, or on the one season wonders Swingtown, Windfall, and Miami Medical.

5. Jared Gilmore (Henry MIlls)

Jared Gilmore (Henry MIlls)
Would you believe that Jared played a little Bill O'Reilly on Talkshow with Spike Feresten? He also had a guest role on Wilfred as a young Ryan, Kenneth on Men of a Certain Age, and he was Bobby Draper on Mad Men.

6. Robert Carlyle (Rumplestiltskin/Mr. Gold)

Robert Carlyle (Rumplestiltskin/Mr. Gold)
Originally from Glasgow, Scotland, Robert has graced TV screens on both sides of the pond. He's played both Macbeth and Adolf Hitler on TV. He was Carl Benton on the TV movie 24: Redemption and he jumped into the sci-fi world as Dr. Nicholas Rush on SGU Stargate Universe before spinning gold on Once Upon a Time.

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robert carayle was in a bond film and full monty and jennifer was in urban legends 2 playing the lead role


Lana has been on a lot of shows as a main character, but sadly they all only lasted 1 season. I remember Colin on The Clinic and Fair City.

@ Niallerz1992

For Lana I LOVED Swingtown and Miami Medical was highly under rated and should have had a fall slot. It was so compelling and had great characters. Swingtown was a dream show. She's always been fab!

@ Carissa Pavlica

But if Swingtown or Miami Medical lasted more than one season, I'd say we may have not gotten her as our Queen, and someone else may have gotten the role. Glad she's our Queen, I cant see anyone else playing Regina/Evil Queen.

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Once Upon a Time Quotes

True love isn't easy but it must be fought for because once you find it, it can never be replaced.

Prince Charming

Snow Queen, Pan, Trio of Terror. We can handle villains like that but Emma. She knows how we beat bad guys. Heck, she beat most of them for us.