I loved ‘White Christmas’ for the music aspect. I was into musical theater.
When I look back on my career, I go, ‘This is really great, I’ve played so many different women.’
Every little girl wanted to be Natalie Wood, as did I.
I played lots of fantasy games. I would create these worlds, and I would believe in them.
Children, a lot of times, can’t make their parents wrong because they have to live with them, because they have to love them. And when you’re young, you can’t get on your Big Wheel and go down to the Best Western. You’ve got to live there and you’ve got to figure it out.
At 3 years old, I was imitating and doing fun little commercials for the family. Then at 5, I knew, ‘OK, this is something I really like.’ At 8, I was crying in front of the mirror and my mom was like, ‘Oh boy, here we go. We know what she’s going to do.’
On ‘Swingtown,’ I think that’s when I was able to blend the character-slash-leading lady roles, and that’s what I’m doing on ‘Once Upon a Time’ as well. She’s a leading lady, but she’s also this character.
I actually study boxing – my dad was a Golden Gloves champion so I learned how to fight at a very young age. Growing up in Brooklyn you always had to watch your back, so I pretty much learned to protect myself.
I never liked apples. In fact, when I was a little girl, my mom wanted to give me apples in my lunch box and I would ask for green peppers. So bizarre… It’s funny – I don’t have an apple a day, but I can say that I have a few a week.
I used to be more of a sporty girl. I love outdoor activities. I haven’t been doing much since living in Vancouver. I have my routines down in L.A.
I am very, very diligent and extremely hard-working.
I have a lot of LGBT friends and family members and I’ve always supported the community, not only as a child but as an adult, and I think it’s important to voice that.
I do watch ‘Revenge,’ ‘American Horror Story’ and ‘Game of Thrones.’ I am behind on all of them. But I do watch them. Those are my go-to shows.
When the script for ‘Once’ came my way, I had the thought that maybe it will last only a season. But I was willing to take that risk.
I love horror, I love scary movies, I love thrillers. If things creep you out and spook you? I love it.