Even though Jennifer Morrison ended up landing the lead role of Emma Swan on “Once Upon a Time,” she was not the only person who auditioned for the coveted part.
In a new interview with Collider, former “Battlestar Galactica” actress Katee Sackhoff (who is now starring in the A&E show “Longmire,” which premieres June 3) said that both she and Morrison read for the role, and she is ultimately happy with how everything turned out:
“I walked away from Once Upon A Time and focused on Longmire … It was just those two jobs. Those were the only two pilots I loved that year.
“I could tell, from the very beginning, that they really wanted [Jennifer],” she claimed. “She and I go up against each other quite a bit. We’re very similar … That was her job, and [Longmire] was my job. Just the way that it turned out and the way that we’ve played the roles, it’s obvious.”
We already know that “Once” has become an enormous success story for ABC, and will be back for a second season this fall. After some hits and misses with new shows in the past (try to forget about “Bionic Woman,” if you can), we’re hoping that Sackhoff can find the sort of success she deserves with the new show.
Could you even imagine someone other than Morrison playing this role now?