'Once Upon a Time': Emilie de Ravin on the Belle-Rumpelstiltskin relationship

rumpelstiltskin-belle-OUAT.jpg"Lost" alum Emilie de Ravin is coming to "Once Upon a Time" Sunday (Feb. 12) as Belle, the fairy tale princess who sacrifices her freedom to save her friends and family in the ogre war. Just how does she do that? By becoming the captive of Rumpelstiltskin.

"[Belle] has always wanted to be the brave one and go out into the world and do something with her life and she has the chance to," says de Ravin. "She has a chance to save her family and her friends by going to live with Mr. Stiltskin."

Rumpelstiltskin is the "beast" role in the fairy tale of "Beauty and the Beast," which has us wondering if the relationship between Belle and Rumpel is the same as in the fairy tale - is there love there?

"There's a love," says De Ravin. "Not the same as where the fairy tale goes, but there's actually a really beautiful progression in their relationship ... he finds himself smiling and laughing at things for the first time in a very long time."

"This friendship definitely turns into more than that," De Ravin continues. "But not in the same way as the animation. In maybe more of an adult reality sense, the way things don't always work out in the real world."

We can't wait to see it - Robert Carlyle has always been so great as Rumpelstiltskin that we can feel our hearts breaking already.

"Once Upon a Time" airs Sunday nights at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC. For all things "OUAT," check out ABC's official website.

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