'Once Upon a Time' star Ginnifer Goodwin: The other other Snow White

Ginnifer-Goodwin-Once-Upon-A-Time-Comic-Con.jpgSo there's this story -- stop us if you've already heard it -- about a girl with a dysfunctional family, a habit of befriending the vertically-challenged and the worst luck with produce...

We are, of course, referring to Snow White. And with two films based on the iconic fairy tale heroine in the works, she's more ubiquitous than ever. But for those thinking they have to wait until Summer 2012 for a dose of White, we would like to remind you that ABC's "Once Upon a Time" premieres Oct. 23.

"Our Snow White is something of an a**-kicker, but I don't think that it's contrived in any way," actress Ginnifer Goodwin ("Big Love") told Zap2it and other press when the cast met with reporters at Comic-Con. "We're going to really justify it."

The fantasy drama finds its characters torn between the real and storybook worlds, with Goodwin playing the dual role of Snow White and a put-upon schoolteacher.

And for the times she's in the princess' shoes, Goodwin doesn't want to play it by the book. "I hope to make her terribly flawed, to the extent that I think there are going to be some parts of her that we're not all terribly fond of," she says. "Hopefully I will still be able to justify what has become iconic about the Snow White story."

So how does she think her White will differ from the 1937 cartoon, Kristen Stewart's sword-wielding knight and Lily Collins' technicolor damsel?

"I think our objective is to make the audience believe that these are the real relatable people on whom the Disney animated feature and these movies coming out next year are based on," she says. "Our princesses are definitely not perfect."

Curious about "Once Upon a Time?" Check back soon for more from the cast and creators' Comic-Con appearance.
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