Fri
Jul 25 2014 9:40am

Here’s Your First Look at Frozen’s Elsa on Once Upon a Time

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Fringe’s Georgina Haig was certainly inspired casting to play Frozen’s ice queen Elsa, who’s abandoning Arendelle for Storybrooke on Once Upon a Time this fall. But we’ve been waiting for our first official look at the character to see if she can really channel Elsa.

White-blonde braid? Yep. Fierce expression? Right there. Sparkly blue gown? Well... we’re not the hugest fans of her costume.

Her dress is certainly intricate and brings to mind Elsa—but kind of in the way that an (admittedly upscale) Halloween costume is just a tad off from the design it’s meant to emulate. You can see it more if you look at the two Elsas side-by-side:

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We’ve also been spoiled by excellent cosplay designs over the last few months, like these two takes:

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best Elsa cosplay Frozen Once Upon a Time Georgina Haig costume

It’s a small quibble, because obviously it’s still early days and Elsa’s costume will be the least of her worries. The creators have hinted that, while the Queen of Arendelle won’t get a love interest during her time on OUAT, she’s still very much in the beginning of her journey toward not being a villain.

Photo: Katie Yu/ABC

Cosplay by tomiaaa and doxiequeen1

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8 comments
Deana Whitney
1. Braid_Tug
Cosplayers did it better. It's in the fabric choice, and the costume department went cheap. I know, they have a number of people to dress, but if they are going to make it a two piece with a bodice, than the top fabric could be much better and closer to the look of square sequins.

The current fabric looks like they raided the blue mermaid fabric.
But the underdress is nicely done.
Jennifer B
2. JennB
Villain? Elsa never was a villain. Did they watch the movie?
Chris Nelly
3. Aeryl
@2, Have you seen the show? There are very few villains who don't get stories explaining why, though they may do evil things, they aren't really villains.

Also, the only character that gets good costuming on this show is Regina. In all the FT flashbacks for Snow, Cinderella, Belle and Ariel, there outfits have looked pretty generic, as far as ball gowns and dresses go.
Jennifer B
4. JennB
@3
I watched the first two seasons on netflix about a year ago and I agree with you about the villains on the show. That doesn't change the fact that Elsa is not a villain in Frozen. She doesn't "do evil things."
Chris Nelly
5. Aeryl
I haven't seen the movie, but she sics a giant snow monster on her sister, isn't that "Evil"? I mean, I understand a bit and know that she feels she has a good reason for doing so, but still, that's pretty bad.
Edward101
6. Edward101
@5
Elsa didn't "sics a giant snow monster on her sister." She summon a guardian to kick them out of her castle. Only when Anna stupidly antagonized the guardian after being kicked out did the guardian got all hostile on Anna and her party. If you watch the movie, you would know.
Erica Collier
7. scifibard
@3 I'd have to disagree. The villains are villains...they just aren't irrediamable. Sure, they have Reasons for why they went evil...but they still went evil. They became villains, often self-proclaimed mine-is-an-evil-laugh-now-die villains. What they often get are redemption arcs, which isn't the same as saying they were never really villains to begin with.

Most of Elsa's apparently-evil acts were accidents, misunderstandings, and a lack of control pitted against fear and anger. And were relatively harmless by OUAT standards. She locks the land in winter...accidentally. And thinks it will go back to normal if she stays away, and is horrified it doesn't work that way. As #6 pointed out, she summons a guardian to kick Anna out, mostly because she feels Anna is safer far away from her. It's only once Anna antagonizes it that it turns more violent, of its own inclanation, and even then no one actually gets hurt. Elsa weilds ice defensively but holds back from killing even when her attackers are not showing her the same restraint (she almost decides to kill after they've consistently not taken non-fatal defeat as an answer, but is easily persuaded otherwise).

None of that at all compares to Regina's massive murder toll, or the other villains, some of whom reform and some of whom do not.

So it will be interesting to see if OUAT decides to have Elsa become a bit darker before "reforming" in order to fit their normal arc.
Chris Nelly
8. Aeryl
@6, That isn't any better. She still unleashed a monster on her sister, whatever her motivations. That's bad, and as she was the creator of the monster, that makes her culpable for her actions, not Anna, for understandably assuming her sister would never knowingly unleash a monster capable of hurting her.

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