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Jennifer Morrison says her new show 'Once Upon a Time' is kind of like 'Harry Potter'

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10/18/2011 by Nichole Hamilton

Jennifer Morrison of "House" fame says her new ABC show "Once Upon a Time" is a similar to "Harry Potter."

The 32-year-old actress is trading in the medical scrubs for a more fanciful role in ABC's fairy-tale inspired "Once Upon a Time," where she plays the daughter of Snow White, played by Ginnifer Goodwin, and Prince Charming, played by Josh Dallas.

Her character, Emma Swan, is a sassy bail bonds collector who appears to be a modern-day warrior princess. The Evil Queen is portrayed by Lana Parilla of "24" fame. The show was created and penned by "LOST" screenwriters Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz. The duo has recently compared the two shows, and pointed out that they're both "about the characters."

"It's a little bit complicated to explain, even though it makes total sense when you see it," Morrison told OnTheRedCarpet.com host Chris Balish during the ABC Press Tour in August. "It's as if every fairytale character ever created actually exists, and in a universe where there are happy endings, and the fairy tales are as they truly seem to be. But they've been cursed by the evil queen to live in reality and part of the curse is that they don't know who they really are anymore -- so they're living amongst us not knowing who they are."

Morrison went on to explain her character's significance in the show.

"Within the show, it's prophesized that the child of Snow White and Prince Charming is going to come back and help reverse the curse," Morrison added. "I play the child of Snow White and Prince Charming, her name is Emma Swan, and she's been living in reality her whole life -- kind of had a tough life, just thought she was abandoned, not knowing that her parents were trying to protect her from the curse."

The actress described the magical show as something that's "kind of like Harry Potter."

"It's kind of like 'Harry Potter' coming into your house every week," Morrison added. "That kind of magic, and mystery and good versus evil, and the mythology of a show -- it's pretty cool."

Morrison is known for playing Dr. Allison Cameron on the hit medical drama "House M.D.", and was also in the 2011 film "Warrior."

"It's kind of reality, and fantasy and all sorts of exciting adventure," Morrison said.

Reporting by Chris Balish, co-host of KABC Television's entertainment show "On The Red Carpet" (check for local TV listings).

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