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On the Set: Once Upon a Time Finds Magic in the Real Storybrooke

Jennifer Morrison | Photo Credits: Jack Rowand/ABC

On Once Upon a Time‘s main street in Storybrooke, resident evil queen Regina sits in her car, peering into her side mirror with tears streaming down her face. The mirror’s reflection shows Emma breaking bad news to Henry — someone has been murdered in Storybrooke, and all signs point to Regina as the culprit. As Regina realizes she’s likely lost Henry forever and more tears fall, the director yells, “Cut!” With only a minute or two to spare before the scene resets, Lana Parrilla dries her face, peers up in the air in an attempt to stop crying before reapplying more makeup. It’s time to do the scene again, and this time, it draws even more local looky-loos. That’s because the Storybrooke set of ABC’s fairy tale drama isn’t closed to the public, but a real working street in Steveston, a town just south of Vancouver in British Columbia, Canada.

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