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Once Upon a Time’s Jamie Chung On Mulan’s Sexuality, How They Just Need to Give Her a Plotline Already, Dammit


“It was like an on-going inside joke between [Aurora actress] Sarah Bolger and I. ‘I secretly, like, really care about you.’… The audience…there’s this conspiracy online, ‘Mulan loves Aurora!’ And I’m really glad the writers listened because I really think they planned that from the beginning. They’re all about twists and, like, why not, you know? It felt so natural to begin with.” — Look, I know the news about Once Upon a Time‘s Mulan being bi/gay/whatever/just in love with a woman isn’t exactly new; the episode where her feelings were confirmed came out months ago. But I’m still a little pleasantly shocked that Once, of all shows, went there (because Disney), so if Mulan actress Jamie Chung talks at a press junket for her new show Believe about how open Once‘s writers were to Mulan and Aurora’s obvious chemistry, well…  it’s too cool not to share, is what I’m saying. Chung also said that her new gig doesn’t necessarily mean Mulan is leaving the Onceverse for good: “I think it would be really disappointing to leave the audience with this giant question mark. I would go back in a heartbeat. I am committed to [Believe], but I don’t think that door is shut so I’m hoping there is something we can do to answer those questions… I would love more character development…something to sink my teeth into with that character.” Yes. Once, turn the camera away from the same old stories for once (Regina’s good! She’s evil! Good! Evil!) and focus on some of those excellent side characters you have for more than an episode at a time.

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  • http://www.aeryllou.tumblr.com/ Aeryl

    Oh this is awesome. Plus now it’ll shut up some of those who are in denial.

    Rumor has it someone’s toast this back half. I hope it’s not Regina, you apparently are tired of her yo-yo storyline, but I love it. It seems so right to watch her struggle to overcome this urges she has spent decades cultivating.

    So, how about less Charmings? I know Goodwin and Dallas date in RL, but honestly their chemistry onscreen is terrible.

  • Rebecca Pahle

    I honestly stopped watching the show a while back in large part because of all the Snow and Charming. It’s ridiculous. They did all they could with those characters, and then they KEPT DOING IT.

  • Anonymous

    I am so sick of the Charmings. I keep watching for the “villains” (Regina, Rumple, Hook) and some of the side characters. I wish some side characters (Ariel, Belle, Mulan & Aurora) would get plotlines and that the Charmings would go on vacation or something because every time they have a scene I’m like zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  • Rachel Banzhaf

    I was really hoping they’d leave the Charmings on Neverland to parent the Lost Boys. Their story has been done so long!

    At this point, the Regina story is going to keep going until the plot hook with Robin Hood is resolved. Hopefully when the second half of this season picks up Regina isn’t back in the “evil queen” role in the Enchanted Forest. I can’t sit through another reboot of her character.

  • Ashe

    Why…haven’t I watched this show yet?

  • Anonymous

    All I can say about Once Upon a Time is…VIVA LA SWAN QUEEN!
    PS – Well, I can also say I want to see what they do with Red in the back half.

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  • Anonymous

    Its awesome that the OUaT writers recognised Mulan and Aurora’s chemistry and actually went there. Even better if they planned it from the beginning.

    Now if only the Warehouse 13 writers would realise the awesomeness between Myka and H.G. and hook them up.

  • Emily Neenan

    I like the Charmings, and I love Snow (it maybe helps that I am legitimately in lust with Ginnifer Goodwin), I think they have good chemistry, and even I am tired of what the writers are doing with them. I’m happy for them to be at or near the centre of the show, but I want to shake things up with them. Give Snow more time with her girl friends, to feature _their_ stories; Mulan and Aurora, Red, Ariel…

  • Rachel Banzhaf

    I haven’t heard anything about Red coming back (she’s the lead in her own show now) but I’d love to see her again.

  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous

    At least watch the pilot. It should be free on IMDB and the first and second seasons are available on Netflix Streaming.

  • Rachel Banzhaf

    Awesome!

  • Anonymous

    Here’s hoping that with Rumple gone, Red will show Belle who really loves her.

  • Ashe

    Sweet! I’ll check it out.

  • http://www.aeryllou.tumblr.com/ Aeryl

    Goodwin is allegedly prego in RL, so I’m sure getting her mom magic on with someone OTHER than Emma on the show will help. Part of the problem(cuz I DO LIKE THEM) is that they are stuck on this loop with Emma, AND each other(and part of that is the fairytale flashbacks, feels like we keep retreading the same ground in their relationship).

    It’s also not that their chemistry is bad, that was probably a bad way to phrase it. It’s just that they way they are portrayed at times is SO CLOYING. I’m sure in RL they are real people, not the paragons of ULTIMATE GOODNESS. I was hoping for a little more exploration of Snow’s darkness after she killed Cora, but her story since has been all plot development, not character.

    And yes MOAR AURORA BELLE MULAN RED ARIEL. Just give me more scenes of all these women passing the Bechdel test PLS.

  • Anonymous

    I kept watching after I long had grown tired of Snow and Charming (so tedious) right up until the “I’m having a baby with Prince Boring, Mulan!” Then I threw the remote in disgust and never watched again.

  • http://www.aeryllou.tumblr.com/ Aeryl

    The quick trailer that ended the midseason finale showed a quick shot of Snow and Regina(can we pls stop calling them their Storybrooke names now, I hated Mary Margaret, you know Regina picked that on purpose) in FABULOUS Enchanted Forest Costumes, helping one another stand and face something oncoming. So I’m excited that whatever danger they are facing is going to make THEM team up, and move on from their crap, instead of having Emma buffer between them, since Emma’s a lot more accepting of the moral gray area Regina’s attempts to be “good” inhabit than Snow.

  • http://www.aeryllou.tumblr.com/ Aeryl

    I’m looking forward to it, honestly. Part of the frustration I have is how they continue to have her try to bond with Emma in a maternal way, even though that’s not gonna happen. At least not until after Henry’s Uncle David Jr is born, and then Emma gets knocked up by Hook (CaptainSwan4LYFE), and then they’ll bond cuz every pregnant girl wants her mommy, or something.

  • Anonymous

    I was talking about Aurora.

  • http://www.aeryllou.tumblr.com/ Aeryl

    It is insanely fun, though it can get frustrating a bit. I watch with my daughter and we try to guess the twists, because they twist the Disney tales in a fun way. Plus it has huge cast of well rounded incredibly badass women. The acting is ~eh~. Some performances are absolutely incredible, and others are not. And the bad thing is some of the bad ones are from people who really can’t be replaced plotwise, so you kinda have to deal.

    It has great guest stars that it doesn’t utilize enough, though most of these people have gone on to their own shows, like Jamie Chung, there’s also Amy Acker(1 ep), Sebastian Stan(3 or 4), Meghan Ory, and Barbra Hershey is INCREDIBLE(as is Rose McGowan in a flashback of the same character)

  • Anonymous

    You can find the source of Mary Margaret in Red’s episode: Red Handed.

  • http://www.aeryllou.tumblr.com/ Aeryl

    I don’t buy it. He ain’t gone yet. Plus, if they don’t bring him back, they’ll just keep using him in flashbacks to keep Robert Carlyle.

  • Anonymous

    I agree, but he’ll be gone for at least a year, storywise.

  • http://www.aeryllou.tumblr.com/ Aeryl

    I remember that now that you mention it, but I still hate it.

  • http://www.aeryllou.tumblr.com/ Aeryl

    Oh, that’s right. I was thinking about Snow, but she hasn’t run into Mulan yet. For some reason I imagined she was there in that quick scene of them back in the forest.

  • Ashe

    Ooh, thanks for the detailed comment. I’ve seen some commentary about the show here and there and a lot of it matches up with what you say: on and off acting, some characters are dull, etc.

    One of my friends is a huge fan of Disney but also holds no qualms about criticizing them up and down for their screw-ups. This would make for a good girl’s night.

  • Jamie Jeans

    … so the same show that went out of its way to try and sink the SwanQueen fandom ship is supporting this…

    >_>

    Considering their treatment of one woman of colour, I am holding doubts as to their treatment of another who they say is going to be gay and/or bi.

  • Anonymous

    eh. I loved Mulan’s look but didn’t like how they handled the character. I’m all for romantic plot lines, but the cool thing about Mulan was that she wasn’t all swoony — at least in the cartoon they had some mutual respect going between her and the captain before they fell for each other. To heck with Phillip or Aurora, I wanted to see someone earn her respect (though maybe Hook would be fun for her — I can’t see him with Emma who I have a hard time warming up to).

  • Anonymous

    A warning, there’s insane amounts of subtext between the women on the show. If you’re not into that, you might be a bit put out.

  • Anonymous

    Support is a strong word. Mulan was going to reveal her love for Aurora, but Aurora said, “Hey, I’m having a heteronormative relationship.” And then boom, the two of them are gone.

  • Ashe

    What kind of subtext? Romantic?

  • Anonymous

    Yes.

  • Ashe

    Romantic subtext is fine, but it’d be a shame if they don’t go anywhere further with it.

  • Chupacabra Pequeno

    It needs to be Charming that dies!

  • Rosemary

    Snow and Mulan have met. They traveled together, along with Emma and Aurora for the whole first half of season 2. :)