Mary Margaret 101
- Fairy Tale Land identity: Snow White
- Henry's schoolteacher
- Emma's roommate
- In a relationship with David Nolan
Meet Mary Margaret. She’s a charitable, sensitive elementary school teacher in Storybrooke, Maine. Though she wears a brave face for the world, we sometimes get the feeling that she’s hiding a deep personal loneliness. Among her students is 10 year-old Henry.
When Mary Margaret recognizes Henry’s own unhappiness, she gives him a fairy tale book with the intention of instilling in him some hope in a town where hope is often elusive. Henry devours the stories in the book and becomes possessed of the notion that it describes real characters and events. Mary Margaret’s simple act of giving Henry the book has set into motion a chain reaction that will change the town of Storybrooke and the lives of everyone in it.
Ginnifer Goodwin on playing Mary Margaret:
"Mary Margaret is an amalgamation of that which the Evil Queen would want her to be: she is lonely, insecure, self-punishing, pride-less, (up until this point) unquestioning, and fearful. What's more, she has been put in the position of taking care of other people's children while all she wants is a family of her own. She is unable to make herself happy. But in the end, there is a loop-hole in the curse that the Evil Queen forgot to close: Mary Margaret knows there is such a thing as hope, and while it is just beyond her reach, she has faith it will some day become attainable. Playing Mary Margaret offers me the opportunity to explore a treacherous (and foreign) emotional path from which I can only grow."
Hailing from Memphis, Tennessee, Ginnifer Goodwin has quickly found a home in Hollywood. With effusive talent, she shined in the Oscar-nominated biopic Walk the Line as Johnny Cash's first wife, opposite Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon. She was most recently seen in HBO's critically acclaimed series Big Love, opposite Bill Paxton, Jeanne Tripplehorn and Chloe Sevigny and produced by Tom Hanks' Playtone Productions. In 2011 Goodwin performed in an industry reading of Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Beth Henley's comedy, The Miss Firecracker Contest, directed by Judith Ivey and featuring Christopher Burns, Louis Cancelmi, Lauren Cohn, Mary Catherine Garrison and Ronica Reddick.
More recent films include Something Borrowed, opposite Kate Hudson and based on the bestselling novel by Emily Giffin; Ramona and Beezus; Tom Ford's directorial debut, A Single Man, alongside Julianne Moore and Colin Firth; He's Just Not That Into You, with Drew Barrymore and Jennifer Anniston; Jonathan Kasdan's In the Land of Women; and the independent films Day Zero, with Chris Klein and Elijah Wood, and Birds of America, with Matthew Perry and Hilary Swank.
Goodwin is a classically trained actress who holds a BFA in acting from Boston University. In 1997 she studied in England at Stratford-Upon-Avon's Shakespeare Institute, in conjunction with the Royal Shakespeare Company. The following year she earned an Acting Shakespeare Certificate at London's Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. She returned to England in 2000 to attend the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. During her senior year at Boston University, Goodwin performed in a number of student films and several college and local stage productions. She was presented with the Excellence in Acting: Professional Promise Award by the Bette Davis Foundation and graduated with honors.
Moving to New York City following graduation, Goodwin landed a guest role on an episode of Law & Order. In 2001 she joined the cast of the comedy series Ed, playing the bookishly cynical Diane Snyder. She also starred in Comedy Central's telefilm Porn 'N Chicken. Her breakthrough role came in her first feature film, Mike Newell's Mona Lisa Smile, in which she co-starred with Julia Roberts and Kirsten Dunst. Soon after, she starred in Robert Luketic's romantic comedy, Win a Date with Tad Hamilton!, with Josh Duhamel, Kate Bosworth and Topher Grace.
Goodwin currently resides in Los Angeles.