It's not easy being Charming -- just ask Josh Dallas, star of ABC's newly renewed "Once Upon a Time" (Sundays at 8 p.m. ET). While Dallas' fairytale alter-ego is exactly the kind of noble prince we'd expect from a Disney fable, his Storybrooke counterpart, David, is still trapped by the Evil Queen's curse, which has led him to make some seriously less-than-heroic decisions over recent weeks.
Fans are still rooting for Snow White and Prince Charming -- and Mary Margaret and David -- to find their happily ever after, so HuffPost TV caught up with Dallas ahead of Sunday's season finale to find out what the game-changing episode has in store for our two favorite couples, his thoughts on David's not-so-charming actions and what he'd like to see in Season 2. Tread carefully: light spoilers ahead.
Last week's episode basically led us up to where we first met Snow and Charming in the pilot. What can we expect for them in the finale?
The finale is bananas. It's going to blow your mind. Last week's episode kind of followed Snow's story and about what's going on with Snow. The finale follows Charming the whole way, his story and where he's coming from. And the finale fills in a lot of the holes in the story that we presented in the pilot. It kind of fills those in and gives you answers to those. And it's going to surprise you in many ways for things you didn't know. It's like a train that doesn't stop going!
It sounds like an action-packed episode. Is the emphasis more on what's going on in Storybrooke than the Fairytale flashbacks, or is it evenly split?
I think it's kind of evenly split between the two worlds and what's going on. Most episodes I think we try to do an even split as much as we can.
How does David tie into the narrative on the Storybrooke side?
I mean, poor David! I always feel for David so much. The curse has really affected him. And by the nature of the curse, he can't have any of the attributes that Charming has. He can't be brave; he can't be honest; he can't be noble; he can't be forthright; he can't be all these things. But he's trying. I think David is still trying to figure who he is and his place in the world, and his place in Storybrooke and whether or not Storybrooke is the place for him. So he might make a decision to possibly get out of there. You're going have to tune in on Sunday to see the rest ...
Excellent segue, because I love that the writers have really played up the duality of the characters in the different worlds: Charming is so heroic, but David's been decidedly less than perfect, which fits with how flawed we all are in real life.
Right, exactly -- he gave her the wrong card on Valentine's! I mean, what a tool. [Laughs.]
I think there were probably a lot of women who wanted to strangle him on Mary Margaret's behalf over that.
I wanted to strangle him, as the actor playing him. But you know, this curse is a strong one, and like I said, he can't have all those things that Charming has. That's part of his curse ... It's hard. It's hard for David. He's struggling. But I think there's some redemption coming in him. I think you can see moments. And I think even in the last episode and certainly in the finale, you're going to see more Charming coming out in David. And it's in there. It's inside of him because it's the same person, so it's in there fighting to get out.
Did you ever worry about whether his actions were coming across as too unsympathetic?
Oh no, I fully tried to go there. [Laughs.] I wanted that duality, that total disconnect. I wanted to play him as unsympathetic or as sympathetic in whoever's eyes we're watching. It didn't matter to me. As an actor, I'm just playing what I'm given and trying to make them as different as possible ... as different as the same person can be. But I think the boys, Eddie [Kitsis] and Adam [Horowitz] are just genius storytellers and such good writers, and I think they're really finding David's voice and how the curse has affected him. So it's been a pleasure to play that duality. And you know, if it's unsympathetic then unfortunately, that's the nature of the curse. So I'll play it as much as I can.
Lana [Parrilla] seems to have so much fun playing Regina's villainous tendencies. Do you ever wish you could go full-on evil for a couple of episodes?
Oh sure, of course! I mean, it's got to be a lot of fun right? Villains are always fantastic characters. And Lana and Bobby [Carlyle] are such consummate actors. Bobby has been, for a long time, a huge hero of mine; I've followed him, I've watched his movies as I was growing up. And it was just a real thrill and honor to know that I was going to be sharing the same screen as him.
Have you had any discussions with the producers about your potential arcs in Season 2?
None at all. [Laughs.] These guys are so secretive. And we don't find out what the episode is until about three days before we start shooting it. So we kind of discover it as you guys discover it in many ways. So I don't know anything about potential Season 2 storylines or anything like that, but I'm hoping there's going to be more delving into the backstories of all the characters that we already know -- and finding out so much more about them, because there is so much more to find out, and also adding new people to come and play with us.
Is there anything in particular you'd love to see next year, not necessarily for David so much as for the show in general?
I would love it -- because it's just one of my favorites -- I would love to see Jack and the Beanstalk.
Well, we did see that the fairies once had magic beans, so that could totally happen, right?
Looking back on the season, do you have a favorite scene or moment that really stands out?
Yeah, there's been a few. In the finale, there's some pretty epic scenes between Charming and Rumple that are coming up, and I really did enjoy it. And certainly I loved shooting the third episode. It was kind of the meeting of Snow and Charming in Fairytale Land; I enjoyed filming that episode so much. It was such an amazing thing to be able to go back and recreate these characters and recreate their meeting and how Charming got his name "Charming." That was a definite favorite of mine.
Yeah, I think I would say that Episode 3 and "Hat Trick" were my favorites of the season.
Oh, I love "Hat Trick," too! Even though I wasn't in it. [Laughs] I loved it. I thought it was great. I thought that everybody went in and killed it and did a great job on it. And it's a different episode from all the other ones. It had a different feel to it. It's slightly edgier and darker. I liked it a lot.
In terms of other projects coming up for you, have you seen a script or had any discussions relating to "Thor 2" yet?
Yeah, that's next. In fact, I just had a costume fitting for that yesterday. So the stuff is looking amazing, and I can't wait to start going back on more adventures in Asgard with the other boys. It's going to be fun. We're shooting that in London. So I'm going to be going back and forth. We start that actually in August, so I'm going to be going back and forth from Vancouver -- which is where we shoot the show -- to London.
I didn't even think about the potential clash. I imagined you would be shooting it during hiatus, but it doesn't always work out that way.
Yeah. Actually, it was going to work out that way, and then we had a change of director. We've gotten the magnificent Alan Taylor on board, so things had to be pushed a little bit. I'm not saying that they were pushed specifically for Alan, that's just the way it happens sometimes. So now, I'm just kind of taking it easy. I went to the White House Correspondents Dinner, which was an amazing event to go to and just be in that room with those people. I went back to my hometown of Louisville, Kentucky for the Kentucky Derby last week. I'm in New York for the Met Ball and some other things. So yeah, I'm having a good time. And by the time I know it, it's going to be time to go back up to Vancouver and start shooting more "Once Upon A Time," my fingers crossed. [Note: The show was officially renewed for Season 2 a couple of hours after the interview.]
How would you pitch the finale to get people to tune in, aside from "bananas"?
I kind of feel like it'll be a mix. Like I said, it's like a train that doesn't stop going; it just keeps going. You're going to have so many answers fulfilled, but you're going to have so many questions left.
Do you think fans will be satisfied with where the finale leaves David and Mary Margaret as a couple?
I think they're going to have to tune in on Sunday. [Laughs.] Because I fear for my job. The ending in the finale is something that the fans are not going expect, at all. So it's exciting. Super exciting.
The "Once Upon A Time" season finale airs Sunday, May 13 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
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"Food Network Star" is getting a whole new look. Now in its eighth season (premieres Sun., May 13, 9 p.m. ET on Food Network), they're mixing things up, splitting the 15 cheftestants into three teams, which will be led by the network's top personalities: Bobby Flay, Giada De Laurentiis and Alton Brown.
I caught up with Bobby Flay to find out how he feels about switching from judge (he's sat with network heads Bob Tuschman and Susie Fogelson for the past seven seasons) to coach, and to find out what his strategy is and how it differs from Giada's and Alton's plans of attack. No shock here: They're looking for very different things.
He also opened up about his favorite challenge of the season (which sounds a bit like "Top Chef's" Restaurant Wars -- in a good way), his ultimate test for any chef and why he won't be moving out West to open restaurants like he did on "Entourage." Then he dished all about his other love: TV. Right now, he's obsessed with HBO's "Girls."
Keep reading for more, including his take on that Angry Bobby Flay Twitter account ...
I love it that you all are shaking things up this season. It feels like a great time to hit the reset button. Did you have a say in the teams idea?
I totally agree. I think that they may have taken a cue from the way I was judging these last seven years. I always felt like I was mentoring from the judging table as best I could. I always felt like I wanted to jump over the judging table and actually take these people under my wing, because you really get connected to them -- especially the people who kind of hang around for a while. So we were talking about figuring out a way to do something new, but really keeping the essence of what we're trying to do, which is find the next star of the Food Network, and I thought this was a really good idea. I loved it as soon as we talked about it. I'm psyched about it.
So you were immediately on board to move from judge to coach?
Immediately. Absolutely. So now I'm competing against Giada and Alton ... which is totally fine with me! [Laughs.]
A little confidence there! I mean, none of you are competitive at all, so ...
[Laughs.] That's what's going to make this a really fun season -- that's part of it, for sure. Ultimately, it's Team Bobby, Team Alton and Team Giada, but I think people are really going to get into the individual contestants. They're really the stars of the show.
How did you all go about picking teams? Was it, "Here are 15 chefs -- go!" or did you each make your own selections from the larger group of applicants?
We got to watch a lot of tapes -- as you can imagine, we get hundreds, maybe thousands of tapes from people who want to audition for this. We all got to look at the tapes separately. I picked 20 or 25 people that I wanted to see, then I auditioned them myself. I basically gave them one thing to do. When I'm hiring a cook for one of my restaurants, and I want to see what they can do, I usually ask them to make me an omelette. So that's what I did -- I just handed them one egg and said, "Cook me something." So I had those 25 people do it, and then I picked five.
The three of us coaches look at this very, very differently: My feeling is that if you can cook, I can teach you how to do television; Giada's feeling is if you have a personality, then I can teach you how to cook on TV; and Alton's philosophy is if you're quirky, I want to work with you. [Laughs.] It really is our personalities -- I picked people that had some really good cooking chops. As long as they're comfortable with food, then I can get them to be comfortable in front of the camera. Obviously the other two coaches don't agree with that, but that's what makes this really fantastic.
Was there any overlap with the contestants when you selected them? Was there one chef with the food knowledge, the personality and the quirk that you were all after?
There was actually one person who I did not pick that Giada did pick.
Interesting. Did you regret that?
Um ... I can't tell you that. [Laughs.]
Fair, fair ... what can you tell me about your team?
I have a very eclectic group of people, but they all have one thing in common: They really love to cook, and they do it very well. I have a guy named Eric Lee who's a professional chef in wine country; I have a woman named Nikki Martin from L.A., and she's been in the food and beverage business for a really long time, and she's been a private chef; I have a guy named Malcolm Mitchell from D.C. and he's a professional chef with a food truck business as well; there's Michele Ragussis who grew up in New England, and she loves the flavors and ingredients of New England, and she's a professional chef in Brooklyn now; and a woman named Kara Sigle who's a really great cook and also a health and fitness expert. Food is their common denominator, but they come from all different walks of life, which is great.
I'm just shocked you didn't miss sparring with the Tuschelson, as we call them -- Bob Tuschman and Susie Fogelson -- on the judging panel. Getting to be brutally honest ...
Not one bit! Now, every week we have to go up in front of them and try to save our people. It makes perfect sense because they are the network, and these people are trying to get a job there. We're already on the network, so we're trying to mentor them to get the network to fall in love with them. I think that this concept makes fantastic sense -- I think people are really going to get into it.
Did you have a favorite challenge this season?
In one of the initial challenges, they had to open their own restaurant as a team, like in a matter of hours. I thought that that was really interesting because they had to work as a team without really knowing each other very well, and they had to come up with a concept, a menu, the decor ... it was really cool to watch. That's what I do for a living, so it's something that I really liked.
Off topic, but I saw a tweet of yours that really made me smile -- you're watching "Girls"?
Oh my god -- how brilliant is that show? Did you watch it this Sunday? Our favorite scene this week was when she went into the bathroom at work and talked to those two girls ...
The eyebrows! [Laughs.]
It was ridiculous. Like we watched it three times. How amazing is [Lena Dunham]? What is she, 26 years old? She's brilliant. And the thing that she's so good at ... I mean, it's her, let's face it, she's on TV and she's writing this stuff for herself. Her self-deprecation is amazing. It's amazing that she's so confident to be able to do that.
Agreed. But you mentioned self-deprecation, which leads me right into an Angry Bobby Flay question. The day that the Angry Bobby Flay Twitter account was disabled, I was interviewing Anthony Bourdain, and I thought he was going to cry. You think I'm exaggerating, but he was so upset, like "That's my favorite Twitter feed -- I can't believe someone would have it taken down!" What happened?
I have no idea. We have nothing to do with it. Some people think that it's actually me writing it. I think at some point, Twitter made them put "parody" on the site so that people understand it is a parody. [Laughs.] It's obviously a form of flattery ... but the one thing I'm happy about is people seem to really like it. I don't read it, but people say to me all the time, "The guy's really, really funny." So at least he's funny and he's not just being incredibly mean. That's a good thing.
Tony compared it to the Ruth Bourdain account, which has been up for years ... I just wanted to make sure, clear it up once and for all, that it wasn't you saying, "I can't take the joke -- take it down!"
No. We're busy doing other things than worrying about that stuff! You can't chase everybody on the Internet who's saying stuff about you, that's for sure.
Business question: Any plans to move out West?
No. I'm really an East Coast boy ... there's nothing wrong with L.A., but I'm not so sure that I'd be successful out there. First of all, I live in New York and I'm in New York basically all the time. I spend a lot of my time in my restaurants, and I feel like that's why they're successful. To go to L.A. and open a restaurant ... I just don't know that it would be able to overcome the fact that I wasn't there enough. That's something that concerns me.
I hear you. Although your fictional restaurant on "Entourage" appeared to be pretty successful. But that show also implied that you were single, so ...
I know -- people were trying to make reservations! It was crazy. The whole thing was crazy ... my wife's the best. She was like, "Whatever, do whatever you want."
What else are you guys watching?
We watch "Mad Men," we watch "Girls" and we like "Veep" also. I started watching "Magic City" ... have you seen it? I've watched two episodes ... I'm waiting to get into it. We'll see what happens.
Yeah, it's no "Mad Men" ...
"Mad Men" has been great this season! It really has -- I don't know how they keep writing such good stuff. It's crazy.
Would you consider guest starring on any of these shows?
Well, I'm not an actor, so it's hard for me to even consider it ... I'm so bad at trying that stuff. No, I have plenty of shows on the Food Network -- I think I'm going to stay put! [Laughs.]
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"Food Network Star" premieres Sun., May 13, 9 p.m. ET on Food Network.