Ginnifer Goodwin Dishes on Being a New Mom — in Real Life and on 'Once Upon a Time'

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Ginnifer Goodwin is a new mom in both real life and as Mary Margaret on her show, Once Upon a Time, and finds that her real life is truly mirroring her fictional life.

She and husband — and OUAT co-star — Josh Dallas welcomed their son, Oliver, in May. Their on-screen counterparts, Mary Margaret and David, also welcomed a baby named Neal late last season.

“I haven't started acting yet this year,” Goodwin told reporters recently. “I just show up exhausted and have to be exhausted Mary Margaret.”

She said the writers and producers ask, “'How are you?' I'm like, 'I'm tired.' And they're like, ‘We have a great episode for you coming up.’”

The 36-year-old said her new mom skills also help her distinguish between the eight babies used to play her son Neal on OUAT.

“That's a new mom quality I have,” Goodwin said. “I used to be like, 'babies look like babies.' And now that I have a baby, I'm like, how does the audience not notice that in every shot, this is a different kid?”

Goodwin also commented on Mary Margaret’s insecurities as a new parent.

“She believes that she needs to be like this ridiculously, unrealistically perfect, multi-tasking mayor mother... she's also scared to ask for help.”

Typical for someone with a Snow White complex. After all, did Snow White ever ask the dwarves for help?

Once Upon a Time airs on Sundays at 8 p.m. on ABC.

Pam Wright