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This article focuses on the character, Cinderella. For Cinderella's Storybrooke counterpart, see
Ashley Boyd. For the fairytale, see Cinderella (Fairytale).
Enchanted Forest Character
Biographical Information
Counterpart: Ashley Boyd
Gender: Female
Status: Cursed
Home: The King's Castle
Stepmother's Estate (formerly)
Occupation: Maid (formerly)
Physical Description
Species: Human
Hair color: Blonde
Eye color: Blue
Show Information
Portrayed by: Jessy Schram
Appears in: "The Price of Gold"
Latest mention: "Best Laid Plans"
Next appearance: "The Other Shoe[1]"
Relevant Pages

All you did was show that anyone can change her life.
Snow White to Cinderella src

Princess Cinderella, also known as Ella, is a character on ABC's Once Upon a Time. She débuts, with her only appearance, in the fourth episode of the first season. She is portrayed by guest star Jessy Schram, and is the Enchanted Forest counterpart of Ashley Boyd.

Cinderella is based on the titular character from the fairytale, "Cinderella".


Before First Curse

For years, Cinderella often sees fireworks coming from a nearby castle whenever a celebration is going on. Although not known for how long, she works as a housemaid in her stepmother's manor. During one evening, she sees her stepmother and two stepsisters dressed in gowns as they leave in a carriage for a royal ball. She watches them with longing, and after they are gone, her Fairy Godmother arrives to grant her wish to attend the ball and meet her prince. Before the fairy can work her magic, she is killed by Rumplestiltskin's fireball. He, in turn, collects the Fairy Godmother's wand as Cinderella is drawn into signing a deal with him so she can change her life permanently. As part of the contract, she'll forfeit something precious to him in the future. Desperate, she agrees and Rumplestiltskin transforms her rags into a beautiful gown. At the ball, Prince Thomas falls in love with her. On the eve of their wedding celebration, Cinderella happily watches the fireworks display on the balcony before she and Thomas go into the ballroom to greet their guests. As a waltz begins, she dances with Thomas' father, who teasingly hints at his desire for a grandchild. Prince Charming offers good wishes for a happy marriage before Thomas cuts in, but Cinderella is then whisked off for some time with Snow White, who is proud of her for changing her life. Changing partners again, Cinderella is shocked to see Rumplestiltskin, and even more stunned when he asks for her first-born child as part of their deal. ("The Price of Gold")

After some time, Cinderella discovers she is pregnant and decides to run away from the kingdom, but Thomas catches her in the act. After much questioning, she admits her deal with Rumplestiltskin, and as his payment he wants their child. Thomas assures her that he will fix this, and they simply need to make a new deal to undo the old deal. With Prince Charming and Grumpy, a special prison is created to trap Rumplestiltskin. Cinderella must get Rumplestiltskin to sign a new contract with a magic quill dipped in squid ink to paralyze him. She manages to seal the deal with Rumplestiltskin, who is then taken away by Prince Charming and Grumpy. With that problem settled, Thomas suggests to Cinderella that they name their child Alexandra. Suddenly, she begins feeling contractions as Thomas rushes to fetch water from the well. When the pain stops, she calls him back. Not hearing a response, she searches for him and finds his cloak. Fearing the worst, she confronts Rumplestiltskin, demanding answers about what he did to Thomas, and learns the price for breaking the original deal is her husband's disappearance. ("The Price of Gold")

Sometime before or after this, Cinderella gifts Snow White and Prince Charming, who are expecting their first child, a unicorn mobile. ("Best Laid Plans")

For events occurring after the casting of the first curse, see Ashley Boyd.


Mother †
Prince ThomasUnnamed StepsisterUnnamed Stepsister


  • Solid lines denote blood relationships
  • Dashed lines denote marriage relationships that result in offspring
  • denotes the deceased
  • Cinderella's father was married first to her mother
  • Cinderella has two stepsisters via her stepmother's previous marriage
  • Alexandra was conceived in the Enchanted Forest, but born in Storybrooke


Character Notes

  • The Fairy Godmother, who appears to Cinderella, is also patron to King George's family. ("The Price of Gold", "The Shepherd")
  • If you look closely, or play it in slow motion, as Cinderella signs Rumplestiltskin's contract, the first letter she writes is clearly a C; indicating that her true name is Cinderella, and "Ella" is simply her nickname. ("The Price of Gold")
  • Cinderella and Snow White were pregnant at the same time. However, Snow White gave birth before the Dark Curse arrived and Cinderella did not. This resulted in her counterpart Ashley's twenty-eight years long pregnancy until giving birth following Emma's arrival to Storybrooke. ("The Price of Gold")


Set Dressing

Costume Notes


Note: "Archive" denotes archive footage.


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