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The article focuses on the first iteration of Jack.
For the second iteration, see Jack (Pretty in Blue).
For the other Enchanted Forest character, see Jack (Changelings).
For the fairytale, see "Jack and the Beanstalk".
For the other fairytale, see "Jack the Giant Killer".

Jack was a man who fought a terrible war; defeating all but one of the evil giants.

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Jacqueline, better known as Jack, is a character on ABC's Once Upon a Time. She débuts in the sixth episode of the second season and is portrayed by guest star Cassidy Freeman.

Jack is based on the character of the same name from the folktale "Jack and the Beanstalk" and the fairytale and legend of "Jack the Giant Killer".


Before First Curse

Sometime in the past, Jack travels to Wonderland and saves a village from a beast called a Jabberwock. As a reward, she is given a magic mushroom from a "wise woman" as a gift.[1] ("Tiny")

In one kingdom's castle in the Enchanted Forest, Jack is having a secret rendezvous with the prince, James, in his bedroom. As they kiss passionately, James' father, King George, storms in and demands his son cease what he is doing. The treasury of the kingdom is being run down. King George orders James to investigate a giant that's been sighted nearby. In the woods near the castle, Jack and James see the giant, Anton, watching people outside a tavern window. In a friendly gesture, Jack gives Anton a magic mushroom so he can shrink to human size. After he does so, the couple take him to the pub. Taking advantage of the naive giant, they trick him into feeling pity for their kingdom, which is in dire need of money to pay off debts. Anton mentions magic beans, but then offers treasure instead. As he returns up the beanstalk to fetch the treasure, Jack and James lead an army up to infiltrate the giants' home and steal magic beans. On orders of his brother, Arlo, Anton destroys the beans before they can take them. While James is busy grabbing valuables, Jack duels Arlo and stabs him with her poisoned blade. Before she can flee, Arlo pierces her with the same weapon. Mortally wounded, Jack pleads for help from James, who coldly informs her that he has a kingdom to run and flees down the beanstalk. Presumably, Jack later succumbs to her injury, dying with her sword beside her. ("Tiny")

After First Curse

Many years later, Hook mentions all the giants except for one are deceased from the past battle against humans. Although he is aware of Jack's part in slaying the giants, he is unaware, due to alterations to the battle's story, that Jack was a woman. When Emma and Hook sneak into the castle of the remaining giant, Anton, to look for an enchanted compass, they stumble upon Jack's skeleton with a sword nearby. Later, Emma uses her late uncle's lover's sword to threaten Anton. ("Tallahassee")


Production Notes

  • The casting call describes her as, "a 30-year-old brunette who is a sophisticated lady and also a fierce hunter of deadly creatures."[2]
  • The casting call name for her was "Helena".[2]
  • "Jack" was the name given to Neal Cassidy during his casting.[3]

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Note: "Archive" denotes archive footage.

See also


  1. TwitterLogo.svg @KalindaVazquez (Kalinda Vazquez) on Twitter (April 17, 2013). "Not at all! When Jack says she slew a Jabberwocky, it meant she's been to wonderland, which is where she got the mushroom." (screenshot)
  2. 2.0 2.1 Once Upon a Time - Episode 2.13 - Role of Helena being cast. SpoilerTV (November 15, 2012). “The guest role of Helena is being cast. She's a 30-year-old brunette who is a sophisticated lady and also a fierce hunter of deadly creatures.”
  3. Once Upon a Time - Season 2 - Role of Jack being cast. SpoilerTV (July 20, 2012). “For Once Upon a Time, the role of [JACK] is being cast (as a "guest role with option"). He's in his 20s or 30s, charismatic, sexy and mysterious, but also loyal and kind, and he's running from his past in a land full of danger.”
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