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Happy Birthday, Emma Swan

Happy Birthday to our favorite TV heroine, Emma Swan!
& a special thank you to Jennifer Morrison for all she’s done.

It takes an astonishing amount of courage to love when you’ve been broken for so long and from the very moment the show begins, we see a woman fighting for the greater good. Just a few episodes later we see her fighting for people she’s only known for a little while. Emma Swan is a fighter — a beautifully compassionate warrior who’ll stop at nothing to get what she wants. And for the first time in nearly three decades, she smiles more than she cries. What makes Emma Swan the most special is the fact that the unwavering, immense love within her doesn’t decay as the years go by — true strength isn’t measured by resilience, it is the choice to embrace everything life has to offer without ever losing the love within — it’s okay to cry, to laugh, to love, to be angry, to be happy, and it’s okay not to be okay. Emma Swan is as real as it gets, an imperfect human who’s taken the life she’s endured and made it her responsibility to save others from the same kind of fate. She’s a woman whose love for those around her cannot be described with words, but is always illuminated through her actions. An inspiration to all.

It takes a remarkably gifted actress to bring such an exceptionally complex character to life with a full range of emotions. Jennifer Morrison’s ability to capture every single one of Emma’s distinct temperaments is what makes this character so superlative to watch. It’s the praiseworthy ability to make Emma Swan look like an actual child when she’s in tears about being a lost girl, to her impeccably beautiful way of embodying a warrior when Emma’s taking charge and fighting for something dear to her heart. Furthermore, the openness and vulnerability Morrison’s been playing Emma with since the start of season four are what we find the most inspiring. If an actress’s portrayal is in any way evocative, then they’ve succeeded – whatever Emma Swan is feeling and the story she’s telling, Morrison brings her to life in such a poignantly excellent manner that as viewers, we’re always moved by it.

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