‘Once Upon a Time’s Meghan Ory on Her ‘Big Bad’ Twist

by | March 18, 2012 at 9:04 AM | Once Upon a Time

Meghan Ory as Red Riding Hood on 'Once Upon a Time' (Photo: ABC)

ABC’s delightfully twisted take on the fairy-tale genre in “Once Upon a Time” has unspooled an imaginative tale that weaves beloved characters from childhood into one sweeping saga. Playing out in two alternate worlds, one in Fairy Tale Land where the Evil Queen has cast a dastardly spell that transports Snow White, Prince Charming and the whole gang to the fictional town of Storybrooke, Maine, where they don’t remember they are fairy-tale characters but where sleepy memories are beginning to stir.

Last week, it was finally “Time” to feature Red Riding Hood (and her Storybrooke alter ego, Ruby), who’s been lurking in the background, and it delivered a twist that made viewers howl… You know that saying about a wolf in sheep’s clothing? It isn’t far off.

Turns out here that Red Riding Hood IS the Big Bad Wolf, with her “intense” Granny a guardian trying to protect the family’s shape-shifting secret, and the red hood a talisman worn to prevent her from transforming into the bloodthirsty creature. But it was a Grimm fairy tale indeed when Red, who has no memory of her Wolf-capades, made a midnight snack out of her true love Peter (a play on “Peter and The Wolf”?).

xfinityTV spoke with Meghan Ory, the Canadian actress who plays Red Riding Hood/Ruby on the hit ABC drama to chat about Red’s shocking reveal and what’s yet to come – who’s ready for a trip to Wonderland with the Mad Hatter?

That was an awesome twist for your character in last week’s episode…
“Pretty out of left yield, yeah?! How they did it was a constant tease, everybody was like what’s the deal with Red Riding Hood? And the deal was a really good payoff, I think.”

What did you think when you learned the writers had turned Red Riding Hood and The Wolf into one and the same?
“I lost my mind I was so excited … I was like this is the most amazing back story ever, are you kidding me?!”

So what’s next for your character in light of this dark revelation?
“This is going be a thing now — Red is the wolf — it’s going to be an element in the show now in fairy tale land, and she’s going to have to deal with what happened and make amends with that.”

How will this shape-shifting element affect Ruby in Storybrooke? Her inherent hunting skills made her a perfect Sheriff’s assistant – too bad that didn’t last too long.
“Well, there’s no magic in the real world but she obviously has that sense of smell and it will be interesting to figure out how that will play out. It will be interesting to see how Red deals with what happened and how Ruby adjusts to her new lease on life, her new outlook on things and being comfortable in own skin.”

Watch Last Week’s Killer Reveal in “Red-Handed”:

Granny was pretty bad ass…
“Granny is TOTALLY bad ass, isn’t that great? Granny is sticking around, for sure… you can’t not have granny around, she’s wicked with that crossbow.”

What about Ruby’s flirtation with August aka “The Stranger” (played by Eion Bailey)? It looks like a love connection could be forming there.
“It’s the same as her connection with Emma, actually, Ruby’s really intrigued with people who are from elsewhere, and The Stranger is definitely somebody who makes Ruby curious and she definitely would like to get to know him better.” [laughs] “I’m rooting for that, that would be great.”

When are we going to learn what his deal is?
“I think we’re going to learn VERY soon what the deal is with August and why he’s in Storybrooke – and it’s going to be really, really good too.”

What other fairy tale characters can we look forward to this season and next?
“We are definitely going to be meeting the Mad Hatter at some point soon and going to Wonderland. That’s going to be pretty amazing. And I’m really looking forward to when we do an episode about Ariel, The Little Mermaid. We’re trying to work her in for Season 2 perhaps.”

What about the return of some fairy tale characters we’ve already seen this season?
“I don’t know, we’ll have to wait and see. Nothing is set in stone….”

What can you tell us about the surprising turn of events at the end of last week, with Mary Margaret being framed for the presumed death of David’s wife Kathryn?
“Wasn’t that so great? Well, her prints were on the box [that contained a human heart], it will be crazy if Emma has to arrest her….”

Yeah, but the Mayor (Evil Queen) does have a vault full of hearts… I think viewers are eager to learn about what’s behind the fallout between the Evil Queen and Snow White.
“Every bad guy has a story and the queen does too, and we’re going to find out definitely what the deal is there soon.”

In Sunday night’s episode, Sheriff Swan is forced to arrest Mary Margaret for the suspected murder of David’s wife Kathryn, so the lovelorn school teacher hires Mr. Gold to be her attorney. In Fairy Tale Land, the darker side of Snow White is revealed when she will stop at nothing to kill the Evil Queen, with Prince Charming trying to jar her memory of their love that’s been erased by Rumplestilskin’s potion.

“Once Upon a Time” airs Sundays at 8/7c on ABC. Check out Behind-the-Scenes photos from this week’s episode at ABC.com.