“Most people who are on the evil side, there are things in their lives that happen to make them that way,” the former Charmed star tells THR. Plus, a sneak preview at Sunday’s “The Miller’s Daughter.”
Who was Cora before she became Regina’s evil mother?
On Sunday’s Once Upon a Time, “The Miller’s Daughter,” viewers will be introduced to young Cora (Charmed star Rose McGowan), banished to a tower and ordered to follow through on a promise that she can spin straw into gold, with the aid of Rumplestiltskin (Robert Carlyle).
For McGowan, it was crucial that she not copy Barbara Hershey’s portrayal. “You’re playing someone that’s alive, that the audience knows really well; they know her mannerisms, they know her voice,” she explains to The Hollywood Reporter.
McGowan talked to THR about jumping into an established show like Once Upon a Time, how young Cora is introduced and the one scene to look out for.
The Hollywood Reporter: Were there nerves jumping into an established world like Once Upon a Time?
Rose McGowan: Absolutely. There were quite a few nervous-making factors. You’re playing someone that’s alive, that the audience knows really well; they know her mannerisms, they know her voice. What I tried to do was watch a lot of Barbara Hershey’s stuff and then I kind of just forgot about it. I didn’t want to go and try to imitate somebody. I immersed myself in it and then completely disregarded it. Hopefully it tied together and fans won’t be too mad at me. [Laughs]
As we know, Rose McGowan guest stars as a young Cora in the March 10 episode of ABC’s Once Upon a Time. The network has now released an official description for the episode.
Rose McGowan (Charmed) Guest Stars as Younger Cora
The Miller’s Daughter – Cora’s desire to rid herself of Rumplestiltskin in order to take his place as The Dark One takes one step closer to becoming reality as she and Regina try to overpower a dying Mr. Gold, and Mary Margaret is once again tempted by dark magic. Meanwhile, in the fairytale land that was, Rumplestiltskin agrees to offer his services to a younger Cora – for a price – when the king calls her bluff and orders her to actually follow through on her boast of being able to spin straw into gold, on Once Upon a Time, Sunday, March 10 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.
Once Upon a Time stars Ginnifer Goodwin as Snow White/Mary Margaret, Jennifer Morrison as Emma Swan, Lana Parrilla as Evil Queen/Regina, Josh Dallas as Prince Charming/David, Emilie de Ravin as Belle, Colin O’Donoghue as Hook, Jared S. Gilmore as Henry Mills, Meghan Ory as Red Riding Hood/Ruby, and Robert Carlyle as Rumplestiltskin/Mr. Gold.
Guest starring are Barbara Hershey as Cora, Michael Raymond-James as Neal Cassidy, Rose McGowan as younger Cora, Gerry Rousseau as father, Joaquim de Almeida as King Xavier, Eva Allan as Princess Eva, Zak Santiago as Prince Henry and Sonequa Martin-Green as Tamara.
The Miller’s Daughter was written by Jane Espenson and directed by Ralph Hemecker.
Very exciting news on this beautiful morning! According to E! Online’s Watch with Kristin, Rose McGowan might be back on Once Upon a Time for the show’s next season!
Read on for details – but beware for some potential spoilers.
Nicole F.: Can you tell me anything else about Rose McGowan’s character on Once? I’ve been obsessed with her since Charmed!
That’s a great question, which is why we posed it to McGowan herself. We already know she’s playing a younger version of Cora in an origin episode airing next month, but did you also know she’s part of a love story? “I fall madly in love, and then it ends tragically,” she tells us. “Most of my stuff is with Rumple. And it was an amazing experience and I’ll see them again next season.” Next season? Does this mean we’ll see her character again? “It’s in the works,” McGowan tells us coyly.
Rose McGowan will attend the Supanova Pop Culture Expo in Melbourne and the Gold Coast in Australia in April 2013!
James Duval will also be in attendance, which will give the perfect Doom Generation photo-op for you lucky Aussies.
Further details can be found on the Supanova website.
According to IMDb, John La Tier’s The Tell-Tale Heart will see its North American release on October 15, 2013. Keep in mind that this has not been confirmed by official sources as of it so take it with a grain of salt. But fingers crossed we’ll see the film this year!
In other movie related news, the Chris Ekstein directed Last of the Duanes has been renamed Rise of the Lonestar Ranger and it will open March 6, 2014 in USA.
Last but not least, Rose’s Once Upon a Time episode, titled The Miller’s Daughter, will air on March 6, 2013 on ABC!
Exciting times ahead for McGowaniacs!