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Itsslexi: Since Red’s love interest in fairy-tale land is dead, will she have one in Storybrooke?
Not yet, much to Meghan Ory's dismay! “I sure hope so!” Ory says when we ask about a new love interest for Red/Ruby on Once Upon a Time. “I think she deserves it.” While she thinks it would be cool to bring in a new fairy-tale character to be Red’s main squeeze, Ory tells us she wouldn’t mind sharing more (or any, actually) screen time with Rumplestiltskin (Robert Carlyle)!
On last week’s Once Upon a Time, Red Riding Hood was caught "Red-Handed" in a twist this reviewer never saw coming. So I was thrilled to get to talk to Meghan Ory - who plays both Red and her Storybrooke counterpart Ruby - a few days later about the more frightening side of her characters.
Was she aware of what was in store?
"I did know," she admitted about Red being the wolf, adding that series creators "Adam and Eddy called me a few episodes in and shared it with me. I was pretty excited."
But did she know that literally devouring her boyfriend was part of the story? Apparently not until she read the script.
"Oh my gosh! It was heartbreaking. I was so sad just watching it. I didn’t know they were going to have the wolf still eating him when Granny and Snow came upon them… It was terrible. "
Now that we know the truth, will we be seeing more wolf-like tendencies in Ruby?
"I think that’s going to be very interesting seeing how Red is the wolf playing out in Storybrooke. As of yet… there is no magic in Storybrooke, but she obviously has little things like her sense of smell and hearing. It will be interesting to find out if there’s more… as we go forward."
So, what was it like to finally get Ruby out of the diner?
"It was fun shooting that," Meghan said of the different locale. "Hopefully Ruby and Emma will have more to do together… but I think she loves the diner and that was part of her journey. Realizing that she likes where she is and what she does."
Now that Red and Ruby are getting to interact with more characters, does the actress have a favorite actor to work with?
"Oh, that’s the hardest question ever on this show," Meghan laughed. "Everyone is so amazing… But I’m dying to have a scene with Rumple or Mr. Gold. Robert Carlyle and I have had a few moments of being on set together. There might be something in the future.”
But if Meghan had to chose between Red or Ruby, who would she play?
"Oh my God! No one’s ever asked me that before. I don’t think I could pick between them. They’re such unique characters onto themselves although they’re essentially the same person. I don’t think I could choose."
How about some Once Upon a Time spoilers for upcoming episodes…
"We’re definitely going to find out what makes the Queen hate Snow so much and I think that’s going to be pretty amazing to find out… there are always two sides to every story and the Queen has her reasons - and we do not know, as of yet, what those are."
Whether you like her on Once Upon A Time as Ruby, the hot goth waitress that makes every guy in Storybrooke weak in the knees, or as Red Riding Hood, the innocent young girl who transforms into a wolf during “Wolftime,” Meghan Ory is an absolute stunner in all realities. I was lucky enough to get to talk with her about the show, building her characters, and her hopes for romance (for her characters, natch).
Your character is a huge fan favorite. Are you getting overwhelmed by fans on the street yet?
Meghan Ory: I’m not actually because I don’t look anything like myself on the show. If I went out wearing red and crazy red lipstick and black eyeliner perhaps, but I’m pretty incognito right now, it’s pretty fun.
So the Amy Winehouse make up isn’t your style?
For myself, personally in my life, not so much, but I loved it for Ruby. It’s going to be nice though to see her depart from that and be more grounded and natural.
Did you realize from the start that your character was going to be this werewolf kind of creature? How far ahead could you build that into Ruby and into Red?
I found out fairly early on, a few episodes in, and it was pretty exciting when I found out, it added a really great dimension that was pretty fun to play.
Is there any chance Peter is still alive or did you definitely eat him?
I think Peter’s pretty gone. I don’t know, I’m not giving you spoilers because I don’t know, but in my opinion I think Peter’s probably gone. I think Red needs a new man in her life.
You and Graham always had this silent connection, and I guess the wolf was a part of that. Are there any love interests coming up for Ruby or Red?
I sure hope so, I think they both deserve it, don’t you?
Oh definitely. What actor would you bring in to play your love interest?
I don’t know, I think it would need to be somebody new, but you never know, there might be somebody waiting in the wings we haven’t thought about. There are so many great fairytale characters to choose from, I think someone gallant would be good for Red.
You have a lot of fantasty work in your resume, are you drawn to fantasy scripts?
I am, I’m a HUGE Harry Potter fan. When you’re acting, it’s a fantasy already, maybe it’s the costumes, I love it. It’s so fun.
It looked like you and Ginnifer Goodwin were out in the woods in the last episode. I know a lot of the scenes are green screen environments but that looked real.
That was definitely real. When we were shooting we were looking around us and it was so beautiful we thought, “I wonder if people are going to think we’re on a stage” because it was so perfect. The snow on the trees was immaculate, it was incredible.
And that was in Vancouver?
Yeah, we were on the top of Mt. Seymour, and it was actually much warmer than you would have thought because they have these stick-on body “hot shots” that warm up, so we had them all up and down our long underwear. I see people comment on how cold we must have been. My feet were cold, but other than that I was okay. They take good care of us.
You’ve done a lot of work with Ginnifer Goodwin, she’s kind of a scene partner for you, which of her characters would you say she’s more like?
Ginnifer is such an amazing actress she’s not really like either of them. I think Ginnifer just IS Snow White. When we were shooting on the top of the mountain, there were all these birds around, and I’m not even joking: one of them landed ON her hand. Everybody’s just like, “Okay, you actually ARE Snow White, the reincarnation of Snow White.”
When you first got the part, did you start doing any preparation, like watching Fairy Tale Theatre marathons?
I definitely read a lot of books on the psychology and mythology behind fairy tales, because I think that’s really fascinating and there’s a lot to drawn on there. I’m a huge fairy tale fan in my life, so it was pretty exciting. From the moment I read the pilot I was like “I want to be a part of this show, I’ll play a rock, I don’t care.”
Are you thinking about where your storyline might go next season?
We have to find out if we’re getting a next season first, I hope we will. It’d be pretty surprising if we didn’t, but you never know. I think all of us on the show want to see where it’s going to go, we’re fans of the show ourselves.
Ruby is growing where she’s planted. Have you traveled a lot?
I’m a huge fan of traveling, I was actually in the Galapagos Islands during our hiatus between shooting the pilot and the show last year, which was AMAZING. I highly recommend it to anybody who feels like going somewhere totally untouched.
Is that the place with the giant turtles?
Yeah, the giant tortoises, the iguanas that live in the ocean… it’s pretty amazing.
What were some of the psychological fairy tale connections that stayed with you?
A lot of Red Riding Hood is about warning young girls from predatory men, to see the wolf was losing your virginity back in the day, so I thought that was really interesting. I read a quote from Charles Dickens who said “Little Red Riding Hood was my first love, and I thought if I could have married Little Red Riding Hood I should have known perfect bliss.” She’s like the image of innocence and purity and all of that, before she meets the wolf and goes through her transformation, and I thought that was really cool and its an interesting history to be a part of.
Can you give us any hints about the murder case and how far that’s gong to extend?
I think it might be pretty crazy if Emma has to arrest Mary Margaret, I think that would make for a pretty crazy scene, and her fingerprints were found on the inside of the box, so I could see it happening.
There are some familiar things in here from other interviews, but some other interesting stuff. Especially the last question…
"I learned a few episodes in," Ory explains. "I sort of had a feeling about it just based on a few of the conversations I’d had with [creators] Adam [Horowitz] and Eddy [Kitsis], but it was a few episodes in and they called me. I was like, ‘So can we talk a little bit more about Ruby and Red?’ And Eddy was like, ‘Well basically, you’re the wolf.’ “
Her reaction to the crazy-cakes twist? “My jaw hit the floor. I was like, ‘OK, awesome. I love it!’ “
While she was excited about the twist, Ory also had another reaction to the news, considering the Big Bad Wolf is, you know, supposed to be all evil and Little Red Riding Hood-killing. “I was a little worried about it,” Ory admits, when we asked if she was nervous about being killed off in the fairy-tale world.
So what’s next for Red now that she’s learned her family’s darkest secret? “I think the fact that Red is a wolf is going to be an element now. That’s always an aspect she’s got: an ace up her sleeve,” Ory says. “She changes. You’re not going to be the same person after something like that happens to you. Seeing Red in the future is definitely going to be different.”
In Storybrooke, Ruby played a huge part (thanks to her wolfy senses!) in Emma’s ongoing investigation into Kathryn’s (Anastasia Griffith) disappearance. So will she continue to find herself involved in the case? “We’re definitely going to be hearing a lot about the Kathryn case,” Ory teases. “Ruby will be around, that’s for sure.”
Because she isn’t a series regular (crazy alert!), we had to ask Ory if Red and Ruby’s fans should be worried about her fate as the season comes to close, as we all know Once isn’t afraid to get a little bloody (RIP Sheriff Graham!).
"I think there’s a very good chance you’ll be seeing more of Ruby and Red," Ory says of season two. "Never say never with these folks, but I think people would be pretty sad if we didn’t get to see the end of that story."
Now that we know all the Disney princesses seem to know each other in some way, will we be seeing Red interact with Belle? Or maybe see Ruby interact with Belle’s Storybrooke counterpart, who is currently locked in a padded cell? “I am not sure if I’m allowed to say. I’m not sure if I do or not,” Ory says. “You’ll have to wait and see.”
Zap2it has the guest cast list for episode 19, “The Return”:
David Anders (Dr. Whale), Anastasia Griffith (Abigail/Kathryn Nolan), Keegan Connor Tracy (Blue Fairy/Mother Superior), Meghan Ory (Red Ridding Hood/Ruby), Giancarlo Esposito (Magic Mirror/Sidney Glass), Beverley Elliott (Granny), Dylan Schmid (Baelfire), Conner Dwelly (Morraine), Greyston Holt (Fredrick/gym teacher), Gabe Khouth (Sneezy/Mr. Clark), Michael Coleman (Happy), Mig Macario (Bashful), Jarod Joseph (Billy), Christina Gooding, and Michael Roberds
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