ONCE UPON A TIME: Meghan Ory Interview (2012)

ONCE UPON A TIME is known for its fantastic creative license with classic fairytales and this most recent episode was no exception.  In a recent one-on-one interview, star Meghan Ory, who plays Ruby aka Red in the ABC series ONCE UPON A TIME, shared what she thought about the big reveal that she is the “big bad wolf.”

You’re kind of the hot topic of conversation in the ONCE UPON A TIME world right now.
GHAN:  I guess so!

Meghan Ory as Red in “Once Upon A Time”

So how long have you known about the juicy nugget that you’re the big, bad wolf?
MEGHAN:  I’ve know for a little while.  A few episodes in, the boys called me up and said, “Guess what?  You’re the wolf!”

When you auditioned to the show, they didn’t say, “Hey, by the way . . . “?
MEGHAN:  They did not tell me.  They did not.  I think it might have changed a few things about my audition perhaps.  But it was very exciting when I found out.

What did you think when they first told you?  Did you think, “Oh no!” or “Oh, cool!”?
MEGHAN:  I was intrigued. I thought it was a really cool twist and something that most people probably wouldn’t see coming and it was kind of something different for the show too.  So I was pretty excited about it.

Meghan Ory as Red

Did it start informing your performance once you found out?  As far as changing the way you were portraying Ruby?
MEGHAN:  A little bit.  But not too much.  I had a pretty good idea what I wanted to do with her.  And also since we hadn’t seen the wolf in Storybrooke. It was more a Red thing, and we hadn’t seen Red that much.

Have they clued you in on whether Ruby can transform in Storybrooke, or is that part of the curse?  That isn’t something she has to worry about?
MEGHAN:  Well, I think that’s going to be a very interesting story to find out about.

Looking forward to that!  ‘Cause it seems like Ruby has a lot of wolf sensibilities about her.  She can smell things; she has heightened instincts.  So there could be that possibility.
MEGHAN:   There could be.  There could be.  [Laughter]

Meghan Ory as Ruby

It also seems in this last episode “Red-Handed,” Ruby was starting to wake up to the possibilities of life.  But then she kind of retreated from it once she realized that she did not know as much about herself as she thought.  Is that something where we’re going to start seeing that duality?  Where she’s challenged to still seek things out, or is she going to want to hide in her shell a little bit?
MEGHAN:  I think she’s definitely gained quite a bit more confidence.  Ruby has a very interesting relationship with Emma, and she looks up to her a lot.  So I think Emma would instill that bit of confidence — that she had anyway, but she was scared.  And I think that gives her a lot more faith in herself.  She just needs to figure out who she is and what she wants.

Is she going to be a bit more subdued now?  It looks like she changed her wardrobe and her coloring (her makeup and stuff) when she returned to Granny and said she was coming back?
MEGHAN:  I think Ruby is very attention-hungry just to feel better about herself, and I think now she is okay with figuring out who she is and she doesn’t need to show off as much, or get as much attention.  Just to have people like her for who she is, and not just being trashy.

Red and Snow White

Has she completely given up on her deputy-role with Emma?  Does she still want to do some of that?
MEGHAN:  I think she’s pretty happy at the diner with Granny.  She realized what’s important in life and that doing something that is important to you with people that you love is a pretty big deal.  So I think she’s happy where she is now.

We also saw that she kind of had a spark with August.  Is that something that they are going to play up? Is there possibly something romantic in the air?
MEGHAN:  I don’t know!  I think Ruby’s pretty intrigued by August because — like Emma — he’s from the outside.  And that’s definitely enticing for her.

Ah, there may not be a Peter around because she ate him in the fairytale world.
MEGHAN:  Peter might be gone.  [Laughter]

So what we’re now going to be curious to see is if Ruby is going to interact more with Mr. Gold and Regina because it seems like she’s become a power-player in this world.
MEGHAN:  We’ll see. . . I’m definitely also very curious to see what’s going to happen with that  I would love to see a little Ruby/Regina and Gold action.

Ruby and Mary-Margaret

She might suddenly be the surprise element they were not expecting.
MEGHAN:  Yeah, you never know!

Are we going to see more stories involving Red in the fairytale world?
MEGHAN:  I think so.  Now that we know that Red is the wolf, that is going to play a big part in the future.

Does she have some fun adventures with Snow that you can talk about?
MEGHAN:  There’s definitely some. Red and Snow are good friends and they stick together.

Have they completely left Granny behind in the fairytale world, or will Granny come back into play on that side?
MEGHAN:  I think we’ll see more of Granny. She’s Granny!

Mary-Margaret, Ashley and Ruby

What for you has been the most fun thing to do in both these roles?  You’re playing these interesting characters that have kind of taken everyone by surprise.
MEGHAN:  You just said it.  No one really saw that coming, I think, and the opportunity to play two totally different characters, but they’re actually the same character and they are both going through incredibly life-altering transformations.  It’s a pretty fantastic gift to be able to play that.

When you had to the scene when Ruby opened the jewelry box and inside is a heart, how was that? What was going through your mind to react to that scene?
MEGHAN:  Well, they actually put a prop part in there and it look really, really real.  So it wasn’t that difficult.  [Laughter]

You’re like, “I can fake terror.  Watch this!”
MEGHAN:  Yeah, it’s not so hard then.  [Laughter]

I know you’re not really allowed to speculate what’s going on in this world, but where would you like things to go for Ruby and Red outside of what you already know?
MEGHAN:  I definitely would like to see how they both deal with their life-altering experiences.  For Ruby, to see what she does with her new lease on life and her take on things, and maybe find somebody who loves her for her.  I think that is something that would be pretty nice.  And for Red, who is dealing with her loss and the tragedy of what happened.

Are we going to see how that starts coloring who she is?  The fact that somewhere deep inside she feels a profound sadness for what happened to her?
MEGHAN:  I think so.  I think that Red is definitely more serious in the later episodes that we’ve seen already, than when she was just with Granny, and I definitely thing that’s going to play a part of her story.

Finally, what would you like to tease for the fans as the rest of the season plays out?
MEGHAN:  I’m very excited to see the Wonderland episode.  I saw a few scenes from it and it looks pretty beautiful and amazing, and the Mad Hatter, looks pretty cool!

To see what is next for Ruby/Red and her attempts to keep her wolf-side in check, as well as the adventures with the Mat Hatter in Wonderland, be sure to tune in for an all new episode of ONCE UPON A TIME on Sunday, March 18th at 8:00 p.m. on ABC.

Video interviews from the ONCE UPON A TIME red carpet can be seen here:

Then here are the LONGER versions of the video interviews from the red carpet:

Candid photos of the ONCE UPON A TIME cast at PaleyFest 2012 can be found HEREHERE and HERE.

Recap of the ONCE UPON A TIME panel can be found HERE.

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One thought on “ONCE UPON A TIME: Meghan Ory Interview (2012)

  1. That reveal of Red being the Wolf was great. I liked how they chose the name Peter (as in Peter & and the Wolf) to be her love in fairy-tale land. It was great to see how the name Mary Margaret for Snow came into being in that episode, too.

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