Plus, Emma teases Wonderland’s next ‘interesting’ arrival! Who could be coming down the Rabbit Hole next?
Things have never been more complicated for Once Upon A Time In Wonderland‘s Red Queen. Not only has her ex-boyfriend Will (Michael Socha) been turned to stone, but freeing him will require her to team up with Alice (Sophie Lowe), her archenemy! Emma Rigby recently spoke with HollywoodLife.com about her character’s current predicament, future challenges and her complicated past — which we’ll finally learn about on the Nov. 14 episode.
Read On For Our Q&A With Emma Rigby
Next week’s episode is my favorite one so far, because I get to play two characters back to back. We see Anastasia versus the R.Q., and it’s like two contrasting characters. I think the audience is really going to respond to that. We see R.Q. in full-force, as well as who she once was.
>> Will we see the moment that triggered her becoming the Red Queen?
Absolutely. You’ll find out who she really was, and what the turning point was for her. We don’t actually see her become the Red Queen this week, but what we do see is the climax of her story. I don’t think the audience will be disappointed, though I’m quite nervous. She’s an interesting character.
>> I loved the Anastasia/Will twist! Will we see more of their former relationship?
Wasn’t that brilliant? We’ll discover more about their relationship in episode five, and people are going to love it. It’s so magical; it’s that young, innocent true love. Michael and I have great energy together, and for me, it felt like my first-ever relationship.
>> But Will’s a statue in present-day Wonderland. Who gets custody of that thing, Jafar or the Queen?
[Laughs] OK, so the statue is still where it was left, which is in the Red Queen’s maze. It’s at the entrance of her castle.
>> But it’s up to Jafar to reverse that spell, right? She can’t do it on her own?
Well, the queen being the Queen of Wonderland, she knows all and she does have some power, so we’ll see what she can possibly do. She goes to Alice and says, ‘Listen, you need to come with me.’ So we’ll find out what R.Q. is trying to do, and why she needs Alice to be with her.
>> Alice and the Queen teaming up can’t end well. What can we expect from that pairing?
Yes! It’s really strange because, obviously, we’ve never really seen the Red Queen and Alice working together. The queen knows Alice doesn’t really have much choice but to come with her. She holds all the power, so those scenes are really interesting. There’s also quite a big twist within the present-day scenes.
>> Is there a version of the Red Queen in Storybrooke?
I don’t think so, not in Storybrooke. I don’t think we’ll ever see R.Q. go between worlds, but in the later episodes, I think we do see who appears in Wonderland. We don’t go back to Storybrooke; it’s all focused in Wonderland. The creators sad, from the very beginning, our 16 episodes are a self-contained story about Alice in Wonderland. But maybe we might see somebody appearing within Wonderland that might be quite interesting. I’ve only just found out about that, so I was quite surprised and excited.
>> Since it’s a self-contained story, do you know how it all ends?
No, I actually don’t. We get the script every week and I’m just as surprised as everyone else. And I think the show has really found its feet. It’s always hard for a new show; there’s so much you want to tell the audience, and I think episode five is where all of that really comes together. By the end of that episode, everyone has found out what they’re supposed to be doing.
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— Andy Swift