‘Once Upon a Time’ casting scoop, Barbara Hershey to guest star

The Evil Queen’s mother has been cast

Viewers have quickly become huge fans of ABC’s fairytale show ‘Once Upon a Time’ as they get to see their favorite childhood stories and characters come to life every week with a cool new modern twist.

Lana Parrilla who plays Regina Mills, the Mayor of Storybrooke, Maine as well as the Evil Queen in the parallel universe is about as nasty as they come when it comes to TV bad guys, and ABC has just announced that viewers are going to have a chance to meet the Evil Queen’s mother in an upcoming episode.  So who will be the lucky actress joining the cast as the Evil Queen’s mom?  She will be played by none other than Academy Award Nominee Barbara Hershey.

Hershey’s character will appear in the series later this season and there is a possibility that she may come back for season 2 having a three episode arc of her own – that is if the series gets pick up for another season in the spring.  Even though ABC hasn’t picked up ‘Once Upon a Time’ for a second season yet, it’s a bit of a given since the series is the highest rated new drama of the season and the last episode pulled in over 10 million viewers.

At this time there isn’t a lot more information on Hershey’s character, so we don’t know if she is also evil and that’s where the Queen gets her love of being a baddie from or if she was good and something else happened to the Queen along the way to lead her down her dark destructive path.  Either way it’s going to be great to see a ‘Once Upon a Time’ episode focused more on the Queen and her past to give the viewers a little more insight into why she does the things she does.

Are you enjoying the first season of ‘Once Upon a Time’?  Are you excited to see Barbara Hershey joining the cast? Leave us a comment and let us know what you think.

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