Fans of Once Upon a Time are probably sighing, "It's about time!" Actress Meghan Ory has been promoted to series regular for the ABC fantasy show's upcoming second season, according to Deadline.
It's no real surprise; after all, Ory appeared in seventeen of the first season's twenty-two episodes, and her character played a large part in the season's overall storyline. According to Deadline, the promotion is a result of greater demand for Ory that arose for the 2012 pilot season. Instead of risking losing Ory, ABC decided to give her star billing on Once Upon a Time.
As with almost every actor on the show, Ory plays two (connected) roles. In the village of Storybrooke, she's Ruby, a diner waitress. In the fairytale world, she plays Red Riding Hood, who has a rather dark secret that's a twist on the original story: she's a werewolf. Following the events of the season one finale, it's going to be interesting to see just how Ruby reacts to discovering her dual identities.
With Ory's promotion, it'll be interesting to see if any other characters receive star billing. Jessy Schram, who played Cinderella for several episodes in season one, has been cast in the new series Last Resort, though the fact that it's on ABC might enable a return. Currently, fans are rallying for LOST actress Emilie de Ravin, who appeared as Beauty in season one, to be promoted to the main cast as well, considering that de Ravin's pilot Americana was not picked up by ABC. We'll keep you posted on any new cast updates that emerge for the series.
Once Upon a Time will air its second season this fall, retaining its timeslot Sundays at 8/7c on ABC.