SDCC 2013: Once Upon a Time in Wonderland Interviews


If you’re a fan of the various Alice in Wonderland stories, or if you’re a fan of the original Once Upon a Time series, then chances are you will enjoy the spin off show, Once Upon a Time in Wonderland. Though most of the actors are new to American television, those of you in the UK most likely recognize this cast of young up-and-comers.

I got to sit down with the cast, as well as the creators of the show to discuss this new Wonderland. The cast includes Sophie Lowe (Alice), Peter Gadiot (Cyrus), Michael Socha (Knave of Hearts), and Emma Rigby (The Red Queen / Queen of Hearts).

The creators of the show assure us that season one comes in a nice package that will be wrapped up by the seasons end, and if they are picked up for a second season then they will start fresh with a whole new story with the same great cast. The lucky ones at the panel got to see 19 minutes of the pilot episode in which Alice finds herself institutionalized by her father for believing in Wonderland. Nobody believes she went to this magical place where she met and fell in love with Cyrus. She finds she cannot convince them of Wonderland, so instead she must convince them that she no longer believes in Wonderland.

The show, much like it’s “mother” show, will go back and forth between the “real, modern” world in which Alice is from, and Wonderland. Creators Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis assures us that any questions that arise in season one will be answered by the end of the season.

All of the actors were really excited to be a part of this series, especially Michael Socha and Emma Rigby. They both gushed about how chuffed they are to work on an American TV show. Although it is an American show, it is one that stars British actors and filmed in Vancouver, Canada, so I would say it’s a team effort.

Michael is probably best known for his recent for role as Tom in the UK’s Being Human. He had turned down the offer of a role to try his luck at the pilot of ‘Wonderland’ without the promise the show would be picked up. That gamble paid off; at least for now.  Listen in on what else they had to say about the series: 

You can also listen to the interviews with the Sophie, Peter and Naveen below as well as checking out photos from that afternoon:

Sophie Lowe & Peter Gadiot: 

Naveen Andrews: 

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Reporter: Christi Kassity
Photo Credit: Christi Kassity

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