The first time Cinderella showed up on Once Upon a Time, we got the traditional version of the story — with some extra Rumplestiltskin (Robert Carlyle) cameos. Now, Dania Ramirez — who plays the character in the upcoming seventh season of the show — says we're going to get a version of this princess that we definitely haven't seen before.
"My version is edgy and grounded and raw and a bada** actually," Ramirez says. "She's not this damsel in distress. Meeting the prince was [not] the end of her night, that was actually the beginning."
As for Cinderella's wicked stepmother, Lady Tremaine (Gabrielle Anwar), it sounds like she'll be a traditional villain instead of a sympathetic antagonist. Basically, don't expect her to get a redemption arc anytime soon like Regina (Lana Parrilla) got in earlier seasons.
"Regina was a multifaceted character," Anwar says. "So far... I haven't seen any sides to Lady Tremaine that isn't just God-awful yet, but I have to say I have tremendous pleasure in portraying a character that's just so mean. It's so fun."
Once Upon a Time returns Friday, Oct. 6 at 8/7c on ABC.
Additional reporting by Sadie Gennis