Once Upon a Time Season 7: Gabrielle Anwar, Devious Maids Alum, Reign Star Among 5 New Additions

By Michael Ausiello / July 6 2017, 9:59 AM PDT

ABC is putting a face to Once Upon a Time‘s Season 7 reset. Five faces, actually.

TVLine has learned that the Friday-bound fantasy drama is adding nearly a half-dozen new female cast members, most notably Burn Notice alum Gabrielle Anwar, Devious Maids vet Dania Ramirez and ex-Reign royal Adelaide Kane. Also boarding the rejiggered seventh season: Chicago Med‘s Mekia Cox and English actress Rose Reynolds (Poldark).

Details on the role each actress will be playing will be announced at Comic-Con a later date, but here are five clues you can chew on in the meantime: TVLine can confirm that Anwar and Ramirez will be full-fledged series regulars, while Kane, Cox and Reynolds are set to recur (at least initially).

The new blood infusion comes as Once boldly heads into uncharted narrative territory, down six key cast members including Jennifer Morrison, Ginnifer Goodwin, Josh Dallas, Emilie de Ravin, Jared Gilmore and Rebecca Mader. (Longtime Oncestars Lana Parrilla, Robert Carlyle and Colin O’Donoghue are staying put.)

As teed up in the Season 6 finale, Once Season 7 will revolve around a grown-up Henry (played by The Walking Dead‘s Andrew J. West) and his daughter Lucy (Jane the Virgin‘s Alison Fernandez). The official logline for the “reset” warns that “the residents of the Enchanted Forest face their greatest challenge yet” as Parrilla’s Evil Queen, O’Donoghue’s Captain Hook and Carlyle’s Rumplestiltskin join forces with Henry and Lucy “on an epic quest to once again bring hope to their world and ours. Along the way, fairy tale characters new and old search for true love, find adventure and once again take sides in the struggle of good against evil, as classic tales are once more twisted and reimagined.”

Once Upon a Time this fall shifts to Fridays at 8/7c; a premiere date has not yet been announced.




  • Dania said being on #OnceUponATime is a fairytale for her. She’s a fan! (x)
  • Dania had no idea who she was auditioning for originally and showed up in casual clothes (x)
  • When Gabrielle got the call to audition for #OnceUponATime, her 13-year-old daughter freaked out because she’s a big fan! (x)
  • They have only shot the first one and a half episodes so far and the cast hasn’t read beyond the second script (x)
  • Eddy: there will be new characters but no alternate versions of EQ, Hook or Rumple. (x)
  • Henry will eventually fall in love with Cinderella (x)
  • The new Henry is on an epic adventure and will fall in love with Cinderella - a love like his grandparents had. (x)
  • Henry will get himself in trouble and he will reach out to rumple, hook and Regina for help, it’s the new adventure. (x)
    • Henry gets in trouble and the EQ, Hook and Rumple come to his rescue - that’s S7, according to Eddy. (x)
  • “I believe. You believe. We believe.” @DaniaJRamirez says that’s her motto that she thinks works perfectly for ouat (x)
  • There will be an LGBTQ story this year! But they haven’t said more about it. (x)
  • On possible future Captain Swan children, Colin: “I think it would be interesting to see. (x)
  • Colin prefers the guyliner over the leather pants (x)
  • Lana said she took Jared to his first concert and told him she’d teach him to drive when he turns 18. (x)
  • Robert speculates that Mr. Gold’s first name is Barbara - "Babs Gold” (x)
  • Rose Reynolds is our new Alice! (x)
  • Mekia Cox will be playing Tiana!! (x)
  • Adelaide Kane as Drizella! (x)
  • Gabrielle Anwar is Lady Tremaine (x)
  • They always start the new season with a big cast dinner where they hang out and bond (x)
  • Feels like we’re starting over - Colin (x)



60 Seconds with ‘Once Upon A Time’ cast interview.
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  • New #OUAT photos being shown on screen and I’m getting really jazzed about what I’m seeing (x)
  • Kitsis says around Season 4 they began planning for a “reboot”/“new chapter” after Season 6 (x)
    • Kitsis says they knew it was time to start writing towards the end point in Season 4 (x)
    • co-creator Eddy Kitsis says around season 4 is when they realized they wanted to write to an end point. Had 6-season plan. (x)
  • Henry is in a new book with new stories but with some familiar characters. (x)
    • “A new curse, in a new town.” Grown up Henry takes on the challenge with his newly-discovered daughter (x)
  • The new city location can open things up in tone and the kind of stories they’ll tell - David H. Goodman (x)
    • Season 7’s setting Hyperion Heights in Seattle is a big city versus “small bucolic” Storybrooke, Maine. (x)
  • As previously teased, new season will feature new curse and a new town with new characters, but we’ll see some familiar faces (x)
  • What began as a fandom for the show now has a life of its own. #OUAT allows fans to escape to a world they feel safe in – O'Donoghue (x)
  • “Episode 2 is going to answer what is happening with Emma and Captain Hook,” Edward Kitsis promises. (x)
    • Ep 2 answers what happened to Emma and Hook, Ep 4 will answer the same for Belle and Rumple (x)
  • “What happened in the first six seasons of the show remains deeply in the DNA of the series going forward,” (x)
  • Part of the reason for the new direction/reboot is to make sure they don’t retcon their own mythology. (x)
    • “Part of reason for new direction” is to avoid retconning 6-year-old storylines, “not beholden” to established mythology. (x)
  • Henry/Cinderella will be the “epic romance” a la Season 1’s Snow/Charming. (x)
    • Henry and Cinderella will be the “epic romance” on #OUAT’s new chapter, with parallels between the Snow and Charming relationship. (x)
    • We’ll see various time periods of Henry & Cinderella’s stories/lives (x)
  • Hook is now a uniformed cop in Seattle when we see him again (x)
    • “There’s a sense of loss there, and he just doesn’t know what it is that’s missing.” - Colin O'Donoghue (x)
    • There’s a sense of loss in him, and he doesn’t know what it is that’s missing. He’s striving to find who he is (x)
  • “The episodes of this season that I’ve read are in all honesty the best that I’ve read in any season so far” - @colinodonoghue1 (x)
    • All told, Colin and Lana seem very stoked about the reset. Colin says S7’s first four scripts are among the best he has seen. (x)
  • “I don’t think her name is Regina, and that’s cool.” - @LanaParrilla on the new version of “Regina.” (x)
    • “I dont think her name is Regina, and thats cool. I’m in denim and rock t-shirts. She’s a bar owner.” (x)
    • “It’s fun to be a part of something that’s constantly evolving” - @LanaParrilla (x)
  • “We know the characters inside and out, but [it’s like] we’re playing them for the first time,” Colin O'Donoghue (x)
  • Adam on cast changes: Just because we said goodbye to people doesn’t mean we won’t be seeing them again. (x)
    • Characters not currently in the reboot will return and make appearances in the future. (x)
  • No magic in Seattle, but it’s still in The Enchanted Forest. (x)
    • “Seattle is going to be the modern day, and there’s not going to be magic on that side” - Edward Kitsis (x)
  • The emotional, grounded stories will be contrasted with the magic of the Fairy Tale world (x)
  • They won’t tell us Regina’s new name. “The Queen Formerly Known As Regina will also work,” Edward Kitsis teases. (x)
  • Regina and Henry meet again in a flashback, but she’s never seen him as an adult before & she’s taken aback. (x
    • Regina & Henry haven’t seen one another in years. Lana says that her character has never seen Henry “as a grown man” before S7 (x
  • They interact in two different worlds – the fairytale flashback and in Hyperion Heights (x
  • “You see these two characters interact in a way that you’ve certainly never seen,” Andrew J. West (x)
  • Edward Kitsis compares it to when Emma would talk to Mary Margaret, not knowing that she’s her mother in Season 1 (x)
    • As their cursed selves, NotRegina and Henry don’t know each other. Will reflect Emma + Mary Margaret were in S1. (x)