Once Upon a Time interviews
Rose Reynolds -- Alice/Tilly
Do you have anything common with Alice/Tilly?
I like to think I’m a playful sort of person; curious and I definitely like looking for adventure!
What unique quality do you bring to the role of Alice/Tilly?
I don’t know about unique but I do try and imbue both Tilly and Alice with gumption. They’re both savvy “doers” and that forward energy has been fun to explore.
How do you prepare for the role of Alice and/or Tilly? Is there any difference in preparation to each role?
The essence of both Alice and Tilly is the same. I guess the thing with fairytale is that you get the chance to exaggerate a little, everything is slightly heightened. However, I prepare both the same.The essence of both Alice and Tilly is the same. I guess the thing with fairytale is that you get the chance to exaggerate a little, everything is slightly heightened. However, I prepare both the same.
What do you enjoy most about playing Alice/Tilly?
I love that both characters are extremely resilient. They have both suffered knock backs in their lives and yet both try and see a way through. They don’t give up.
What line have you had the most difficulty in saying/remembering?
I’ve had trouble saying the word beignet because it wasn’t one I’d seen before. One scene I was putting the emphasise in the wrong place and then another time I said bayonet...it was tough.
Tell us about yourself when you’re not on set; what hobbies do you enjoy?
When I’m not working I watch a lot of TV shows and movies. Partly because as an actor you’re analysing techniques but mainly because I enjoy it. My Dad brought me up on 1950s classics so I like watching a lot of those.
What has been your favourite fan encounter so far? (Either at a con, on set, on the street …)
There have been so many. I’m always so blown away by the people who hang out on set in the pouring Vancouver rain to watch from a long long distance. I asked a friend why she does it and she said she has made so many friends and memories from just hanging out there that the weather conditions or hours don’t matter. I think the way fans come together and are connected by this show is very special.
What has been the most uncomfortable day on set? (Vancouver weather, especially in the winter, isn’t very forgiving.)
Stanley Park, late at night, in the pouring rain without a cape. Definitely.
Tell us about being cast for Once Upon a Time.
So I put myself on tape. I read one of Jefferson’s scenes and the character was cryptically called ‘Carol’ which I now realize was a pseudonym for Lewis Caroll. I sent off the tape and then two weeks later I got a phone call saying I’d got the job and they asked me to fly out to Vancouver. That speed and lack of follow up audition or interview is unheard of in this industry, it was very quick.
Do you have any upcoming roles you’d like to share?
I’d rather not say :-)