Exclusive: Wake Up! Once Upon a Time Has Cast Sarah Bolger as Sleeping Beauty

Irish beauty Sarah Bolger shall also be a Sleeping Beauty, on ABC’s Once Upon a Time.

TVLine has learned exclusively that Bolger’s recurring character, Princess Aurora, will be introduced during the sophomore run of Once, which was last season’s highest-rated freshman drama. The fantastical series will again air Sundays at 8/7c; ABC has not yet announced their fall premiere dates.

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Given Aurora’s backstory — namely, how she was cursed by Maleficent to die (or thanks to a fairy guardian, only fall into a very deep sleep) from a finger prick on a spinning wheel — one has to wonder if we have not seen the last of True Blood‘s Kristin Bauer van Straten in the fairytale land that was.

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The 21-year-old Bolger’s credits include Showtime’s The Tudors (where she collected an Irish Film and Television Award for her portrayal of Mary) and the 2002 film In America, for which she earned an Independent Spirit Award nomination among other nods.

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  1. Lucia says:

    Love her!

  2. I can’t wait!! I love OUAT and Sarah!!

  3. Angelique says:

    YES! Great news, I loved her in Tudors, such a talented young actress! Can’t wait to have her back on my screen :)

  4. This is excellent news. She’s really talented.

  5. Dani says:

    Cool. I admit that I’m more excited about the fact that this means we’ll see K. Bauer van Straten as Maleficent again though.

  6. Captain says:

    She’s pretty. I don’t know her, but I’m fine with this.

  7. veronic says:

    I dislike Mulan but I love to see Aurora.
    Anyway, I hope they don’t forget the main characters, Rumpel, Regina, Snow, Charming and Emma

  8. Viv says:

    I can’t believe the little girl from In America is 21, wow. She was so good in that.

  9. hannah says:

    Oh my gosh, she is so perfect for Aurora!

  10. Laurie says:

    She’s very pretty. She’ll make a great Sleeping Beauty

  11. Templar says:

    She’s lovely. Well done OUAT. Glad to know that Maleficent will rise from the ashes, too.

    • Jamie says:

      I don’t know if it’s confirmation that Maleficent is not dead yet. She’ll appear in the fairytale story of course, but in Storybrooke Aurora’s antagonist could be Regina or Rumple if they don’t want to bring Maleficent back to life or if they can’t get Kristin on a recurring basis. I do hope they can work around Kristin’s schedule and we’ll get to see Maleficent in Storybrooke though.

  12. Britta Unfiltered says:

    The Tudors…that’s how I know her name. Couldn’t figure it out until you said. She did a good job on that show.

  13. Amanda says:

    AH!! Sarah is one of my favorite actresses and Aurora is my favorite princess. ABSOLUTELY thrilled to have this combination. OUAT just keeps getting better and better every time there is new news out.

  14. Eliza says:

    Loved her on The Tudors!!

  15. Dee says:

    Meh. More excited for Mulan.

  16. Brenna says:

    While I’m happy that my fav princess will appear, I hope we get more focus on the main cast since I’ve grown very attached to them.

  17. Amanda says:

    I love her!!! I always thought they should have continued tudors with her in the lead. She will make a great addition to ouat!

  18. kate says:

    I don’t even watch this show and I think this is great news. Sarah’s super talented and so beautiful. She’ll be a great addition :)

  19. Jess says:

    loved her on the tudors, but this news raises so many questions.

    1. isn’t she a series regular on gilded lillys?
    2. I know many Game of Thrones fans (myself included) are hoping she’s been cast as Meera Reed. I wonder if this is a definitive no to our “dream casting” if so, darn! but i’m looking forward to see her on Once.

    • Dani says:

      I don’t know about Gilded Lillys, but on OUAT she’s supposed to play a recurring character. They introduced Cinderella as another recurring princess character last season and she showed up in 2 or 3 episodes. If they’re planning to spent a similar amount of episodes on Aurora and Mulan each, it should easily be possibly for both actresses to work on other projects.

    • Josh says:

      Gilded Lily’s didn’t get picked up

    • Vlada Gelman says:

      Gilded Lilys was not picked up to series.

    • Alex says:

      Where did you hear that rumor about Meera Reed? I love that rumor! She was phenomenal on The Tudors. She’d be great in GoT. Glad she’s on Once. Interested to see how they treat Prince Phillip. He actually had way more crap to do than Charming or Cinderella’s prince in the animated Disney version of the story- and had way more screen time.

      • Not to mention he is one of the more competent princes. All the Charmings had to do was dance and kiss. Eric has to be rescued… twice. Princes are a lazy do nothing lot for the most part. Except Phillip who is the best Prince and Aurora is my favorite princess.

  20. Ali says:

    Looking at the picture of Sarah Bolger resembles a grown up Suri Cruise don’t you think?

  21. This says:

    Oh my gosh I remember her as Sabina from Stormbreaker…wow

  22. luli says:

    where are the news that they are doing mulan??????

  23. Addie says:

    Yay! I’ve never seen in her in anything but I can picture her as Aurora, I wonder if she’ll be blonde or not? I am so ready for this show to come back, hopefully Comic-Con will help ease my withdrawal symptoms :D

  24. Aaron Tily says:

    Haven’t really seen anything with her in it. But she is beautiful.

  25. bookworm87 says:

    YES!!! Love this news, Sarah is amazing! Sad Gilded Lilies didn’t get picked up, though…but maybe this means she’ll get cast in Game of Thrones now as well! :)

  26. A says:

    If this means that there is a possibility for Kristin Bauer to return as Maleficent than I am fine with this.

  27. Ally says:

    I have definitely got to give Once Upon a Time another go-round. I watched the first two episodes, thought it was good but doubted it would last so quit watching before I got attached. Hopefully there’s repeats this summer so I can catch up.

    • jess says:

      the first couple of episodes was rough, and I thought Jennifer Morrison’s acting was overly dramatic. But either it improved, or I got more used to it (lol) but I do enjoy the later parts of the season more.

    • Nyms says:

      Hulu.com or even ABC.com has all the episodes.

  28. Shannon says:

    Anyone else think Rumple is going to play a big part in her fairy tale land story? Spinning wheels are kinda important in both stories (SB gets pricked by one, Rumple spins gold from one, etc). Just makes me even more excited for the show to come back! Yay!

  29. Aurora says:

    Will she have blonde hair on the show? It needs to be blonde. And it needs to look good. No cheap-looking wig.

    • Agreed. Sleeping Beauty has no business being a brunette.

    • Autumn says:

      Can I ask why she needs to be blonde?

      • Eleni says:

        I assume because she was in the movie.

        • Autumn says:

          I figured that’s where this concept is coming from, but to be so adamant on a hair color that Disney came up with seems amusing. I’m more concerned on how she acts in the role.

          • A says:

            Being that they call Aurora, Sleeping “Beauty”, her appearance would be quite significant. Therefore having her as a blonde would make her a more believable Aurora. Having her as a brunette would just be weird. It might be like having two Belles.
            And why would OUAT even want to deviate from appearance when they have been spot on with the appearance of other Disney princes they portrayed such as Belle and Cinderella.

          • Matt Webb Mitovich says:

            Well, I am sure the hope is that by the time she starts shooting, science will have developed a way for a woman to alter her hair color. I mean, we have put a man on the Moon.

          • ben says:

            The fact they sent Emilie’s hair brunette (something that still looks odd to me after Lost) is a good indication that they will make Sarah blonde.

          • The reason I want her to be blonde is because her name is Aurora because she brought the light into her parents life and the fairy godmothers bless her with Golden hair at her birth because of her name. Hence the need for blonde hair if her name is going to be Aurora and they are following the Disney roots.

          • Emeline says:

            I know right? It’s the acting that counts. Sarah is a great actress, especially with these types of roles. The Disney-fied version of Aurora is blonde, but who says the producers are going off of that version?

    • Alex says:

      If they can give Emilia Clarke snow-white Targaryean locks, I’m sure the technology exists to get Sarah’s hair the appropriate shade of blonde.

  30. James says:

    I’m more excited to see the Ariel/Little Mermaid story they hinted in the past…

  31. Nathan says:

    Bolger will be a great addition to Once. She was so good on the Tudors as Mary. She held her own with everyone on that show.

  32. JoshJacksonasBaelfireonOUAT says:

    I love all the fairytales but there are so many of them, I am getting worried that we won’t see enough of the season one regulars and recurrings. I loved all the season one characters but it felt like we didn’t spend enough time with red, belle, granny, gepatto, hatter, david anders, grumpy, the other dwarfs and archie. I’m getting worried it will get too crowded.

  33. Juan says:

    never heard of her, but she does seem to have a Sleeping Beauty quality to her in that she looks as if she could have had a very deep sleep recently

  34. Alice says:

    I saw her in the moth diaries and to be honest she actually reminded me of Snow White rather than Princess Aurora! Oh well, but I am very excited anyway!

    Now who should play her Prince Phillip…? ^_-

  35. Trina says:

    Laughing at Matt’s man on the moon comment

  36. Yay! I love her! She’ls going to be a great addition to the show!

  37. Iching says:

    I wonder how they’re going to tie Maleficent’s story to Sleeping Beauty. Emma just recently killed Maleficent in Storybrooke. Does this mean Prince Philip doesn’t get to kill Maleficent in the fairytale land?

  38. Brandy says:

    I hope they dy her hair cause sleeping Beauty was blond.

  39. Minerv says:

    She was amazing as Aurora and i think basing on 2X03 we see her with a dagger, people have lots of strength not just kicking and screaming, Aurora was more outspoken and I love her

  40. linz says:

    Yeah I love the actress but think it was poor casting since she isn’t blonde. Not all princesses have to be brunettes. Bad call.