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Once Upon a Time Exclusive: Glinda Has Been Cast -- Look Who Scored the Oz-some Role

Sunny Mabrey Once Upon a Time GlindaDing-dong — the (other) witch is cast!

Two months after Once Upon a Time announced that Lost alum Rebecca Mader would be “going green” to play a version of the Wizard of Oz Wicked Witch, TVLine can exclusively confirm that actress Sunny Mabrey is joining the ABC drama as Glinda the Good Witch of the South.

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As we previously reported, Mabrey’s Glinda has been described as elegant, warm and benevolent, as well as wise, clever and shrewd. However, years of isolation have made her lonely and cautious — though at her core, she is a steadfastly filled with optimism.

Mabrey, whose biggest TV credits include recurring stints on TNT’s Memphis Beat and Lifetime’s The Client List, will debut this spring.

Once Upon a Time resumes Season 3 on Sunday, March 9.

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58 Comments
  1. chris says:

    Perfect choice!

  2. SUSO says:

    It should’a been Megan Hilty.

  3. StanJS says:

    nice casting.

  4. Rin says:

    I wanted Elizabeth Mitchell for this role :c

  5. Mollie says:

    23 days until the return of OUAT

  6. J. says:

    She’s very pretty! I’ve never heard of her.

  7. Ryan D. says:

    Was Kristen Chenowith busy?

  8. M says:

    Wasn’t she married to Ethan Embry, aka Greg Mendell? Can’t call this any kind of nepotism since they’re getting divorced.

  9. Mrs. Peele says:

    idk – i’ve spent too many years watching billie burke ‘be’ glinda. i hope they don’t turn her gentle, caring essence into some sex thing like they always do.

  10. Jerry says:

    She looks exactly like Jennifer Morrison. I wonder if that’s on purpose

  11. dude says:

    I was hoping for Laura Vandervoort but I guess she’s busy with Bitten.

  12. Eli says:

    I only know Sunny from Vine, where she has a pretty big following. She’s hilarious. And will do great in the role.

  13. Jennifer says:

    I’m not familiar with her work but Once is usually topnotch with their casting and I’m looking forward to seeing what they do with the character.

  14. Meg says:

    So when they said they were casting for someone in their mid to late twenties, they really meant someone who is almost 40?

  15. Becky Ann says:

    Kristen Chenowith should have done it.

  16. Liz says:

    She’s pretty but I thought they were going for someone younger? No way does she look mid 20s. Closer to late 30s.

  17. sara says:

    Pretty standard.

  18. Matt says:

    I’m OK with this. They’ve done impeccably well with casting thus far.

  19. andy j says:

    If “Hunger Games” is going to digitally recreate Philip Seymour Hoffman I see no reason why OUAT can’t digitally recreate Billie Burke for the role.

  20. spindae2 says:

    Never watched her or even heard from here. But she looks quite nice, even though I wanted Sara Canning to play Glinda. Seems like Emma won’t be the blondest girl in town.

  21. Kaycee says:

    She is hilarious on vine. This is amazing casting I’m so exciting and this is going to make me watch this show again.

  22. Pat says:

    I cannot wait for this show to start up, again. It should be interesting how they will be incorporating these Wizard of Oz characters, into the show. I am curious if this will all take place with all the characters, back in Storybook? I hope so.

  23. Betsy says:

    you stay classy and sexist, OUAT fandom!

  24. I wonder if they will have her with red hair like the character in the books.

    • David Kahoun says:

      I was just gonna post the same response. Why do they always make her blond now? I know it was a funny joke in Wicked that she is blond, but Glinda is a red head.

  25. Jill says:

    Glinda was good witch of the North. The movie did not have Good Witch of the South. But I believe in the book her name was Brenda.

    • Jill says:

      Ok, I researched and am corrected. In the movie, the good witch of the North appears (as in the book) and calls herself Glinda. In the books, Glinda is good witch of the South, and Orin is good witch of the North.

  26. Ciardha says:

    Should have been Alex Kingston, she even has a bit of resemblance to Billie Burke, and is a awesomely talented and beautiful actress as well.

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