Once Upon a Time Tiger Lily

Once Upon a Time Casts Tiger Lily, to Serve as Blast From Hook's Dark Past

As reported earlier this month by TVLine, ABC’s Once Upon a Time will be introducing the Peter Pan character of Tiger Lily — and Native American actress Sara Tomko has landed the role.

In fairy tale lore, Tiger Lily is the princess of the Native American tribe living on the island of Neverland. In assorted incarnations, she has crushed on Peter Pan and been tormented by Captain Hook — the latter of whom will figure into her Once existence.

Because of his nefarious past, Captain Hook (played by Colin O’Donoghue) has “left a long line of adversaries,” Once cocreators Eddy Kitis and Adam Horowitz tell EW.com, which broke the casting. “Tiger Lily is the latest to return and complicate his efforts to leave that past behind,” thus impeding the pirate’s redemption arc.

Tomko’s previous TV credits include HBO’s The Leftovers, NBC’s Heartbeat and AMC’s upcoming The Son.

Once Upon a Time resumes Season 6 on Sunday, March 5, with Episode 11; Tomko will appear in Episodes 17 and 18.

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  1. Nicky says:

    A friend of Hook’s in this version huh Val? Guess again. Just like in the real stories, they were enemies somehow.

  2. Val says:

    Good casting firstly, cant wait to see it on-screen.
    Also Tiger Lily and Hook know each other, will be good to how and when, and how they meet again.
    I like Hook, and seeing his past, as get to see how he was before due to circumastances and what path he took to now where he has love, light and love in his life, I like his redemption

  3. M says:

    Season 6! Not 5

  4. Loli says:

    How about ‘indigenous’ instead of Native American since Neverland isn’t in America, last I checked.

  5. Oscar Magana says:

    Renew Jennifer Morrison contract cuz if you don’t series is gonna suck

  6. Tom says:

    She’d be good casting for Sam Black Crow

  7. RyanC says:

    Probably wrong, but is this the first time a Native American has played Tiger Lily on screen? Rooney Mara played her in the recent film, and I don’t remember her character being in Hook or the 50s version.

  8. Nicky says:

    Since she is appearing in ep 17 and 18, ep 18 is somehow hinted by Brigitte Hales that she is one of the writers to it. And she said that this chapter she is writing is going to make her cry for weeks. And it looks like a regular is going to die completely in that episode which is imminent and sad. And it doesn’t sound like it is going to be Emma or Rumple.

  9. 221bsam says:

    I’m really looking forward to this episode, I feel like we hardly know anything of the (100 plus, is that right..?) years Killian spent as Captain Hook. Crazy that the Neverland arc was three seasons ago, I like Blackbeard too, yo ho!

  10. kath says:

    Really glad they cast a Native American actress in the role.. At last.

  11. Rabia Atta says:

    love this show anyway…but abc should confirm on atleast 3 more seasons