Once Upon a Time Pics: Barbara Hershey As the Evil Queen Mum, Plus Nikita's Noah Bean

To understand evil, you have to understand its maker. To that end, ABC’s Once Upon a Time will introduce Black Swan‘s Barbara Hershey as the Evil Queen’s mother on April 1, and we’ve got a sneak peek at a heated exchange between the two.

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“We have a saying that evil is not born, it’s made,” teased executive producer Eddie Kitsis during a press Q&A. Hershey’s Cora “has a specific viewpoint about the world.”

In dealing with her mom — and making a tough choice about her own future that could upset their relationship — viewers will “get a great insight into Regina and why she is the way she is,” adds EP Adam Horowitz.

Nikita‘s Noah Bean also guest stars as a handsome stable boy, who believes that love can make anything possible, even breaking through the barriers of his social station. Hmm, do he and an innocent Regina have a history?

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