ABC’s Once Upon a Time Casts Ariel For Season 3

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We heard our Little Mermaid would be turning up in the next season of ABC’s Once Upon a Time. Now it’s official – actress JoAnna Garcia will play Ariel! 

Garcia has appeared on Reba, Gossip Girl, and Royal Pains among other series. TV Guide broke the news:

Producers promise a compelling back-story and twist for their Little Mermaid, while retaining the beloved character’s “wide-eyed” charm and ambitions we came to know in Disney’s 1989 animated classic. And as is the norm with Once characters, she’ll most likely have ties to a character we know.

Could Ariel’s witchy octopus nemesis Ursula the sea witch be far behind? “Ursula could appear this season, absolutely,” teases executive producer Eddy Kitsis. “But on our show you never know what that might mean.”

The Hollywood Reporter says Garcia is expected to appear in two episodes but there’s no word yet on whether or not Ariel’s mermaid tail will make it to Storybrooke.

Once Upon a Time has also recently cast Rose McIver as Tinker Bell and they’re currently searching for a Rufio.

(via The Hollywood Reporter)

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Jill Pantozzi is a pop-culture journalist and host who writes about all things nerdy and beyond! She’s Editor in Chief of the geek girl culture site The Mary Sue (Abrams Media Network), and hosts her own blog “Has Boobs, Reads Comics” ( She co-hosts the Crazy Sexy Geeks podcast along with superhero historian Alan Kistler, contributed to a book of essays titled “Chicks Read Comics,” (Mad Norwegian Press) and had her first comic book story in the IDW anthology, “Womanthology.” In 2012, she was featured on National Geographic’s "Comic Store Heroes," a documentary on the lives of comic book fans and the following year she was one of many Batman fans profiled in the documentary, "Legends of the Knight."