SPELLBOUND: MEGHAN ORY

There is something transfixing about Meghan Ory as she walks into the downtown rooftop studio clad in white tee and short-shorts and not a stitch of make up to be found as she peeks up from under a black floppy hat that’s very boho-chic. It all seems effortless, her unassuming nature and keen smile that lights up a face tailor-made for an ad campaign. Playing Red Riding Hood on the ABC fantasy hit Once Upon A Time is just the latest incarnation of an artist with a world of success in the front view mirror.

ONCE UPON A TIME STAR: MEGHAN ORY

THE ORY FILES

HOMETOWN: Victoria, BC

BEST CHILDHOOD MEMORY: Doing my first big play. I played Mary Lennox in the Secret Garden. So fun!

DESIGNER CRUSH: Let’s see, Chanel, Balmain and Marc Jacobs!

CLOSET MUSTS: Skinny jeans, little black dress and a killer pair of fun heels — My fuchsia and lavender Marc Jacobs are my
favorite!

LAST FASHION SPLURGE: Black Balmain long sleeved mini dress with gold zippers.

BEAUTY CHEAT SHEET: Elizabeth Arden 8 hour cream (you can use it on everything from chapped lips to dry cuticles) concealer and L’Oreal carbon black mascara–and lip gloss– I carry about 8 different colors in my purse at all times!

BEST FEATURE: I have wicked ankles!

BEST HAUNT: My patio with a glass of Proseco

BEST RETREAT: The beach and a book!

GUILTY PLEASURE:  Lots and lots of salt and vinegar chips

BEST ON-SET SHENANIGANS: Hmm…I’m not sure…I will tell you this though…those Dwarves are always up to no good!

BEST DIRECTOR: I could never pick a favorite, we have so many amazing directors on Once Upon A Time.

I SECRETLY WISH I COULD… Fly. But it’s not really a secret!

DREAM DINNER GUEST: William Shakespeare, because I’m a huge dork.

MANTRA TO LIVE BY: “When you wish upon a star, makes no difference who you are, anything your heart desires will come to you.” -Jiminy Cricket

LEADING LADY: MEGHAN ORY

HYDROGEN MAGAZINE: What were the early years like for you?

MEGHAN ORY: Busy. I was one of those kids who dabbled in everything. Highland fling, horseback riding, singing, jazz, gymnastics, diving, acting. My poor parents were the really busy ones, driving me everywhere!

HM: When did you know acting would be the path for you?

MO: Early. I did my first play when I was 5 and was hooked.

HM: First acting gig?

MO: Well, my first paying job was a movie called the “Darklings” which was a kids take on Hitchcock’s “Rear Window.” Martin Sheen played my dad and I was very excited.

HM: How did Once Upon A Time come into the picture for you and what did you think when you read the first
scripts?

MO: It was one of the scripts I read during pilot season and it stood out immediately. I loved how unique, creative and imaginative the show was and wanted to be a part of it in any way possible.

HM: Tell me all about Red Riding Hood and how you approached the role?

MO: I love that Once Upon a Time has brought all these classic characters back into the public eye. It’s so interesting and challenging to play a character who is already famous and who people have preconceived ideas about. It was really exciting to explore the things in Red that make her a full, rounded person. The real person behind the myth. Of course it helps that our
brilliant writers gave Red such an epic back story!

HM: The cast is one of beautiful and dynamic women such as Ginnifer Goodwin. How does everyone get on?

MO: Our entire cast is so wonderful and supportive of each other. We are very lucky. I am so proud to be a part of a show that writes such strong, powerful and well rounded women. We spend a lot of time together at work as well as in our downtime. Ginnifer is actually trying to teach me to knit…it’s not going incredibly well on my end, maybe by season 9 I’ll have it down pat!

DREAM DINNER GUEST: WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, BECAUSE I'M A HUGE DORK.

HM: How do you deal with the pressures that come with being in the industry you are in, whether it is the
competition for roles or expectations to look perfect, particularly for women?

MO: Well, I feel that women face this kind of pressure in many areas of our society and it’s never fun. However, people will always make judgments and you’ll never be able to satisfy 100% of people 100% of the time. I don’t believe there is such thing as “Perfect.” For me, I’ve found what’s most important is to have a strong sense of myself and those things that are important to me as a human being. All we can control is how we feel about our selves and that is what I try and focus on.

HM: How has the adjustment to a loss of anonymity been for you? Do you enjoy being recognized?

MO: It has been a bit strange. I usually think people just want to ask me for directions.

HM: What does your family make of your success?

MO: My family are huge fans of the show, so they are pretty excited. However, I think it’s mostly because they just want spoilers…Sorry guys, my lips are sealed!

HM: If you closed your eyes and pictured your life 5 years from now, what would you like that picture to be?

MO: Full of more Fairytales of course!

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PHOTOGRAPHY: MARTA ELENA VASSILAKIS

STYLIST: GARMAI K. MOMOLU FOR CLD PR

HAIRSTYLIST: MITZI SPALLAS

MAKE UP ARTIST: ROKAEL LIZAMA

SPECIAL THANKS TO CHIC LITTLE DEVIL PR

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