EXCLUSIVE NAVEEN ANDREWS “ONCE UPON A TIME IN WONDERLAND” INTERVIEW
By Abbie Bernstein
Thanks to the synergy of now-joined companies Disney and ABC, the network’s new limited series ONCE UPON A TIME IN WONDERLAND (spun off from ONCE UPON A TIME) is able to incorporate not only many elements from Disney’s animated ALICE IN WONDERLAND, but also ALADDIN. Here, Alice (Sophie Lowe) and Genie of the Lamp Cyrus (Peter Gadiot) are in love with one another and fighting to remain together despite the machinations of those around them. Although Gadiot’s Cyrus is an attractive, romantic, young-looking three-dimensional fellow, rather than Robin Williams’ huge blue jokester, he is still pursued by the power-hungry magician Jafar.
However, the Jafar of WONDERLAND is not the cartoonish villain of the film, but rather embodied by actor Naveen Andrews. Andrews is probably most famous for his six years as the conflicted but ultimately heroic Sayid Jarrah on LOST. The London-born actor also starred in the British series THE BUDDHA OF SUBURBIA and as Lord Akbari in the fantasy series SINBAD. Andrews’ feature film credits include the Oscar-winning THE ENGLISH PATIENT, LONDON KILLS ME, WILD WEST, GRINDHOUSE and THE BRAVE ONE.
At a Q&A panel for ONCE UPON A TIME IN WONDERLAND, Andrews is present, along with cast mates Lowe, Gadiot, Emma Rigby (the Red Queen) and Michael Socha (Will, the Knave of Hearts), plus executive producers/series creators Edward Kitsis, Adam Horowitz and Zack Estrin (the fourth creator, Jane Espenson, has obligations elsewhere today).