'Once Upon a Time': Rose McIver thinks 'Tinker Bell is a great wingwoman'

once-upon-a-time-tinker-bell-rose-mciver-interview.jpg Everyone's favorite fairy is back on "Once Upon a Time" this Sunday (April 6), and not a moment too soon. Now that Regina (Lana Parrilla) knows her one true love is Robin Hood (Sean Maguire), she needs a little encouragement to go after her own happiness ... and that's a job for Tinker Bell (Rose McIver).

"Tinker Bell is a great wing woman," McIver tells Zap2it. "And as somebody pointed out to me, she is also a winged woman."

So will Tinker Bell give Regina the push she needs to open her heart to Robin Hood? "Well, I think Regina and her have had a very tumultuous relationship, but she really does believe that true love exists and that you're going to end up with the person you're meant to be with," McIver says. "So she is very invested in this potential relationship. We'll see her relationship with Regina grow and her being able to egg Regina on."

Since Tinker Bell is such a great wingwoman for others, is there any chance the green fairy will find love of her own? "I hope so!" McIver says with a laugh. "Tinker Bell needs a Tinker Bell. She needs someone plotting for her. I certainly think that it's something she wants."

But setting up her friends isn't the only thing Tinker Bell is concerned with, as the whole town of Storybrooke is on the hunt for the Wicked Witch of the West. "A lot's happening in Storybrooke this week, to say the least," McIver says. "It's very exciting. You'll get to see some touching moments and some very suspenseful moments. I think you're going to really quite enjoy them."

McIver is excited for fans to see the big evil vs. wicked showdown. "The showdown scene is a really fantastic scene. So much comes together," McIver says. "[Rebecca] 'Bex' Mader is doing so well as the Wicked Witch, and the intense energy of Regina and the Witch facing off is pretty exciting. I'm really stoked about it."

And now that Tinker Bell has her powers back, she'll be able to help her fellow Storybrooke residents a lot more than she has been able to in the past. 

"She's reclaiming her identity and it's wonderful that she's been able to be a strong contributor to the team without having this huge hurdle for her to overcome at the moment," McIver says. "Obviously I'm really intrigued by the rest of Tinker Bell's backstory. I hope we're going to get to explore that at some stage, but at the moment it's nice for her to be able to serve everybody else and bring her energy and enthusiasm to the table."

Wherever the "Once Upon a Time" writers decide to take Tinker Bell's story, McIver is grateful that she's gotten the chance to take on such an iconic character. "I feel really lucky that the character of Tinker Bell has already got such an extensive fanbase and that she's beloved," McIver says. "Of course, that adds a little bit of pressure too, when it comes to bringing her to life. But I really enjoy her as a character. I think she's so emotional and wears her heart on her sleeve and a lot of fun. I feel very blessed that I've been able to play her."

"Once Upon a Time" airs Sundays at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
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