In this version of Beauty and the Beast, Emilie de Ravin says this dark fairytale has no singing or dancing clocks. On this Sunday’s episode, de Ravin loses the disheveled wig and crazy looking baby squirrel and transforms into Belle.
de Ravin says, “She’s actually quite a grounded young woman.” She just does not want to do what is expected in the fairy tale world. By expected, she means marry Gaston (Sage Brocklebank) and just sit in the castle, while they have many children.
On this episode, her family is confronted with a challenge. They can save the kingdom in exchange for Belle. Belle decides to go with Rumpelstiltskin because it was always her dream to be the brave one. In this story, she wants to make a sacrifice to save her family, which is different from the original story.
Belle will then try to tame the beast. Well, in this scenario is it the heartless and conniving Rumpelstiltskin. The story goes from being his prisoner to becoming more comfortable around him. This is when Belle realizes he really is not very scary.
She opens up to the idea that there is a different side to him. This starts to scare him when he realizes she notices she is understanding him better. Rumple certainly is not used to letting his wall down whatsoever. In his mind, no one would ever like him, or let alone love him.
de Ravin went on to say they both begin to change. Her character becomes more intrigued to help him and this was a nice twist. Especially, she believed it was going to be a horrific experience once captured.
She ended the interview with reminding us not to expect a happily ever after moment. She will return in later episodes to continue the story of Belle. de Ravin said, “Things don’t always end up happy with a dance or a song.”