ABC’s Once Upon A Time celebrates its 100th episode on Sunday, and it will do so with a familiar face: Robbie Kay, who reprises his role as Peter Pan. LA Fan Cultures Examiner spoke to the actor prior to the milestone installment about returning to Once after starring in NBC’s Heroes Reborn, and the enduring fan base that has helped the fantasy series get to 100 episodes.
While details about Pan’s return are still under wraps, “I can say that you can expect the same character but with a little bit more behind him,” Robbie told us. “I think a lot of time has passed between the last time you saw him and now. You’re going to find out a lot of facts about what’s happened in the past and such. You’re going to see a bit of a different Pan between the character and what everyone is familiar with.”
That’s only natural considering that it’s been awhile since we’ve seen him. It was a well-earned return for the actor, who’s been busy with film projects and the lead role in the highly touted return of the Heroes franchise this past fall, so he’d been away from Storybrooke for longer than most recurring players normally are.
“I’d been gone for about two years,” he said, but for him it was easy to catch up with the show: “I came back to seeing a lot of familiar faces and the cast and crew made it easy to jump back in. There wasn’t much adjustment to make, it all felt very natural, which was cool.”
He’s now added his own piece to the legacy of the character of Pan, a well-known figure in the fantasy genre who has been played by many different performers over the years. What is it like to have his name on that list alongside the likes of Mary Martin, Jean Arthur and Allison Williams, just to name a few?
“It’s been really fun actually,” Robbie told us. “I always thought of Pan as a blank canvas, and coming into that and giving an evil spin on an already iconic character was really exciting. We kind of made the character its own little thing, and getting to reprise that after so long, it was strange how much life the character still has. It was really special.”
Something else that has been special for him are his interactions with Once Upon A Time‘s passionate fans, who are the entire reason that the show can celebrate its benchmark accomplishment on Sunday. “It makes it all a bit more real when you go onto the show and do your job, then see how much that show has directly affected people’s lives,” he related. “The way the show is in their life and they live by it. It’s amazing to see how that following has grown over the last five years.”
Once Upon A Time returns Sunday at 8 p.m. on ABC. The show was also recently renewed for a sixth season as one of ABC’s many series pick-ups announced on Thursday.