Barbara Hershey made some interesting comments about playing the "Evil Queen's" mother, and in comparison to her role in "The Black Swan":
“I guess the only comparison is that they’re both mothers and both love
their daughters in their strange ways. But the character in Black Swan
was really mentally ill, I think. And this one is just deliciously
evil,” she says. “It’s a fairytale; it’s very different.”
“What’s interesting to me is that it’s like any mother daughter
relationship that’s conflictual,” she says. “The mother wants something
the daughter doesn’t want.”
“There are a lot of mothers who want something different for their
daughters. The difference is my character is evil and that she can snap
her fingers and do magic. It’s much more heightened,” she says.
She hints that she might return to the role:
"I love acting, and its a juicy role,” she says. “It’s also a lot of fun.
She’s just unrelentingly evil, and that’s delicious to get to act.”