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This article focuses on Kelly's Seattle persona.
For her original persona, see Zelena.


I was cursed... To be a hippie!
—Kelly to Roni src

Kelly, also known as Zelena, is a character on ABC's Once Upon a Time. She débuts, with her only appearance, in the tenth episode of the seventh season. She is portrayed by guest star Rebecca Mader, and is the cursed counterpart of Zelena.

History

For events occurring after the breaking of the fourth curse, see Zelena.

During Fifth Curse

After Regina casts Drizella's curse to save Henry's life, Zelena becomes Kelly, a spin instructor. ("The Eighth Witch")

At an unknown point in time, Kelly is pushed out of Hyperion Heights by Victoria Belfrey and moves to San Francisco. She blames Roni for persuading her daughter not to get an education and providing her with a ticket to Amsterdam, which led Kelly's daughter to partying in Phuket and never returning home. During Kelly's stay in San Francisco, she becomes engaged to someone. ("Pretty in Blue", "The Eighth Witch")

After Roni remembers herself to be Regina, she takes Henry with her to San Francisco in order to find Kelly and get her help with defeating Gothel. The pair attend one of Kelly's spin classes, and after the class is over, Kelly angrily confronts Roni. Roni tries to apologize for the past and asks her to have a drink with her, but Kelly refuses before storming off. Later, Kelly carries a garment cover with her on her way out, and as she hangs it up in order to close the studio door, she sees Roni in the hallway. Roni, with plans of jolting her memory, gives Kelly a cup of whiskey that has magic in it. Kelly mentions how she would much rather a cucumber mint honey lavender water, but Roni insists on the whiskey. As Roni looks on expectantly, Kelly downs the drink before coughing over the taste of it, without recovering her memories. Roni then cuts to the chase by telling Kelly that they were cursed and their real identities as the Evil Queen and Wicked Witch. Kelly begins asking her what she means, but then, she receives a flood of memories before recognizing Roni as Regina. The two sisters reconcile as Roni informs her about Gothel. Kelly prepares to accompany her back to Hyperion Heights, however, she hesitates after seeing her garment cover. She is unsure about leaving behind the life that she had and then unzips the cover to reveal the wedding dress she planned to wear. She admits that, although she is now awake, she still feels like her cursed persona and still loves her fiancé, however, she also cares for Roni and agrees to help her defeat Gothel. Later, Roni receives a phone call from Henry, who had rushed back to Hyperion Heights to see Lucy because she fell into a coma. Kelly suggests true love's kiss could work, but Roni states Henry already tried it and it didn't work because Lucy's belief was taken by Victoria. Kelly then realizes that if they wish to help Lucy, the curse has to be broken, but doing so will cause Henry to die as his heart was poisoned by Drizella prior to the curse being cast. ("The Eighth Witch")


Trivia

Etymology

  • The name "Kelly" is a reference to the color kelly green.[1] Green is the associated color of Kelly's original counterpart, Zelena, whose name means "green" in various Slavic languages.
    • Ironically, Zelena mentioned "Kelly" as potential name for her daughter after her birth. ("Swan Song")

Production Notes

  • According to Rebecca Mader, "Kelly and Zelena are completely different" as Kelly is "a bit more sweet and less complex than Zelena".[2]

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