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In the latest in a round of casting announcements for the forthcoming season of Once Upon A Time, the show just got a new princess! The hottest redhead in the seven seas, Ariel, will be joining the cast and played by actress Joanna Garcia Swisher.

TV Line reports that Joanna will make a splash on at least two episodes of Season 3 starting with the sixth installment. The Little Mermaid won’t be swimming in waters anywhere near Storybrooke, though, but in another realm entirely.

Rumors of mermaids have circulated since Season 1, but it wasn’t until this year’s Comic-Con that OUAT producers shared a trailer announcing the arrival of the famous flippered redhead. But these ladies of the water aren’t all orchestrated musical numbers and friendly fish friends, according to TV Guide...

Also likely joining Ariel under the sea (or near it) will be nemesis Ursula and true love Prince Eric. No word on whether our favorite Jamaican crab Sebastian will be part of our world.

As for the woman behind the seashells, Joanna got her start acting for shows like Nickelodeon's Are You Afraid Of The Dark? before leaving the campfire to star in movies including American Pie 2 and What I Like About You. More recently, the ginger appeared as Southern belle Bree Buckley on Gossip Girl.

Catch the Once Upon a Time Season 3 premiere on September 29, 2013, at 8 p.m. on ABC.

Sources: TV Line and IMDB

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