Who Almost Played Maleficent Instead of Kristin Bauer van Straten?
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Who Almost Played Maleficent Instead of Kristin Bauer van Straten?

We may have only seen Kristin Bauer van Straten in two episodes of Once Upon a Time (and one episode of the spin-off, Wonderland), but she definitely made quite the impression on us. Kristin was able to bring the famous villain to life and proved to be quite the nemesis for the Storybrooke crew. But who almost played the part instead of Kristin?

Wetpaint Entertainment asked Viggle users that exact question during the March 16 episode of Once Upon a TimeSeason 3, Episode 13 (“Witch Hunt”) — and the results are in.

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The majority of Viggle users, 54 percent, thought that Bates Motel star Vera Farmiga was the top choice for the evil role, but that’s incorrect. Only 14 percent thought that Oscar-winning actress Halle Berry was up for the role, but unfortunately the Monster’s Ball actress was not. That leaves only 32 percent to correctly guess that Californication star Paula Marshall almost snagged the role.

Paula was cast as Maleficent but was replaced by Kristin after producers decided to go in a different direction with the character. This is a toss-up in our books — but everything happens for a reason, right?

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Carson Blackwelder is an Associate Editor at Wetpaint Entertainment. Follow him on Twitter and Google+!