Once Upon A Time is looking to put some meat on the bones of Emma Swan’s backstory with the casting of her mentor to be played by Rya Kihlstedt.
It seems that Cleo (Kihlstedt) was an inspiration to Emma turning her life around. She was an accomplished bail bondsperson who came up from a rough early life and is described as both tough and possessing a nurturing side.
Look for Cleo’s appearance in episode 5.20 “Firebird”.
Rya Kihlstedt was last seen in the Heroes Reborn miniseries and has also appeared in Dexter and Nashville.