Cast Spotlight: Lana Parrilla

Lana Parrilla | Regina | The Evil Queen

Lana Parrilla (pronounced PA-REE-AH) plays the Evil Queen and Regina on ABC’s Once Upon a Time. At times, her character seems quite rough around the edges, but sometimes she surprises us with a heartwarming story.

Beyond her character we have grown to love (or hate), who is Ms. Parrilla?

Lana Parrilla is exactly where she is supposed to be.  Whether watching her on the big screen, television or a simple YouTube video, she has so much charisma oozing out of her pours.  Her bright smile and laughter, can light a room within seconds.

Lana grew up in Brooklyn, New York. With her childhood home, creativity and following dreams was strongly encouraged. Starting very young, she was always filming home movies with her family and it was apparent the desire to become an amazing actress. When she graduated high school, Lana moved to Los Angeles.

From there, she began studying, acting and honoring her talent in local theatre productions. One of her earlier on-camera appearances was playing in the pilot for “Semper Fi.” This was before her casting on ABC’s hit comedy series, “Spin City.”

In addition to her amazing career, she received an Imagen Award for Best Supporting Actress for the critically acclaimed show, “Boomtown.”

We have also seen this famous beauty on other fantastic television shows. She was in “24” and “Swingtown.”  She had guest appearances on “NYPD Blue,” “Six Feet Under” and (are you ready for this?) “LOST.”

BIRTHDATE July 15, 1977


Year Title Role Notes
2000 Very Mean Men Teresa
Spiders Marci Eyre
2001 Replicant Marci Uncredited
2003 Frozen Stars Lisa Vasquez
2005 One Last Ride Antoinette
2008 The Double Life of Eleanor Kendall Nellie


Year Title Role Notes
1999 Grown Ups Waitress 2 episodes
2000–2001 Spin City Angie Ordonez 21 episodes; Main cast
2002 JAG Lt. Stephanie Donato 1 episode
The Shield Sedona Tellez 1 episode
2002–2003 Boomtown Teresa Ortiz 24 episodes; Main cast

Imagen Award for Best Supporting Actress

2004 NYPD Blue Officer Janet Grafton 3 episodes
Six Feet Under Maile 2 episodes
2005 24 Sarah Gavin 12 episodes; Recurring, later bumped up to Main cast
2006 Windfall Nina Schaefer 13 episodes; Main cast
Lost Greta 2 episodes
2008 Swingtown Trina Decker 13 episodes

Nominated – ALMA Awards for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Television Series

2010 Miami Medical Dr. Eva Zambrano 13 episodes; Main cast
Covert Affairs Julia Suarez 1 episode
Medium Lydia Halstrom 1 episode
The Defenders Betty 1 episode
2011 Chase Isabella 1 episode
2011 on Once Upon a Time The Evil Queen/Regina Mills TV series; Main cast

TV Guide Awards for Favorite Villain (2012)

Nominated – Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress on Television (2012)

Nominated – Teen Choice Award for Favorite Villain (2012)

Nominated – ALMA Awards for Outstanding TV Actress—Drama (2012)

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