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If I told you how I prepared to play the Evil Queen... I'd probably get locked up in an insane asylum.
—Lana Parrilla src

Lana Parrilla is the American actress who portrays the Evil QueenRegina Mills, the Evil Queen (Serum), Roni and the Evil Queen (Wish Realm) on ABC's Once Upon a Time.


Lana Marie Parrilla was born on July 15, 1977, in Brooklyn, New York[1] to an Sicilian mother, who is a painter,[2] and Puerto Rican Sam Parrilla, an ex-Major League baseball player.[3] Due to her parents' early separation,[3] she lived with her mother until she was ten years old, and moved into the household of her father.[4] She grew up encouraged into creativity and pursuing one's dreams. Beginning at a young age, she was constantly making home videos with her family, signaling her desire even then to be an actress. After graduating from high school, Lana moved to Los Angeles to study acting and began honing her craft in local theater productions.

One of Lana's earliest on-camera jobs was an appearance in the Steven Spielberg action pilot Semper Fi before being cast on the ABC hit comedy series Spin City. Known for creating distinctive characters, she has been a regular on such critically acclaimed shows as Boomtown (for which she received the Imagen Award for Best Supporting Actress), 24 and Swingtown. She also guest starred on various shows such as NYPD Blue, Six Feet Under and Lost.[5]

While in Israel, she became engaged to her boyfriend Fred Di Blasio on April 28, 2013.[6] Some time before Lana began filming Once Upon a Time's fourth season, the couple secretly wedded.[7]



Year Title Role Notes
2000 Very Mean Men Teresa Movie
2000 Spiders Marci Eyre Movie
2001 Replicant Marci Movie - Uncredited role
2003 Frozen Stars Lisa Vasquez Movie
2005 One Last Ride Antoinette Movie
Year Title Role Notes
1999 Grown Ups Waitress 2 episodes
2000–2001 Spin City Angie Ordonez 21 episodes
2001 Semper Fi TV movie
2002 JAG Lt. Stephanie Donato 1 episode
2002 The Shield Sedona Tellez 1 episode
2002–2003 Boomtown Teresa Ortiz 24 episodes
Imagen Award for Best Supporting Actress (2003)
2004 NYPD Blue Officer Janet Grafton 3 episodes
2004 Six Feet Under Maile 2 episodes
2005 24 Sarah Gavin 12 episodes
2006 Windfall Nina Schaefer 13 episodes
2006 Lost Greta 2 episodes
2008 The Double Life of Eleanor Kendall Nellie TV movie
2008 Swingtown Trina Decker 13 episodes
2010 Miami Medical Dr. Eva Zambrano 13 episodes
2010 Covert Affairs Julia Suarez 1 episode
2010 Medium Lydia Halstrom 1 episode
2010 The Defenders Betty 1 episode
2011 Chase Isabella 1 episode
2011–Present Once Upon a Time The Evil Queen / Regina Mills / Evil Queen (Serum) Lead role
TV Guide Award for Favorite Villain (2012)
ALMA Award for Outstanding TV Actress in Drama (2012)
NHMC Impact Award (2013)


Note: "Archive" denotes archive footage.

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