Lana Parrilla

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Lana Parrilla

Born

Brooklyn, New York

Birth Name

Lana Maria Parilla

Gender

Female
  • Lana Parrilla on Once Upon a Time Season 2.
  • Lana Parrilla on Once Upon a Time season 1.
  • Lana Parrilla as Evil Queen/Regina on On...
  • Lana Parrilla as Evil Queen/Regina on On...
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Biography

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Lana Parrilla, whose mother is a painter/artist and whose dad was a professional baseball player, says she grew up in a household where creativity and pursuing one's dreams were definitely encouraged. Her grandfather played the banjo, and her aunt, Candice Azzara, was an actress who inspired her from…more

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    • Lana: I actually study boxing - my dad was a Golden Gloves champion so I learned how to fight at a very young age. Growing up in Brooklyn you always had to watch your back, so I pretty much learned to protect myself.

    • Lana: Children, a lot of times, can't make their parents wrong because they have to live with them, because they have to love them. And when you're young, you can't get on your Big Wheel and go down to the Best Western. You've got to live there and you've got to figure it out.

    • Lana: At 3 years old, I was imitating and doing fun little commercials for the family. Then at 5, I knew, 'OK, this is something I really like.' At 8, I was crying in front of the mirror and my mom was like, 'Oh boy, here we go. We know what she's going to do.'

    • Lana: I used to be more of a sporty girl. I love outdoor activities. I haven't been doing much since living in Vancouver. I have my routines down in L.A.

    • Lana: I loved 'White Christmas' for the music aspect. I was into musical theater.

    • Lana: I like being scared, so I've always liked fairy tales because they're kind of creepy.

    • Lana: I have a lot of LGBT friends and family members and I've always supported the community, not only as a child but as an adult, and I think it's important to voice that.

    • Lana: On 'Swingtown,' I think that's when I was able to blend the character-slash-leading lady roles, and that's what I'm doing on 'Once Upon a Time' as well. She's a leading lady, but she's also this character.

    • Lana: When I look back on my career, I go, 'This is really great, I've played so many different women.'

    • Lana: When the script for 'Once' came my way, I had the thought that maybe it will last only a season. But I was willing to take that risk.

    • Lana: To be vulnerable, to be raw, to virtually expose your guts, I like doing that.

    • Lana: Every little girl wanted to be Natalie Wood, as did I.

    • Lana: I played lots of fantasy games. I would create these worlds, and I would believe in them.

    • Lana: I do watch 'Revenge,' 'American Horror Story' and 'Game of Thrones.' I am behind on all of them. But I do watch them. Those are my go-to shows.

    • Lana: No real fairytale scared me, but Freddy Krueger did. 'Nightmare on Elm Street' scared the living hell out of me, but no fairytale. Maybe 'Hansel and Gretel' a little bit when they were walking through the forest and they met the witch. But I liked being scared, I really enjoy being scared.

    • Lana: I love horror, I love scary movies, I love thrillers. If things creep you out and spook you? I love it.

    • Lana: I am very, very diligent and extremely hard-working.

    • Lana: I never liked apples. In fact, when I was a little girl, my mom wanted to give me apples in my lunch box and I would ask for green peppers. So bizarre... It's funny - I don't have an apple a day, but I can say that I have a few a week.

    • Lana: I'm not one to take revenge. If someone does something wrong to me I leave it in the hands of the universe to take care of that person.

    • Lana: (being asked who of the seven dwarfs she would be) Sassy!
      Lana: (on what she is proudest of in her life yet, she answers thoughtfully) Listening to my inner voice. I don't think people do that enough.
      Lana: (on her dream role in Hollywood) I feel like I'm really getting the great roles right now at this point in my career. But if I were to craft one on my own, I would continue down the path of these really strong women that seem really complex and layered and have strength to them. I think of Glenn Close a lot - she has the career that I would love to have.
      Lana: (on playing strong and complex women) I'm learning more about myself from playing these roles. I'm like, 'OK, well, what is it about me that I keep playing these women? I guess I have like this inner strength as well. I'm pretty bold in my expression and very daring in how I live my life.
      Lana: (her advice for women out there today) Don't be afraid of your voice to get it out there, let it be heard. Follow your heart, cause it always knows!
      Lana: Take your time and learn your craft!

    • Lana: (talking about what her feather tattoo means)You are where you need to be. Just take a deep breath.

    • Lana: (On her mixed heritage)
      I've played Latin, I've played Italian. And I've played the all-around regular girl. I think the thing about the way I look, is that I can look like many different things. People sometimes ask me if I'm Russian. I don't think I specifically look like a Puerto Rican or an Italian. Wouldn't you agree?

    • Lana: I'm one who likes to travel a lot anyhow. I'm kind of like a gypsy. I don't live in one place too long, I'm always moving. I've probably lived like in 18 different places.

    • Lana: When I was just a kid, growing up in Brooklyn, I was constantly making home videos with my family – real silly high-concept productions like, 'Attack of the Killer Handkerchief.' I guess I knew even then that I wanted to be an actress.

    • Lana: (On her style) My boyfriend says I dress like a rock star but I would say my style is hip and comfortable.

SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Greatest actress ever !!!!

    10
    Lana is an amazing actress and a wonderful, kind-hearted person. She is really talented and learned her craft. Watching her in shows and movies, you can just feel her love for acting. She is amazing in The Double Life Of Eleanor Kendall, Swingtown, Covert Affairs, Miami Medical, Boomtown, The Defenders, JAG and not to forget in Once Upon A Time. OUAT wouldn't last long without the talent of Lana Parrilla and Robert Carlyle!moreless
  • Holy shit...

    10
    I think commenting anything on Lana's acting is completely redundant, because it speaks for itself. Sadly I don't watch that many shows and especially not the ones Lana might star in, but I saw her in Spin City where she unfortunately had quite a small role (yet managed to do it really well nonetheless), Upon A Time.



    Oh GOD, OUAT. She's raping the entire show singlehandedly with her performance on all her queen faces. Her emotional expression is simply beautiful and too captivating. The scenes she shares with Emma, Rumple and, heck, even Snow on certain occasions automatically bring a wide grin on your face as well as strike you with the most chilling of goosebumps.



    I had the pleasure of seeing a few of Lana's real-life appearances on TV and videos, and I can say for sure she's an amazing person as much as she is an actress. I'm pretty sure she's at least near perfection if not complete perfection altogether.moreless
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