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
When she was 10 Lana was attacked by a dog while sitting in her front yard with her cat. She now has a noticeable scar on the right side of her upper lip.
In 2001 Lana had a three page pictorial in FHM magazine as part of the FHM: TV Babes Special issue.
Growing up with a professional baseball player for a father it is no surprise that Lana is a huge sports fan.
Two of Lana's favorite movies from the 70's are Saturday Night Fever and A Clockwork Orange.
Lans says she has been inspired by the acting of Meryl Streep and the singing of Joni Mitchell.
Lana helped the victims of the tsunami in Sri Lanka by starting up an art and sports program for refugee-camp children.
Lana's favorite color is red.
Lana trained with famed Hollywood acting teacher Milton Katselas at The Beverly Hills Playhouse.
Lana loves dancing and listening to music.
Lana owns two Bengal cats named Stanley and Lenny.
As of 2007, Lana resides in Los Angeles.
In 2003, Lana won the Imagen Award for the category of best supporting actress for her role in Boomtown.
Lana's father is Sam Parrilla, a professional baseball player who played for the Philadelphia Phillies in 1970.
Lana is of Puerto-Rican and Italian decent.
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.