Lana Parrilla

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Lana Parrilla
Lana Parrilla 2013.jpg
Lana Parrilla at the 2013 Gracie Awards.
Born (1977-07-15) July 15, 1977 (age 36)
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1999–present
Partner(s) Fred Di Blasio (engaged)

Lana María Parrilla[1][2] (born July 15, 1977) is an American actress, known for her roles on Spin City, 24, Windfall, Swingtown and Miami Medical. From 2002-2003, she starred in the critically acclaimed but short lived crime drama Boomtown. She currently stars as The Evil Queen/Regina Mills in the ABC series Once Upon a Time.

Early life[edit]

Parrilla was born in Brooklyn, New York, the daughter of a Sicilian mother and a Puerto Rican father Sam Parrilla, a baseball player who played professionally for 11 seasons (1963-1973) including one season with the Major League Philadelphia Phillies in 1970 as an outfielder. Her sister is Deena Parrilla.[3]

Lana speaks Spanish because she went to Granada (Spain) to learn the language in 2007.


Parrilla has had roles in several movies, including Very Mean Men (2000), Spiders (2000), Replicant (2001) and Frozen Stars (2003). She was first noticed in the mainstream when she joined the cast of Spin City in 2000, playing Angie Ordonez for one season.

Parrilla at the 2012 Comic-Con in San Diego.

After that she joined Donnie Wahlberg and Neal McDonough in the 2002 series Boomtown, for which she received the Imagen Award for Best Supporting Actress,[4] in which she played Teresa, a paramedic. Initially a success, Boomtown began to struggle, and Lana's character became a police academy rookie, so as to tie her more closely to the rest of the show. That program was cancelled just two episodes into its second season.

Parrilla guest-starred in shows such as JAG, NYPD Blue and Six Feet Under. In 2005, Parrilla took a recurring guest role on the fourth season of 24 as Sarah Gavin, a Counter Terrorist Unit agent. After just six episodes, Lana was promoted to a main cast member, but in the thirteenth episode, she was written out after her character tried to blackmail a promotion from temporary CTU head Michelle Dessler (Reiko Aylesworth).

In 2006, Parrilla starred in the NBC summer series Windfall alongside Luke Perry, fellow former 24 cast member Sarah Wynter, and Parilla's former Boomtown castmate Jason Gedrick.

In 2007, Parrilla guest starred as a character called Greta in the third season episodes of ABC's Lost, "Greatest Hits" and "Through the Looking Glass"

In 2008, she starred on the Lifetime movie The Double Life of Eleanor Kendall, in which she played Nellie, a divorcee whose identity has been stolen.[5]

In June 2008, she starred in the CBS summer series Swingtown as Trina Decker, a woman who is part of a Swinging couple.

In 2010, Parrilla starred in the Jerry Bruckheimer-produced Miami Medical on CBS, which had a short run towards the end of the 2009–10 television season before being canceled in July 2010. From 2010 to 2011 she made many guest appearances of TV shows, such as Covert Affairs, Medium, The Defenders and Chase.

Parrilla stars as The Evil Queen/Regina Mills in the ABC adventure fantasy television series, Once Upon a Time, which debuted in October 2011.[4] Her performance received positive reviews.

Personal Life[edit]

Parrilla became engaged to boyfriend Fred Di Blasio on April 28, 2013 while in Israel.[6]


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
2002 JAG Lt. Stephanie Donato 1 episode
The Shield Sedona Tellez 1 episode
2002–2003 Boomtown Teresa Ortiz 17 episodes
2004 NYPD Blue Officer Janet Grafton 3 episodes
Six Feet Under Maile 2 episodes
2005 24 Sarah Gavin 12 episodes
2006 Windfall Nina Schaefer 13 episodes
Lost Greta 3 episodes
2008 Swingtown Trina Decker 13 episodes
2010 Miami Medical Dr. Eva Zambrano 13 episodes
Covert Affairs Julia Suarez 1 episode
Medium Lydia Halstrom 1 episode
The Defenders Betty 1 episode
2011 Chase Isabella 1 episode
2011–present Once Upon a Time The Evil Queen/Regina Mills Main cast

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Nominated work Result
2003 Imagen Award for Best Supporting Actress Boomtown Won
2008 ALMA Award for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Television Series Swingtown Nominated
2012 TV Guide Award for Favorite Villain Once Upon a Time Won
2012 Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress on Television Once Upon a Time Nominated
2012 Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Villain Once Upon a Time Nominated
2012 ALMA Award for Outstanding TV Actress - Drama Once Upon a Time Won
2013 NHMC Impact Award Once Upon a Time Won
2013 Teen Choice Awards for Choice TV Villain Once Upon a Time Nominated


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