Lana Parrilla at the 2013 Gracie Awards.
July 15, 1977 |
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
|Years active||1999 - present|
Lana María Parrilla (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.
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.
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.
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, 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 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 became engaged to boyfriend Fred Di Blasio on April 28, 2013 while in Israel.
|2000||Very Mean Men||Teresa|
|2003||Frozen Stars||Lisa Vasquez|
|2005||One Last Ride||Antoinette|
|2008||The Double Life of Eleanor Kendall||Nellie|
|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|
|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–present||Once Upon a Time||The Evil Queen/Regina Mills||52 episodes|
Awards and nominations
|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|
- "Lana Parrilla: Biography’". tvguide.com. TV Guide. Retrieved April 25, 2012.
- "Biography for Lana Parrilla". imdb.com. IMDB. Retrieved April 29, 2012.
- "Sam Parrilla Statistics and History - Baseball-Reference.com". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference.
- BIO:Evil Queen Played by Lana Parrilla
- MOVIES The Double Life of Eleanor Kendall
- Saad, Nardine (May 7, 2013). "'Once Upon a Time's' Lana Parrilla engaged to Fred Di Blasio". latimes.com. Los Angeles Times.
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