Lana Parrilla

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Lana Parrilla
Lana Parrilla 2013.jpg
Lana Parrilla at the 2013 Gracie Awards.
Born Lana Maria Parrilla
(1977-07-15) July 15, 1977 (age 37)
Brooklyn, New York, United States
Occupation Actress
Years active 1999–present
Spouse(s) Fred Di Blasio (m. 2014)
Parent(s) Sam Parrilla
Relatives Candice Azzara
Awards Alma Award

Lana Maria Parrilla[1][2] (born July 15, 1977) is an American actress.

Parrilla is best known for her roles on television. She was regular cast member on the season 5 of ABC sitcom, Spin City, from 2000 to 2001. She later starred in the short-lived dramas Boomtown (2002-2003), Windfall (2006), Swingtown (2008) and Miami Medical (2010). She also played the role of Sarah Gavin on the season four of Fox series 24 in 2005. In 2011, Parrilla began starring as The Evil Queen/Regina Mills in the ABC fantasy drama series, Once Upon a Time.

Early life[edit]

Parilla was born in Brooklyn. Her father, Sam Parrilla (1943–94), was a Puerto Rican-born baseball player who played professionally for 11 seasons (1963–73), including one season with the Major League Philadelphia Phillies in 1970 as an outfielder,[3] and her mother is an accomplished painter of Sicilian descent who works in banking. Parrilla has one older sister, Deena, and a nephew named Sammy.[4] She is also the niece of noted character actress Candice Azzara. Parrilla's parents legally divorced when she was four years old, and she spent her first ten years living with her mother. Subsequently, she lived with her father until his murder in 1994, when she was 16.[4] Parrilla visited Granada in 2007 to learn Spanish.



Parrilla in March 2012

In her early career, Parrilla had roles in several movies, including Very Mean Men (2000), Spiders (2000), Replicant (2001) and Frozen Stars (2003). She made her television debut in 1999, on UON sitcom Grown Ups. In 2000, she joined the cast of ABC comedy series Spin City, playing Angie Ordonez for one season. She left from show in 2001. After that she joined Donnie Wahlberg and Neal McDonough in the 2002 critically acclaimed but short lived crime drama Boomtown, for which she received the Imagen Award for Best Supporting Actress,[5] in which she played Teresa, a paramedic. Initially a success, Boomtown began to struggle, and Parrilla'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 the number of television dramas, such as JAG, Six Feet Under, Covert Affairs, Medium, The Defenders and Chase. She had a recurring role in NYPD Blue as Officer Janet Grafton in 2004. In 2005, Parrilla took a recurring guest role on the fourth season of Fox series 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).

Parrilla at the 2012 Comic-Con in San Diego.

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, she guest starred as Greta in the third season episodes of ABC's Lost, "Greatest Hits" and "Through the Looking Glass" In 2008, she had a leading role on the Lifetime movie The Double Life of Eleanor Kendall, in which she played Nellie, a divorcee whose identity has been stolen.[6] Also in 2008, she starred in the CBS summer series Swingtown as Trina Decker, a woman who is part of a Swinging couple. In 2010, Parrilla had a female lead role 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.[7] Windfall, Swingtown and Miami Medical was cancelled after 13 episodes.


In February 2011, she was cast as Mayor Regina Mills/The Evil Queen, the main antagonist in the ABC adventure fantasy drama pilot, Once Upon a Time created by Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz.[8] The series debuted in October 2011.[5] The pilot episode was watched by 12.93 million viewers and achieved an adult 18–49 rating/share of 4.0/10 and the first season received generally favorable reviews from critics.[9]

Parrilla' performance received positive reviews from critics. In 2012 and 2013, she was a promising contender for an Emmy Award in the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series category,[10][11][12][13][14][15] though she did not receive a nomination. She has won TV Guide Award for Favorite Villain and ALMA Award for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series in 2012.[16][17] Parrilla also received a nomination for Best Supporting Actress on Television from the 38th Saturn Awards.[18]

Parrilla with her husband Fred Di Blasio in 2014

Personal life[edit]

Parrilla became engaged to boyfriend Fred Di Blasio on April 28, 2013, while in Israel.[19] The two were married in the summer of 2014, shortly before Parrilla began filming the fourth season of Once Upon a Time on July 14.[20] Parrilla confirmed the news on her Twitter account on August 1.[21] Parrilla is the stepmother to Di Blasio's three sons: Jack, Patrick, and Matt.



Year Title Role Notes
2000 Very Mean Men Teresa
2000 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 Television film


Year Title Role Notes
1999 Grown Ups Waitress Episodes: "Truth Be Told" "J Says"
2000–2001 Spin City Angie Ordonez Series regular, 21 episodes
2002 JAG Lt. Stephanie Donato Episode: "Head to Toe"
2002 The Shield Sedona Tellez Episode: "Circles"
2002–2003 Boomtown Teresa Ortiz Series regular, 24 episodes
2004 NYPD Blue Officer Janet Grafton Recurring role, 3 episodes
2004 Six Feet Under Maile Episodes: "Terror Starts at Home" "The Dare"
2005 24 Sarah Gavin Series regular, 12 episodes
2006 Windfall Nina Schaefer Series regular, 13 episodes
2006 Lost Greta Episodes: "Greatest Hits" "Through the Looking Glass"
2008 Swingtown Trina Decker Series regular, 13 episodes
2010 Miami Medical Dr. Eva Zambrano Series regular, 13 episodes
2010 Covert Affairs Julia Suarez Episode: "South Bound Suarez"
2010 Medium Lydia Halstrom Episode: "The Match Game"
2010 The Defenders Betty Episode: "Las Vegas vs. Johnson"
2011 Chase Isabella Episode: "Narco: Part 1"
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
2013 Imagen Foundation Award for Best Actress/Television Once Upon a Time Nominated


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  2. ^ "Biography for Lana Parrilla". IMDB. Retrieved April 29, 2012. 
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  4. ^ a b "Lana Parrilla and her sister Deena". 
  5. ^ a b BIO:Evil Queen Played by Lana Parrilla
  6. ^ MOVIES The Double Life of Eleanor Kendall
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  17. ^ Posted: 09/21/2012 10:18 pm (2012-09-21). "ALMA Awards 2012: Winners And Show Highlights (VIDEO, PHOTOS)". Retrieved 2014-06-03. 
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  19. ^ Saad, Nardine (May 7, 2013). "'Once Upon a Time's' Lana Parrilla engaged to Fred Di Blasio". Los Angeles Times. 
  20. ^ McRady, Rachel (July 30, 2014). "Lana Parrilla Is Marred: Once Upon a Time Star Secretly Weds". US Weekly. 
  21. ^ Parrilla, Lana (August 1, 2014). "Well, @fred_diblasio I think this says it all... Signed, #MrsDiBlasio". Twitter. 

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