Lana Maria Parrilla (born July 15, 1977) is an American actress. Parrilla is known for her roles on television and radio. She was a regular cast member in the fifth season of the ABC sitcom Spin City from 2000 to 2001. She later starred in Boomtown (2002-2003), Windfall (2006), Swingtown (2008) and as Dr. Eva Zambrano in the short-lived medical drama Miami Medical (2010). She also played the role of Sarah Gavin during the fourth season of the Fox series 24 in 2005. From 2011 until 2018, Parrilla starred as The Evil Queen/Regina Mills in the ABC fantasy drama series, Once Upon a Time. In 2016 Parrilla won a Teen Choice Award for Choice Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actress.
Parrilla in 2013.
Lana Maria Parrilla
July 15, 1977
New York City, U.S.
Alfredo Di Blasio
(m. 2014; div. 2018)
|Relatives||Candice Azzara (maternal aunt)|
Parrilla was born in the Brooklyn borough of New York City in 1977. Her mother, Dolores Dee Azzara, is of Sicilian ancestry and her father was Sam Parrilla (1943–94), a Puerto Rico-born baseball player who played professionally for 11 seasons (1963–73), including with the Major League Philadelphia Phillies as an outfielder for one season (1970). She is also the niece of Candice Azzara, the American Broadway and TV actress.
In her early career, Parrilla appeared in several movies, including Very Mean Men (2000), Spiders (2000), and Frozen Stars (2003). She made her television debut in 1999, on the UPN sitcom Grown Ups. In 2000, she joined the cast of the ABC comedy series Spin City, playing Angie Ordonez for one season. She left the show in 2001. After that she joined Donnie Wahlberg and Neal McDonough in the short lived crime drama Boomtown, for which she received the Imagen Award for Best Supporting Actress, for her portrayal of Teresa, a paramedic. Initially a success, Boomtown began to struggle, and Parrilla's character became a police academy rookie, to tie her more closely to the rest of the show. "Boomtown" was canceled just two episodes into its second season.
Parrilla guest-starred in a number of television dramas, including JAG, Six Feet Under, Covert Affairs, Medium, The Defenders and Chase. She had a recurring role in 2004 as Officer Janet Grafton in NYPD Blue. In 2005, Parrilla took a recurring guest role on the fourth season of the Fox series 24 as Sarah Gavin, a Counter Terrorist Unit agent. After just six episodes, Lana was made a regular cast member; but in the thirteenth episode, her character was written out after she tried to thwart another character's promotion from temporary to permanent 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, she guest starred as Greta during the third season of ABC's Lost in the episodes "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. 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 it was canceled in July 2010. Windfall, Swingtown and Miami Medical were all canceled after 13 episodes.
In February 2011, she was cast as Mayor Regina Mills/The Evil Queen, in the ABC adventure fantasy drama pilot, Once Upon a Time created by Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz. The series debuted in October 2011. The pilot episode was watched by 12.93 million viewers and achieved an adult 18–49 rating/share of 4.0/10 during the first season, receiving generally favorable reviews from critics.
Parrilla's performance also received positive reviews from critics. In 2012 and 2013, she was regarded as a promising contender for an Emmy Award in the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series category, though she did not receive a nomination. She won the TV Guide Award for Favorite Villain and the ALMA Award for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series in 2012. Parrilla also received a nomination for Best Supporting Actress on Television from the 38th Saturn Awards.
Parrilla became engaged to Alfredo Di Blasio, an executive with a technology firm, on April 28, 2013, while traveling in Israel. They were married on July 5, 2014, in British Columbia. They divorced on November 5, 2018, which Parrilla revealed in an Instagram post dated April 13, 2019.
|2000||Very Mean Men||Teresa|
|2003||Frozen Stars||Lisa Vasquez|
|2005||One Last Ride||Antoinette|
|2020||The Tax Collector||Post-production|
|1999||Grown Ups||Waitress||Episodes: "Truth Be Told", "J Says"|
|2000||Rude Awakening||Nurse Lorna||Episode: "Telltale Heart pt.1"|
|2000–01||Spin City||Angie Ordonez||Series regular, 21 episodes|
|2002||JAG||Lt. Stephanie Donato||Episode: "Head to Toe"|
|The Shield||Sedona Tellez||Episode: "Circles"|
|2002–03||Boomtown||Teresa Ortiz||Imagen Award for Best Supporting Actress|
|2004||NYPD Blue||Officer Janet Grafton||Recurring role, 3 episodes|
|Six Feet Under||Maile||Episodes: "Terror Starts at Home", "The Dare"|
|2005||24||Sarah Gavin||Recurring guest role / Series regular, 12 episodes|
|2006||Windfall||Nina Schaefer||Series regular, 13 episodes|
|Lost||Greta||Episodes: "Greatest Hits", "Through the Looking Glass"|
|2008||Swingtown||Trina Decker||Series regular, 13 episodes|
|The Double Life of Eleanor Kendall||Nellie Givens||Television film|
|2010||Miami Medical||Dr. Eva Zambrano||Series regular, 13 episodes|
|Covert Affairs||Julia Suarez||Episode: "South Bound Suarez"|
|Medium||Lydia Halstrom||Episode: "The Match Game"|
|The Defenders||Betty||Episode: "Las Vegas vs. Johnson"|
|2011||Chase||Isabella||Episode: "Narco: Part 1"|
|2011–18||Once Upon a Time||Regina Mills
Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Actress: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
ALMA Award for Outstanding TV Actress - Drama
TV Guide Award for Favorite Villain
Nominated — Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Villain
Nominated — Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Villain
Nominated — Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress on Television
Nominated — TV Guide Award for Favorite Villain
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|
|Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress on Television||Once Upon a Time||Nominated|
|Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Villain||Once Upon a Time||Nominated|
|ALMA Award for Outstanding TV Actress - Drama||Once Upon a Time||Won|
|2013||NHMC Impact Award||Once Upon a Time||Won|
|Teen Choice Awards for Choice TV Villain||Once Upon a Time||Nominated|
|Imagen Foundation Award for Best Actress/Television||Once Upon a Time||Nominated|
|2016||Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Actress: Sci-Fi/Fantasy||Once Upon a Time||Won|
|2017||Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Actress: Sci-Fi/Fantasy||Once Upon a Time||Nominated|
|2018||Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Actress: Sci-Fi/Fantasy||Once Upon a Time||Nominated|
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- She's Got Performance In Her Genes
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- Fast Facts - Tv Guide
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- MOVIES The Double Life of Eleanor Kendall Archived January 30, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
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- Overview Base Job
- Saad, Nardine (May 7, 2013). "Once Upon a Time's Lana Parrilla engaged to Fred Di Blasio". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on December 10, 2016.
- Nudd, Tim (August 1, 2014). "Once Upon a Time's Lana Parrilla Gets Married in Real-Life Fairy Tale". People. Archived from the original on March 17, 2018.
- Parrilla, Lana [@LanaParrilla] (August 1, 2014). "Well, @fred_diblasio I think this says it all... Signed, #MrsDiBlasio" (Tweet). Archived from the original on March 19, 2016 – via Twitter.
- "The Lana Parrilla". www.facebook.com. Retrieved November 7, 2019.
- "Lana Parilla on Instagram - "Currently on my new life path..."". Instagram. April 13, 2019. Retrieved April 14, 2019.
..The life I thought I was going to live is over. I’m no longer married. No longer a stepmother. No longer The Queen. I’ve started over...
- Nomination Teen Choice Award 2018
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