Lana Parrilla

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Lana Parrilla
Lana Parrilla 2013.jpg
Lana Parrilla at the 2013 Gracie Awards.
BornLana Maria Parrilla
(1977-07-15) July 15, 1977 (age 37)
Brooklyn, New York, United States
Years active1999–present
Spouse(s)Fred Di Blasio (July 5, 2014) (m. 2014)
ParentsSam Parrilla
RelativesCandice Azzara
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Lana Parrilla
Lana Parrilla 2013.jpg
Lana Parrilla at the 2013 Gracie Awards.
BornLana Maria Parrilla
(1977-07-15) July 15, 1977 (age 37)
Brooklyn, New York, United States
Years active1999–present
Spouse(s)Fred Di Blasio (July 5, 2014) (m. 2014)
ParentsSam Parrilla
RelativesCandice Azzara

Lana María 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

Parilla was born in Brooklyn. Her father, Sam Parrilla (1943–94), was a Puerto Rican-born baseball player who played profesionally 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.[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, but she is not fluent in the language.



Parrilla in March 2012

In early career, Parrilla has 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.


On February 2011, 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

Parrilla became engaged to boyfriend Fred Di Blasio on April 28, 2013, while in Israel.[19] The two were secretly married in the summer of 2014, shortly before Parrilla began filming the fourth season of Once Upon a Time on July 14.[20] Parrilla later 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.



2000Very Mean MenTeresa
2000SpidersMarci Eyre
2003Frozen StarsLisa Vasquez
2005One Last RideAntoinette
2008The Double Life of Eleanor KendallNellieTelevision film


1999Grown UpsWaitressEpisodes: "Truth Be Told" "J Says"
2000–2001Spin CityAngie OrdonezSeries regular, 21 episodes
2002JAGLt. Stephanie DonatoEpisode: "Head to Toe"
2002The ShieldSedona TellezEpisode: "Circles"
2002–2003BoomtownTeresa OrtizSeries regular, 24 episodes
2004NYPD BlueOfficer Janet GraftonRecurring role, 3 episodes
2004Six Feet UnderMaileEpisodes: "Terror Starts at Home" "The Dare"
200524Sarah GavinSeries regular, 12 episodes
2006WindfallNina SchaeferSeries regular, 13 episodes
2006LostGretaEpisodes: "Greatest Hits" "Through the Looking Glass"
2008SwingtownTrina DeckerSeries regular, 13 episodes
2010Miami MedicalDr. Eva ZambranoSeries regular, 13 episodes
2010Covert AffairsJulia SuarezEpisode: "South Bound Suarez"
2010MediumLydia HalstromEpisode: "The Match Game"
2010The DefendersBettyEpisode: "Las Vegas vs. Johnson"
2011ChaseIsabellaEpisode: "Narco: Part 1"
2011–presentOnce Upon a TimeThe Evil Queen/Regina MillsMain Cast

Awards and nominations

YearAwardNominated workResult
2003Imagen Award for Best Supporting ActressBoomtownWon
2008ALMA Award for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Television SeriesSwingtownNominated
2012TV Guide Award for Favorite VillainOnce Upon a TimeWon
2012Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress on TelevisionOnce Upon a TimeNominated
2012Teen Choice Award for Choice TV VillainOnce Upon a TimeNominated
2012ALMA Award for Outstanding TV Actress - DramaOnce Upon a TimeWon
2013NHMC Impact AwardOnce Upon a TimeWon
2013Teen Choice Awards for Choice TV VillainOnce Upon a TimeNominated
2013Imagen Foundation Award for Best Actress/TelevisionOnce Upon a TimeNominated


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  2. ^ "Biography for Lana Parrilla". IMDB. Retrieved April 29, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Sam Parrilla Statistics and History -". Sports Reference. 
  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
  7. ^ "Miami Medical canceled, no season two | canceled + renewed TV shows". TV Series Finale. 2010-05-21. Retrieved 2014-06-03. 
  8. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (2011-02-28). "Several Actors Board Broadcast Pilots". Retrieved 2014-06-03. 
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  11. ^ Posted: 07/19/2013 2:48 pm EDT (2013-07-19). "Emmy Latino Snubs For Lana Parrilla, Jimmy Smits, and More". Retrieved 2014-06-03. 
  12. ^ Marc Cuenco (2013-12-01). "14 Emmy-Worthy GIFs of 'Once Upon a Time' Star Lana Parilla". Retrieved 2014-06-03. 
  13. ^ By Team TVLine / June 6, 2012, 6:25 AM PDT (2012-06-06). "[PHOTOS] Emmy Nominations 2012 — Awards Show’s Supporting Actress In Drama Contenders". TVLine. Retrieved 2014-06-03. 
  14. ^ Snetiker, Marc (2012-07-18). "2012 Emmy Awards Nominees: Our Predictions! | TV News". Retrieved 2014-06-03. 
  15. ^ "Lana Parrilla, Once Upon a Time from Emmy Contenders: Supporting Actress, Drama | E! Online UK". 2012-07-02. Retrieved 2014-06-03. 
  16. ^ "TV Guide Magazine Fan Favorites Awards Winners Revealed! - Today's News: Our Take". 2012-04-10. Retrieved 2014-06-03. 
  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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