American actress Lana Parrilla has graced the silver screen for quite some time and is currently most well known for her exquisite portrayal of the Evil Queen/Regina Mills in ABC’s hit series Once Upon A Time.
Born in Brooklyn in the late 70s Parrilla had always known that acting was her calling. She describes practicing the craft and putting on shows for family members at an early age. This passion was both nurtured and expertly enhanced by Parrilla’s attendance at the Beverly Hills Playhouse.
While Parrilla made her television debut in 1999’s Grown Ups she, additionally, appeared in several films in the early 2000s. As she appeared in Very Mean Men and Spiders in 2000 she also joined the cast of ABC’s Spin City as a series regular.
This was followed by the crime drama Boomtown, in which she portrayed Teresa Ortiz, and won an Imagen Award for Best Supporting Actress. Although the crime drama was initially well received it was cancelled early into its second season. Nevertheless, Parrilla would rack up several other guest starring appearances in several shows, including Medium, JAG, Lost, NYPD Blue, Six Feet Under, and Covert Affairs. In 2005, Parrilla was cast as Sarah Gavin in the Fox series 24 as a recurring guest star.
The following year, in 2006, Parrilla starred in the NBC series Windfall before securing the leading role of Eleanor Kendall in the Lifetime movie The Double Life of Eleanor Kendall. In the same year, 2008, she began starring as Trina Decker in the CBS series Swingtown. In 2017 Trina Decker remains one of Parrilla’s most recognizable characters amongst fans.
As Swingtown was a short-lived but memorable character for Parilla she was next cast as Eva Zambrano in Jerry Bruckheimer’s Miami Medical. However, this series too was shortlived as it was cancelled after thirteen episodes.
Nevertheless, things were about to change as in 2011 Parrilla was cast as The Evil Queen/Regina Mills in the new ABC fantasy drama Once Upon A Time.