Lana Parrilla
General Information
Gender: Female
Nicknames: LP
Birthday: July 15, 1977
Age: 43
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA
Nationality: Puerto Rican
Social Networks: Twitter
Other Information
Height: 5'6"
Occupation(s): Actress
Education: Fort Hamilton High School
Talents: Acting
Family & Friends
Family: Sam Parrilla (father)
Dolores Dee Azzara (mother)
Candice Azzara (maternal aunt)
Deena (sister)
Sammy (nephew)
Jack di Blasio (step-son)
Patrick di Blasio (step-son)
Matt di Blasio (step-son)
Friends: Robert Carlyle
Jared S. Gilmore
Relationships: Fred Di Blasio (ex-husband)
Series Information
Character: Regina Mills / Evil Queen / Roni / Old Woman / Ursula
First appearance: Pilot
Last appearance: Leaving Storybrooke

Lana Maria Parrilla is an American actress. Parrilla is best 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 Doctor 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. In 2011, Parrilla began starring as The Evil Queen/Regina Mills in the ABC fantasy drama series, Once Upon a Time. In 2016 Parrilla won a Teen Choice awards for Choice TV Actress: Fantasy/Sci-Fic.

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Early Life

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.

She grew up in Boerum Hill and graduated from Fort Hamilton High School in Bay Ridge.

Lana studied acting at the Beverly Hills Playhouse in Los Angeles - California.



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,[5] 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 cancelled 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.[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 it was canceled in July 2010. Windfall, Swingtown and Miami Medical were all cancelled 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.

Personal life

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.


Year TV Show/Movie Medium Role
1999 Grown Ups TV Series Waitress
2000 Very Mean Men Teresa
2000 Spiders Marci Eyre
2001 Semper Fi TV Movie Female Series Commander
2000 - 2001 Spin City TV Series Angie Ordonez
2002 The Shield TV Series Sedona Tellez
2003 Frozen Stars Lisa Vasquez
2002 - 2003 Boomtown TV Series Teresa Ortiz
2004 NYPD Blue TV Series Officer Janet Grafton
2004 One Last Ride Antoinette
2004 Six Feet Under TV Series Maile
2005 24 TV Series Sarah Gavin
2006 Windfall TV Series Nina Schaefer
2007 Lost TV Series Greta
2008 Mistaken TV Movie Nellie Givens
2008 Swingtown TV Series Trina Decker
2010 Miami Medical TV Series Dr. Eva Zambrano
2010 Covert Affairs TV Series Julia Suarez
2010 Medium TV Series Lydia Halstrom
2010 The Defenders TV Series Betty Johnson
2011 Chase TV Series Isabella Cordova
2011 - 2018 Once Upon a Time TV Series Regina Mills / Evil Queen / Ursula / Roni
2019 The Tax Collector (post-production)


  • Her father was the late Sam Parrilla, a professional baseball player who played for the Philadelphia Phillies in 1970, his only time in the majors.
  • Has a tattoo.
  • Her favourite sweet is Airwaves chewing gum.
  • She has a her own fan base known as the "Evil Regals". She came up with the name for fans of her character 'Regina Mills/ The Evil Queen' in the TV series Once Upon a Time.
  • She got the scar on her lip when she was 10 years old after she tried to protect her pet cat from a dog attack.
  • (July 5, 2014) Married her longtime boyfriend Fred di Blasio following a 14-month-long engagement.
  • Step-mother of Jack di Blasio, Patrick di Blasio & Matt di Blasio.
  • Niece of actress Candice Azzara.
  • She was honored with a 2012 TV Guide Award for Favorite Villian for her role on Once Upon a Time (2011).
  • She made her television debut playing Angie Ordonez on the series Spin City (1996) in 2000.

Awards and nominations

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
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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