|Birthday:||July 15, 1977|
|Birthplace:||Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA|
|Nationality:|| Puerto Rican|
|Social Networks:|| Twitter|
|Family & Friends|
|Family:|| Sam Parrilla (father)|
Dolores Dee Azzara (mother)
Candice Azzara (aunt)
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 (husband)|
|Character:||Regina Mills/Evil Queen|
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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Parrilla 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. Her mother is an American painter of Sicilian descent who works in banking. Parrilla has one older sister, Deena, and a nephew named Sammy. She is also the niece of character actress Candice Azzara. Parrilla's parents divorced when she was four years old. She spent her first ten years living with her mother, and then lived with her father. During the time she lived with her father, he was too protective to allow her to attend a performing arts school, which delayed her acting career. Parrilla lived with her father until his murder in 1994, when she was 16 and he was 50. Her father was shot once in the chest by a 15-year-old female assailant at point blank range and later died from the wound. After the death of her father, Parrilla moved in with her mother in Burbank, California. Parrilla visited Granada in 2007 to learn Spanish. After high school she moved to Los Angeles and attended Beverly Hills Playhouse to study acting. She also studied voice for ten years. Parrilla then began to be cast in small parts and later on, larger ones.
|1999||Grown Ups||TV Series||Waitress|
|2000||Very Mean Men||Teresa|
|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|
|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|
- 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.