Once upon a time

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once upon a time, lana par­rilla, who plays the evil queen and regina mills in the fairy­tale fan­tasy se­ries once upon a time (2011-cur­rent), was a sweet girl but now she’s scary. “peo­ple are afraid of me,” she ad­mits. “some adults, some chil­dren. but i think we’ve seen such a hu­man side to this character, they’re more in­trigued now. they want to get to know who i am out­side of this character, which is cool.”

the per­form­ing bug bit lana early. at age three, she was per­form­ing fake com­mer­cials for her fam­ily. by five, she knew that she wanted to act. and at eight, her mom found her prac­tic­ing how to cry con­vinc­ingly. it was around the same time that lana started mak­ing home videos for her fam­ily – “real silly high-con­cept pro­duc­tions like at­tack of the killer hand­ker­chief,” she re­calls. but she only for­mally honed her act­ing skills after high school when she en­rolled at pres­ti­gious act­ing cen­tre the bev­erly hills play­house. her first tv role was a wait­ress in the sit­com grown ups (1999-2000) in 1999. she was then cast as a reg­u­lar in sea­son 5 of spin city (1996-2002) as angie, be­fore play­ing sarah given in 2005 in the fourth sea­son of 24 (2001-2010). be­sides act­ing, the 37-year-old ac­tress is also into sports, “es­pe­cially out­door ac­tiv­i­ties”. lana mar­ried fi­ancé fred di bla­sio last year and is now the proud step­mom to fred’s sons jack, pa­trick and matt. like regina, she can be a lit­tle weird (but not evil). lana and her fam­ily tend to get a bit “in­ter­est­ing” on new year’s eve, say­ing that “we bang pots and pans in the mid­dle of the street”.

sea­son 2 lifetime 20:00 episode 6 there’s only one woman wor­thy of play­ing the evil Queen… and

that’s lana par­rilla.

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