Lana Parrilla - Comiccon de Montréal

Biography

Of Italian and Puerto Rican descent, Lana Parrilla spent her childhood in Brooklyn, New York.  At a young age, she made numerous home videos with her family and especially with her aunt, who is a working actress.  Lana’s family supported her natural inclination to perform, however with her determination no one was going to stand in the way of her passion.  Parrilla graduated from high school and shortly thereafter moved to Los Angeles to study her craft and began to appear in local theatre productions.  

One of Parrilla’s earliest on-camera jobs was an appearance in the Steven Spielberg movie of the week, Semper Fi (2001). Thereafter, she joined the cast as a regular on the hit comedy series Spin City.Parrilla has been a regular on many critically acclaimed shows such as Boomtown, where she played a young paramedic, for which she received an Imagen Award, 24, as a counter-terrorist agent, and Swingtown, as a sexually progressive woman in the 1970s, to name a few. She has also recurred on such memorable series as NYPD Blue, Six Feet Underand Lost.  

Parrilla relished one of her most recent roles as Regina Mills/Evil Queen on the hit show Once Upon A Time. Working on the ABC series has garnered her some accolades including a NHMC Impact Award, an ALMA Award for Outstanding TV Actress, a Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Actress: Sci-Fi/Fantasy,as well as being voted by fans as TV Guide’s Best Villain. 

Her most recent work is the David Ayer film The Tax Collector, starring alongside Shia LaBeouf, which should see a release later this year.

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