Lana Parrilla Opens Up About Playing Evil Queen Regina on ‘Once Upon a Time’

Lana Parrilla, the stunning star of ABC’s Once Upon a Time, was featured in BELLA magazine’s beauty issue (May/June 2015), where she opened up about playing the villain of the show Regina Mills, inner beauty, and her biggest source of inspiration.

On starring in Once Upon a Time, Parrilla told BELLA:

I think the show is a great representation
of hope, love, and family. Within each episode there are moral lessons to be found about betrayal, love, power,
and the iconic characters represent light, darkness, heroism, love, truth – all the things that make the show relatable and entertaining to viewers.”

What I love about [my character] Regina 
is when we first met her, she was sort of this vengeful, evil queen who possessed so much hatred and revenge and wanted to hurt people who hurt her. Over the years, as we’ve seen and experienced her evolution, she’s become the epitome of change and hope. That’s what I’ve really enjoyed.

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[Photo credit: ABC]

Parrilla also opened up about her success as an actress, telling the magazine, “I love when people say to me, ‘You’re an overnight success!’ Actually, I’ve been doing this for 18 years.”

Back when she was starting out as a young actress, she explained her aunt was her source of inspiration. “She told me that if this was something I wanted, I had to find my love and passion because it’s a tough industry,” Parrilla said. “You can’t just wing it, you have to really do the work.”

As for what she’s learned as a mother, and how she takes each day living her own fairy tale, “There have been times when it’s scary and I wonder if I’m doing things right. But then there are times when I know exactly what I’m doing and it’s fantastic. I love this and I love them.”

“Be a good example to the youth and a leader to up-and- coming actors who aspire to follow in your footsteps,” she adds.

Lastly (it’s the beauty issue of BELLA after all!), Parrilla’s take on beauty is:

It’s honesty, a truth, a love for oneself, and an acceptance of who you are as a human being. Living life by your own code makes your external beauty that much more appealing. Ultimately it’s what’s on the inside that people are drawn to.

Once Upon a Time airs Sundays on ABC at 8/7.

The May/June 2015 issue of BELLA, New York’s premiere women’s luxury lifestyle publication, will be available on newsstands May 1st.

[Lead photo credit: Fernando Forero Photo. Makeup by Chris Lanston and styling by The Style Duo.]