Regina is the mayor of Storybrooke and Henry’s adoptive mother—responsibilities she has been balancing, without help, since she adopted Henry as a newborn. Despite the demands of her job, Regina is an extremely attentive mother to Henry. At times, though, she can be a bit overbearing. This is especially true whenever she crosses paths with Emma, Henry’s birthmother, with whom she makes no effort to play nice.
Upon Emma’s arrival in Storybrooke, Regina senses the very real threat she presents to her relationship with Henry and immediately takes action to run Emma out of town. Nothing is too drastic for Regina, who seems able to mobilize the entire population of Storybrooke to hassle Emma during her stay.
Regina endeavors to project a calm, cool and collected appearance, but there is a dark, tempestuous side to her that lies just beneath her Stepford-manicured surface. Barely. Perhaps that’s because, in Fairy Tale Land, she is actually the Evil Queen
Lana Parrilla on playing Evil Queen / Regina:
"'Mirror mirror on the wall, who is the most wicked character to play of all?'... It's always been a dream to portray archetypal villains! Developing both the Queen and Mayor Regina, whose sinister complexities are most compelling and yet thrilling to perform, has been quite an exciting journey! These are two women you are going to love to hate!"
Lana Parrilla grew up in a Brooklyn household where creativity and pursuing one's dreams was definitely encouraged. Beginning at a young age, she was constantly making home videos with her family, signaling her desire even then to be an actress. After graduating from high school, Parrilla moved to Los Angeles to study acting and began honing her craft in local theatre productions.
One of Parrilla's earliest on-camera jobs was an appearance in the Steven Spielberg action pilot Semper Fi, before being cast on the ABC hit comedy series Spin City. Known for creating distinctive characters, she has been a regular on such critically acclaimed shows as Boomtown (for which she received the Imagen Award for Best Supporting Actress), 24 and Swingtown. She also guest starred on NYPD Blue, Six Feet Under and Lost.
Parrilla resides in Los Angeles.