TV Guide Interview with Lana Parrilla from ‘Once Upon a Time’


TV Guide caught up with Lana Parrilla from Once Upon a Time and got some scoop for this season!


Poor Regina! She just can’t catch a break.

Lana Parrilla: I think it’s a really lonely, sad place for Regina to be left in Storybrooke without anyone. Even Gold (Robert Carlyle) — he’s there but he’s not there.

She’ll soon have her mommy! How do you think Regina is going to feel about her mother after all these years?

Parrilla: I think there are going to be moments when she does revert back to that little girl. As much pain as her mother has caused, at the end of the day, she is her mother and she loves her. I think that’s true for a lot of parent/children relationships. Even when they go awry or horrible betrayals take place, there’s a connection that’s undeniable and that could never be broken by anyone. So, I want to make sure that that’s there even through the fighting, even if we’re throwing fireballs at one another. So much so that she blames Snow White (Ginnifer Goodwin) for Daniel’s (Noah Bean) death when she saw her mother rip Daniel’s heart out right in front of her and crush it.

Children, a lot of times, can’t make their parents wrong because they have to live with them, because they have to love them. And when you’re young, you can’t get on your Big Wheel and go down to the Best Western. You’ve got to live there and you’ve got to figure it out. I think that she’s done that often with her mom. She’s made a lot of excuses and has blamed others so she can still coexist and love her mother and feel loved, even though it’s a demented sort of unhealthy love. And then there’s going to be moments of the Evil Queen. But I think it’s going to be different. It has to be. She’s grown up in a different way. Now that she’s lost everything and she’s had this huge revelation, she’s going to have to find a new way to deal with Cora.

Were you surprised when you found out that Regina being framed for murder was the direction they were going in for the midseason return?

Parrilla: I’m constantly surprised. I don’t always agree with all of it either, by the way. I don’t. And there’s a fight in me. But instead of making the call I go, “Okay, what’s that about? What’s the resistance?” Meryl Streep said, “When you read a scene that you hate or you don’t like, that’s where the character lies. So, you have to go deeper.” So, I’m forced to go deeper. I don’t like that Regina kills Archie for the sole fact that he represents the conscious mind. I question why would she do that? Obviously there’s a twist. But that’s what he represents for everyone.

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