Lana Maria Parrilla (born July 15, 1977) is an American actress, known for her roles on Spin City, 24, Boomtown, Windfall, Swingtown and Miami Medical. She currently stars as The Evil Queen and Regina Mills, in the ABC series Once Upon a Time. Parrilla was born in Brooklyn, New York, the daughter of an Italian mother and a Puerto Rican father Sam Parrilla, a professional baseball player for the Philadelphia Phillies in the early 1970s. Parrilla has had roles in several movies, including Very Mean Men (2000), Spiders (2000), Replicant (2001) and Frozen Stars (2003). She was first noticed in the mainstream when she joined the cast of Spin City in 2000, playing Angie Ordonez for one season.
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