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The Nuevo Impact magazine released a interview of our dear Mama. She speaks about her childhood, family, her career and her dad, Sam Parrilla. Check out:
ABC’s “Once Upon a Time” evil Queen is Latina
Lana Parrilla plays the Evil Queen in “Once Upon a Time,” but in real life, there’s nothing dark and evil about her. In fact, she is a beautiful, charming, and warm Latina, who like more and more Latinos, is rising to a place of prominence in her profession. In this Nuevo Impact exclusive, Lana opens up about her background, her struggles early on, and the importance of her Hispanic roots.
Laudir Lugo: When did you know you wanted to be an actress/entertainer?
Lana Parrilla: This was something I knew when I was quite young. I’d say was probably about three. I was entertaining for my family and we would do home videos. My aunt is someone I really look up to and admire; she’s always been a mentor. I think she made a huge influence on me. I didn’t start pursuing my career until I was sixteen, but at twelve, I really knew this was what I wanted to do.”
LL: You’ve really had to persevere, especially early on to be living this dream. What was that like?
LP: I lost my father at 16 and that was quite devastating. When he passed on, I felt like I had to pursue this for him and do it the right way. Early on in my career, in my early twenties, I was cast in Spin City and I was playing a Latina. But, I started struggling after Boomtown because people would say I didn’t look Latin enough. I just felt like, wait a minute I’m being cheated. I guess they thought I wasn’t dark enough and that was hard for me. I got to the place where I was like, this is how I look, take it or leave it. I am Latina whether you believe it or not! That was very hurtful for me. Oddly enough, I decided to cut all of my hair off, and it opened great doors for me.
LL: Your dad was Puerto Rican. Did you grow up immersed in your Latino culture?
LP: I was very much immersed in my Latino culture; I learned to dance salsa at an early age. I used to stand on my Papi’s feet. I lived in a very heavy Latin community made up mostly of Puerto Ricans and Dominicans in Brooklyn, and I ate rice and beans every day while novelas played in the background.