Once Upon A Time’s Lana Parrilla

You know her as the Evil Queen; we know her as Lana Parrilla, an incredibly cool and down-to-earth honorary Potatohead. It’s safe to say that we are more than a little enamoured with Parrilla: she’s a New Yorker just like us, plays a badass mother and queen on Once Upon a Time, and advocates for getting a full eight hours of sleep each night. She’s the kind of woman who looks just as comfortable in full makeup and a crown as she does in Instagram photos hiking with her adorable dog, Lola. Parrilla’s proven that she’s a real talent over the past five seasons on the hit ABC show, and with the new season airing last night, we knew we had to catch up with her. Read below for her ideal food day, beauty routine and how she keeps things fresh going into Once Upon a Time’s sixth season…

From start to finish, what would be your ideal food day?

For breakfast, a smoothie and fresh fruit. For lunch, a chopped quinoa and kale salad with chicken. For dinner: Fish with grilled veggies.

How do you practice beauty from the inside out? 

I sleep eight hours a night, mediate, eat well and exercise. Make sure you always make time for you!

What are your morning and nightly beauty routines?

The deep cleaning happens in the evening before bed. In the morning, I simply rinse my face, clean the cobwebs out of my eyes and start my routine.

In the morning, I spritz with Rose Water, apply day cream by Valmont Prime Regenera 1, apply eye cream by Valmont ‘Firming Lifting Corrector Eye Factor II’ Treatment and sunblock by Dr. Lancer.

In the evening, I wash my makeup off with Ko Gen Do’s Spa Water and clean face with Valmont’s Illuminating Foamer. Then I apply Valmont’s Prime Renewing Pack which is a perfect night cream. And the eye cream listed above.

What’s your go to breakfast?

A green smoothie or acai bowl.

Where do you love to travel? What won’t you travel without?

I love to travel throughout Europe – so much culture and beautiful buildings to see. I cannot travel without a camera! I love to capture all my unforgettable moments.

Can you tell us anything about what season six of Once Upon a Time has in store for your character? 

The Queen is back and she is darker than ever before. She is without a conscience.

How has playing Regina Mills evolved throughout the past six season? 

Regina was able to temper the Evil Queen’s impulses in the past, but now there isn’t anyone to stop her; she is on a vengeful mission and will destroy anyone who gets in her way.

What is your go-to lunch on set? 

My go-to lunch on set is tuna salad lettuce wraps with red peppers.

What’s your perfect smoothie comprised of?

My perfect smoothie has almond milk, banana, kale, hemp protein power, maple syrup, bee pollen, maca and mango.

What’s always in your bag? 

Lipstick and chocolate.

What are your favorite cities for food? What restaurants do you go to in each?

In Paris, Le Cinq. In New York, Juliana’s Pizza in Brooklyn. In Los Angeles, Capo Restaurant

What do you always put out when hosting a dinner party? What do you always bring to one as a guest? 

A bottle of wine – and I usually bring a bottle of wine as a guest or a French baguette.

What is the best advice you’ve ever received? The worst?

Best: No matter how you feel, get up, dress up, show up and never give up.

Worst: When someone suggests you need another drink at 3am.

In the same vein as what is the new black in fashion, what’s the new potato right now?

Yam fries.

Also read our interview with Lana’s Once Upon A Time co-star, Jennifer Morrison. Click here for our chat with Orange is the New Black’s Laura Prepon. 

*Lana Parrilla, photographed in New York, NY by Danielle Kosann