Once Upon A Time’s Lana Parrilla on playing The Evil Queen and Always keeping Chocolate in her Purse.

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.

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Rumple, Belle and Morpheus – Storybrooke’s New Dysfunctional Family

Talk about twists! In the most shocking moment of the episode, we found out Morpheus (Giles Matthey) is actually Rumple and Belle’s unborn son all grown up (this is what happens when you sprinkle magic dream dust on your estranged wife’s womb). It’s a relief to see that Rumple and Belle’s child was born safely, but it turns out that he already has some very strong opinions about his dad and was willing to double-cross Rumpelstiltskin of all people to try and protect Belle.

Now that Belle has woken from her sleeping curse, she’s taking her son’s advice and keeping both her and the baby away from her husband. Rumple isn’t too pleased with that, but it seems that one of Once’s favorite couples have again come to an impasse.

“Belle really is kind of in a place where she’s given up on Rumple, but they have a child and that makes things things messier. When you have a child, you have to put aside your own feelings and put the child first, no matter how much you hate the other person. That is going to be tested,” Kitsis said.

The problem with Rumple and Belle is that they can’t seem to accept each other as they are, and thus they keep repeating the same mistakes and ending up in the same heartbroken places.

“What’s interesting to us in exploring those characters and Rumple is you saw in the premiere when they’re in the dream world and she asks if he would change for her, he says ‘For you, I’d be the best man I can be,’ which is a very carefully chosen set of words. He’ll be the best man he can be but he can’t quite get to that place of actually being a good man,” Horowitz explained. “That’s the push-pull of the relationship because she really does love him and see the good and the bad in him. She sees the potential, and it’s that frustration which continues to grow, which is, 'Wow, if he could just keep going in that one direction it would be perfect,’ but something always pulls him back.”

Rumple once told Belle that he was a difficult man to love, which seems to ring true every season. That can prove to be infuriating for both Belle and for the ardent fans at home dying for these two to work it out. There’s no reason to give up hope just yet, but Horowitz admits Rumple and Belle will have a harder time than most of the other couples on the show (especially since we haven’t seen the last of Morpheus yet).

“They’ve got a journey to go on to see whether they get [their happy ending] or not. That’s the fun of it for us, and hopefully the audience, which is exploring these ups and downs,” Horowitz says. “Yes, there are a lot of downs, but that’s because we have an incredibly good hearted character who has fallen in love with one of the most flawed characters on this show. It’s never going to be easy and that’s just the nature of what those two are.”


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