Highlights from the Lana Parrilla and Sean Maguire panel at Storytelling Con, Barcelona, April 22, 2017
Lana came in first…..
Did she prank someone on set: “Well I stole Rebecca’s dog. She was not happy about that. But she stole my chocolates so I thought it was fair to steal her puppy. It was my Wicked Witch moment. I stole her Toto.”
Which Meryl Streep movie would you like to have been in: Mama Mia, the Deer Hunter, the Devil Wear’s Prada.
FMK: F Emma, M Zelena, K Rumple. “I would sleep with myself, I’d marry the Evil Queen, and I’d kill my mother. Nooooo. That doesn’t make anyone happy.”
Favorite con activities: “I love the meet and greets because they’re really intimate and you get to learn a little bit more about my people. Those are my favorite moment. Also just hearing people’s stories. These are fun. I like the panels because I like the energy. And it’s just fun because I get to see everyone and hear everyone, feel your energy and hear your voices and your shouting, your cheering, it’s electrifying.”
What was it like meeting Johnny Depp: She was seven all over again, and she had a crush on Johnny Depp during 21 Jump Street. She was starstruck and fangirled and looked stupid in that picture.
What has she learned from Regina or the Evil Queen: “I’ve learned a lot of lessons. And a lot of similar lessons that a lot of you have learned from these characters because they are very inspiring women. One a little bit more than the other. But even the Evil Queen I’ve learned lessons from her in what not to do. And with Regina just always striving to be the best me I could be for myself and others. That’s probably the biggest lesson. Sounds cheesy but it’s not.”
What is it like to live with four boys: Fun, loud, energetic, with a lot going on.
Best advise to give to your fans: “Be kind to one another. No more segregation, no more separation, no more hate, no more bullshit, I mean there is a lot of that happening in the world. Why would you want to be part of that? So especially in social media I see all the negative banters back and forth and it’s just… I just recommend if you get the impulse to want to say something really shitty to someone … go do something else.”
Sean Maguire joined at this point….
What is your favorite one liner: “I love fillet the bitch. I just think it’s so fun to say.”
They took a picture with an OQ banner presented to them by fans.
What would they as their characters use to describe the other…
Lana: “Chivalrous, Smells like Forest, Handsome, Father, Loving…”
What do you think the EQ and Robin are up to in the wish realm? “I know what they’re up to but we can’t say. […] I think they’re having a really good time.”
Question about how Robin and Regina never said I love you on the show: They both seem surprised that they did not.
Sean: “Well if that’s the case it’s an oversight on our part or the writers part or they’re really holding out to do that line. He’s already dead and you are still holding out?”
Lana: “I feel like they had to have said it…”
Sean: “I think you’re right… […] it’s because Robin and Regina are really shy… But did you get the sense that we both felt that? [Audience affirmative] Well then we did our job.”
Lana: “I’m here to tell you all that Regina and Robin Hood loved each other.”
Sean: “We certainly did.”
Lana declines to sing again… which … she does a lot at cons.
Sean: “Lana was the one on my first day, Lana was one of the first actors on the show to say hi to me and welcome me to the show. So I was really … it’s like the first day at school and when someone who has been there a while welcomes you it makes you feel really relaxed. So I was very, I loved her straight off the bat, I was like ‘oh she’s nice. We’ll get along well.’ not knowing we’d end up working together.
Lana: “I saw Sean before he saw me and I felt a warmth and a kindness and a sensitive sweet soul and you can see it. And I thought that’s my Robin Hood. So I went and introduced myself. And I knew we’d get along. And Sean knows this I’ve told him this a million times he’s been like an angel for me on the show and I love him so much. And I couldn’t have asked for a more wonderful, beautiful, love interest, co-star, friend, we really enjoy working with each other and I was so glad he came back this season. Honestly when Sean’s not there it’s weird. He brings so much light and laughter, he is, he makes everyone, the crew smile, everyone laugh, he’s missed.”
Does Regina think Emma is too good for Hook:
Lana: “Ahhh I mean I feel like Regina … I feel like I’m going to say yes for them but honestly I think that Hook has come a long way …”
[At this point the audience starts making noise…]
Lana: “Shhhhh do you want to answer the question or do you want me to answer the question? You may not like my answers but that’s okay, it’s still my answer.”
[Moderator/Translator: “Drop the mic.”]
Lana: “So I think that Hook has come a long way. I don’t think that Regina necessarily likes him very much. She tolerates him. And she supports her friend. All the Swan Queens are going …”
[Moderator/Translator goes ‘Swan Queens chill’]
Lana: “I have to look at the story as it’s written so I’m answering the question as the character and what is written. And I don’t think she really cares for Hook. She’s always sarcastic, she’s always belittling him, she puts up with him, and if he makes Emma happy she’s happy. Now I’ve lost all those fans…”
: “No you haven’t.”]
Lana: “I’m just kidding. I know I haven’t.”
Lana: “Well we don’t know if there is a season seven. So we don’t know what is going to happen but we’ll see. In the meantime there is a lot to catch up on in life. We’ve been working on Once for six years so … it’s important to take time for yourself and to try and try to reconnect and try to get some things done on a personal level. Who knows what lies ahead.”
Sean: “The show finishes filming around April … and those going back go back in July and Lana and I and a lot of the cast in that time travel around the world. We go to Brazil we go to Paris which we love and we’ve had an amazing time meeting all the wonderful fans. But it sometimes doesn’t leave us a lot of time to do the personal things that we want to do…”
Lana: “No rest for the wicked. But we’ll see. I hope you follow us no matter where we go.”
Best day of your life:
Lana: Being born.
Sean: When his son was born. Lana and Ginny told the assistant director to send him home when he showed up to work the day after his son was born.