Have you ever met someone that you would change your entire world for? Someone whose eyes you just knew you were born to gaze into?
Lana Parrilla does such a stellar job conveying emotions with only a slight change in expression. As Robin is telling Regina why he’s getting out of the business, you can just see her forgetting herself, realizing that she does know what he means because she feels it right then and there, for him. She’s so stunned by it, she can’t even speak. Fallen into the moment deep enough not to consider that he’s not talking about her - can’t be talking about her. And here, as she thanks him and says goodbye, watch it: you can see the moment Regina reminds herself of what she’s always known - true love isn’t for her; happiness is out of her reach. She’s not the kind of person who gets a happy ending and she’s resigned to it.
But for that one moment before that, she is lost under Robin’s gaze.