‘Once Upon A Time’: Lana Parrilla, Jared Gilmore talk return of Evil Queen
Wearing a red leather dress with an apple clutch to match, Lana Parrilla was clearly having fun at San Diego Comic-Con heralding the return of the Evil Queen. Parrilla and her onscreen son Jared Gilmore (Henry) shared what’s in store for Regina, the Evil Queen, their family and Storybrooke in Season 6 of “Once Upon A Time.”
Parrilla said she’s looking forward to getting back into the Evil Queen more often, although since the Queen has now been split from Regina, she’s quite different. When she was part of Regina, Parrilla said, she still had a conscience, so she doesn’t know where the queen will go from here having no moral compass.
“It will interesting to see how she is without a conscience and how far she’s willing to go to get her revenge, cause she’s still hung up over Snow White and getting her heart and I don’t think that’s going to change. So, I think Regina and Storybrooke are going to be battling her quite a bit,” she said.
Parrilla said for Regina, Snow has become her biggest confidant and she is always looking to her for advice. She says Regina is still trying to be the hero, but feels like bad things happening are karmic because of the terrible things she did as the Evil Queen.
“But, she’s a fighter. She’s not just going to let the Evil Queen win. She’s going to fight against her for redemption and for her happiness,” she said.
Parrilla said she’s only done one season thus far playing opposite herself as Regina and the Evil Queen. She said she has to prepare for both sides before they start filming so she can help her double. She said it’s different once she puts the Evil Queen’s costume on, because it changes her.
“So much is discovered in the moment,” she said, “There’s choices and preparation of course … There’s some idea, but then you kind of throw it all away and discover what’s going to happen in the moment.”
She said it’s just more difficult to do that when your double is playing one side and you’re playing the other. She said she’s still figuring out the logistics of how that plays out. But, she added she’s “OK that it’s not all figured out yet.”
Gilmore said it’s interesting this season since Henry will now having three mothers — Regina, Emma and the Evil Queen.
“How is he going to react to the Evil Queen,” Gilmore said.
“Well, you better be nice,” Parrilla joked.
“He’s going to do his best to protect his family,” Gilmore said, “Because he cares about them and wants them to be safe.”
Parrilla said Henry is probably the safest character in Storybrooke and series co-creators Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz have previously said the Evil Queen loves Henry.
“It’s hard to explain,” Gilmore said, “She raised him for 10 years. So, he has to have some sort of feelings toward her. Even before, when the Evil Queen was still in Regina, he still wanted to see the good in Regina, which means he wanted to see it in the Evil Queen. So, it will be really interesting to explore.”
Parrilla said seeing everyone’s organic reactions the first time they encounter the Evil Queen will be especially telling and Henry will probably be the most torn since some people will be trying to kill the Evil Queen. And “Henry always sees the good in everybody,” so maybe he may still see redeeming qualities in her.
Also, Parrilla said Regina will still be mourning the loss of Robin Hood, her character is quite private and a lot of that has yet to be written.
She said there’s so much going on, especially at the start of the season with Mr. Gold giving Hyde Storybrooke that a lot of the grieving will be behind closed doors.
Season 6 of “Once Upon A Time” returns at 8 p.m. Sept. 25 on ABC.