THR's 35 Hottest Young Latinos in Entertainment
Growing up, Parrilla looked up to Rita Moreno in West Side Story. “She was sexy and beautiful,” she says. “But beyond that, she was a strong woman with a powerful voice.” Before starring in ABC’s hit fantasy drama Once Upon a Time, she guest-starred on such shows as Six Feet Under and landed a recurring role on 24 in 2005. Parrilla, 35, feels fortunate “to portray such an independent leading woman” as the evil queen on Once, which returns for its second season Sept. 30. The actress also is looking forward to watching HBO’s new doc The Latino List, which will debut Sept. 28 in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month.