Regina Mills is in a world of trouble in Once Upon a Time Season 3 — at least according to portrayer Lana Parrilla. When Wetpaint Entertainment caught up with her at a San Diego Comic-Con 2013 roundtable with other reporters, she revealed that the erstwhile Evil Queen could be “in deep s—t” if her magic doesn’t work, as — shocker — she can’t wield a sword.
Also, while Lana seems sweet in real life, she shared some interesting tidbits about playing Regina — including how she loves “tormenting little children,” too. Read on to see why she felt like “one of the Avengers” in Neverland with unlikely friends, plus some intel about how she wants to “get dirty” this year.
What do you hope for in Neverland?
Lana Parrilla: We’re in the jungle! I’m excited! I want to roll up my sleeves and I want to get dirty. I think that I will say in the first episode, I felt like I was playing a different character. I think it’s very action-oriented, so there’s a lot going on and there are moments here and there where you really are seeing us have to work together and that’s new. Different like, “I don’t like these people, why am I working with them?” So I didn’t feel like Regina — it felt like Regina in a new costume trying to be this super action hero. I felt like I was one of the Avengers, and I think that’s what it kind of feels like in Neverland in the beginning. I’m sure it will all come together and be something amazing.
These people working together is shocking. What was the most surprising part for you?
Because it’s people that you’re always trying to kill and then all of the sudden, you’re having to lend them a hand and pick them up from the floor. I think that that’s new for these characters. And it’s not what Regina was expecting, but … Henry’s been kidnapped so we need to find him, and we need to save him together. I think when you’re embarking to a land that’s foreign, it’s probably best to work together. I think we’re stronger as a team than individuals.
Neverland is grounded in magic, so will Regina see an increase in her powers?
I hope so — otherwise, oh s—t! What are you going to do? It’s not like she is a badass sword fighter. I always think about that. I’m from Brooklyn and I grew up pretty rough and can fight, and Regina can’t. There are times when I’m just like, “Ugh, I just want to punch!” Regina is the princess and the queen, so she doesn’t even know how to do those things. But there’s magic, and if her magic is taken away in Neverland, she is in deep s—t. So I’m hoping her fireballs are bigger than they have ever been, because she will need them.
What is your favorite version of Regina to play?
I love when she’s up to no good, I do. You can’t really be like that in life or you get in a lot of trouble, and when you’re a public figure, you really can’t — you’re on your best behavior. It’s fun to live out those things in the character; I like it. I like tormenting the little children — that’s fun for me!
Maybe on Neverland, you can torment the Lost Boys?
Ooh, maybe. That would be fun!
What do you think will happen to Regina in Season 3? Sound off below, and catch the Once Upon a Time premiere on Sunday, September 29, 2013 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.