We love Lana Parrilla for her fun and surprisingly sympathetic portrayal of Regina Mills/The Evil Queen) on Once Upon a Time. But more than that, we love that she's a woman who takes a stand about what she believes in.

In this video from the Huffington Post, Lana explains why she is such an outspoken advocate for LGBT rights —  and why she thinks more celebrities should follow her lead.

"[Celebrities] have such an incredible opportunity to be a role model to the youth and a lot of people out there," she explains. She also emphasises the importance of the upcoming election, noting, "right now is the most important time for celebrities and everyone to stand up and not only vote, but use their voice."

Hear, hear! For more from Lana, watch the full video below.

Once Upon a Time Season 2 premieres on September 30, 2012 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.

Source: Huffington Post

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