'Once Upon a Time' Interview: Lana Parrilla Teases Difficulties Facing Regina in Neverland
'Once Upon a Time' Interview: Lana Parrilla Teases Difficulties Facing Regina in Neverland
Carla Day
Carla Day
Contributing Writer, BuddyTV
On Once Upon a Time, Regina has shown another side of her since she almost sacrificed herself to save Storybrooke. Now, she's teamed up with her former Enchanted Forest foes and rival for Henry's affections in order to save her son. 

BuddyTV recently visited the Once Upon a Time set in Vancouver to explore Neverland and speak with the cast. The always gorgeous and delightful Lana Parrilla spoke with reporters about the difficulties Regina faces in this new land both with people and with magic.


Regina and Emma have the same goal for the first time, how do they overcome their disdain for each other?

I think it's about compartmentalizing. They just have to put it aside for now. The main objective is Henry and getting Henry back. We have no choice but to work together. I think we'll see that Regina and Emma have gotten to a place where they're calling themselves "the Moms." It's a little more cordial. 

The real war has always been between the Evil Queen and Snow White. Emma was always a threat because she came to Storybrooke and she's trying to take Henry back. I find in this season they're working together and their getting along. 

There's an episode coming up where Regina has to help [Emma] with magic and so she's teaching her magic. Regina's slightly impatient as she is, but I think she's enjoying the camaraderie at least with Emma.

What's it like to have all of you together?

For Lana, it's been fun. For Regina, it's frustrating. She's kinda at her wit's end by episode 6, she's pretty much had it. She just doesn't do things the way the Charmings do them. She doesn't go about things in a kind and loving way. So, she's for the first 5 or 6 episodes, she's along for the ride but then it doesn't seem to work for her.

Does any of their positiveness rub off on her?

Not really. It's almost like she has no choice but to stick with them. Coming off the heals of season 2 when she was on the road to redemption, so it kinda feels like an easy transition to get Henry back. But, I don't think it will last long.


With this journey do you think that the others believe that Regina truly does care about Henry?

I think [the Charmings] knew in the second season towards the end after she was set up for Archie's fake death. It's like a parent who cares -- you know that they love their child, that doesn't necessarily mean they are the healthiest parent for that child. I think they they know that she loves him, but he's not so safe in her hands.

As a villain herself, how does Regina feel about Pan as a villain?

I don't think she really understands this Pan character. He's a teenager and I think that's how she looks at it. And, she's never interacted with him, so I don't think she fears him the way others fear him. He's kind of a mystery to her. Someone's like, "He's a big scary monster," and you're like, "Yeah, I'll believe it when I see it." It's that kind of thing and I don't think she really buys how powerful he is ... just yet.

Does Regina have issues using her magic in Neverland since it's different there than in the Enchanted Forest?

It's kind of like things were in Storybrooke when magic came back in the second season. It was a bit -- magic wasn't at its best. It was kind of a little wonky. I always felt like she was Aunt Clara from Bewitched. She was trying to do something and it would backfire. 

I think she's struggling a little bit, but it has less to do with her using -- what it has to do with is using magic in Neverland is almost like giving off smoke signals. You almost have to be really careful and cautious when you use it, how you use it, with whom. It's that kind of thing in Neverland. It's a little different than what it was in Storybrooke, but it's not recommended to use magic in Neverland.

Once Upon a Time airs on Sundays at 8 pm ET on ABC.

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