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Once Upon a Time’s Lana Parrilla Previews Regina’s Dilemma (‘It Melts Her Heart’) and the Return of [Spoiler]

ONCE UPON A TIME - "Murder Most Foul" - Before Hook takes the next step in his relationship with Emma, he wants to make sure David sees him as more than just a pirate. So when David asks Hook to help him uncover the truth about his father's death, Hook agrees. Meanwhile, Regina works to acclimate Robin to life in Storybrooke, but soon discovers he has a dark side that makes the task much more complicated than she anticipated, on "Once Upon a Time," SUNDAY, MARCH 12 (8:00-9:00 p.m. EST), on The ABC Television Network. (ABC/Jack Rowand)

Having met the Wish Realm’s fit as a fiddle Robin of Locksley, and after that persuaded him to go to Storybrooke with her, Regina’s expectations maybe overshadow the truth of the dreamlike circumstance.

“I think she has high expectations. She wants him to be her Robin Hood,” Lana Parrilla shared with TVLine during our visit to the set this week (where the musical episode was being filmed). “The big issue is he looks exactly like him because he is a version of him, but he’s not real. And he isn’t Robin Hood. He’s Robin of Locksley, so Regina doesn’t even really know who this person is.”

What she knows, from investing a touch of energy with him in the Wish Realm, is that this Robin is to a greater extent a rapscallion.“He is,” Parrilla notes with a laugh, before serving up an impression: “‘Give to the poor? Why would I do that?!’” But as he settles into Storybrooke, other, more obvious differences come to the fore. “He doesn’t know how to turn a light switch on!” laughs Parrilla. “But I think it’s charming, and I think she has high hopes.”

Said expectations might be destined to be dashed, in any case. “It’s quite confusing for Regina, because every time she looks at him, she puts him in Robin’s clothes, and that just like melts her heart,” Parrilla previews. “She feels like she’s reliving that relationship all over again, but not — so it’s quite heartbreaking.”

Adding to Regina’s not so distant future anxiety, the Purely Evil Queen is set for a rebound, and that gathering sounds like a genuine humdinger.


Looking over the status of Regina’s doppelganger, Parrilla says, “Right now she’s a snake, but she’s not a snake for long. She comes back, and Episode 14 (airing March 26) is a big Evil Queen/Regina episode. There’s a big standoff between them, and there are a lot of words exchanged. A lot of words are exchanged! It was quite challenging, and also a lot of fun.”


For the double part, Parrilla ensured that performing artists, not simply stand-ins, were contracted to play inverse her, to best breath life into both characters notwithstanding when all we see is their backs.


characters to life even when all we see is their backs.

“I basically prep everything in advance — and I don’t mean memorization, I mean the physicality of it all. What I want Regina to do when I’m playing the Evil Queen, and vice versa,” she explains. “I’m very expressive with my arms, especially as the Evil Queen, so I wanted girls I could work opposite of and act with, and they were both wonderful.”

As for how the duo’s next showdown plays out, Parrilla shared this: “It gets heated, very quickly. And both of their lives are threatened.”

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