Once Upon a Time's Lana Parrilla to be a Guest on The Chew Friday, September 28th

By Steve Dove Sep 25, 2012
Lana ParrillaMagic is coming to The Chew! While everyone knows co-hosts Carla Hall, Clinton Kelly, Daphne Oz, Mario Batali and Michael Simon can cook up a little magic in the kitchen, they have no idea what Once Upon a Time star Lana Parrilla (Regina / The Evil Queen) can do. She'll be on the show this FRIDAY 1e|12p|c to help promote the season premiere of ABC's Once Upon a Time this SUNDAY 8|7c and to dish, of course.

To whet your appetite for her delicious appearance, we've gotten a few morsels of information out of Lana. Enjoy!

Q: You grew up in a Puerto Rican and Italian home. Both cultures are very food oriented. Can you tell me a little about the food culture growing up and a great food memory that you have?
A: My dad and I went fishing a lot (with deep sea fisherman) in Sheepshead bay. We would get up at 5 a.m. or 6 a.m. in the morning and my dad would prep fish and make a red sauce with veggies like carrots and celery and put it in the oven. It was delicious!
 
Q: I understand you're quite a gourmand. What's an average dinner for you?
A: I love to cook and improvise a lot. I don’t have any recipes I’m known for but I love to cook when I can. I make all different things since I’m half Italian and Puerto Rican and love Bolognese. At home we love making steak, pasta dishes, lots of fish. We always have a green salad though.
 
Q: What's one food you can't get enough of?
A: Barbecue ribs.
 
Q: How does food play into the on-set chemistry? Do you and your fellow actors share recipes and meals?
A: Not really—we don’t really have the time on-set. Ginnifer Goodwin loves to bake but I haven’t tried anything yet.

Q: Your character, Regina, is known for her apple turnovers that are to die for. Do you have your own favorite apple recipe?
A: I didn’t even like apples until I started playing The Evil Queen. I thought, 'maybe I should start eating some of these'.

I now eat three apples a day thanks to my boyfriend's three sons. They love apples and go through bags of them per week. I do love pie a la mode.