Regina Mills appreciation week, Day 1 → favourite persona: young Regina
Young Regina is my favourite because frankly, Lana’s performance blows me away every time she’s playing young Regina. I can see how much she’s enjoying playing The Evil Queen (especially in scenes with Bobby Carlyle), which is my second favourite, but I personally think Lana really gets to shine in those episodes (particularly in We Are Both). She delivers her lines with Mayor Mills tone of voice, with that now trademark head tilt towards the other person - this is still a young, hurt girl, but her temper, her anger, her future is coming through. This is what I most love about young Regina - and it’s because of Lana’s talent to show us/hint at Regina’s layers. And then there’s the storytelling. The journey to who she becomes later; it’s tragic, it’s messed up, but it’s fascinating to watch. But in the hands of a less capable actress, I wouldn’t buy it. You can dress anyone in the Evil Queen outfit and make her crush a heart to show that she’s becoming The Evil Queen, but that doesn’t make it believable - you also have to be a great actress to sell it. And I honestly think I wouldn’t care if it wasn’t for Lana’s truly remarkable performance.



regina mills appreciation week

day 1: favorite persona → young regina

The innocent girl that loved riding horses, fell in love with the stable boy and had such dreams, but had an abusive mother who stood in her way. The girl who was forced to marry the father of the girl who was partly responsible for her fiance’s death, trapped in a lonely marriage living miserably sad and alone. The girl who was manipulated to get rid of her mother - that she loved, despite of everything - and was repeatedly manipulated again and again to use magic, something she never wanted to. That same girl was too afraid to go through a door and meet her soulmate and take her second chance, because after all the things that she had been through, being finally happy was just too good to be true. The girl that chose anger over hope after all, and turned out to be exactly everything she never wanted to be.