Lana Parrilla is pulling double duty…
The 40-year-old half-Puerto Rican actress and Once Upon a Time star will assume another role on the forthcoming season of the ABC series.
Parrilla, who stars as The Evil Queen/Regina Mills, will step behind the camera and make her directorial debut.
Once Upon a Time co-creator Adam Horowitz took to Twitter to share the news, teasing fans with an image of a script page from season seven’s 17th episode titled “Chosen.”
Under the title it says “Written by Paul Karp & Brian Ridings” and below that it says “Directed by Lana Parrilla.”
Usually seen in front of the camera, this will mark Parrilla’s first time as a director. Horowitz calls the episode a “#titlespoiler.”
ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey said last week that although ratings have dropped, she is “cautiously optimistic.” She added, “It’s always hard at this point in January to know because some of it’s also dependent on your new development and how you feel about some of those things, so that’s part of why it’s really hard at the top of the year to really know what’s going to happen.”
Once Upon a Time is currently on a hiatus and is set to return to resume season seven on March 2.