New Yorkers: Lana Parrilla

Lana Parrilla, Born in Brooklyn

Lana Parrilla is the breakout star of ABC’s Once Upon a Time. Her Evil Queen character was even named Favorite Villain in TV Guide‘s Fan Favorites Awards after the fairy tale drama’s freshman season, something that the half Puerto Rican actress could credit to her New York City roots. “I grew up in Brooklyn and was tough — kind of loaded with attitude — and then I came here [Hollywood]. I'm sure people found me kind of intimidating,” said Parrilla in a recent interview. “I didn't fit in on any level when I moved from Brooklyn to Burbank — on any level. And then I met a bunch of hippies and I became a little hippie myself. A Brooklyn hippie.”

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Miranda Noland, Senior Photo Editor, Digital

Miranda Noland is the Senior Photo Editor for Latina.com. She handles all the photo needs for the site and occasionally writes a thing or two. Growing up in a small town in Missouri, she collected (and hoarded) magazines and dreamed of working at one someday. She studied art and design at Drury University and moved to New York City after graduating. She loves being an aunt to her two nephews and has recently moved to be closer to them. She's a pop culture junkie who watches way too much television, and she still hoards magazines.