In the wake of so many drips and drabs of reporting on Once Upon a Time‘s Season 7 “reset”/”reboot”/”next chapter,” even Lana Parrilla — one of the three returning series regulars — is heading into hiatus with questions about what lies ahead.
Given the end-of-season time jump and the fact that Andrew J. West (The Walking Dead) is now playing Regina’s grown-up son, Parrilla wonders with a laugh, “With this new Henry, does that mean I’m aging?”
Also at the 9:00 mark in her video Q&A with our sister site Gold Derby, Parrilla alludes to what ABC entertainment president Channing Dungey said at the network’s Upfronts presentation on Wednesday, that Hook, the Evil Queen and Rumplestiltskin “return but with new identities in a new city, facing a new curse.”
“I do know that we’re playing sort of different characters,” Parrilla says. But as for details, “It’s all unknown.”
Regardless, Parrilla makes clear she is “excited to see what the next chapter is for Regina,” even though it means doing so without longtime castmates Jennifer Morrison, Jared Gilmore, Ginnifer Goodwin, Josh Dallas, Rebecca Mader and Emilie de Ravin, who played Emma, young Henry, the Charmings, Zelena and Belle. “Once Upon a Time is all of us [and] I’m really going to miss working alongside all those people,” she shares.
Also in the 22-minute Q&A, Parrilla hopes for Regina’s happy ending (at the 1:00 mark), mulls how Darth Vader could fit into her character’s love life (11:00) and teaches us how to wield an evil fireball (15:00).