I’ve been enjoying watching the tv series Once Upon a Time for a few years now. Sure, there are parts of it that I find hokey, and I get upset at some of the choices characters make, but there’s also something about the show that keeps me coming back for more of the continuing story. I think it’s because I see so many illustrations from the Bible in the characters. Not one episode goes by that I can’t think of a principle or a verse or warning from the book of Proverbs that suits the theme.
One of my favorite characters on the series is Lana Parilla’s version of the Evil Queen (aka, Regina Mills). There are several reasons why I’m interested in her, but the one I will focus on here is because I absolutely love to listen to her voice. Listen to the clip below and take note of any characteristics of her voice that strikes you:
What did you hear? Right away, you probably noticed her rich, alto voice. It pairs perfectly with the character Parilla plays because as soon as she enters the room, the others are at her command. Her voice contrasts with the others’ higher, breathier tones. She is able to communicate sarcasm or threat at will with a low, light touch. Lana can also sound sultry and dusky when she chooses. She shows such command of her voice and it makes for an interesting performance!
How does how she make you feel when you listen? Maybe chilly? The smile heard in her voice when she makes a threat gives one the impression she takes delight in being evil. She is not an easy person to love, even as Regina transforms throughout the show. I often picture porcupine quills stuck out all over her because of the pain you hear from her.
You also hear a lot of confidence and control in her voice. Part of what helps to make this happen is her confident body posture, because the voice is a physical thing coming from the body. Her’s is well grounded in who she is. We can all take a tip or two from her!
What are some tv characters you appreciate in large part because of their voice? I’d love to hear about them!