Actress Lana Parrilla, best known for playing The Evil Queen, Regina Mills, on the ABC series Once Upon A Time, believes more celebrities should speak out in favor of gay rights.

I have a lot of LGBT friends and family members and I've always supported the community, not only as a child but as an adult, and I think it's important to voice that,” Parrilla, 35, told The Huffington Post.

“I think right now is the most important time for celebrities and everyone to stand up and not only vote, but use their voice,” she said. “Our president is the first one who has come forward in history who supports this community.”

I think every celebrity needs to get involved and speak up,” she added.

Parrilla also talked gay rights as the keynote speaker at the Human Rights Campaign's (HRC) 19th annual Cleveland Gala held at Cleveland State University's The Wolstein Center last month. She told the crowd that her older cousin was gay and that her family had a hard time accepting his sexuality.

“He married and has 2 children,” Parrilla said. “And my entire family is actively involved in their lives.”