Alana de la Garza

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Alana de la Garza
Born (1976-06-18) June 18, 1976 (age 38)
Columbus, Ohio, United States
Years active 1999–present
Spouse(s) Michael Roberts[1][2] (2008–present)
Children 2

Alana de la Garza (born June 18, 1976) is an American actress. She is best known for her role as ADA Connie Rubirosa on the NBC television series Law & Order. In 2014, she stars as detective Jo Martinez in the ABC series Forever.

Early life[edit]

De la Garza was born in Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio, to a Mexican-American father and an Irish-American mother. She was raised in El Paso, El Paso County, Texas.[3] She won the "Miss Photogenic" title in the Miss El Paso Teen USA local beauty pageant. She then became a special-needs teacher and enrolled at the University of Texas, studying physical therapy and social work. Upon graduating, she landed some small roles while living in Orlando, Florida, and soon moved to New York City.

Career[edit]

In 2001, she was featured in the music video for Brooks & Dunn's song "Ain't Nothing 'bout You". She obtained the role of Rosa Santos on the soap opera, All My Children, guest-starring roles in JAG, Charmed, Two and a Half Men, (2004) and Las Vegas. She starred as Maria in the short-lived television series The Mountain, in which she received high marks for her acting.

In 2006, she starred in the film Mr. Fix-It co-starring David Boreanaz. She also guest-starred as an evil Kryptonian (named "Aethyr" in promotional materials) in the fifth season premiere episode of Smallville and played the recurring role of Marisol Delko Caine on the CBS television series CSI: Miami. She has twice been featured in the "Girls of Maxim" online gallery.

In 2006, she joined the cast of NBC's Law & Order during the premiere of the 17th season, portraying Assistant District Attorney Connie Rubirosa. Her performance as ADA Rubirosa has been widely praised by critics.[4][5][6] In 2007, she earned a nomination for "Best Supporting Actress-Television" by the Imagen Foundation Awards. Following in 2008, she was nominated for an ALMA Award as "Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Television Series".[7] Later that year, she garnered an "Impact Award" for "Outstanding Performance in a Dramatic Television Series" by the National Hispanic Media Coalition.[8] De la Garza played Rubirosa for the final four seasons of Law & Order, becoming one of the longest-serving actors in the junior ADA role.

Also in 2008, she became the new face of Garnier Nutritioniste cosmetics.

In January 2011, de la Garza reprised her role as ADA for several episodes,[9] Connie Rubirosa on Law & Order: LA,[10] but on May 13, NBC announced the show had been cancelled.

In July 2011, Alana de la Garza was reported to reprise her role as Marisol Delko Caine,[11] on CSI: Miami's season 10 premiere.[12][13]

In February 2012, she was cast as a lead in the NBC medical drama pilot Do No Harm. She played Dr. Lena Solis, a neurosurgeon.[14][15]

In June 2012, De La Garza was added to the cast of You Are Here, the feature film debut of Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner.[16]

On October 28, 2013, it was reported that Alana de la Garza will be guest starring in an episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit as Connie Rubirosa. Rubirosa, who had previously been a Manhattan ADA, is now a Federal Prosecutor, heading up a joint task force on underage sex trafficking. It originally aired on January 22, 2014.[17]

Personal life[edit]

She married her longtime boyfriend, Michael Roberts, a writer, on May 31, 2008, in Orlando, Orange County, Florida. They have a son, Kieran Thomas (born September 28, 2010) [18][19] and a daughter, Liv Elena (born July 7, 2013).[20]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2002 Bending All the Rules Woman ordering shots
2004 El segundo Delicia
2005 Mr. Dramatic Mrs. Dramatic Short film
2006 Mr. Fix It Sophia
2012 Deadly Hope Joanne Connors Television film
2013 You Are Here Victoria Riolobos

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1999 Mortal Kombat: Conquest Ella Episode: "Twisted Truths"
2001 All My Children Rosa Santos Recurring role
2003 JAG Maria Elena Episode: "A Tangled Webb: Part 2"
2003 Las Vegas Shelly Episode: "Pros and Cons"
2004 Two and a Half Men Crystal Episode: "No Sniffing, No Wowing"
2004-2005 The Mountain Maria Serrano Series regular, 13 episodes
2005 Smallville Aethyr Episode: "Arrival"
2005 Charmed Sylvia Episode: "Desperate Housewitches"
2006 The Book of Daniel Jessie Gilmore Recurring role, 3 episodes
2006-2010 Law & Order A.D.A. Connie Rubirosa Series regular, 85 episodes
2011 Law & Order: Los Angeles A.D.A. Connie Rubirosa Series regular, 8 episodes
2005-2011 CSI: Miami Marisol Delko Recurring role, 12 episodes
2012 NCIS: Los Angeles Diane Dunross Episode: "Partners"
2012 Single Ladies Nicolette Episode: "The Business of Friendship"
2013 Do No Harm Dr. Lena Solis Series regular, 13 episodes
2014 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Connie Rubirosa Episode: "Jersey Breakdown"
2014 Forever Jo Martinez Series regular

References[edit]

  1. ^ Alana De La Garza official web site
  2. ^ Orlando Sentinel - Conversations in Hollywood with Coolio, Janice Dickinson, Alana De La Garza, J.P. Calderon, Leslie Moonves by Hal Boedeker
  3. ^ NBC.com > Law & Order
  4. ^ Entertainment Weekly - TV Review Law & Order by Ken Tucker
  5. ^ TV Guide - Law & Order: When Courtroom Tables Turn by Matt Roush
  6. ^ The New York Times - Murder, They Wrote by John Freeman Gill
  7. ^ Internet Movie Database
  8. ^ National Hispanic Media Coalition
  9. ^ EXCLUSIVE: New Mom Alana De La Garza on her Return to ‘Law & Order’
  10. ^ Alana De La Garza Joins Law & Order: Los Angeles
  11. ^ CSI Miami: Alana De La Garza Returns for the Season 10 Premiere
  12. ^ First Photos - CSI: MIAMI Season 10 Premiere With Alana De La Garza
  13. ^ Alana De La Garza Promo Pictures CSI Miami Season 10
  14. ^ Pilot Season: Law & Order's Alana De La Garza Scrubs In to NBC's Do No Harm
  15. ^ NBC Orders Jekyll and Hyde Drama Do No Harm, Mystery Infamous to Series
  16. ^ Movie Casting Roundup: ‘Wolf of Wall Street’, ‘Twelve Years A Slave’, ‘You Are Here’, ‘Claire’s Cambodia’
  17. ^ "Scoop: Alana De La Garza Brings Law & Order's Connie to SVU — But With a Twist". TV Line. 
  18. ^ "EXCLUSIVE: Alana De La Garza Has Her Baby!". Latina. Oct 6, 2010. Archived from the original on 8 October 2010. Retrieved Oct 6, 2010. 
  19. ^ de la Garza, Alana (June 13, 2013). "due 7/10 but my son was two weeks early:) I'm thinking late June... Final countdown! Yeaa!". Twitter. Retrieved June 1, 2013. 
  20. ^ Hernandez, Lee (14 July 2013). "Alana De La Garza Welcomes Daughter Liv Elena". People. Retrieved 15 July 2013. 

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