Alanna Ubach

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Alanna Ubach
Born Alanna Noel Ubach
(1975-10-03) October 3, 1975 (age 39)
Downey, California, U.S.
Other names Alana Ubach
Occupation Actress
Years active 1988–present
Website
alannaubach.net

Alanna Noel Ubach (born October 3, 1975) is an American actress. She is known for her roles in Legally Blonde as Serena and Meet the Fockers as Isabel Villalobos. She has provided voices for several characters in a number of animated television shows and movies, such as Liz Allan on The Spectacular Spider-Man, the title character on El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera, Lola Boa on Brandy & Mr. Whiskers, Strudel on Pound Puppies (2010), and four characters in the Oscar-winning animated film Rango. She played the first female assistant, Josie, on Beakman's World. She has also written and performed a one-woman show.

Early life[edit]

Ubach was born in Downey, California, the daughter of Sidna and Rodolfo Ubach. Her sister Athena Ubach is a therapist.[1] Her father was from San Juan, Puerto Rico, and her mother, raised in Los Angeles, was from Sinaloa, Mexico.[2]

Since the age of two, she showed a conscious artistic inclination, and by age seven, she had already made her TV acting debut on Romper Room and was studying acting and dance. At 14, she was traveling with an actor’s company composed entirely of adults, yet she managed to gain critical acclaim from the New York Times for her role as a Jewish girl from Brooklyn in Club Soda.[3] During this stage, she also landed a regular spot as Josie the assistant in the TV series, Beakman’s World. Her early film roles include Airborne (1993), Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit (1993), Renaissance Man (1994), and The Brady Bunch Movie (1995).

At 17, she starred in the play Kindertransport[4] at the Manhattan Theatre Club. As she matured, her new interest led her into a series of indie films, like Denise Calls Up (1995), in which she played the title character, the Sundance-acclaimed film Johns (1996), playing David Arquette’s girlfriend, and in Freeway (1996), playing a Latina gang girl. During this time, she also played roles in more mainstream films like Clockwatchers (1997), alongside Toni Colette and Parker Posey. Her Hollywood credentials also include her role as Elle Woods’s best friend in the two Legally Blonde films.

Career[edit]

Alanna Ubach stars with Lisa Edelstein as a regular cast member and a second lead on Bravo's first-ever scripted drama, "Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce." Ubach portrays Jo, who moves to Los Angeles to reinvent herself in the guest house of her just-divorced best friend from college, Abby. "Jo ditches the vegan bakery she owned in New York for a sugary one in LA, she's an outspoken New Yorker who rarely chooses her words wisely in public," explains Ubach. "Jo can be tough or tender, depending on what she has just ingested as food or drink -- or if she's fueled by her inner strength, anger or grit." Ubach describes the show as "fun and stylish, it's very relatable."

Ubach also starred in DirecTV's Things You Shouldn't Say Past Midnight as Grace, a gallery curator and very neurotic sex maniac. She also became a first-time feature film producer, in addition to her co-starring role, in the upcoming feature, August Falls. Ubach recently wrapped three seasons as Amy Hobbs on Nickelodeon's "See Dad Run" with Scott Baio playing her husband. Despite countless glowing reviews of her varied on-screen and stage performances, Ubach is still best known for her roles in both "Legally Blonde" films, "Meet the Fockers" and "Hung." Ubach, a self-confessed "drama queen," had humble beginnings and used her work ethic to transform herself into a goal-oriented risk-taker and a constantly working actress since childhood.

In 2004, Ubach starred in the movie Waiting..., alongside Ryan Reynolds and Anna Faris, and after a long casting process, landed the role of a Latina maid/caterer in the star-filled sequel to Meet the Parents, Meet The Fockers (2004).

She has also remained active in TV, with many roles which include recent appearances in hit shows like Hung (2009), It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (2011), and Californication (2013).

Filmography[edit]

Film and television roles
Year Title Role Notes
1990 The Blue Men Edith Short
1993 Moment of Truth: Why My Daughter? April TV movie
1993 Airborne Gloria
1993 Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit Maria
1993–1994 Beakman's World Josie 26 episodes
1994 Hits! Angie
1994 Renaissance Man Emily Rago
1994 ABC Afterschool Special Cindy "Boys Will Be Boys"
1995 The Brady Bunch Movie Noreen
1995 Denise Calls Up Denise Devaro
1995, 1998 Touched by an Angel Lydia / Cookie 2 episodes
1996 Layin' Low Manuela
1996 Freeway Mesquita
1996 Seduced by Madness: The Diane Borchardt Story Shannon Johnson Mini-series; 2 episodes
1996 Love Is All There Is Niccolina
1996 Just Your Luck Angela Video
1996 Johns Nikki
1997 Pink as the Day She Was Born Cherry
1997 Clockwatchers Jane
1997 Dead End: Do Me a Favor Christy
1998 Enough Already Val
1998 All of It Amy Holbeck
1999 The Sterling Chase Jenna Marino
2000 Slice & Dice Ginger
2000 Blue Moon Peggy
2000 Shriek If You Know What I Did Last Friday The 13th Girl Student in Labor
2001 Tikiville Herself TV movie
2001 Gary & Mike TV series
2001 What They Wanted, What They Got Berkely Short
2001 Legally Blonde Serena McGuire
2002, 2003 Teamo Supremo Brenda/Rope Girl / Hector/Skate Lad (voice) 13 episodes
2002 The Perfect You Wendy
2002 Ozzy & Drix Mayor Paul Spryman (voice) 4 episodes
2003 Wasabi Tuna Emme
2003 Nobody Knows Anything Sarah
2004 30 Days Until I'm Famous Daisy Fresh TV movie
2004 Karroll's Christmas Jodie TV movie
2004 Meet the Fockers Isabel Villalobos
2004 Higglytown Heroes Plunkie (voice) Episode: "Shear Luck/Big Night Out"
2004–2006 Brandy & Mr. Whiskers Lola Boa (voice) TV series
2005 The Closer Mrs. Pruitt Episode: "Standards and Practices"
2005 Uncommon Sense Brenda TV movie
2005 Waiting... Naomi
2005 Herbie Fully Loaded Reporter
2006 Open Window Kim
2006 Hard Scrambled Crysta
2007 Playing Chicken Herself TV movie
2007 Jekyll Michelle Utterson
2007 The Pre Nup Cindy Short
2007 Equal Opportunity Peggy M. Smith
2007 El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera Manny Rivera / El Tigre / additional voices 9 episodes
2007 Friday Night Lights Roberta "Bobbie" Roberts 2 episodes
2007 Random! Cartoons Mrs. Abbott, Samantha (voice) Episode: "The Infinite Goliath"
2008 Eli Stone Cathy Borilla 3 episodes
2008 Batman: Gotham Knight Dander (voice) Video
2008–2009 The Spectacular Spider-Man Liz Allan / Helena / Trina (voice) 19 episodes
2009 Shrinks Dr. Jameson TV series
2009 Stuntmen Tovah Frieberg
2009 Still Waiting... Naomi Video
2009–2011 Hung Yael Kuntz 10 episodes
2009–2011 Men of a Certain Age Michelle 6 episodes
2010–2013 Pound Puppies Strudel / Mr. Nut Nut (voice) TV series
2011 Bad Teacher Angela
2011 Rango Boo / Cletus / Fresca / Miss Daisy (voice)
2011 It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Roxy Episode: "Frank's Pretty Woman"
2011 The Mentalist Dr. Guidry Episode: "Bloodstream"
2012 Ringer Attorney Episode: "It's Easy to Cry When This Much Cash is Involved"
2012–2013 Kaijudo Master Tiera (Normal Form) / Lucy / Portia / Queen Kalima (voice) 12 episodes
2012 Envelope Tanya Short film
2012–present See Dad Run Amy Hobbs TV series
2013 Californication Trudy 3 episodes
2013 A Haunted House Jenny
2013 Garbage Casey Siegel
2013 Mad Various Voices Episode: "Papa / 1600 Finn"
2013 Marvel Heroes Lady Deadpool (voice)
2013 Being Us Margaret
2013 Revolution Bonnie Webster Episode: "Dead Man Walking"
2013-2014 Ben 10: Omniverse Rook Shar / Rook Ben / Additional Voices 3 episodes
2014 NCIS NSA Senior Intelligence Analyst Sofia Martinez Episode: "Double Back"
2014 Sheriff Callie's Wild West Polly May Porcupine Episode: "The Prickly Pair"
2014 Things You Shouldn't Say Past Midnight TV series
2014–present Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce Jo TV series

Awards and nominations[edit]

Award Category Nominee Result
1992 Young Artist Award Beakman's World Nominated
2010 Peabody Award Men of a Certain Age

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ubach Biography Film Reference.com
  2. ^ Amy Rubio EXCLUSIVE: ALANNA UBACH TALKS 'GIRLFRIENDS' GUIDE TO DIVORCE' & HER LATINA ROOTS! February 17, 2015
  3. ^ Richards, David (May 18, 1994). "Kindertransport; Another Perspective On the Holocaust". The New York Times Company. Retrieved August 24, 2013. 
  4. ^ DAVID RICHARDSPublished: May 18, 1994 (1994-05-18). "Review/Theater: Kindertransport; Another Perspective On the Holocaust - New York Times". Nytimes.com. Retrieved 2014-01-14. 

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