Alanna Ubach

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Alanna Ubach
Born Alanna Noel Ubach
(1975-10-03) October 3, 1975 (age 38)
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.

Biography[edit]

Ubach was born in Downey, California, the daughter of Sidna and Rodolfo Ubach. Her sister Athena Ubach is a therapist.[1] Her father is of Puerto Rican descent, and her mother is Mexican American.[2][3]

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. [4] 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[5] 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 gay Latina. 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 Wood’s best friend in the two Legally Blonde films.

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
1989 The Jim Henson Hour Martian Jackson (voice) TV series
1990 The Blue Men Edith Short
1993 Moment of Truth: Why My Daughter? April TV movie
Airborne Gloria
Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit Maria
1993–94 Beakman's World Josie TV series
1994 Hits! Angie
Renaissance Man Emily Rago
ABC Afterschool Special Cindy "Boys Will Be Boys"
1995 The Brady Bunch Movie Noreen
Denise Calls Up Denise Devaro
1995–98 Touched by an Angel Lydia / Cookie 2 episodes
1996 Layin' Low Manuela
Freeway Mesquita
Seduced by Madness: The Diane Borchardt Story Shannon Johnson TV mini-series; 2 episodes
Love Is All There Is Niccolina
Just Your Luck Angela Video
Johns Nikki
1997 Pink as the Day She Was Born Cherry
Clockwatchers Jane
Dead End: Do Me a Favor Christy
1998 Enough Already Val
All of It Amy Holbeck
1999 The Sterling Chase Jenna Marino
2000 Slice & Dice Ginger
Blue Moon Peggy
Shriek If You Know What I Did Last Friday The 13th Girl Student in Labor
2001 Tikiville Herself TV movie
Gary & Mike TV series
Osmosis Jones Thrax, Jr. (voice)
What They Wanted, What They Got Berkely Short
Legally Blonde Serena McGuire
2002 Teamo Supremo Brenda / Rope Girl, Hector / Skate Lad (voice) TV series
The Perfect You Wendy
Ozzy & Drix Mayor Paul Spryman (voice) TV series; 4 episodes
2003 Wasabi Tuna Emme
Nobody Knows Anything Sarah
2004 30 Days Until I'm Famous Daisy Fresh TV movie
Karroll's Christmas Jodie TV movie
Meet the Fockers Isabel Villalobos
Higglytown Heroes Plunkie (voice) Episode: "Shear Luck/Big Night Out"
2004–06 Brandy & Mr. Whiskers Lola Boa (voice) TV series
2005 Uncommon Sense Brenda TV movie
Waiting... Naomi
Herbie Fully Loaded Reporter
2005–
present
Sesame Street Additional voices TV series
2006 Open Window Kim
Hard Scrambled Crysta
2007 Playing Chicken Herself TV movie
Jekyll Michelle Utterson
The Pre Nup Cindy Short
Equal Opportunity Peggy M. Smith
El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera Manny Rivera / El Tigre, additional voices (voice) TV series
Friday Night Lights Roberta "Bobbie" Roberts 2 episodes
Random! Cartoons Mrs. Abbott, Samantha (voice) Episode: "The Infinite Goliath"
2008 Eli Stone Cathy Borilla 3 episodes
Batman: Gotham Knight Dander (voice) Video
2008–09 The Spectacular Spider-Man Liz Allan / Helena / Trina (voice) TV series
2009 Shrinks Dr. Jameson TV series
Stuntmen Tovah Frieberg
Still Waiting... Naomi Video
Hung Yael Kuntz TV Series
2009–11 Men of a Certain Age Michelle 6 episodes
2010–
present
Pound Puppies Strudel / Mr. Nut Nut (voice) TV series
2011 Bad Teacher Angela
Rango Boo / Cletus / Fresca / Miss Daisy (voice)
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Roxy Episode: "Frank's Pretty Woman"
The Mentalist Dr. Guidry Episode: "Bloodstream"
2012 Ringer Attorney Episode: "It's Easy to Cry When This Much Cash is Involved"
Envelope Tanya Short film
2012–
present
See Dad Run Amy Hobbs TV series
2013 Californication Trudy 3 episodes
A Haunted House Jenny
Garbage Casey Siegel
Us Margaret
Revolution Bonnie Webster Episode: "Dead Man Walking"
2014 NCIS NSA Senior Intelligence Analyst Sofia Martinez Episode: "Double Back"

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. ^ "15 More Stars You Never Knew Were Latino". Retrieved August 24, 2013. 
  3. ^ Varley, Eddie. "The 'US' of Alanna: Patriotic Bitch!". Retrieved August 24, 2013. 
  4. ^ Richards, David. "Kindertransport; Another Perspective On the Holocaust". The New York Times Company. Retrieved August 24, 2013. 
  5. ^ By 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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