Alanna Ubach

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Alanna Ubach
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Ubach in 2013
Born (1975-10-03) October 3, 1975 (age 46)
Years active1990–present
(m. 2014)

Alanna Noel Ubach (born October 3, 1975) is an American actress, known for her roles as Naomi in the film Waiting (2005), Mamá Imelda in Coco (2017), Serena McGuire in Legally Blonde (2001), Isabel Villalobos in Meet the Fockers (2004), Maria in Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit (1993), Jo Hernandez-Frumpkis on Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce, Suze Howard on Euphoria, Carol Atkinson on The Flight Attendant, and Susan Bennett on Ted.

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, and four characters in the Oscar-winning animated film Rango (2011). She played the first female assistant, Josie, on the television show Beakman's World.

Early life[edit]

Ubach was born on October 3, 1975, in Downey, California,[1] the daughter of Sidna and Rodolfo Ubach.[citation needed] Her father was from San Juan, Puerto Rico, and her mother, raised in Los Angeles, was from Sinaloa, Mexico.[2]

In 1994, she received a positive review from The New York Times for her role as a Jewish girl in Kindertransport at the Manhattan Theatre Club.[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). She later had roles in a series of indie films: Denise Calls Up (1995), in which she played the title character; Johns (1996), playing David Arquette's girlfriend, and in Freeway (1996) with Reese Witherspoon and Kiefer Sutherland, playing a Latina gang girl. She also played roles in more mainstream films like Clockwatchers (1997) and alongside Reese Witherspoon in the two Legally Blonde films.[4]


In 2004, Ubach starred in the movie Waiting..., alongside Ryan Reynolds and Anna Faris, and landed the role of a Latina maid/caterer in Meet The Fockers (2004). She also had recurring roles in Hung (2009) and Californication (2013).

Ubach starred with Lisa Edelstein as a regular cast member on Bravo's first scripted series, Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce.[5][6] Ubach portrayed Jo, who moved to Los Angeles to reinvent herself in the guest house of her newly divorced best friend from college, Abby.[7] Ubach described the show as "fun and stylish, it's very relatable". The role of Jo was created following the exit of Janeane Garofalo.[8]


In June 2008, Ubach starred in and narrated her ongoing one-woman show, Patriotic Bitch, which ran at the Clurman Theatre in Theater Row.[9] Reviewing Patriotic Bitch, The New York Times described it as an "entertaining one-act series of character monologues" and noted that Ubach was "seriously talented".[10]

Personal life[edit]

Ubach is married to Thom Russo, an award-winning record producer. Their son Thomas Rodolfo Russo III was born in July 2017.[11]



Year Title Role Notes
1993 Airborne Gloria
Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit Maria
1994 Hits! Angie
Renaissance Man Emily Rago
1995 The Brady Bunch Movie Noreen
Denise Calls Up Denise Devaro
1996 Layin' Low Manuela
Freeway Mesquita
Love Is All There Is Niccolina
Just Your Luck Angela Direct-to-video film
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
Shriek If You Know What I Did Last Friday The 13th Girl Student in Labor
2001 Legally Blonde Serena McGuire
2002 The Perfect You Wendy
2003 Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde Serena McGuire
Wasabi Tuna Emme
Nobody Knows Anything Sarah
2004 Meet the Fockers Isabel Villalobos
2005 Herbie: Fully Loaded Reporter
Waiting... Naomi
2006 Open Window Kim
Hard Scrambled Crysta
2007 Equal Opportunity Peggy M. Smith
Jekyll Michelle Utterson
2008 Batman: Gotham Knight Dander Direct-to-video film; voice role
2009 Stuntmen Tovah Frieberg
Still Waiting... Naomi Direct-to-video film
2011 Bad Teacher Angela
Rango Boo/Cletus/Fresca/Miss Daisy Voice role
2012 Envelope Tanya Short film
2013 A Haunted House Jenny
Garbage Casey Siegel
Being Us Margaret
I Know That Voice Herself Documentary[12][13]
2017 To the Bone Karen
Coco Mamá Imelda Voice role
2018 Gloria Bell Veronica
2019 Bombshell Jeanine Pirro
2022 Legally Blonde 3 Serena McGuire
TBA El Tonto Porno Actress Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
1992 Moment of Truth: Why My Daughter? April Television film
1992–1993 Beakman's World Josie Main role (season 1)
1994 ABC Afterschool Special Cindy Episode: "Boys Will Be Boys"
Diagnosis: Murder Melissa Episode: "Guardian Angel"
1995 ER Terry's friend Episode: "Long Day's Journey"
1995, 1998 Touched by an Angel Lydia/Cookie 2 episodes
1996 Seduced by Madness: The Diane Borchardt Story Shannon Johnson Miniseries
Party of Five Gina 2 episodes
1998 Tracey Takes On... Actress 1 episode
2000 Sports Night Catherine Episode: "Bells and a Siren"
2001 Tikiville Herself Television film
Gary & Mike various Voice role; episode: "Washington D.C."
2002–2003 Teamo Supremo Brenda/Rope Girl and Hector Felipé Corrio/Skate Lad Recurring voice role; 13 episodes
2002 Ozzy & Drix Mayor Paul Spryman Recurring voice role; 15 episodes
The West Wing Celia Walton Episode: "Night Five"
2004 30 Days Until I'm Famous Daisy Fresh Television film
Karroll's Christmas Jodie Television film
Monk Jennie Silverman Episode: "Mr. Monk and the Employee of the Month"
Brandy & Mr. Whiskers Lola Boa Recurring voice role; 35 episodes
2004–2008 Higglytown Heroes Plunkie/Mrs. Whiskers/Babysitter Hero/Musician Hero Recurring voice role
2005 The Closer Mrs. Pruitt Episode: "Standards and Practices"
House Dr. Louise Harper Episode: "Spin"
Uncommon Sense Brenda Television film
2007–2008 El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera Manny Rivera/El Tigre/Sega/Mrs. Dineron/Smiley/Referee/Ella/Esquelita/Mother Cactus/Mrs. Rodriguez/Andra/Gym Teacher/Computer Voice (3)/Kid Main voice role
2007 Playing Chicken Herself Television film
Friday Night Lights Roberta "Bobbie" Roberts 2 episodes
All Grown Up! Kid #2 (3)/Java Lava Boy Episode: "Petition This!"
Random! Cartoons Roger Jones/Computer Voice/Mrs. Abbott/Samantha Voice role; episode: "The Infinite Goliath"
2008 Eli Stone Cathy Borilla 3 episodes
2008–2009 The Spectacular Spider-Man Liz Allan/Helena/Trina Recurring voice role; 19 episodes
2009–2011 Hung Yael Kuntz Recurring role (season 1)
Men of a Certain Age Michelle Recurring role; 6 episodes
2010–2013 Pound Puppies Strudel/Mr. Nut Nut/Tabitha's Mom/Gina's Mom/Sally Mae/Kaylee/Willy's Mom/Groomer #2/Instructor/Pepita/Old Rich Lady/Pantsuit Lady/Roxie/Farfel/Kim Main voice role
2011 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"
2012–2013 Kaijudo Master Tiera/Lucy/Portia/Queen Kalima Recurring voice role; 12 episodes
2012–2015 See Dad Run Amy Hobbs Main role
2013 Californication Trudy 3 episodes
Mad Annabel/Cat/Museum Daughter Voice roles; episode: "Papa/1600 Finn"
Revolution Bonnie Webster Episode: "Dead Man Walking"
2013–2014 Ben 10: Omniverse Rook Shar/Rook Ben Voice role; 3 episodes
2014–2015 NCIS NSA Senior Intelligence Analyst Sofia Martinez 2 episodes
2014 Sheriff Callie's Wild West Polly May Porcupine Voice role; episode: "The Prickly Pair"
Things You Shouldn't Say Past Midnight Grace 6 episodes
2015–2018 Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce Jo Hernandez-Frumpkis Main role
2016 American Horror Story: Hotel Jo Episode: "Be Our Guest"
TripTank Justin/Tommy 2 episodes
2017–2019 Welcome to the Wayne Ansi Molina/Ballerina Main voice role
2017 Puppy Dog Pals Pig/Snout/Snowflake/Miss Mudge/Queen Kazoo/Luca/Mischa/Spy Puppy/Lotus/Eliza/Fido/Tour Guide/Cupcake's Owner/Ned/Koko/Ranger Ronda/Beatrice/Frau/Heidi/Joanie/Julie/Cow #1/Lasso/Duck #1/Desk Women/Billie/Baby Oliver/Edith/Shrub Bird/Farm Cat/Chen/Randi/Evelyn/Jazz Dancing Dog/Bow Wow Girl/Rainy/Francoise/Souffle Voice roles; 23 episodes
2018 Snowfall Gabrielle Elias 3 episodes
2019–present Euphoria Suze Howard Recurring role; 13 episodes
2020 Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts Wheels/Boom-Boom (voices) 4 episodes
Mythic Quest: Raven's Banquet Shannon Episode: "Brendan"
Filthy Rich Yopi Candalaria 9 episodes
2020–present Crossing Swords Queen Tulip Main voice role; 20 episodes
2021 Monsters at Work Cutter/Carla Benitez/Rosie Levin/Monsters, Inc. Orientation Narrator/Snore's Mother/Maria/Bean/Additional voices Main voice roles; 10 episodes
Guilty Party Tessa 10 episodes
Maya and the Three Skull (voice) 2 episodes
2022 The Ghost and Molly McGee Sonia Davis
The Flight Attendant Carol Atkinson Recurring role (season 2)
TBA Ted Susan Bennett Main role, upcoming series

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2007 Nicktoons: Attack of the Toybots El Tigre / Manny Rivera Nintendo DS version only
2008 El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera El Tigre / Manny Rivera
2011 Rango Cletus / Cletus's Mom Credited as Alana Ubach
2012 Madagascar 3: The Video Game Captain DuBois
2013 Marvel Heroes Lady Deadpool Uncredited
Grand Theft Auto V The Local Population


Year Award Category Work Result
1992 Young Artist Awards Performer in a Children's Program Beakman's World Nominated


  1. ^ Theatre World: Volume 50. Crown. 1996. p. 234.
  2. ^ Amy Rubio Exclusive: Alanna Ubach Talks 'Girlfriends' Guide To Divorce' & Her Latina Roots! Archived 2018-09-04 at the Wayback Machine 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. ^ Brice Sander (December 1, 2015). "'Girlfriends' Guide' Star Alanna Ubach Is Ready for 'Legally Blonde 3' -- Find Out Her Plan for Serena!". Entertainment Tonight. Retrieved January 26, 2017.
  5. ^ Ed Stockley (February 14, 2016). "Monday's TV Highlights: 'The X-Files' on Fox". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved January 26, 2017.
  6. ^ Whitney Friedlander (July 21, 2015). "'Mad Men,' 'Smash' Alums Added to Bravo's 'Girlfriends Guide to Divorce'". Variety. Retrieved January 26, 2017.
  7. ^ Gwen Ihnat (January 20, 2016). "Girlfriends' Guide turns to the dark side of divorce". A.V. Club. Retrieved January 26, 2017.
  8. ^ Linda Ge (August 13, 2014). "Alanna Ubach Replaces Janeane Garofalo on Bravo's 'Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce'". The Wrap. Retrieved January 26, 2017.
  9. ^ Raymundo Monell (June 10, 2008). "Actress Alanna Ubach makes her N.Y. debut in 'Patriotic Bitch'". New York Daily News. Retrieved January 26, 2017.
  10. ^ Anita Gates (June 14, 2008). "The People You Meet in a Ladies' Bathroom". The New York Times. Retrieved January 26, 2017.
  11. ^ Rosenfeld, Laura (2017-08-02). "Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce's Alanna Ubach Gives Birth to a Baby Boy". Bravo. Retrieved 2019-08-04.
  12. ^ I Know That Voice (film). 2013. Event occurs at Closing credits.
  13. ^ Blazenhoff, Rusty (2013-10-03). "I Know That Voice, A Documentary About the World of Voice Acting". Laughing Squid.

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