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Alanna Ubach

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Alanna Ubach
Ubach in 2013
Born (1975-10-03) October 3, 1975 (age 48)
Years active1990–present
(m. 2014)

Alanna Ubach (born October 3, 1975) is an American actress. She is known for her roles as Serena McGuire in Legally Blonde (2001) & Legally Blonde 2 (2003), Isabel Villalobos in Meet the Fockers (2004), Maria in Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit (1993), Noreen in The Brady Bunch Movie (1995), Jane in Clockwatchers (1997), Naomi in Waiting... (2005) and Still Waiting... (2009), Margarete in Being Us (2011), Jeanine Pirro in Bombshell (2019), and the voice of Mamá Imelda in Coco (2017), as well as Jo Hernandez-Frumpkis on Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce, Suze Howard on Euphoria, Amy Hobbs on See Dad Run, Tessa Flores on Guilty Party, 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/co-host, Josie, on the television show Beakman's World, for which she was nominated for a Young Artist Award in 1992.

Early life[edit]

Ubach was born on October 3, 1975, in Downey, California,[1] the daughter of Sidna (née González) and Rodolfo Ubach. Her father was from San Juan, Puerto Rico, and her mother 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 included 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 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 again 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 caterer in Meet The Fockers (2004). She also had recurring roles on 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]

Recent television roles include Suze Howard on Euphoria, Tessa Flores on Guilty Party, and Carol Atkinson on The Flight Attendant.

In 2022, it was announced that Ubach was cast in the lead role of Susan Bennett on the Peacock series Ted, the television adaptation of the hit movie.[9]


In June 2008, Ubach starred in and narrated her ongoing one-woman show, Patriotic Bitch, which ran at the Clurman Theatre in Theater Row.[10] Reviewing Patriotic Bitch, The New York Times described it as an "entertaining one-act series of character monologues" and noted that Ubach is "seriously talented".[11]

Personal life[edit]

Ubach is married to record producer Thom Russo. They wed in 2014 and have a son, who was born on July 25, 2017.[12][13]



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 Voice, direct-to-video
2009 Stuntmen Tovah Frieberg
Still Waiting... Naomi Direct-to-video film
2011 Bad Teacher Angela
Rango Boo, Cletus, Fresca, Miss Daisy Voice
2012 Envelope Tanya Short film
2013 A Haunted House Jenny
Garbage Casey Siegel
Being Us Margaret
I Know That Voice Herself Documentary[14][15]
2014 Stan Lee's Mighty 7 Reporter Voice[16]
2017 To the Bone Karen
Coco Mamá Imelda Voice[16]
2018 Gloria Bell Veronica
2019 Bombshell Jeanine Pirro
2023 Fool's Paradise Porno Actress
2024 Venom: The Last Dance Unknown
TBA Should've Been Romeo Pilar Post-production
Denotes films that have not yet been released


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 voices Episode: "Washington D.C."
2002–2003 Teamo Supremo Brenda and Hector Felipé Corrio Voice, recurring role
2002 Ozzy & Drix Mayor Paul Spryman and Hector's Mom Voice, recurring role[16]
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 Voice, recurring role[16]
2004–2008 Higglytown Heroes Plunkie, Mrs. Whiskers, additional characters Voice, recurring 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, additional characters Voice, main role[16]
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, Mrs. Abbott, Samantha, Computer Voice Voice, episode: "The Infinite Goliath"[16]
2008 Eli Stone Cathy Borilla 3 episodes
2008–2009 The Spectacular Spider-Man Liz Allan, Trina Voice, recurring role[16]
2009–2011 Hung Yael Kuntz Recurring role (season 1–3)
Men of a Certain Age Michelle Recurring role
2010–2013 Pound Puppies Strudel, Kugel, additional characters Voice, main role[16]
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 Voice, recurring role[16]
2012–2015 See Dad Run Amy Hobbs Main role
2013 Californication Trudy 3 episodes
Mad Annabel, Cat, Museum Daughter Voice, episode: "Papa/1600 Finn"
Revolution Bonnie Webster Episode: "Dead Man Walking"
2013–2014 Ben 10: Omniverse Rook Shar, Rook Ben Voice, 3 episodes[16]
2014–2015 NCIS NSA Senior Intelligence Analyst Sofia Martinez 2 episodes
2014 Sheriff Callie's Wild West Polly May Porcupine Voice, episode: "The Prickly Pair"
Things You Shouldn't Say Past Midnight Grace 6 episodes
2015 Wallykazam! Mrs. Trollman Voice, episode: "Mission for Mom"[16]
2015–2018 Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce Jo Hernandez-Frumpkis Main role
2016 American Horror Story: Hotel Jo Episode: "Be Our Guest"
TripTank Justin, Tommy Voice, 2 episodes[16]
2017–2019 Welcome to the Wayne Ansi Molina, Ballerina Voice, main role[16]
2017–2023 Puppy Dog Pals Various voices Voice, 23 episodes[16]
2018 Snowfall Gabrielle Elias 3 episodes
2019–present Euphoria Suze Howard Recurring role
2020 Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts Wheels, Boom-Boom Voice, 4 episodes
Mythic Quest: Raven's Banquet Shannon Episode: "Brendan"
Filthy Rich Yopi Candalaria 9 episodes
2020–2021 Crossing Swords Queen Tulip Voice, main role
2021 Monsters at Work Various voices 10 episodes[16]
Guilty Party Tessa Flores 10 episodes
Maya and the Three Skull Voice, 2 episodes[16]
2022 The Ghost and Molly McGee Sonia Davis Voice, 3 episodes[16]
The Flight Attendant Carol Atkinson Recurring role (season 2)
2023 The Legend of Vox Machina Osysa Voice, 2 episodes[16]
Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur Clueless Girl Voice, episode: "Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow"[16]
2024 Ted Susan Bennett Main role
Tales of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Bishop

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[16]
2012 Madagascar 3: The Video Game Captain DuBois [16]
2013 Marvel Heroes Lady Deadpool Uncredited
Grand Theft Auto V The Local Population
2023 Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl 2 El Tigre / Manny Rivera


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


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  2. ^ Amy Rubio Exclusive: Alanna Ubach Talks 'Girlfriends' Guide To Divorce' & Her Latina Roots! Archived 2018-09-04 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Richards, David (May 18, 1994). "Kindertransport; Another Perspective On the Holocaust". The New York Times Company. Archived from the original on July 3, 2018. Retrieved August 24, 2013.
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  9. ^ "'Ted': Alanna Ubach Joins Seth MacFarlane's Peacock Series Based On Films". May 20, 2022. Archived from the original on February 4, 2023. Retrieved August 17, 2022.
  10. ^ Raymundo Monell (June 10, 2008). "Actress Alanna Ubach makes her N.Y. debut in 'Patriotic Bitch'". New York Daily News. Archived from the original on February 4, 2023. Retrieved January 26, 2017.
  11. ^ Anita Gates (June 14, 2008). "The People You Meet in a Ladies' Bathroom". The New York Times. Archived from the original on February 4, 2023. Retrieved January 26, 2017.
  12. ^ Quinn, Dave (August 2, 2017). "Alanna Ubach and Thomas Russo Jr. Welcome Son Thomas Rodolfo". People. Retrieved January 18, 2024.
  13. ^ Rosenfeld, Laura (August 2, 2017). "Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce's Alanna Ubach Gives Birth to a Baby Boy". Bravo. Archived from the original on January 20, 2019. Retrieved August 4, 2019.
  14. ^ I Know That Voice (film). 2013. Event occurs at Closing credits.
  15. ^ Blazenhoff, Rusty (October 3, 2013). "I Know That Voice, A Documentary About the World of Voice Acting". Laughing Squid. Archived from the original on October 6, 2014. Retrieved January 18, 2019.
  16. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u "Alanna Ubach (visual voices guide)". Behind The Voice Actors. Retrieved October 13, 2023. A green check mark indicates that a role has been confirmed using a screenshot (or collage of screenshots) of a title's list of voice actors and their respective characters found in its opening and/or closing credits and/or other reliable sources of information.

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