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.
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.
Ubach was born in Downey, California, the daughter of Sidna and Rodolfo Ubach. Her sister Athena Ubach is a therapist. Her father was of Puerto Rican descent, and her mother is Mexican American.
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. 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 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.
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).
Film and television roles
The Blue Men
Moment of Truth: Why My Daughter?
Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit
ABC Afterschool Special
"Boys Will Be Boys"
The Brady Bunch Movie
Denise Calls Up
Touched by an Angel
Lydia / Cookie
Seduced by Madness: The Diane Borchardt Story
Mini-series; 2 episodes
Love Is All There Is
Just Your Luck
Pink as the Day She Was Born
Dead End: Do Me a Favor
All of It
The Sterling Chase
Slice & Dice
Shriek If You Know What I Did Last Friday The 13th
Girl Student in Labor
Gary & Mike
What They Wanted, What They Got
Brenda/Rope Girl / Hector/Skate Lad (voice)
The Perfect You
Ozzy & Drix
Mayor Paul Spryman (voice)
Nobody Knows Anything
30 Days Until I'm Famous
Meet the Fockers
Episode: "Shear Luck/Big Night Out"
Brandy & Mr. Whiskers
Lola Boa (voice)
Episode: "Standards and Practices"
Herbie Fully Loaded
The Pre Nup
Peggy M. Smith
El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera
Manny Rivera / El Tigre / additional voices
Friday Night Lights
Roberta "Bobbie" Roberts
Mrs. Abbott, Samantha (voice)
Episode: "The Infinite Goliath"
Batman: Gotham Knight
The Spectacular Spider-Man
Liz Allan / Helena / Trina (voice)
Men of a Certain Age
Strudel / Mr. Nut Nut (voice)
Boo / Cletus / Fresca / Miss Daisy (voice)
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
Episode: "Frank's Pretty Woman"
Episode: "It's Easy to Cry When This Much Cash is Involved"
Master Tiera (Normal Form) / Lucy / Portia / Queen Kalima (voice)
See Dad Run
A Haunted House
Episode: "Papa / 1600 Finn"
Lady Deadpool (voice)
Episode: "Dead Man Walking"
Ben 10: Omniverse
Rook Shar / Rook Ben / Additional Voices
NSA Senior Intelligence Analyst Sofia Martinez
Episode: "Double Back"
Sheriff Callie's Wild West
Polly May Porcupine
Episode: "The Prickly Pair"
Things You Shouldn't Say Past Midnight
Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce
Awards and nominations:
Young Artist Award
Men of a Certain Age
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