Alanna Ubach

Alanna Ubach

Birth name: Alanna Noel Ubach
Born: October 3, 1975
Age: 43
Birthplace: Downey, California, U.S.
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Alanna Noel Ubach (born October 3, 1975) is a Mexican-American actress, model, voice artist and singer of Puerto Rican and Mexican descent. She is known for her roles in Coco as Mama Imelda, the matriarch and female lead, in which she sings a haunting version of La Llorona, Legally Blonde as Serena McGuire, 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, and four characters in the Oscar-winning animated film Rango. She played the first female assistant, Josie, on Beakman's World. She also wrote and performed a one-woman show.


Early life

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

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 with Reese Witherspoon and Kiefer Sutherland in Freeway (1996), playing a Latina gang girl. During this time, she also played roles in more mainstream films like Clockwatchers (1997), alongside Toni Collette and Parker Posey. Her Hollywood credentials also include her role as Elle Woods's best friend Serena McGuire in the two Legally Blonde films.


Ubach stars with Lisa Edelstein as a regular cast member on Bravo's first-ever scripted series, 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." The role of Jo was created following the exit of Janeane Garofalo, who played Lyla, a lawyer and one of Abby’s best friends, for several of the show’s earlier episodes.

Ubach 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. From 2012 to 2015, she played 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 remains active on television, with appearances in Hung (2009), It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (2011), and Californication (2013).

In January 2017, Glenn Howerton, star and executive producer of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, stated that he regretted killing Ubach’s character, Roxie, in season seven because she was, "such a funny character." Complex ranked "Frank's Pretty Woman," the episode guest-starring Ubach as Roxie, as the sixth best episode of the entire It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia series.


In June 2008, Ubach starred in and narrated her ongoing one-woman show, “Patriotic Bitch,” which ran at the Clurman Theatre in Theater Row. Reviewing "Patriotic Bitch," the New York Times stated that the show, "can’t hold a candle to the very best of the genre," but nonetheless described it as, "entertaining one-act series of character monologues," and noted that Ubach was, "seriously talented."



Year Title Role Notes
1990 The Blue Men Edith Short
1993 Airborne Gloria
1993 Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit Maria
1994 Hits! Angie
1994 Renaissance Man Emily Rago
1995 The Brady Bunch Movie Noreen
1995 Denise Calls Up Denise Devaro
1996 Layin' Low Manuela
1996 Freeway Mesquita
1996 Love Is All There Is Niccolina
1996 Just Your Luck Angela Direct-to-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 What They Wanted, What They Got Berkely Short
2001 Legally Blonde Serena McGuire
2002 The Perfect You Wendy
2003 Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde Serena McGuire
2003 Wasabi Tuna Emme
2003 Nobody Knows Anything Sarah
2004 Meet the Fockers Isabel Villalobos
2005 Herbie: Fully Loaded Reporter
2005 Waiting... Naomi
2006 Open Window Kim
2006 Hard Scrambled Crysta
2007 The Pre Nup Cindy Short
2007 Equal Opportunity Peggy M. Smith
2007 Jekyll Michelle Utterson
2008 Batman: Gotham Knight Dander (voice) Direct-to-video
2009 Stuntmen Tovah Frieberg
2009 Still Waiting... Naomi Direct-to-video
2011 Bad Teacher Angela
2011 Rango Boo / Cletus / Fresca / Miss Daisy (voice)
2012 Envelope Tanya Short film
2013 A Haunted House Jenny
2013 Garbage Casey Siegel
2013 Being Us Margaret
2017 To the Bone Karen
2017 Coco Mamá Imelda (voice)


1994 “Diagnosis MurderEpisode: “Guardian Angel” No. 9314 Melissa

Year Title Role Notes
1992 Moment of Truth: Why My Daughter? April Movie
1992-1993 Beakman's World Josie 26 episodes
1994 ABC Afterschool Special Cindy "Boys Will Be Boys"
1995 ER Terry's friend Episode: "Long Day's Journey" S1 E14
1995, 1998 Touched by an Angel Lydia / Cookie 2 episodes
1996 Seduced by Madness: The Diane Borchardt Story Shannon Johnson Miniseries; 2 episodes
1996 Party of Five Gina 2 episodes
1998 Tracey Takes On... Actress
2001 Tikiville Herself Movie
2001 Gary & Mike Various voices Episode: "Washington D.C."
2002, 2003 Teamo Supremo Brenda/Rope Girl / Hector Felipé Corrio/Skate Lad (voice) 13 episodes
2002 Ozzy & Drix Mayor Paul Spryman (voice) 15 episodes
2004 30 Days Until I'm Famous Daisy Fresh Movie
2004 Karroll's Christmas Jodie Movie
2004 Higglytown Heroes Plunkie (voice) Episode: "Shear Luck/Big Night Out"
2004 Monk Jennie Silverman Episode: "Mr. Monk and the Employee of the Month"
2004-06 Brandy & Mr. Whiskers Lola Boa (voice) 35 episodes
2005 The Closer Mrs. Pruitt Episode: "Standards and Practices"
2005 House Dr. Harper Episode: "Spin"
2005 Uncommon Sense Brenda Movie
2007 Playing Chicken Herself Movie
2007 El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera Manny Rivera / El Tigre / additional voices 26 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
2008-09 The Spectacular Spider-Man Liz Allan / Helena / Trina (voice) 19 episodes
2009-11 Hung Yael Kuntz 10 episodes
2009-11 Men of a Certain Age Michelle 6 episodes
2010-13 Pound Puppies Strudel / Mr. Nut Nut (voice) 65 episodes
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"
2012-13 Kaijudo Master Tiera (Normal Form) / Lucy / Portia / Queen Kalima (voice) 12 episodes
2012-15 See Dad Run Amy Hobbs 50 episodes
2013 Californication Trudy 3 episodes
2013 Mad Annabel / Cat / Museum Daughter Episode: "Papa / 1600 Finn"
2013 Revolution Bonnie Webster Episode: "Dead Man Walking"
2013-14 Ben 10: Omniverse Rook Shar / Rook Ben / Additional Voices 3 episodes
2014-15 NCIS NSA Senior Intelligence Analyst Sofia Martinez 2 episodes
2014 Sheriff Callie's Wild West Polly May Porcupine (voice) Episode: "The Prickly Pair"
2014 Things You Shouldn't Say Past Midnight Grace 6 episodes
2015-present Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce Jo Hernandez-Frumpkis Series regular
2017-present Welcome to the Wayne Ansi Molina (voice) One of 3 main characters
2017 Puppy Dog Pals Snowflake/Queen Kazoo Episodes: Hissy's Kitty, A Seat at the Theatre

Video games

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Year Title Role Notes
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
2013 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

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