Alanna Ubach has cultivated a career marked by the kind of range that many actors dream of. A bonified character actress,with equal parts grit and grace, she is unequivocally honest about her experience in Hollywood, generously sharing what she’s learned along the way.
Hardly recognizable from one character to the next, Alanna Ubach has starred in nearly 150 theater, film, and TV projects. Born in Downey, California to a Mexican-born mother and Puerto Rican father, Ubach has been a working actress since childhood. Following her television debut on “Romper Room,” she joined the Lee Strasberg Institute’s Children’s Program. At 15, she fearlessly travelled to New York to star in WPA’s Off-Broadway production of “Club Soda.”
She made her mark in the industry playing the family housekeeper-turned wedding caterer and Gaylord’s first lover in “Meet the Fockers,” the sorority sister/best friend to Elle Woods in “Legally Blonde,” and the sex-starved Israeli neighbor on “Hung.” In addition to her role as Jo on Bravo’s first original scripted series, “Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce,” She can also be heard lending her voice to Disney/Pixar’s Oscar winning animated film “Coco,” featuring an all-Latino cast, where she plays great-great-grandmother Mama Imelda.
“Every time you get some kind of offer or opportunity, just be the lights. I’ve been trying to be the lights forever.”
“When the ego comes into play, that is the beginning of cancer for the artist”
“Rejection is God’s protection.”