PROFILE
Name:
Alanna Ubach
Birth Date:
October 3, 1975
Birth Place:
Downey, California, USA
Nationality:
American
BIOGRAPHY
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Legally Blonde

Background:

“If a woman is comfortable with herself, I think that's what radiates. I think the moment you start questioning your body and looks is when you get into trouble. Inevitably you don't work and you're unhappy with yourself and never satisfied with your performance. Classic stars like Marilyn Monroe, Lana Turner, and Ava Gardner were curvy and comfortable in their skin. They were absolutely gorgeous.” Alanna Ubach

Acting by age 4, American actress Alanna Ubach has over eighty projects under her belt. First coming to the attention of the public as Josie in the hit children's television program “Beakman's World” (1993-1994), where she picked up a Young Artist nomination for her performance, Ubach went on to gain recognition for her roles in “Airborne” (1993), “The Brady Bunch Movie” (1995), “Freeway” (1996), “Meet the Fockers” (2004) and “Waiting...” (2005), among others. However, she is perhaps best known for playing Serena in the surprise hit “Legally Blonde” (2001) and its sequel “Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde” (2003). She stated, “My role in 'Legally Blonde' was really rewarding because I had so much fun working on the movie. I've had really rewarding experiences on tiny low budget films that you'll never see but where I had a cool time creating characters as well. I love almost all of the characters I've played.”

Ubach has also added to her TV resume guest appearances in such shows as “ER,” “Party of Five,” “Chicago Hope,” “The West Wing,” “Monk,” “CSI: NY,” “House M.D.” and “Eli Stone” and performances in a number of TV films. She portrayed Yael Koontz in the HBO series “Hung” (2009) and wrote and performed the one woman show “Patriotic Bitch.” Also a voice actress, Ubach has provided voices of several characters in many animated shows, including “Brandy & Mr. Whiskers” (2004-2006), “El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera” (2007) and “Spectacular Spider-Man” (2008-2009).


Little Chu

Childhood and Family:

“I've always wanted to act since I was little.” Alanna Ubach

Alanna Noel Ubach was born on October 3, 1975, in Downey, California, to Rodolfo Ubach and Sidna. Her father is Puerto Rican and her mother is of Mexican lineage. She has an older sister named Athena Ubach, who appeared with her in the independent film “Clockwatchers” (1997). A straight A student in school, she loved English but not math.

Currently, Alanna, whose nickname is Little Chan, lives in West Hollywood, California, wither her dogs Ready and Biggy Smallz. In her free time, she enjoys swimming and hiking. She also loves singing and can play the guitar and piano. She mentions “Mad About You,” “All in the Family,” “Friends” and “I Love Lucy” as her favorite TV shows and Robert De Niro, Helen Hunt, Benicio Del Toro, and Whoopi Goldberg as her favorite actors. Her favorite book is “On the Road,” by Jack Kerouac.


Beakman's World

Career:

“It was a lot of fun being a child actress. It suited me. I don't think it suits everybody, but I was in it because I had a passion, not because my parents wanted me to make money. If other kids want to do it and they really like acting, go for it.” Alanna Ubach

Alanna Ubach had her first taste in front of the film cameras at age 4 when she was cast as the youngest daughter of Henry Darrow in the small independent movie “Los Alvarez,” which aired on KTLA. Over a decade later, she resurfaced in Denise McKenna's acclaimed short film “The Blue Men” (1990), which won the Grand Prize of the City of Portimão at the Algarve International Film Festival, the Silver Hugo at the Chicago International Film Festival, the Merit Award for Dramatic at the Student Academy Awards and the Gold Award at the WorldFest Houston. She followed it up with guest appearances in the TV series “The Torkelsons” in 1992 and a supporting role in the NBC television film “Moment of Truth: Why My Daughter?” in 1993.

Ubach received a big break when she costarred as Jessie in the popular children's educational series “Beakman's World” (1993-1994). She was nominated for a 1993 Young Artist Award for her work on the show. Ubach also received the supporting role of Gloria in “Airborne,” a 1993 film directed by Rob Bowman and starring Shane McDermott, Seth Green, Brittney Powell, Chris Conrad, Jacob Vargas and Jack Black. It was followed by appearances in such movies as “Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit” (1993, as Maria), Penny Marshall's “Renaissance Man” (1994, as Emily Rago), which starred Danny DeVito, Gregory Hines, James Remar and Ed Begley, Jr., the comedy “Hits!” (1994, as Angie), Hal Salwen's “Denise Calls Up” (1995, as Denise Devaro), Brett Leonard's “Virtuosity” (1995), starred Denzel Washington, Kelly Lynch and Russell Crowe, and the independent comedy “Layin' Low” (1996), opposite Jeremy Piven and Edie Falco. In “The Brady Bunch Movie” (1995), a comedy film version of the television series “The Brady Bunch” that was helmed by Betty Thomas, she offered a memorable performance as Noreen. She then gave a strong portrayal of Mesquita in the well received satirical thriller “Freeway” (1996), which was written and directed by Matthew Bright and starred Kiefer Sutherland, Reese Witherspoon and Brooke Shields. Her subsequent film credits included “Love Is All There Is” (1996), which starred Angelina Jolie and Nathaniel Marston, “Johns” (1996, starred David Arquette and Lukas Haas), “Pink as the Day She Was Born” (1997), “Clockwatchers” (1997, opposite Parker Posey, Lisa Kudrow, Toni Collette), “Do Me a Favor” (1997, starred Rosanna Arquette), “Enough Already” (1998, as Val), “All of It” (1998, with Lesley Ann Warren) and “The Sterling Chase” (1999, starred Andrea Ferrell, John Livingston and Sean Patrick Thomas). The California native also continued to appear on television. She guest starred in such TV series as “L.A. Law,” “Diagnosis Murder,” “ER,” and “Out of Order.” In 1996, she appeared in two episodes of the Fox teen drama “Party of Five.” She also had a recurring role in the short lived MTV sitcom “Apt. 2F” (1997) and additional guest spots in the TV shows “Tracey Takes On...,” “Touched by an Angel” (both 1998), “Providence” and “Chicago Hope” (both 1999).

In 2000, Ubach could be seen in the independent films “Slice & Dice” and “Blue Moon” and in the direct to video comedy film “Shriek If You Know What I Did Last Friday the Thirteenth.” She also appeared in an episode of the Aaron Sorkin comedy series “Sports Night” and played Robin Ripley in three episodes of USA Network's drama “The Huntress” (2000-2001). She next appeared in episodes of ABC's comedy series “Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place” and Lifetime television's “The Division” (both 2001) before being put back in the spotlight as Serena McGuire, the best friend of Elle Woods (played by Reese Witherspoon), in the box office hit “Legally Blonde” (2001), which was based on the novel of the same name by Amanda Brown. She went on to reprise her role in the 2003 installment “Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde.”

In between the movies, Ubach worked in the films “The Big Day” (2001) and “The Perfect You” (2002) and in the TV series “Disney's 'Teamo Supremo'” (2002), “The West Wing” and “John Doe” (both 2002). She also provided the voice of Mayor Paul Spryman in two episodes of “Ozzy & Drix.” In 2003, Ubach moved behind the cameras as director and writer for the 23 minute comedy film “A mi amor mi dulce,” in which she also had the role of Honey de la Oca Montez. She then costarred with Jason London and Antonio Sabato Jr. in the film “Wasabi Tuna” and portrayed Sarah in the independent comedy “Nobody Knows Anything!” (also 2003).

From 2004 to 2006, Ubach played the voice role of Lola Boa in the Disney Channel animated TV series “Brandy & Mr. Whiskers,” which also starred the voices of Charles Adler, Kaley Cuoco and Tom Kenny. She was also busy costarring in the TV films “30 Days Until I'm Famous” (2004, with Sean Patrick Flanery and Camille Guaty) and “Karroll's Christmas” (2004, opposite Tom Everett Scott and Wallace Shawn) and appeared in the movies “Meet the Fockers” (2004, as Isabel Villalobos), “Waiting...” (2005, as Naomi), “Open Window” (2006) and the based on play “Hard Scrambled” (2006). She also guest starred in episodes of the TV series “Monk” (2004), “CSI: NY” (2 episodes, 2005), “The Closer” and “House M.D.” (both also 2005).

In 2007, Ubach did voiceover work in the Daytime Emmy award winning animated series “El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera,” where she voiced El Tigre. The same year, she also appeared as Roberta Roberts in two episodes of NBC's “Friday Night Lights” and acted in the short movies “The Pre Nup,” written and starring Marcy Kaplan, and “Shrink” and the films “Equal Opportunity” and “Jekyll,” a horror film adapted from Robert Louis Stevenson's novel “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.”

Ubach returned to the world of animation when she provided the voice of Liz Allan in the TV series “Spectacular Spider-Man” (2008-2009), which also starred the voices of Josh Keaton, Lacey Chabert, Joshua LeBar, Grey DeLisle and James Arnold Taylor. She also voiced Dander in the direct to video “Batman: Gotham Knight” (2008) and played the recurring role of Cathy Bonilla in three episodes of the ABC comedy series “Eli Stone” (2008-2009). She then teamed up with Marc Blucas, Carly Pope, Brandon Routh and Zachary Levi in the comedy film “Stuntmen” (2009).

Recently playing Yael Koontz in the series “Hung,” which debuted on HBO on June 28, 2009, Ubach will play Michelle in the episode “Let it Go” of the TV series “Men of a Certain Age,” which will air on December 15, 2009. On the film front, she will costar with Ross Patterson, Joey Kern and Christine Lakin in the sport themed “Wiffler: The Ted Whitfield Story” (2009) for director Tommy Reid and writer Ross Patterson, and work with Johnny Depp, Abigail Breslin and Isla Fisher in the animated film “Rango,” from director Gore Verbinski, which is slated to be released on March 18, 2011.

Ubach has also appeared on stage in several occasions. The member of the sketch comedy group Velcro Troupe wrote and starred in the one woman show “Patriotic Bitch” in 2008 and once acted in the play “The Vagina Monologues.”

“When I get a role, I try to delve as deeply as possible into the character. I act with my gut instincts.” Alanna Ubach


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