Having graduated from the University of Texas with a bachelor’s degree in physical therapy and social work, one would think that Alana de la Garza would have ended up having a desk job of her own. Alana is one of the sensational movie stars that has graced Tinseltown with her spectacular and genuine performance in any given role. She has a dashing personality that tends to single her out of any crowd. This personality can be seen in the way she interprets her roles in TV shows and movies. It will be worth your while if you can get to know who Alana de la Garza is and how she transited from being a school teacher to a renowned actress in the following paragraphs.
Alana de la Garza – Biography
On June 18, 1976, Alana de la Garza was born into a mixed ethnic family where her father was a Mexican-American and the mother an Irish-American. Alana was born in Columbus, Ohio but was raised in El Paso, Texas. She won the “Miss Photogenic” title in the Miss El Paso Teen USA local beauty pageant in her teenage years. Much is not known about her early days as a child and whether she has siblings or not. As at the time she enrolled at the University of Texas to study physical therapy and social work, Alana was a special-needs teacher. Upon her graduation, she relocated to Orlando, Florida where she chose to venture into entertainment and pursue acting as a career path.
Career – Movies and TV Shows
Alana’s career was set on course in 2001 when she featured in the music videos for “Ain’t Nothing ’bout You” by Brooks & Dunn and “All or Nothing” released by the boy band O-Town in 2001. Her earliest acting roles were in the soap opera, All My Children (where she played the role of Rosa Santos), Las Vegas, Two and a Half Men, Charmed, etc. In 2006, she appeared in Mr. Fix-It, co-starring David Boreanaz.
Her first meaningful involvement in acting came in 2006 when she was cast to play the role of Assistant District Attorney Connie Rubirosa in the 17th season of the TV series Law & Order. Needless to say, she received very positive reviews by fans of the shows and critics as well who appreciated her interpretation of the character of Connie Rubirosa which set her up for several nominations and awards. She earned a nomination for “Best Supporting Actress—Television” by the Imagen Foundation Awards in 2007. Subsequently, in 2008, she was nominated for an ALMA Award as “Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Television Series”. She garnered an “Impact Award” for “Outstanding Performance in a Dramatic Television Series” that same year by the National Hispanic Media Coalition.
She was cast as a lead in the NBC medical drama pilot Do No Harm in February 2012. She played the role of Dr. Lena Solis, a neurologist. Alana was added to the cast of Are You Here, the feature film debut of Mad Men in June 2012.
She featured as Assistant District Attorney (later DDA) Rubirosa for the final four seasons of Law & Order, a role she also played on the short-lived spin-off Law & Order: LA (2011). On January 22, 2014, she guest-starred in an episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit as Connie Rubirosa. Since then till date, that was her final appearance in the franchise.
Other works which are credited to Alana de La Garza include Forever (an ABC television series where she appeared as Jo Martinez, a police detective), Scorpion (as head of Homeland Security), and Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders alongside Gary Sinise.
Alana is a sophisticated lady who keeps it simple and leads a quiet life. With no family or personal scandal so far, her family and married life are what many desire to have.
She walked down the aisle with her boyfriend of many years, Michael Roberts, a writer, on May 31, 2008, in Orlando, Orange County, Florida. Together for over 11 years, Alana and her husband Michael share 2 children, a son, and a daughter.
Alana De La Garza Net Worth
Alana has a lot of movies and TV series to her credit. She is not just an actress that could be paid peanuts. The majority of her income has come from the TV series, Law & Order. As of 2018, Garza’s estimated net worth was around $4 million. However, in 2019, it has been estimated to be worth $4.3 million.