• Recurring character in "Euphoria" and voiced characters in several critically acclaimed animated movies
• Of Puerto Rican and Mexican descent; raised by parents Rodolfo and Sidna with her elder sister Athena, who is also an actress
• In her career, she has had 160 acting credits and has won several awards, including an Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film in 2017 for "Coco"
• Married to record producer, songwriter and composer Thom Russo since 2014; they have one son, Thomas Rodolfo Russo III, born in 2017
• Net worth estimated at over $1 million, as of late 2022

Who is Alanna Ubach?

“Euphoria” is a drama series that follows the lives of a group of teenagers as they struggle with issues of violence, drugs and sex. Suze Howard, Cassie’s mother, is a recurring character known for always holding a glass of wine and appearing to be a little drunk all the time.

The actress who plays this character is Alanna Ubach, who besides this role, has 160 acting credits to her name. If you would like to know more about her, let us introduce you to this versatile actress, who has also provided voices for several critically acclaimed animated movies.

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Early life, family, and education

Born Alanna Gonzales Ubach under the zodiac sign of Libra on 3 October 1975, in Downey, California USA; she holds American nationality and comes from a family of Puerto Rican and Mexican descent. She was raised by her parents Rodolfo and Sidna (nee Gonzalez) alongside her elder sister Athena, who is also an actress. The sisters appeared together in the 1997 movie “Clockwatchers”.

Speaking of her educational background, Alanna attended the private high school Lycée Français, and upon matriculating in 1995, she enrolled at the University of Southern California, but dropped out of college to pursue her acting career.

Roles in movies

Alanna made her acting debut in the 1990 TV movie “Just Life”. Three years later, she was cast to play April in another TV movie “Moment of Truth: Why My Daughter”, and in the same year made her first big-screen appearance as Gloria in “Airborne”, also starring Seth Green and Shane McDermott. Alanna followed with her role as Emily Rago in the 1994 comedy-drama “Renaissance Man”, starring Danny DeVito.

In the following years, Alanna had numerous roles, playing her first lead role in “Denise Calls Up” in 1995, and she was then seen in “Love Is All There Is” (1996), “Clockwatchers” (1997), and “Enough Already” (1998), among several others.

The list of her roles is too long, thus we will mention some of her most significant, such as her role as Serena in the 2001 comedy “Legally Blonde”, also starring Reese Witherspoon. This romantic comedy about a fashionable sorority queen who, after her boyfriend broke-up from her, decides to follow him to law school; it had 14 award nominations and won six.

Alanna reprised her role as Serena in the 2003 sequel “Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde”, however, this movie wasn’t as successful as the original.

Worth mentioning is Alanna’s role as Isabella Villalobos in the 2004 romantic comedy “Meet the Fockers”, starring Robert De Niro and Ben Stiller, which won the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) Film and Television Award for Top Box Office Film.

Alanna starred in the 2007 horror “Jekyll” opposite Matt Keeslar, although this movie had no nominations, and was poorly rated by the audience. She co-starred in “Bad Teacher” (2011), “Being Us” (2013), and “Helen Keller vs. Nightwolves” (2015).

As mentioned, Alanna is also a voice actor, and one of her notable roles is Mama Imelda in the 2017 animated adventure comedy “Coco”, which had 150 award nominations in total, and won 110, including two Oscars for Best Animated Feature Film, and Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Song).

Alanna won the Behind the Voice Actors Award for Best Female Vocal Performance in a Feature Film in a Supporting Role, and was nominated for the Alliance of Women Film Journalists-Focus Award Best Animated Female.

Most recently, Alanna was seen in “Gloria Bell” (2018), “Wyrm” (2019), and later that year in “Bombshell”, a biographical drama about a group of women who have spoken the truth about Fox News head Roger Ailes, which starred Nicole Kidman, Margot Robbie and Charlize Theron. The movie had 62 award nominations and won 25, including the Oscar for Best Achievement in Make-up and Hairstyling.

Roles in series

Alanna made her television series debut in 1992 portraying Willie in an episode of the series “The Torkelsons”. Later that year, she was cast to play Josie in “Beakman’s World”, and made an appearance in 26 episodes from 1992 through 1993; for her performance, Alanna was nominated for the Young Artist Award.

In the late ‘90s, Alanna mostly guest-starred in numerous popular series, including “ER” (1995), “Touched by Angel” in 1995 and 1998, and “Chicago Hope” (1999).

The early 2000s saw Alanna as Robin Ripley in “The Huntress” (2000-2001), “The West Wing” (2002), and then she was heard voicing various characters in 39 episodes of “Teamo Supremo” (2002-2003). Concurrently, she was heard as Mrs Cruz in “Ozzy & Drix” (2002-2004). She followed with her voice role as Lola Boa in “Brandy & Mr. Whiskers” (2004-2006).

Next, she was heard as Helena in “The Spectacular Spider-Man” (2008-2009), and concurrently was cast to play Cathy Bonilla in “Eli Stone”. This fantasy comedy-drama is about lawyer Eli Stone, who begins to see weird things and then discovers that he has a brain aneurysm – it was nominated for Prism Award (Drama Series Multi-Episode Storyline).

From 2009 through 2011, Alanna played Michelle in the comedy-drama series “Men of Certain Ages”, starring Ray Romano, which was nominated for two Primetime Emmys. During the same period, Alanna portrayed Yael Koontz in the comedy “Hung” which won the GALECA: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics for Unsung TV Show of the Year.

Concurrently, from 2010 through 2013, Alanna was heard as Mr. Nut Nut in “Pound Puppies” which brought her and the rest of the cast a nomination for the Behind the Voice Actors Award- Best Vocal Ensemble in a Television Series – Children’s/Educational.

Between 2012 and 2015, Alanna was seen as Amy Hobs in 55 episodes of the series “See Dad Run”, starring opposite Scott Baio in this family comedy about an actor who decides to be a stay-at-home dad so his wife can launch her career.

Alanna’s next role was her portrayal of Jo in “Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce” (2015-2018), and concurrently she was heard as Ballerina in the animated series “Welcome to the Wayne” (2017-2019).

In the following years, Alanna co-starred in 13 episodes of the series “Euphoria” (2019-2022) and was also seen in “Filthy Rich” (2020), “Crossing Swords” (2020-2021), and “Mythic Quest” (2020-2022).

Most recently, Alanna was cast to play Carol Atkinson in the comedy-drama “The Flight Attendant”, starring Kaley Cuoco. It follows the story of a flight attendant who after she got drunk the night before, wakes up with a dead man in her hotel bed. The series had 66 award nominations and won five, including one Primetime Emmy.

It’s announced that Alanna will be heard in the new season of the animated series “The Legend of Vox Machina”.

Love life and relationships

Alanna, like many celebrities, has been the subject of various rumors concerning her love life, however, she hasn’t commented on them, but has kept her private life under wraps.

It isn’t clear when and how she met her future husband Thom Russo, however, they married on 3 May 2014. Thom is a record producer, songwriter and composer, who has worked with famous artists such as Michael Jackson and Prince.

Alanna and Thom welcomed their son Thomas Rodolfo Russo III, who was born on 25 July 2017.

As of December 2022, Alanna is still married and has one child.

Age, height, and net worth

This 47-year-old actress is known for her petite figure, with a height of 5ft 3ins (1.6m) and weight of around 110lbs (85kgs). Alanna has long brown hair and blue eyes.

If you have wondered how rich she is, Alanna’s net worth has been estimated at over $1 million, as of late 2022.


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