Alana de la Garza was born June 18, 1976, in Columbus, Ohio. She was brought up in El Paso, Texas, by her Mexican-American father and Irish-American mother. In 1989, Alana entered the El Paso Miss Teen USA beauty pageant. She was awarded the title of Miss Photogenic, which served to pay off later in her acting career.
After completing high school, Alana took on the role of teacher for special-needs children. She then decided to attend The University of Texas where she studied physical therapy and social work. It was after Alana completed her degree that the acting bug bit her.
Alana traveled from Austin, Texas, to Orlando, Florida, where she managed to get her start in acting. Her first role came in 1999 when she appeared on the short-lived television series Mortal Kombat: Conquest. After one episode of work, she did not reappear on the show, and decided to move to New York City for a larger television calling: soap operas. Alana landed the role of Rosa Santos on All My Children in 2001. The celebrated soap brought her enough television attention to make the next three years of her acting career a rollercoaster ride of guest-starring roles.
Alana de la Garza made her film debut in the 2002 drama Carnival Knowledge. The film had no major stars and Alana’s role was only a bit part. Alana’s flop in the film domain prompted her to return to television for work, and it wasn’t long before she found a few series to call her own.
In 2003, Alana guest-starred on the long-running NBC series JAG. She appeared in only one episode of the show, but once that job was complete she stayed with NBC for another role. Alana made an appearance on Las Vegas in 2003, working with talented veteran James Caan.
Alana could not resist the chance to do another movie. In 2004, she made her second feature film appearance in El Segundo. Again, the film signed no major stars and Alana was not recognized for her work. She found another guest-starring television role on CBS in 2004 with Two and a Half Men, featuring Charlie Sheen and Jon Cryer. Alana’s one-time track record with television series continued; her first appearance on Two and Half Men was her last. Alana de la Garza looked to be a guest star for life until she found The Mountain (2004) on The WB.
The dramatic series centered around the daily running of a ski resort after its owner died. Alana de la Garza starred as Maria Serrano. She worked alongside television and film celebs Barbara Hershey and Mitch Pileggi on the show. The series was Alana’s first stable job working with various other up-and-coming talents, but after one season it was not renewed.
Between 2005 and 2006, Alana de la Garza went on a rampage through some of television’s most popular series. She started her trip by making a stop on Smallville, starring Kristin Kreuk and Tom Welling, for one episode in 2005. She then left the world of superheroes and villains to try her talent with the power of three in Charmed, starring Alyssa Milano. In 2006, Alana de la Garza saw a little more continuity on the series for which she obtained more roles.
Alana appeared in three episodes of the controversial comedic drama The Book of Daniel before the show began to be pulled by networks and later canceled after only eight full episodes. She found herself in 11 episodes of the popular crime drama CSI: Miami as Marisol Delko.
Alana joined the cast of Law & Order in 2006 for the show’s 17th season as Assistant District Attorney Connie Rubirosa. She also took a little time to return to the film world to make Mr. Fix It (2006), a romantic comedy costarring television heartthrob David Boreanaz.