Alanna Ubach: Girlfriend's Guide to Divorce

Ubach has made it a point to not be typecast and has always done a wide range of roles that have nothing to do with whatever she has done before. Her chameleon-like roles have served her well. This season on Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce, Bravo's first original scripted series, Ubach has an even juicier role on the show and they cast her onscreen ex-husband, his wife, and the sex addict/culinary genius of her new bakery.

This demonstrates how important Ubach's character is to the show or they wouldn't have brought in supporting cast members for her storyline. She's funny, beautiful, outgoing and delightfully uncensored. Ubach joined the show (which stars Lisa Edelstein) in the 8th episode of season one and instantly became the fan favorite. She remains a series regular and the second lead of the series. Unlike her character, Ubach is also very warm, open and considerate.

Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce second season premiered in December. Ubach's character, Jo, is Abby’s best friend from college, a New Yorker who moves to LA to help Abby through her divorce. Jo is an in-your-face, blunt, filter-free junk-food-loving-but-gluten-free vegan bakery owner who says what’s on her mind. The two friends reconnected and throughout the course of the first season, it's became clear that Jo is also going through a divorce and she learns that her ex had a second family, whom we met this season. Abby and Jo remain friends who rely on and support each other with humor and some alcohol consumption. Ubach says, "Jo is the gritty and brutally honest voice of Abby's conscience, who helps her navigate through divorce and its aftermath." Ubach describes the show as "fun and stylish, it's very relatable."

Ubach also starred in last year's wild DirecTV's series, Things You Shouldn't Say Past Midnight, and she just became a first-time feature film producer, in addition to her co-starring role in the upcoming film, August Falls. Ubach loves taking risks at auditions and they always lead to her getting the roles she wants. In 2014, Ubach wrapped three seasons starring as Amy Hobbs on Nickelodeon's See Dad Run with Scott Baio playing her husband. Despite countless glowing reviews of her varied on-screen and stage performances, Ubach is still best known for her roles in both Legally Blonde films, Meet the Fockers and Hung. Ubach, a self-confessed "drama queen," has been a constantly working actress since childhood. At 29, the petite beauty dressed the part and lobbied to be considered as Meet the Fockers' curvy, late-fortysomething maid. She won the role and held her own next to De Niro, Streisand and Hoffman in Universal’s Meet the Parents sequel. She spent a lot of time naked in HBO's Hung as Thomas Jane's sex-starved, memorably demanding Israeli neighbor, Yael Koontz. She was Ray Romano's sexy secret lover on Men of a Certain Age; a bitter, profanity-spewing waitress in Waiting; the lusty neighbor who invites Marlon Wayans' character over for a party in A Haunted House; and a grieving, drunken British rock widow in a multi-episode arc on Californication.

Ubach has been acting since she was a kid and made her television debut on Romper Room. She joined the Lee Strasberg Institute’s Children’s Program (along with Angelina Jolie, nee Angie Voight) and at 15, Ubach starred in the Off-Broadway production of Club Soda, then spent two years starring as Josie on Beakman’s World back in LA, and returned to New York to star in Kindertransport at the Manhattan Theatre Club (following a nationwide search for a Jewish actress, Ubach, a blue-eyed Latina, won the part). As a teen, she also starred in several feature films including Renaissance Man, Airborne, the Whoopi Goldberg-starrer, Sister Act 2 and The Brady Bunch Movie. 

While Ubach is most often recognized as Serena, the sorority sister/cheerleader/BFF to Reese Witherspoon’s Elle in both Legally Blonde films, she spent years playing mainly lesbians and outcasts in a string of Sundance indie darlings including Denise Calls Up, Freeway, Clockwatchers and Johns. In addition, she self-produced, wrote and directed short film, A Mi Amor Mi Dulce, which premiered at Los Angeles’ Outfest. She also wrote, directed and starred in both a short film and a one-woman show, Patriotic Bitch, which debuted Off-Broadway to rave reviews at the Harold Clurman Theatre. Ubach remains an in-demand voiceover actress in TV and film (Gore Verbinski's Rango). In 2014, she received critical acclaim for her starring role in Sam Hancock's Being Us, about a suicidal woman with multiple personality disorder. She makes her home in Los Angeles with her husband (they married in 2014) and their dogs when she's not on stage or on the set of a television series or film.

Twitter and Instagram are @alannaubach

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