Alana de la Garza resumes her previous "Law & Order" role of Assistant District Attorney Connie Rubirosa (now a Deputy District Attorney in Los Angeles) in the Dick Wolf drama "Law & Order: LA."
De la Garza joined the cast of "Law & Order" in 2006 and became one of the longest-serving actors in the A.D.A. role. In 2007, she earned a nomination for Best Supporting Actress-Television by the Imagen Foundation Awards. Following in 2008, she was nominated for an ALMA Award as Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Television Series. Later that year, she garnered an Impact Award for Outstanding Performance in a Dramatic Television Series by the National Hispanic Media Coalition.
Earlier, de la Garza starred on "CSI: Miami" as the wife of police officer Horatio Caine (David Caruso), and on the series "The Book of Daniel."
Born in Columbus, Ohio, to a Mexican-American father and an Irish-American mother, de la Garza relocated to Texas as a child, where she ultimately attended the University of Texas to pursue a career in physical therapy. She then moved to Orlando and landed roles in a series of local independent films and worldwide commercials. Her passion for acting soon took her to New York, where she studied extensively under the renowned acting instructor Joanna Beckson, who is a founding member of the Circle Repertory Company. Soon after, she got her first break playing Rosa Santos on the daytime drama "All My Children."
De la Garza then moved to Los Angeles and quickly landed additional guest-starring roles on "JAG," "Las Vegas," and "Two and a Half Men." She was then cast as a series lead on "The Mountain," and has also had more recent guest-starring turns on "Smallville" and "Charmed."
In addition, de la Garza's film credits include the 2006 romantic comedy "Mr. Fix It" opposite David Boreanaz.
After graduating Swarthmore and spending some time working as a kindergarten teacher, Consuela "Connie" Rubirosa joined the New York County District Attorney's office in 2004. Tough and aggressive in the courtroom, but always empathetic, she worked for DA Arthur Branch, and second-chaired for Executive ADA Jack McCoy. When McCoy assumed the position of district attorney for New York County, Connie was partnered with Michael Cutter. Shortly after she began working for the DA's office, Connie had a brief affair with her supervisor Marcus Woll.
After relocating to Los Angeles to care for her ailing mother, Connie checked in with the Los Angeles DA's office, and began working with Deputy District Attorney Joe Dekker.