Alana de la Garza (born June 18, 1976) is an American actress.
De La Garza was born in Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio to a Mexican-American father and an Irish-American mother. She was raised in El Paso, El Paso County, Texas. She is 5' 9" (1.75 m) tall.
She won the "Miss Photogenic" title in the Miss El Paso Teen USA local beauty pageant. She then became a special-needs teacher and enrolled at The University of Texas, studying physical therapy and social work. Upon graduating, she landed some small roles while living in Orlando, Florida, and soon moved to New York City. She obtained the role of Rosa Santos on the soap opera, All My Children, guest-starring roles in JAG, Charmed
, Two and a Half Men
, ,(2004) and Las Vegas
. She starred as Maria in the short-lived television series The Mountain, in which she received high marks for her acting.
In 2005, she starred in the film Mr. Fix-It co-starring David Boreanaz. She also guest-starred as an evil Kryptonian (named "Aethyr" in promotional materials) in the fifth season premiere episode of Smallville
and played the recurring role of Marisol Delko Caine on the CBS television series CSI: Miami
. She has twice been featured in the "Girls of Maxim" online gallery.
In 2006, she joined the cast of NBC's Law & Order
during the premiere of the seventeenth season, portraying A.D.A. Connie Rubirosa. Her performance as A.D.A. Rubirosa has been widely praised by critics. 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.
Also in 2008, she became the new face of Garnier Nutritioniste cosmetics.