Alana De La Garza was born in Columbus, Ohio and later relocated to Texas, ultimately attending the University of Texas. After college, she moved to Orlando, Florida, landing roles in a number of independent films as well as commercials. Her work took her to New York, where she studied extensively under renowned acting instructor JoAnna Beckson. After getting her break as Rosa Santos on the daytime drama All My Children (1970), Alana moved to Los Angeles, a slew of guest spots followed. One of the most recognizable was her role as a con artist on the hit show Las Vegas (2003), followed by a series lead on the WB's The Mountain (2004). She starred in the romantic comedy Mr. Fix It (2006) opposite David Boreanaz and appeared on several episodes of CSI: Miami (2002). She joined the cast of Law & Order (1990) in June 2006 for several seasons and the moved to Law & Order: LA. She went on to star in the TV series Do No Harm (2013), Forever (2014), and Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders (2016). In 2019, she landed a major role on the TV series FBI and has appeared in several crossover episodes of its' spinoff series FBI: Most Wanted and FBI: International. She also narrated the true-crime series The FBI: Declassified (2020).