Crim­i­nal Minds: Be­yond Bor­ders

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Alana De La Garza plays lan­guage spe­cial­ist agent Clara Seger in ac­tion spin-off show Crim­i­nal Minds: Be­yond Bor­ders (2016-cur­rent). It’s her job to fly around the world and help an elite FBI team save US cit­i­zens in trou­ble in for­eign coun­tries. As it turns out, Alana’s quite the jet­set­ter, hav­ing lived in Cape Town be­tween 2009 and 2011…

“I’d flown to Thai­land for a com1

mer­cial in 2011 while I was liv­ing in Cape Town,” ex­plains the 40-yearold former model, who was born in Colum­bus, Ohio. “When I came back, they said that I didn’t have a re-en­try visa and I wasn’t al­lowed back in. I was forced to live in Namibia for a while.”

Her first ad­ver­tis­ing work was 2

for con­fec­tionery brand Dunkin’ Donuts and that was a plus for Alana, who ad­mits to “lov­ing hol­i­day food – es­pe­cially pie”. She has a fool­proof plan for los­ing weight though – “45 min­utes of car­dio and Pi­lates ev­ery other day” helped her get back in shape af­ter she had son Kieran Thomas in 2010.

She’s been mar­ried to lit­tle-known 3

writer Michael Roberts since 2008 – they met while study­ing at the Univer­sity Of Texas (her so­cial work­ing and him lib­eral arts). They also have three­year-old daugh­ter Liv Elena.

While Alana has a soft heart (she 4

hosts fundrais­ers for chil­dren with special needs – her par­ents fos­tered special-needs kids), she loves tough char­ac­ters. Be­sides Clara and cop Connie Ru­birosa in Law & Or­der (1990-2010) from 2006 to 2010, Law & Or­der: LA (2010-2011) in 2011 and Law & Or­der: SVU (1999-cur­rent) in 2014.

And while 5

learn­ing to speak dif­fer­ent lan­guages was daunt­ing for the ac­tress who speaks “just a bit of Ital­ian and a bit more of Span­ish”, there is a plus to play­ing Clara. Says Alana, “She wears a lot of flat shoes and linen pants – which I ap­pre­ci­ate [Laughs].” Alana De La Garza loves her new role.

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