After playing assistant district attorney Connie Rubirosa for four years on "Law and Order," reprising the role in 2011 on its spinoff "Law and Order: LA," Alana De La Garza is back on NBC. This time, she portrays Dr. Lena Solis on the new mid-season drama, "Do No Harm." Born in Columbus, Ohio, and raised in El Paso, Texas, the 36-year-old actress splits her time between her home in Los Angeles and Philadelphia, where her series is filmed. Fans may follow her on Twitter (at)AlanaDeLaGarza.
Q. What is your favorite vacation destination?
Q. To someone who was going there for the first time, what would you recommend that they do during their visit?
A. St. Augustine is an adorable historic town. It has cobblestone streets, little shops and pubs, art shops and even places to buy candied apples. Lots of history to be explored there as well, like the Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse (in the United States), the Castillo de San Marcos Fort and Flagler College.
Q. What untapped destination should people know about?
A. I loved the Seychelles! I feel like people aren't as aware of these islands. They are located off the coast of Africa (northeast of Madagascar). It's just beautiful!
Q. What was the first trip you took as a child? And did you love it ... or not so much?
A. My first trip was at six years old. We drove from Tucson to Columbus, Ohio in our cream-colored station wagon that we affectionately called Betsy. We drove through the night, with my brother, sister and I lying across the back seats. All I remember is my brother poking me, as I tried to fall asleep. I kept thinking, "I don't like vacations. I'm not so sure what all the fuss is about." I did love seeing my grandparents.
Q. Where are your favorite weekend getaways?
A. When we are in California, I love to jump in the car and drive to Santa Barbara or Palm Springs. From Philly, we go to New York City or a quick flight to Bal Harbour, Fla.
Q. What are your favorite hotels?
A. Bed and breakfasts are great. I'm also a sucker for hotels with a great spa.
Q. What are your five favorite cities?
A. New York City, Capetown, Ravello (Italy), Vancouver and St. Augustine.
Q. Where have you traveled to that most reminded you of home?
A. Probably Arizona.
Q. Where would you like to go that you have never been to before?
A. I'd love to visit Greece.