EXCLUSIVE: New Mom Alana De La Garza on her Return to ‘Law & Order’

She's back! Actress Alana De La Garza is best known for her role as A.D.A Consuela “Connie” Rubirosa on the original Law & Order, which she played from 2006 until the show’s cancelation in 2010. In January, it was reported that De La Garza would be reprising her role as Connie on the new NBC series, Law & Order: Los Angeles. The beautiful part-Mexican actress and new mom, spoke exclusively to Latina.com about her highly anticipated return to L & O, how the show will explain the return of Connie, her promotion from ADA to DDA, and nursing her son, Kieran between takes.

We are so excited about your return to Law & Order! Where were you when you heard that they wanted to bring Connie Rubirosa back to life?

I was at home waiting on negotiations for a pilot when I got an email from a friend at the show saying, “Don't do anything hasty... We're trying to bring Connie back.” The official offer came the next day. I was really excited to be part of a team that I love and to work with a group of new people I admired and respected. How lucky am I? It felt like I was going on a new but very comfortable adventure!

Fun! How will the show reintroduce Connie to fans and explain her return?

{Connie} comes to L.A. to be with her mother, who has suffered a stroke and has to start healing from the basics of speech therapy on. Connie is the same character {as before}. But now she’s a DDA instead of an ADA.

Did you have to relocate to shoot the show?

I was actually based out of L.A. when I was hired for the mothership. So for me shooting during the day and then going home to my own bed is pure bliss!

Did your new job force you to hire a full-time babysitter for your adorable son, Kieran?

I am so spoiled in the fact that my mom actually moved here, just two minutes from my house, to be with him and help me. She's incredible! They both come to work with me everyday! I can snuggle him while I get my makeup on. I nurse in between scenes and get my Kieran fix, then off to shoot I go. It's such an amazing blessing to have him and my mom so close. I know he's always safe and they can get to me if they ever need to!