‘FBI’: One Star Says She’s ‘Completely Opposite’ from Character’s Serious Tone

by Anna Dunn

One FBI star claims to be the “complete opposite” of her character. In a January interview, actress Alana De La Garza discussed what it’s like being on the show and the types of roles she typically likes. During that interview she discussed her differences with her character, Isobel Castille.

De La Garza is known for her dramatic roles. On top of her role as Isobel Castille on FBI, she’s also had roles on CSI: Miami, Criminal Minds, NCIS: Los Angeles, Do No Harm, and Law & Order. In real life, however, De La Garza is quite different than the roles she takes on.

“You know what’s funny? I think in real life I’m completely opposite. I think that’s probably the number one thing that I hear – ‘Holy cow! You’re nothing like your characters!’ I’m like, ‘No. That’s acting,'” she told Starrymag.

While her characters tend to be surly, burdened, and intense, the real life Alana De La Garza is a total 180. She just happens to be a fan of true crime and crime shows.

“In real life I tend to be pretty lighthearted and happy-go-lucky. I’m not a super dark person. Although, I do love myself the 20/20’s and Dateline and FBI: Declassified– all these real true crime stories. I do like those a lot,” she said.

The Actress has to Balance Her ‘FBI’ Role with her Personal Life

The FBI actress tackles a lot of heavy topics on the show and then goes home to her children. Alana De La Garza has a husband, Michael, and two kids. For that reason, she has to be careful to detach herself from the role once she leaves the set.

“It’s funny, we all laugh that somewhere in our brains must be this crazy morphed out character that lives with us because you don’t know where all of these storylines go and where they are stored,” she said. “But in real life we’re all very normal, have normal lives and families. You have to do that. You have to be able to shake that off.”

The Show is Now Part of a Big Franchise

FBI started out as a singular show, but its now grown into a major franchise that you can watch back to back to back. It’s all because of the mind of Dick Wolf, executive producer and creator of the franchise.

You probably recognize his name from the credits of his other series, Law & Order, and the Chicago One franchise. He’s previously discussed that giving fans the ability to binge new episodes in the way you can with the FBI franchise can help boost ratings. The FBI franchise is the only one of his franchises that isn’t on NBC.

FBI, FBI: International, and FBI: Most Wanted all air new episodes on Tuesday nights on CBS.