Alexis Carra

Alexis Carra portrays Carolina, Ro’s warm-hearted and outgoing mother, in the Disney Channel Original Movie “Christmas Again.”

Born and raised in Tampa, Florida, of Spanish, Cuban and Argentinian descent, Carra displayed an early passion for performing, starting with dance classes at the tender age of two. By her teenage years, she began dancing with Tampa’s Bay Ballet Theater and studying with Alvin Ailey and the Princeton Ballet while pursuing her interest in musical theater. She attended Yale University, where she graduated with a B.A. in theater studies and religious studies, cum laude.

During her years at Yale, she took a break and toured the country with Ann Reinking’s production of the legendary Tony Award®-winning musical “Fosse,” which cemented her love for musical theater. Upon graduation, she headed to New York and quickly procured roles in some of the top Broadway shows, including “Wicked,” “Sweet Charity” (playing the role of Nickie opposite Christina Applegate) and “Fame on 42nd Street.”

After closing the Broadway show “The Pirate Queen,” Carra decided to move to Los Angeles, and since then, she has worked continuously. She has guest starred on the drama series “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Castle,” “The Mentalist,” “Bones” and “NCIS” as well as the comedy series “Young and Hungry,” “Anger Management” and “The Tracey Ullman Show.” The talented actress was a series regular on ABC’s comedy “Mixology,” created by the writers of “The Hangover.” Carra also starred on Freeform’s “Recovery Road,” where she played series regular Cynthia Molina, a recovering alcoholic high school counselor. Most recently, she had a prominent guest star role on the highly anticipated, critically acclaimed miniseries “Fosse/Verdon” on FX, starring Sam Rockwell and Michelle Williams.

She continues to take and teach dance classes to keep up her technique — and her passion for dance has extended to choreography. She assisted on Fox’s hit series “So You Think You Can Dance” and choreographed for The Discovery Channel’s hit show “The Beekman Boys.” The busy actress co-founded her own arts education program for artists called Broadway Arts Community.

In philanthropic interests, her heart rests with women’s causes. She is the vice president of Content for The New Hollywood Group, a nonprofit which supports socially conscious storytellers and change-makers focusing on women and LGBT artists. Carra has produced, directed and choreographed benefits raising money for causes such as Free the Slaves, American Cancer Society, St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital and The New Hollywood.