The Walking Dead has been going on since 2010, with nine seasons done and dusted thus far. Since its debut, the TV series has grown to become one of the most followed shows in the country, and as a result, it is now a vehicle to drive several actors and actresses to stardom. One of the many stars who have become famous via their role on the show is Alanna Masterson.
The American actress’s profile has risen through the ranks since she began starring on the show as a guest actress in its fourth season before she became a permanent cast member. She started her career since 2001 and has starred on a couple of other TV shows, including Grey’s Anatomy, Greek, Malcolm in the Middle.
Alanna Masterson Began Her Career In Her Teens
Alanna is the only daughter in the Masterson family. The actress was born on June 27, 1988, in Long Island, New York, as the first and only daughter of Joe Reaiche, a former rugby player. Her mother is Carol Masterson. Although Alanna’s father was a sportsman, it was her older brother’s career that inspired her and made her the professional actress she is today.
Having lived in New York during the early parts of her life, her family eventually relocated to Los Angeles, California. There, she grew closer to her elder brothers, Jordan, Danny, and Christopher Masterson, all professional actors who found fame in the 90s and early 2000s. As an impressionable young girl, watching her brothers work on film sets, she got inspired to later pursue a career in acting.
Although she made two appearances in the soap opera, The Young and the Restless in 2004 as a child actress, Alanna Masterson’s professional life did not begin until 2001. At the age of 13, she appeared in the pilot episode of Definitely Maybe.
Inside Alanna Masterson’s Life As A Professional Actress
After her debut, she did not star in any other project until 2006 when she appeared on Malcolm in the Middle as a character named Heidi in a guest role. Before she got a more permanent role on The Walking Dead, Alanna appeared sparingly on television shows like Greek and Terminator: The Sarah Conner Chronicles and Grey’s Anatomy.
Her first stable role on a project was on the show, First Day, where she played the character named Abby in the leading role in 2010. She appeared in seven episodes of the show, and it was her only credit in the year.
Just before she started to appear on The Walking Dead, she starred in a feature-length film, Peach Plum Pear, playing a character named Dora Bell Hutchinson. She also played Brenda in the TV series, Park It Up.
Although she played Tara Chambler in The Walking Dead between 2013 and 2019, she has starred in other shows like Younger, Mistresses, and Men at Work. She also appeared in the films, Irreplaceable You and Afraid. In the year her Walking Dead role came to an end, she starred in the short film, Naysayer as Michelle.
Breakout Role on The Walking Dead
She began to appear on The Walking Dead in 2013 as Tara Chambler in a recurring role in the fourth season of the show. The actress became a regular cast member in the fifth season and remained one until she left in 2019, in the ninth season.
As Tara Chambler, she was the first LGBT character on the show. Her role was inspired by the novel, The Walking Dead: Rise of the Governor, based on the comic book series. Alanna’s first appearance as the character was in the season four episode, Live Bait. Her final appearance came in the season nine episode, The Calm Before.
She appeared in the role in 87 episodes and her performance as the character received a mixed response from critics. The character and her portrayal are ranked among the best 30 Walking Dead characters by Rolling Stone, at #15.
As Tara, Alanna Masterson did not win a lot of awards. Her only official recognition comes from the CinEuphoria Awards, an Honorary Award for the cast of the show. However, the show has increased her visibility as an actress, and for the show’s fans, she’s a household name.
Thanks to the increased visibility, she appeared in five other projects while she was on the show, including notable roles in two feature films, Afraid and Irreplaceable You. With her commitments to The Walking Dead over, the sky can only be the limit for the actress.
Dissecting The Truths About Alanna Masterson’s Family
Alanna’s last name might not seem like part of Hollywood royalty, but her family has been part of celebrity culture for decades. Her father, Joe Reaiche, a Lebanese-Australian, is a former professional rugby league footballer whose career spanned five years between 1978 and 1983. He played for the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the Sydney Roosters.
After his retirement, he moved to the US, where he met Alanna’s mother, Carol. Her mother was previously in a marriage that produced two children, two sons Danny and Christopher Masterson. Alanna’s parents got married in 1985 and gave birth two children, herself and a brother, Jordan.
Her Brothers are Prominent Actors Too
We’ve touched on Alanna’s brothers’ influence on her career decision. As actors, they have built illustrious careers – Danny is renowned for his role as Steven Hyde on That ‘70s Show, as well as Jameson Bennett in The Ranch. Other notable projects in Danny’s name include Men at Work, White Collar and Yes Man.
His career, however, has met its share of troubles. Four women accused him of sexual assault in March 2017. He never got charged for the accusations, but that changed in June 2020. He was charged with raping three women between 2001 and 2003 and currently faces up to 45 years in prison.
Alanna Masterson’s brother, Christopher, has had a quieter life in the spotlight. His most prominent role is playing Francis in Malcolm in the Middle. Other notable projects in his credit include Scary Movie 2, White Collar, My Best Friend’s Wedding, and Intellectual Property.
Since the 2010s, Christopher has transitioned to deejaying, making acting his side career. His last notable credit came in 2019, in Beneath the Leaves.
Her older biological brother, Jordan, has appeared in over 24 films and TV shows. He is best known for his role as Ryan Vogelson in Last Man Standing. He also appeared in episodes of Greek, How I Met Your Mother and George Lopez.
She Is Estranged From Her Father
Every member of the Masterson family belongs to the Church of Scientology. Alanna’s parents introduced all four children to it and have remained followers of the religion despite its controversial status. However, since Joe Reaiche renounced his membership, all the Masterson children, including Alanna, have severed ties with him.
They did so per the Church’s ex-communication policy of disconnection. It requires members to end relationships with anyone who is antagonistic towards Scientology. Since he renounced his membership, Alanna’s father has spoken publicly against the church and its impact on his daughter.
She Has Been Dating Brick Stowell Since 2008
Alanna is not yet married. She is, however, in a long-term relationship with a man named Brick Stowell. They began their relationship in 2008, well before Alanna Masterson found her breakthrough on The Walking Dead.
Since they began their relationship, they have given birth to a daughter, Marlowe, born on November 4, 2015. Aside from their daughter, the couple also has a dog, Ozzy, who is a long-time member of their growing family.
Although Brick Stowell is not as famous as his girlfriend, he is also a member of the entertainment industry. He is a tour manager and music photographer. Stowell comes from a wealthy family, born in Marin County, one of California’s affluent neighbourhood. His father is a financial adviser and his mother was a preschool teacher.
As a tour manager, he has worked with famed artists like Frank Ocean, Tyler the Creator and Earl Sweatshirt. The couple lives together in their home in Los Angeles, with their daughter and dog.