In Hollywood, there are many names, who at one point or the other, were dominating stars in the industry due to the popularity of their movies or TV shows at the time. In the early 2000s, that was Alexa Vega, who was known for her role as Carmen Cortez in the classic film franchise, Spy Kids, which starred other notable names like Antonio Banderas and Carla Gugino.
Although she no longer enjoys the dominating status of her Spy Kids years, she has continued to maintain a thriving career in Hollywood, starring in various movies and TV shows, including notable projects like Nashville, The Tomorrow People, and several others.
In this article, we explore her background, her career before Spy Kids and after, along with everything else you need to know about her.
Alexa Vega’s Biography
Alexa Vega was born on the 27th of August, 1988 as the daughter of Gina Rue, a known American model and a Columbian father who is a fashion photographer. She was born in Miami, Florida and she spent four years in Miami before she and her family relocated to California.
Alexa Vega spent her teenage years being homeschooled and did not go through traditional academic education, a result of the fact that she began her acting career at the age of five, with the TV show, Evening Shade, where she played Emily Newton.
Alexa Vega continued to appear in various movies and TV shows, growing her career as she grew physiologically. She starred in commercials like JC Penny: 1994 Christmas Commercial; in movies like Nine Months, It Was Him or Us, Twister, Ghosts of Mississippi; and in shows like Chicago Hope, ER, High Incident, Life’s Work, The Magnificent Seven, and a couple more.
She starred in plenty of projects, establishing a resounding experience of the industry before she got her breakout movie in 2001 via the film, Spy Kids. The movie, which became a global phenomenon, transformed Alexa Vega into an international star and a box office champion. She reprised her role as Carmen Cortez in the film over the next three sequels to the film.
Although she hasn’t gotten a hit like Spy Kids, unlike most actors or actresses, it hasn’t kept Alexa Vega from racking up credits across all mediums of acting, as her individual talent has continued to pave way for her. She has appeared in other projects like Mother’s Day, Innocent, The Devil’s Carnival, The Tomorrow People, all to a tune of over 90 movies and TV shows appearances.
For a performing artist like Alexa Vega, one could say that her very filmography is an achievement, one that consists of over 90 movies and TV shows. She is also a stage actress and has appeared in a couple of high-profile plays, including the musical, Hairspray which won a Tony award.
Alexa Vega has also been the recipient of a number of personal awards and nominations, which includes a Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Feature Film for Spy Kids 2: Island of Lost Dreams and an Imagen Award for Best Actress in Television for her work in The Pregnancy Project.
Also, a singer, Alexa Vega’s music abilities have also graced a couple of movies as soundtracks Alexa also produced a movie, Do You Believe.
To those who still hear her name and picture the young girl that was saving the world in Spy Kids, Alexa Vega is all grown up now and has been married twice.
Her first marriage was to Sean Covel, a film producer, on the 10th of October, 2010. The wedding was held at Lead, South Dakota. The excitement and joy that characterized the wedding, however, did not last and they got divorced two years later, as announced by Alexa Vega on Twitter in July 2012.
After her divorce, Alexa Vega has gotten back on the marriage saddle, marrying another member of Hollywood, Carlos Pena Jr. who is a singer and actor. The couple got engaged shortly after a year of her divorce in August 2013. The wedding was held in Mexico on the 4th of January, 2014 and they have been together ever since.
The couple has two sons together; their first son was born in December 2016 and the second in 2019. Apart from their children, the couple also shares a YouTube channel, LexLovesLos.
Celebrity Facts About Alexa Vega
• Alexa Vega has six siblings and one of them is Makenzie Vega, a sister, who is also an actress, known for her role as Grace Florrick in The Good Wife.
• Alexa Vega was the maid of honor at Nikki Reed’s wedding to Paul McDonald.
• Alexa Vega used to bulimic.
• She is also a Christian who has emphasized the importance of her faith to her.