Alexa Vega is that child star from the spy adventure comedy film series, Spy Kids, who thrilled us with not only her perfect portrayal of Carmen Cortez but also with her stunts and adventurous spirit. She is an American actress and singer. Though she has been in the industry for like a lifetime, she shows no sign of stopping or slowing down and apparently, she still has a lot to bring to the table.
Alexa Vega Biography, Age
Alexa Ellesse Vega was born to her Colombian father, Baruch Vega, a fashion photographer and American mother, Gina Rue, a former model on August 27, 1998, in Florida and lived on a ranch until she moved with her family to California when she was four. She has six siblings including half-sisters Greylin James and Margaux Vega, and half-brother Jet James as well as actresses Makenzie Vega and Krizia Vega.
As a child, she was very athletic and took part in several sports like cross country running and water polo. She also took dancing lessons and is an experienced gymnast as well. Probably due to the myriad of activities, she was engaged in and her blossoming career, Vega didn’t attend a regular school but was homeschooled as a teenager.
Her journey into the world of portrayals took off at the age of 5 when her mother discovered her daughter was born with an uncanny talent to perform. She succeeded in her first audition for the role of Emily Newton in the final season of Evening Shade (1993-1994). After that, roles started trickling in and the prodigy took to the screen with full force and vigour. She appeared in several other television shows and films in the 1990’s including ER, Little Giants, Nine Months, Chicago Hopes, Life’s Work, Twister, The Magnificent Seven, To Have & to Hold, Dennis the Menace Strikes Again, Ladies Man. During that period, Vega also shared the screen with prominent acts like Steven Seagal in The Glimmer Man, Alec Baldwin in Ghosts of Mississippi and Michelle Pfeiffer in The Deep End of the Ocean.
Since then, she became a firm fixture on our screens with her phenomenal delivery of dialogues and exceptional performances. After almost a decade of acting, Alexa Vega’s breakout role finally came in 2001. She appeared in Spy Kids as Carmen Cortez. The film became a huge hit and subsequently spawned two sequels, Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams (2002) and Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over (2003) as well as the third one a decade later, Spy Kids: All the Time in the World where she appeared as a grown Carmen in 2011. With a background in athletics, she performed most of her own stunts during the shooting of the first three films.
Having climbed some rungs in the ladder of prominence as a teenager, she undoubtedly struck a chord among her fans and the acting world as a whole. In 2003, Vanity Fair named her one of that year’s hottest teen celebrities in the July 2003 issue. Not only was she hot, but she was also overly talented and skilled.
From 2004 to 2010, she finished filming numerous films and starred in a number of television shows. Some of them are Sleepover, State’s Evidence, Odd Girl Out, Walkout, Remember the Daze, Repo! The Genetic Opera, Innocent, Broken Hill, Café, Ruby & the Rockits – alongside David Cassidy. Besides her on-screen performance, Alexa Vega also appeared on stage in the Broadway musical Hairspray in 2007 as Penny Pingleton.
The Devil’s Carnival, the Lifetime TV movie, The Pregnancy Project, her animated film, The Clockwork Girl, The Tomorrow People, 23 Blast, Machete Kills, Bounty Killer, Wicked Blood, The Remaining, The Hunters and Nashville are among her acting credits. Some of her recent works include the 2015 film, Do You Believe? where she portrayed a young woman, Lacey, Destination Wedding (2017) co-starring Winona Ryder and Keanu Reeves.
Alexa Vega is truly a load of talents. Did we mention that she is a singer? She is and has recorded a number of songs too, mostly movie soundtracks. Among them are three songs for the Spy Kids films including Isle of Dreams for the Spy Kids 2, Game Over and Heart Drive for the third film, songs for the movie Repo! The Genetic Opera and she sang Christmas is the Time to Say ‘I Love You’ in the ABC Family film Santa Baby 2: Christmas Maybe.
She put her dancing skills to use when she took part in the 21st season of Dancing with the Stars in 2015. Vega was paired with professional dancer Mark Ballas and competed against her husband who also participated. She finished the competition in 6th place with her partner while her husband and his came in 4th.
Alexa Vega is one of those acts who grew up on the screen. As such, she has become an established presence with a lot of earnings to show for her years of tireless contributions and performances. She has a net worth estimated to be $16 million which is also expected to rise in the coming years.
Husband – Carlos Pena, Baby
Alexa has been on the matrimonial path once before she hooked up with Carlos Pena Jr. She was formerly “Mrs Sean Covel” after she tied the knot with the film producer on October 10, 2010. However, neither the title nor the union was meant to last a lifetime. The marriage hit the rocks two years later and ended in a divorce.
The following year, in 2013, she got engaged to actor and singer, Carlos Pena Jr., in August on a cruise ship. The duo exchanged their vows a few months later in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, on January 4, 2014. While it is customary for a bride to change her last name following her marriage, the couple took the name change to another level by blending their last names to have it as a unit, PenaVega. How sweet!
Not only that, but they also started posting vlogs together on their channel, LexLovesLos which was formerly CarlosPenaTV. Their son, Ocean King was born on December 7, 2016.