Alexa Vega is known for her role as Carmen Cortez in the Spy Kids film series and Shilo Wallace in the film Repo! The Genetic Opera (2008). In 2009, she starred as the title character Ruby Gallagher in the ABC Family series Ruby & the Rockits.
Born Name : Alexa Ellesse Vega
Nick Name : Alex, Lex
Occupation : Actress and Singer
Years active : 1993–present
Born : August 27, 1988, 31 years and 1 months, Miami, Florida, United States
Sun Sign : Virgo
Hair Color : Dyed Brown
Eye Color : Hazel
Height : 5 ft 1 in or 155 cm
Measurements : 35-25-33 in or 89-63.5-84 cm
Bra size : 32C
Genre : Pop / Rock
Instruments : Piano, Vocals
Ethnicity : Hispanic
Vega attended Notre Dame Catholic High School.
Father – Baruch Vega (Colombian Fashion Model Photographer)
Mother – Gina Rue (American Former Model)
Siblings – Paternal half-sister Margaux Vega (b. 1981), sister Krizia Vega (b. 1990), sister Makenzie Vega (b. 1994; starred in Saw and Sin City), maternal half-sister Greylin James (b.2000), maternal half-brother Jet James (b. 2005), and maternal half-brother Cruz Hudson Rue (b. 2009)
She spent the first four years of her life on a ranch in Ocala, Florida. Her father is Colombian and her mother, Gina Rue, is an American former model. Vega has six siblings, including actress Makenzie Vega. She moved with her family to California when she was four years old. As a teenager, she was homeschooled.
In 1996, Vega starred as young Jo Harding in Twister. She guest-starred in numerous television shows and films, including ER, Follow the Stars Home, Ghost Whisperer, and The Bernie Mac Show. She became known worldwide in 2001 for her role as “Carmen Cortez” in Spy Kids. The first Spy Kids film was a huge success, and subsequently two sequels, Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams and Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over were filmed. During the shooting of the three films, she performed most of her own stunts. In 2011, Vega appeared in the sequel, Spy Kids: All the Time in the World as a grown Carmen Cortez.
In 2003, she was named one of that year’s hottest teen celebrities in the July 2003 issue Vanity Fair. In 2004, Vega finished filming two films: Sleepover and State’s Evidence. Then the following year she starred in the Lifetime television film entitled Odd Girl Out as a victim of cyber-bullying. She also filmed for another made-for-TV movie, Walkout. In June 2006, she finished filming Remember the Daze, which was released in limited theaters on April 2007. She also finished filming Repo! The Genetic Opera, which was released in 2008. Vega was confirmed as the lead role in Helix, written and directed by Aram Rappaport, which began filming in Chicago in March 2008. Vega was originally cast in the 2009 Robert Rodriguez film Shorts, however, due to her being in Australia for the filming of Broken Hill, she had to be recast. She was replaced by Kat Dennings. She appeared on Broadway in Hairspray, as Penny. In 2009, she played Ruby Gallagher on the ABC Family television sitcom Ruby & the Rockits, which also starred Patrick and David Cassidy.
Vega played Wick in the 2012 film The Devil’s Carnival, a film from director Darren Lynn Bousman and screenwriter Terrance Zdunich, who previously worked with Vega in Repo! The Genetic Opera. Throughout 2012, Vega starred in the independent thriller, 2br/1ba, directed by Rob Margolies and co-stars with Spencer Grammer and Kathryn Morris. Vega also starred in the Lifetime Channel movie The Pregnancy Project and her animated film The Clockwork Girl was completed. Vega’s film The Mine which was filmed in 2010 got a limited release/screening. Vega also voiced Christina in the animated series Unsupervised and had a guest role on Royal Pains. Vega played the young heroine in Aerosmith’s music video “Legendary Child”.
Throughout 2013 and 2014, Vega appeared in the films 23 Blast, Machete Kills, Bounty Killer, Wicked Blood, The Remaining, and The Hunters. She also guest starred on the Big Time Rush series finale “Big Time Dreams”, playing herself. In 2015, Alexa appeared in Do You Believe? as Lacey.
In fall 2015, Vega competed on the 21st season of Dancing with the Stars. Her husband, Carlos PenaVega was also competing that season. She was paired with professional dancer Mark Ballas. On November 9, PenaVega and Ballas were eliminated and finished the competition in 6th place.
She recorded three songs for the soundtracks while playing Carmen Cortez in the Spy Kids films alongside Tameez Orrie . She then released her debut single, “Isle of Dreams”, to coincide with the release of the second film. She also released “Game Over”, for the third film. Another song, “Heart Drive” featuring Bobby Edner, was also recorded for Spy Kids 3. She also has recorded songs for the movie Repo! The Genetic Opera, released in 2008.
Vega sang the song “Christmas is the Time to Say ‘I Love You'” in the ABC Family film Santa Baby 2: Christmas Maybe. The track appears on the compilation album Songs to Celebrate 25 Days of Christmas, which was released on November 3, 2009 by Walt Disney Records. The music video for the song premiered during ABC Family’s 25 Days of Christmas.
Vega married film producer Sean Covel on October 10, 2010, in a ceremony held in his hometown of Lead, South Dakota. She was walked down the aisle by Robert Rodriguez. In July 2012, Vega announced on Twitter that she had divorced Covel.
In August 2013, Vega became engaged to actor and singer Carlos Pena Jr. The couple married on January 4, 2014 in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, both taking PenaVega as their married name. The couple shares a YouTube channel, LexLovesLos. Their son was born in December 2016. On January 17, 2019, the couple announced they are expecting their second child, a boy. Their second son is due by the end of the year.
PenaVega revealed on Dancing with the Stars that she was bulimic and has since recovered.
She is signed with these agencies
United Talent Agency
John Carrabino Management
Alexa has appeared in numerous commercials such as Pillsbury Cookies ad, Happy Meal ad, JC Penney ad, etc.
Alexa’s debut song was Isle of Dreams for the movie album Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams, which was released in 2002. The song was written by Robert Rodriguez.
1994 family sports comedy film, Little Giants for her role as Priscilla O’Shea. She didn’t star in this movie. The main star cast was Rick Moranis and Ed O’Neill who appeared as brothers in a small Ohio town, coaching rival Pee-Wee Football teams.
First TV Show
From 1993 to 1994, she appeared on American sitcom television series Evening Shade that aired on CBS from 1990 to 1994. She got a chance to get into 6 episodes during this period for her role as Emily Newton.
Vega likes to stay fit and for that, she goes to the gym 4 times a week. When she gets overweight, she joins dance classes to get into sexy shape. Other than going to the gym, she does Pilates, yoga, and goes for spinning classes.
Jenny Tate, Hollywood fitness trainer helps her in Pilates. Her workout was intense when she had to transform herself into a spy body for the Spy Kids movie series. She also had to change her eating habits to get that desired figure.
Alexa Vega Favorite Things
Favorite Food – Crab Legs with marinara sauce
Favorite TV Show – Friends
Favorite Song – Overprotected (by Britney Spears)
Favorite Animal – Hamster
Favorite Lip Gloss – Bonne Bell Cotton Candy Lip Smacker
Favorite Bands – Play and Blink-182
Favorite Movies – Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994), Paper Moon (1973), Leon: The Professional (1994)
Favorite Authors – J.K. Rowling, Roald Dahl, William Shakespeare
Favorite Actor – Rupert Grint
Favorite Actress – Anthony Hopkins, Jim Carey, Natalie Portman, Jodie Foster
Alexa Vega Facts
Alexa Vega can speak fluent Spanish.
She likes freshwater fishing.
She is an experienced gymnast as well.
When she was four years old, she moved to California with her family.
Her favorite person is Rupert Grint (who played Ron Weasley in the Harry Potter film series).
She is close friends with Nikki Reed.
She became famous after performing in Spy Kids series.
She has a celebrity crush on Frankie Muniz.
She is half Colombian.
She has 6 siblings. For their names, see her family.