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Alexa Ellesse Vega
August 27, 1988
Miami, Florida, U.S.
|Relatives||Makenzie Vega (sister)|
Alexa Ellesse PenaVega (née Vega; born August 27, 1988) is an American actress and singer. She is known for her roles as Carmen Cortez in the Spy Kids film series and Julie Corky in the 2004 film Sleepover. In 2009, she starred as the title character Ruby Gallagher in the ABC Family series Ruby & the Rockits.
Her father, Baruch Vega, is a Colombian fashion photographer and student informer for the Central Intelligence Agency, and her mother, Gina Rue, is a former model.
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 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.
She was named one of the year's hottest teen celebrities in the July 2003 issue Vanity Fair. In 2004, Vega finished filming two films: Sleepover and State's Evidence. The following year, she starred in the Lifetime television film Odd Girl Out, as a victim of cyber-bullying. In 2006, she starred in another made-for-TV movie, Walkout; and finished filming Remember the Daze, which was released in limited theaters in April 2007. She completed 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. She 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 guest starred on the Big Time Rush series finale "Big Time Dreams", playing herself. In 2015, Vega appeared in Do You Believe? as Lacey.
In 2016, she began starring in a series of Hallmark made for television films, such as Ms. Matched, Destination Wedding, and Christmas Made to Order. In 2019 she began starring in the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries series Picture Perfect Mysteries.
In the fall of 2015, Vega competed on the 21st season of Dancing with the Stars. Her husband, Carlos PenaVega also competed in that season; he and his partner were eliminated in Week 11. Vega was paired with professional dancer Mark Ballas. On November 9, Vega and Ballas were eliminated in Week 9 and finished the competition in 6th place.
In 2019, Vega and her husband Carlos PenaVega starred in the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries TV movie Picture Perfect Mysteries: Newlywed and Dead, and in 2020 the follow-up Picture Perfect Mysteries: Dead over Diamonds.
Vega recorded three songs for the soundtracks while playing Carmen Cortez in the Spy Kids films. She released her debut single, "Isle of Dreams" helping to promote the release of the second film; "Game Over" and "Heart Drive" featuring Bobby Edner were released during promotions for the third film. She recorded songs for the movie Repo! The Genetic Opera which was 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. She performed several songs for her role on Ruby & The Rockits in 2009. Vega also sang two songs on the soundtrack for the film The Devil's Carnival which was released in 2012.
Vega married film producer Sean Covel on October 10, 2010 in a ceremony held in his hometown of Lead, South Dakota. Robert Rodriguez walked her down the aisle. In July 2012, Vega announced on Twitter that she had divorced Covel.
In August 2013, Vega became engaged to former Big Time Rush actor and singer Carlos Pena Jr., whom she had been dating since late 2012. The couple married on January 4, 2014, in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, taking PenaVega as their married name. The couple shares a YouTube channel, La Vida PenaVega (formerly LexLovesLos). The couple have three children – two sons born in December 2016 and June 2019, and a daughter born in May 2021.
|1994||Little Giants||Priscilla O'Shea|
|1995||Nine Months||Molly Dwyer|
|1996||Twister||Young Jo Thornton|
|Shattered Mind||Sarah||Also known as The Terror Inside|
|The Glimmer Man||Cole's Daughter|
|Ghosts of Mississippi||Claire DeLaughter|
|1998||Dennis the Menace Strikes Again||Gina||Direct-to-video film|
|1999||The Deep End of the Ocean||Kerry Cappadora|
|2000||Run the Wild Fields||Opal "Pug" Miller|
|2001||Follow the Stars Home||Amy Williams||Known as A Second Chance in Australia|
|Spy Kids||Carmen Cortez / Carmenita|
|2002||Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams||Carmen Cortez / Carmenita|
|2003||Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over||Carmen Cortez / Carmenita|
|2005||Odd Girl Out||Vanessa Snyder|
|2006||State's Evidence||Sandy||Direct-to-video film|
|2007||Remember the Daze||Holly||Originally titled The Beautiful Ordinary|
|2008||Repo! The Genetic Opera||Shilo Wallace|
|2009||Innocent||Ashley||Originally titled Helix|
|Broken Hill||Kat Rogers|
|2010||Mother's Day||Jenna Luther|
|2011||From Prada to Nada||Mary Dominguez|
|Spy Kids: All the Time in the World||Carmen Cortez|
|2012||The Devil's Carnival||Wick|
|The Pregnancy Project||Gaby Rodriguez|
|The Hunters||Dylan Savini|
|2014||The Clockwork Girl||Tesla|
|Sin City: A Dame to Kill For||Gilda|
|Do You Believe?||Lacey|
|Pixies||Michelle Meyers||Voice role|
|The Murder Pact||Camille|
|2020||Mighty Oak||Valerie Scoggins|
|1993–1994||Evening Shade||Emily Newton||Recurring role, 6 episodes|
|1995||ER||Bonnie Howe||Episode: "Sleepless in Chicago"|
|Chicago Hope||Sara Wilmette||Episode: "Every Day a Little Death"|
|It Was Him or Us||Young Carrie||Television film (CBS)|
|1996||A Promise to Carolyn||Young Kay||Television film (CBS)|
|Life's Work||Tess Hunter||Episode: Pilot|
|1998||The Magnificent Seven||Olivia Greer||Episode: "Safecracker"|
|To Have & to Hold||Kelly McGrail||Recurring role, 7 episodes|
|Ladies Man||Wendy Stiles||Recurring role, 9 episodes|
|2002||Total Access 24/7||Herself / Carmen Cortez||Episode: "Spy Kids 2"|
|All That||Carmen Cortez||Episode: "Spy Kids/Play"|
|Wild & Crazy Kids||Herself||Celebrity guest|
|2003||The Bernie Mac Show||Jill||Episode: "Magic Jordan"|
|Trading Spaces: Boys vs. Girls||Herself||Episode: Siblings "Eli vs. Kali"|
|2005||Odd Girl Out||Vanessa Snyder||Television film (Lifetime)|
|2006||Walkout||Paula Crisostomo||Television film (HBO)|
|2009||Ghost Whisperer||Serena||Episodes: "Endless Love"|
|Ruby & the Rockits||Ruby Gallagher||Lead role|
|2010||The Middle||Morgan||Episodes: "The Break-Up", "Worry Duty"|
|2012||Royal Pains||Hollister||Episode: "Imperfect Storm"|
|The Pregnancy Project||Gaby Rodriguez||Television film (LMN)|
|2013||Big Time Rush||Herself||Episode: "Big Time Dreams"|
|2014||The Tomorrow People||Hillary Cole||Recurring role, 8 episodes|
|The Hunters||Dylan Savini||Television film (Hallmark)|
|Courtside||Herself||Episode: "Alexa Vega"|
|Muertoons||Rosita||Voice role; 2 episodes|
|2014–2015||Nashville||Kiley Brenner||Recurring role|
|2015||The Mentalist||Lily Stoppard||Episode: "The Whites of His Eyes"|
|Dancing with the Stars||Herself||Contestant (season 21): finished in sixth place|
|2016||Ms Matched||Libby Boland||Television film (Hallmark)|
|2017–present||The Loud House||Carlota Casagrande||Recurring voice role, 7 episodes|
|2017||Destination Wedding||Ellie Hamilton||Television film (Hallmark)|
|Enchanted Christmas||Laura Trudeau||Television film (Hallmark)|
|2018||Love at Sea||Olivia Graham||Television film (Hallmark)|
|Christmas Made to Order||Gretchen||Television film (Hallmark)|
|2019||Picture Perfect Mysteries: Newlywed and Dead||Allie Adams||Television film (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries)|
|2019–2022||The Casagrandes||Carlota Casagrande||Main voice role|
|2020||Blue's Clues & You!||Herself||Episode: "Happy Birthday Blue!"|
|Picture Perfect Mysteries: Dead Over Diamonds||Allie Adams||Television film (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries)|
|Picture Perfect Mysteries: Exit Stage, Death||Allie Adams||Television film (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries)|
|2021||Taking A Shot At Love||Jenna||Television film (Hallmark)|
|2022||Love in the Limelight||Summer Rivera||Television film (Hallmark)|
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