Alexa Ellesse PenaVega

Alexa Ellesse PenaVega

Alexa Ellesse PenaVega

Alexa Ellesse PenaVega, better known by her stage name Alexa Vega, is an American actress, singer, and dancer who was born in Miami, Florida, on August 27, 1988, to a Colombian father, Baruch Vega, who is a Colombian fashion designer and a former informant for the Drug Enforcement Administration, and an American mother, Gina Rue, who previously worked as a model.

Vega has several siblings such as the well-known celebrity and actress Makenzie Vega. Vega’s most distinguished and iconic role is Carmen Cortez in the renowned Spy Kids movie. She also portrayed the lead character and protagonist Ruby Gallagher in the ABC prominent show Ruby & the Rockits.

She was cast in many television shows and movies, like ER, Follow the Stars Home, Ghost Whisper, and The Bernie Mac Show are the most famous.

Personal Life

Vega’s early life was characterized by resettling, for her childhood was primarily spent in a farm in her original hometown Ocala, Florida, before she moved with her family to California when she was four years old before relocating again.

Vega’s adult life was marked by turmoil and controversy, which has drawn tabloid attention to her life. She married twice, and her divorce was a major event in Hollywood, prompting much celebrity gossips surrounding her personal life.

She was often labeled as a diva and an attention seeker by many critics and detractors who sought to tarnish her social image, saying that she got married twice and had several marital relationships to attract attention and create her self-worth, or to create a buzz around her social life, and to portray herself as unique and distinct from other celebrities of the same age.

Vega’s first spouse was the renowned moviemaker Sean Covel, whom she married on October 10, 2010 in a prominent ceremony held in Lead, South Dakota, Covel’s hometown.

During the public wedding, she was dressed in an Ian Stuart gown and was walked down the aisle by Robert Rodriquez, an American filmmaker and visual effects supervisor whom she worked with in many of her successful movies. Vega suddenly announced on Twitter and Facebook that she had divorced Covel in July 2012 without a precursor.

In August 2013, Vega became engaged to the celebrated actor and singer Carlos Pena, Jr while on a cruise with friends, and she later announced her official engagement to the salient actor and singer on Twitter and Facebook.

Aside from Vega’s hectic marital life, she is a devout catholic, and she has stated that her faith is the most central element in her religious and social life, as she is very pious when it comes to her faith. Moreover, Vega relishes freshwater fishing, and she can speak Spanish fluently.

She is also an experienced gymnast with broad expertise and knowledge in the field of gymnastics, for she has been very athletic since her childhood, partaking in sports such as cross country running and water polo, and she is very skilled at dancing as well since she took many dancing lessons during her youth. Also, Vega has an affinity for Nikki Reed, a prominent American actress, for they worked together on previous projects.


Vega made her debut at the age of five as a child actress portraying the role of Emily Newton in the CBS television series Evening Shade in 1993, and went to star as Ed O’Neil’s 6-year-old daughter in the movie Little Giants in 1994.

In 1995, she starred in the movie Nine Months alongside television shows such as Chicago Hopes and ER. She starred as young Jo Harding, the character portrayed by Helen Hunt, in Twister along with other notable television shows and movies such as The Glimmer Man, Ghosts of Mississippi, and the ABC sitcom Life’s Work, in 1996.

In 1998, she starred in the TV series The Magnificent Seven and To Have and to Hold, and she also starred as Gina in the movie Dennis the Menace Strikes Again. In 1999, she was cast in the show Ladies Man along with the movie The Deep End of the Ocean as well as other notable appearances in distinguished movies like Run the Wild Fields and Follow the Stars Home.

Vega rose to prominence for her iconic portrayal of the well-known character Carmen Cortez in the Spy Kids trilogy for which she received critical acclaim in the film industry and Hollywood. Carmen Cortez was indeed her iconic role, as she has become a teen icon for her signature portrayal of Carmen Cortez throughout the Spy Kids trilogy.

The first Spy Kids movie was an instant hit. Accordingly, it encouraged film producers to film its following sequels, Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams and Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over. During the filming, Vega performed her own stunts due to her athletic skills and abilities, and she reprised her role as an adult Carmen Cortez in the last sequel of the Spy Kids film series, Spy Kids: All the Time in the World, in 2011.

Vega is also passionate about singing, as she sang in a few of her movies such as her iconic song Isle of Dreams for the soundtrack of the movie Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams, and she also sang other songs, Game Over and Heart Drive for the soundtracks and score of the last sequel of Spy Kids trilogy.

In 2004, she starred in two movies, Sleepover and State’s Evidence, although the latter was released in 2006. In addition, in 2005, she starred in Odd Girl Out alongside HBO movie Walkout in 2006. Furthermore, she was cast as Penny Pingleton, the female lead and protagonist’s best friend, in the tony-winning musical Hairspray featured at the Neil Simon theater.

She starred in versatile roles in notable movies like Remember the Daz, Innocent, Broken Hill, Repo! The Genetic Opera, Café and From Prada to Nada. Vega also played a central and lead role in the series “Ruby & The Rockits.” 

She received critical acclaim for her key role in the straight-to-DVD movie The Pregnancy Project, which premiered in 2012. In the following years, she landed significant roles in the TV shows The Tomorrow People and Nashville. Vega’s latest remarkable movies are Machete Kills, The Clockwork Girl and 23 Blast in which she played key leading roles.

She was widely regarded as one of the hottest and most attractive teen celebrities according to Vanity Fair’s selection in July issue released in 2003. Vega also received the Young Artist Award for her iconic and top-notch role in the movie Spy Kids 2: Island of Lost Dreams.

Vega was also the recipient of numerous nominations for the Imagen Award and the Alma Award. She eventually won the Black Reel Awards for her stellar performance in the telefilm Walkout alongside an Imagen Award for her critically acclaimed performance in The Pregnancy Project.

Tabloid Attention and Celebrity Gossips

Vega is controversial and notorious in Hollywood because of her remarriages and her renowned divorce. Vega has learned that once a person embarks on the spotlight, nothing becomes sacred in their life, for paparazzi and tabloids swarm any celebrity when it comes to marriage and divorce.

In July 2012, her personal life was violated and libeled by tabloids which started to expose the then-23-year-old’s divorce to the 36-year-old producer Sean Covel, her first and former husband whom she married in October 2010, but that didn’t disconcert her, for she eventually overcame her emotional crisis by engaging to Big Time Rush’s singer Carlos Pena Jr. in 2013.

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