The first few years of her professional venture into the acting world saw Alexa PenaVega appear in many films and television shows including Twister, Follow the Stars Home ER, The Bernie Mac Show, among several others. However, her international celebrity status was achieved when she depicted Carmen Cortez in the Spy Kids movie franchise. The successful project birthed many sequels which also had Alexa on set as a lead actress.
Asides the entertainment circle where she operates as an actress and singer, Alexa PenaVega also has ties in the sporting world. She used to be a competitive gymnast before facing her acting career full time. This explains her ability to carry out most of the stunts assigned to her character during film shooting. There is a lot more to learn about this highly talented American actress and singer.
Her father is a Colombian while her mother is American. She was born on August 27, 1988, in Miami, Florida and her parents – Baruch Vega (father) and Gina Rue (mother) gave her the name Alexa Ellesse PenaVega at birth.
Baruch worked as a photographer while Alexa’s mother used to be a model. They raised Alexa on a ranch located in Ocala, Florida, for the first four years before they relocated to California. The actress was not raised as an only child but had a company of six siblings (including half-siblings) while growing up. Notably, she is not the only actress in the family as her younger sister Makenzie Vega also acts. Alexa’s half-siblings are Greylin James and Margaux Vega (half-sisters), and Jet James (half-brother).
She was homeschooled most of the time but found the time to engage in sports. She tried her hands at various sports including gymnastics, cross country, and water polo. She also trained as a dancer but her acting exploits overshadow these other aspects of her life.
From 1993 to date, Alexa PenaVega has been dishing out stellar performances on the screen. She has been on more than 80 productions, starting with her role in five episodes of Evening Shade. Right from her debut, she played key roles in numerous TV shows and films including The Glimmer Man, Ghosts of Mississippi, The Deep End of the Ocean, ER, To Have & to Hold, Ladies Man, and several more until 2001 when she got her big break in the Spy Kids movie series. Her role as “Carmen Cortez” in the first installment of Spy Kids made her a global sensation.
Following the success of the first project, Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams and Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over came afterward with Alexa reprising her role. A grown-up Alexa also played the same role in another sequel – Spy Kids: All the Time in the World released in 2011. Some of the films she has appeared in include Abandoned Mine (2013), The Clockwork Girl (2014), Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014), and Do You Believe? (2015). The last time she was seen in a film was in 2015 on the set of The Murder Pact.
On television, she has also starred in other productions including Muertoons, The Tomorrow People, Nashville, and The Loud House. She is still very much active in acting and other ventures in the entertainment circle, including singing. As a singer, she has recorded songs for the soundtrack of several movies, including the Spy Kids films, Santa Baby 2: Christmas Maybe and Repo! The Genetic Opera.
Her Net Worth
She has worked on many films and television projects to much acclaim and has received recognition for her efforts, including financial rewards for her engagements as an actor, singer and several other ventures. More achievements are expected to come her way since she still has her years in front of her. She currently has as much as $16 million as her estimated net worth.
Alexa PenaVega was first married to film producer Sean Covel in Lead, South Dakota. The wedding ceremony took place on October 10, 2010, and Robert Rodriguez, who directed Spy Kids, gave her away after walking her down the aisle. However, taking to Twitter in July 2012, she announced that the marriage had ended.
Next, Alexa and actor cum singer, Carlos Pena Jr. got engaged in August 2013 while their wedding took place on January 4, 2014. Their son named Ocean King arrived on December 7, 2016, and another baby is expected to join the family in 2019. After their wedding, Pena and Vega took each other’s last name to make up a new surname PenaVega.
Height and Other Body Measurements
Standing at a mere 5 ft 1 in, Alexa PenaVega is not so endowed in the height department but she makes up with other body measurements and features. She weighs a perfect 48 kg for her height and has body measurements of 35-25-33 inches for her bust, waist, and hips respectively. Her hazel eyes and dark brown hair further accentuates her beauty.