Name:
Alexa Vega
Birth Date:
August 27, 1988
Birth Place:
Miami, Florida, USA
Height:
5' 1
Nationality:
American
Profession:
actress
BIOGRAPHY
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Spy Kids Agent

Background:

American actress Alexa Vega is best known for her role as secret agent Carmen Cortez on the Robert Rodriguez directed “Spy Kids” (2001), and its installments,“Spy Kids 2: Island of Lost Dreams” (2002), “Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over” (2003) and “Spy Kids: All the Time in the World” (2011). She also has appeared in other films like “Twister” (1996), “The Glimmer Man” (1996), “Ghosts of Mississippi” (1996), “The Deep End of the Ocean” (1999), “Run the Wild Fields” (2000, TV), “Sleepover” (2004), “Odd Girl Out” (TV, 2005), “State's Evidence” (2006), “Walkout” (2006, TV), “Repo! The Genetic Opera” (2008), “Broken Hill” (2009), “From Prada to Nada” (2011), “The Devil's Carnival” (2012) and “Abandoned Mine” (2013).

5' 3” tall beauty was listed as one of Vanity Fair’s “Hottest Teen Celebrities” (2003) when she was 15 years old. Vega was married to Sean Covel from 2010 to 2012. She is now engaged to actor/singer Carlos Pena, Jr.

Vega is close friends with Nikki Reed. She was the maid of honor at Reed's wedding to Paul McDonald on October 16, 2011.


Gymnast Lex

Childhood and Family:

"My mom told me if she ever got mad at me she'd flush 'me' down the toilet!" Alexa Vega.

Half Colombian, half Italian Alexa Ellesse Vega was born on August 27, 1988 in Miami, Florida and moved with her family to California at age four. She has three sisters, Greylin (born in 2001), Makenzie Vega (actress; had a leading role in the 2004 blockbuster “Saw”; born on July 29, 1994), Krizia (born in 1991) and one half-sister named Margaux (born in 1982). Alexa is the second cousin of MayaRae Vega.

An experienced gymnast, Alexa Vega, nicknamed Lex, enjoys freshwater fishing, dancing, fishing and go-karts. She speaks Spanish fluently and describes herself as a Christian.

On October 10, 2010, Alexa married film producer Sean Covel in a ceremony held in her husband's hometown of Lead, South Dakota. They later divorced in 2012.

      
Walkout

Career:
    
Alexa Vega found a knack in acting shortly after her family move to California. There, her mother got a job with a talent agency, and brought young Vega to an audition for the comedy series “Evening Shade” (starring Burt Reynolds). She subsequently won a two-year stint (1993-1994) on the series, playing character Emily Newton. In 1994, she received a Young Artist nomination for Best Actress Under Ten in a Television Series or Show for her work on the show.  

Vega made her feature film role debut as Priscilla O'Shea, Ed O'Neill's perfect daughter, in Duwayne Dunham’s family comedy “Little Giants” (1994, with Rick Moranis, Shawna Waldron and Devon Sawa). She followed it up with roles in Chris Columbus’ comedy “Nine Months” (1995, starring Hugh Grant and Julianne Moore) and in Jan de Bont’s thriller produced by Steven Spielberg, “Twister” (1996, alongside Bill Paxton), where she portrayed Helen Hunt's character at age 6.

On the small screen, Vega was cast in the telemovies “It Was Him or Us” (1995, playing young Monique Lanier character, “A Promise to Carolyn” (1996, portraying young Swoosie Kurtz character) and “Shattered Mind” (“The Terror Inside,” 1996). She also played a reccurring role in Lisa Ann Walter’s brief-running comedy show, the ABC’s “Life's Work” from 1996 to 1997 and was spotted as a guest in the popular series “ER” and “Chicago Hope” (both 1995). Her performance in “Life's Work” earned Vega a Young Artist nomination for Best Performance in a TV Comedy/Drama - Supporting Young Actress Age Ten or Under and a NCLR Bravo nomination for Outstanding Television Series Actress in a Crossover Role.

Vega next played Steven Seagal’s daughter in John Gray’s “The Glimmer Man” (1996),  Alec Baldwin's daughter in Rob Reiner’s “Ghosts of Mississippi” (also in 1996) and  Michelle Pfeiffer and Treat Williams’ daughter in Ulu Grosbard’s adaptation of Jacquelyn Mitchard’s book, “The Deep End of the Ocean” (1999). Audiences could also watch Vega in the small screen in the little-seen series “To Have & to Hold” (1998) and in CBS' short-lived sitcom “Ladies Man” (1999-2001), where she portrayed Alfred Molina’s smart, yet manipulative, 10-year-old daughter, Wendy Stiles. For her work in the latter, Vega picked up a YoungStar nomination for Best Young Actress/Performance in a Comedy TV Series and a Young Artist nomination for Best Performance in a TV Comedy Series - Supporting Young Actress. She also appeared in the science fiction /drama telefilm “NetForce” (1999) and guest starred in an episode of the western series “The Magnificent Seven” (1998).

After portraying Joanne Whalley’s daughter in Paul A. Kaufman’s screen version of Rodney Patrick Vaccaro’s play “Run the Wild Fields” (2000), where she was nominated for a Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Movie (Drama) - Leading Young Actress for her performance, Vega nabbed her breakout role in the summer blockbuster feature “Spy Kids” (2001). The family/comedy/action film was directed and penned by Robert Rodriguez, and along with Daryl Sabara, Vega starred as young secret agent Carmen Cortez who must save their secret-agent parents. The film also featured Antonio Banderas and Carla Gugino. For her work on “Spy Kids,” Vega received a Young Artist nomination in the category of Best Performance in a Feature Film - Supporting Young Actress. Also in 2001, she played a role in a TV movie version of Luanne Rice’s novel “Follow the Stars Home.”

Vega reprised her role as Carmen Cortez on the 2002  sequel “Spy Kids 2: Island of Lost Dreams,” which received positive reviews from critics and was a financial success by grossing over $119 million worldwide. The role brought Vega a 2003 Young Artist Award in the category of Best Performance in a Feature Film - Leading Young Actress. She again portrayed Carmen in the third film “Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over,”  which was released on July 25, 2003. She shared a Young Artist nomination for Best Young Ensemble in a Feature Film for her work on the film.

In 2005, Vega was nominated for a Young Artist Award in the category of Best Performance in a Feature Film - Leading Young Actress for her role as Julie in “Sleepover,” a 2004 teen film directed by Joe Nussbaum. She went on to receive a Young Artist  nomination for Best Performance in a TV Movie, Miniseries or Special (Comedy or Drama) - Leading Young Actress for her role as Vanessa in the made for TV film “Odd Girl Out” (2005), an adaptation of Rachel Simmons’ book of the same name, as well as the Black Reel Award for Newtork/Cable- Best Actress, an Imagen nomination for Best Actress – Television and an ALMA nomination for Outstanding Actress - Television Series, Mini-Series or Television Movie for her work on the made for TV film “Walkout” (2006). Vega also appeared in the fims “State's Evidence” (2006), “Remember the Daze” (2007), “Repo! The Genetic Opera” (2008), “Innocent” (2009) and “Broken Hill” (2009).

In 2009, Vega returned to series television as a regular on the ABC family sitcom “Ruby & the Rockits,” which ran for a season from July 21 to September 22 of that year. She played a polite, well-meaning girl named Ruby Gallagher on the series. Vega also appeared as Serena Westen in an episode of “Ghost Whisperer” called “Endless Love” (2009) and played Morgan Edwards in two episodes of “The Middle” (2010).

Vega starred with Camilla Belle in the romantic comedy film “From Prada to Nada,” which opened in limited theatrical release in the United States on January 28, 2011. As the younger, empty-headed, sister  Mary Dominguez, she won an ALMA for Favorite Movie Actress – Comedy/Musical. She then reprised the role of Carmen Cortez in the fourth installment “Spy Kids: All the Time in the World in 4D” (2011), which received mostly negative reviews upon release and was a moderate commercial success. The same year, she also appeared in the film “Summer Song” and the video “Café.” 2012 found roles in the film “The Devil's Carnival” and in episodes of “Unsupervised”and “Royal Pain.” She starred as Gaby Rodriguez on the Lifetime Channel movie “The Pregnancy Project” (2012), where she took home an Imagen for Best Actress/Television for her role.  

Recently, in 2013, the former child star could be seen in films such as “Bounty Killer,” “Abandoned Mine,” “Machete Kills,” “The Hunters” (TV), as well as in an episode of Nickelodeon's musical series “Big Time Rush.” She has completed filming the animated film “The Clockwork Girl” (2013), where she provided the voice of the character Tesla, as well as the drama “ 23 Blast” (2013, opposite Mark Hapka, Bram Hoover and Stephen Lang) and the thriller film “2 Br/1 Ba” (2014, with Spencer Grammer and Kathryn Morris). Vega will play Amber in the upcoming thriller film “Wicked Blood” (2013), opposite Abigail Breslin and Sean Bean, and will work with Christopher McConnell, Johnny Pacar and Shaun Sipos in the horror film “The Remaining” (2014).      
    

Awards:

Imagen: Best Actress/Television, “The Pregnancy Project,” 2012
ALMA: Favorite Movie Actress – Comedy/Musical, “From Prada to Nada,” 2011
Black Reel: Newtork/Cable- Best Actress, “Walkout,” 2007
Young Artist: Best Performance in a Feature Film - Leading Young Actress, “Spy Kids 2: Island of Lost Dreams,” 2003
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