Date of Birth
27 August 1988, Miami, Florida, USA
Alexa Ellesse Vega
5′ 1″ (1.55 m)
Is an American actress, singer and pianist. She is best known for playing Carmen Cortez in the Spy Kids film series and Shilo Wallace in the movie Repo! the Genetic Opera. In 2009, she starred as the title character Ruby Gallagher in the ABC Family series Ruby & The Rockits.
Vega was born in Miami, Florida. Her father is Colombian Baruch Vega –a former undercover as a government agent with the DEA, FBI and CIA is now a Miami fashion photographer. Her mother is Gina Rue Alexa has six 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 moved with her family to California when she was four years old. She attended Notre Dame Catholic High School.
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 movie 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. Vega reprised the role in the 2011 sequel, Spy Kids 4: All the Time in the World.
In 2003, she was named one of that year’s hottest teen celebrities in Vanity Fair. In 2004, Vega finished filming two movies: Sleepover and State’s Evidence, and in the following year starred in a made-for-television drama 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 came out to limited theaters in April 2007. She also finished filming Repo! the Genetic Opera, which was released in 2008.Vega has also been 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 Robert Rodriguez’s 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.
In 2009, she played Ruby Gallagher on the ABC Family television sitcom Ruby & The Rockits, which also starred Patrick & David Cassidy. The series was not renewed for a second season.
Vega made her Broadway debut as Penny Pingleton in Hairspray in 2007.
She recorded three songs for the soundtracks while playing Carmen Cortez in the Spy Kids films. She 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 the ABC Family’s 25 Days of Christmas programming block in 2009.
Alexa Vega is not planning on furthering her musical career as she prefers acting.
Vega enjoys freshwater fishing, can speak Spanish fluently, is an experienced gymnast, and describes herself as a Christian.Vega was married on October 10, 2010 to producer Sean Covel, in a ceremony held in his hometown of Lead, South Dakota. She wore an Ian Stuart gown and was walked down the aisle by Robert Rodriguez.
Year Title Role Notes
1994 Evening Shade Emily Newton 6 episodes
1995 ER Bonnie Howe Episode: “Sleepless in Chicago”
Chicago Hope Sara Wilmette Episode: “Every Day a Little Death”
1996 Life’s Work Tess Hunter Pilot
1998 The Magnificent Seven Olivia Greer Episode: “Safecracker”
To Have & to Hold Kelly McGrail 7 episodes
1999 Ladies Man Wendy Stiles #2 9 episodes
2002 All That Carmen Cortez Episode: “Spy Kids/ Play”
2003 The Bernie Mac Show Jill Episode: “Magic Jordan”
2003 Trading Spaces: Boys vs. Girls Herself Episode: Siblings “Eli vs. Kali”
2009 Ghost Whisperer Serena 2 episodes: “Endless Love” & “The Book of Changes”
Ruby & The Rockits Ruby Gallagher main character, 10 episodes
2010 The Middle Morgan 2 episodes: “The Break-Up” and “Worry Duty”
Year Title Role Notes
1995 Nine Months Molly Dwyer
It Was Him or Us Young Carrie TV film
1996 A Promise to Carolyn Young Kay TV film
Twister Jo Harding (age 5)
Shattered Mind Sarah also known as The Terror Inside
The Glimmer Man Cole’s Daughter cameo
Ghosts of Mississippi Claire DeLaughter
1998 Dennis the Menace Strikes Again Gina direct-to-video
1999 NetForce Susie Michaels Mini-series
The Deep End of the Ocean Kerry Cappadora
Run the Wild Fields Opal ‘Pug’ Miller
2001 Follow the Stars Home Amy Williams also known as A Second Chance (Australia)
Spy Kids Carmen Cortez first starring role
2002 Spy Kids 2: Island of Lost Dreams
2003 Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over
2004 Sleepover Julie Corky first main billing role
2005 Odd Girl Out Vanessa Lifetime Original Movie
2006 State’s Evidence Sandy Direct to DVD, filmed in 2004
Walkout Paula Crisostomo HBO original movie
Marrying God Ivy Short 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
The Mine Sharon
2011 From Prada to Nada Mary based on the novel “Sense and Sensibility” by Jane Austen
Summer Song Ellie
Spy Kids 4: All the Time in the World Carmen Cortez