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Alexa Ellesse Vega (born August 27, 1988) is an Americanmarker actress, singer and pianist. She is best known for playing Carmen Cortez in the Spy Kids trilogy and Shilo Wallace in Repo! the Genetic Opera. In 2009, she starred as the title character Ruby Gallagher in the ABC Family series Ruby and The Rockits.

Personal background

Vega was born in Miamimarker, Floridamarker to a Colombianmarker father and an American mother. Her sisters are actress Makenzie Vega (born February 10, 1994, starred in Saw and Sin City) Krizia Vega (born July 1, 1990) and Greylin James (born September 22, 2000), as well as two brothers named Jet James (born October 4, 2005), and Cruz Hudson (born April 24, 2009). She has one half-sister named Margaux Vega (born December 25, 1981). She lived in Florida until she was four years old when she moved with her family to Californiamarker. She now lives in Los Angelesmarker with her mother, Gina Rue (a model), brothers, and sisters. She enjoys freshwater fishing, can speak Spanish fluently, is an experienced gymnast, and describes herself as a Christian. She is engaged to producer Sean Covel.


Film and television

Vega made her first movie appearance in Little Giants, starring as the six year old daughter of Ed O'Neill. 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.

In 2003, she was named one of that year's hottest teen celebrities in Vanity Fair. In 2004, Vega finished filming two films: Sleepover and State's Evidence, and in the following year starred in a made-for-television drama entitled Odd Girl Out. She also filmed for another made-for-TV zmovie, 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 series Ruby and the Rockits, which also stared Patrick & David Cassidy. The series was not renewed for a second season.


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 W. Edner, was also recorded for Spy Kids 3. She also has recorded songs for the movie Repo! The Genetic Opera, released in 2008.

Vega is signed with Hollywood Records and working on her debut album with some songs from her show. In the songs she sings on Ruby & the Rockits she plays the piano. On June 30, 2009, her new comeback single "Lost In Your Own Life" was released to radio.

Alexa will sing the song "Christmas Is The Time To Say I Love You" in the upcoming ABC Family film Santa Baby 2. The track will appear on the compilation album Songs To Celebrate 25 Days Of Christmas to be released on Nov. 3rd, 2009 by Walt Disney Records. The music video for the song will premiere during the ABC Family's 25 Days of Christmas programming block in 2009.


She made her Broadway debut in Hairspray in 2007.


Year Title Role Notes

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 Hannah Cortez Episode: " Spy Kids/ Play"
2003 The Bernie Mac Show Jill Episode: "Bernie Mac Show: Season 2" Magi
2003 Trading Spaces: Boys vs. Girls Herself Episode: Siblings "Eli vs. Kali"
2009 Ghost Whisperer Serena Episode: "Endless Love"
2009 Ruby and the Rockits Ruby Gallagher main character, 10 episodes
Year Title Role Notes
1994 Little Giants Priscilla O'Shea
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: The Island of Lost Dreams Carmen Cortez
2003 Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over Carmen Cortez
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 limited release
2009 Helix Ashley limited release
The Mine Sharon post-production
Broken Hill Kat Rogers
2010 Mother's Day Jenna post-production
Cafe Sally post-production
2011 From Prada to Nada Mary pre-production, originally titled "Sense and Sensibilidad"



Year Song Album Writer(s) Label
2002 "Isle of Dreams" Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams Robert Rodriguez Milan
2003 "Game Over" Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over Robert Rodriguez & Rebecca Rodriguez
"Heart Drive" Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over
2009 "Lost In Your Own Life" Ruby and the Rockits Shaun Cassidy Hollywood
"You are Where I Live" David Cassidy
"The Way It's Gonna Be"
"Forever Your Song"
"Too High a Price"
"Possibilities" (with Austin Butler)
"Now When I Close My Eyes"
"Christmas Is The Time To Say I Love You" Santa Baby 2


Music videos

Year Title Album Director Source
2002 "Isle of Dreams" Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams Robert Rodriguez Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams
2009 "You are Where I Live" Ruby and the Rockits Ted Wass ABC Family/
2009 "Christmas Is the Time to Say I Love You" Songs to Celebrate 25 Days of Christmas Santa Baby 2/ABC Family Channel


  1. Vega's mother is not of Italian descent, despite reports to the contrary. In a question regarding her ancestry, Vega replied on her website's message board: "My fathers side is Colombian (bogota)... and I don't know why they said my mom was Italian. lol... She's not. My family and I were trying to figure out what my mom was, but we can only go back to 5 generations and they were all from Florida. haha. so .. Floridian? ahhah... my moms last name is French though", at
  2. Alexa Vega Biography (1988-)
  3. Nov. 20th story of engagement broken by quote=Covel managed to complete his second mission; to propose marriage to Vega. And she said, “Yes.”
  4. Paris Hilton gets movie musical role. Retrieved August 1, 2007.

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