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Who is Alexa Ellesse Vega?


Who is Alexa Ellesse Vega? The entertainment and acting world knows her as  Alexa Vega, she is an American actress and singer. She is best known for her role as Carmen Cortez in the Spy Kids film series and Shilo Wallace in the film Repo! the Genetic Opera. In 2009, she starred as the title character Ruby Gallagher in the ABC Family series Ruby & The Rockits which in September 2009 after airing one season was officially cancelled by ABC Family.

Early life

Vega was born August 27, 1988 in Miami, Florida. Her father is Colombian and her mother, Gina Rue, is an American former model.[1][2][3] 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.

Career

Acting

Jo Harding in Twister.

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 the July 2003 issue Vanity Fair. In 2004, Vega finished filming two films: Sleepover and State’s Evidence. The he following year she starred in the Lifetime television film 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 was released in limited theaters on April 2007. She also finished filming Repo! the Genetic Opera, which was released in 2008.[4] 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 the 2009 Robert Rodriguez film 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.
Vega made her Broadway debut as Penny Pingleton in Hairspray in 2007.[5]
In 2009, she played Ruby Gallagher on the ABC Family television sitcom Ruby & The Rockits, which also starred Patrick and David Cassidy. The series was not renewed for a second season.
Vega played Wick in the 2012 film The Devil’s Carnival, an upcoming film from director Darren Lynn Bousman and screenwriter Terrance Zdunich, who previously worked with Vega in Repo! The Genetic Opera.[6]
Vega plays the young heroine in Aerosmith‘s music video Legendary Child.[7]

Music

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.

Personal life

Sean  Covel

Vega enjoys freshwater fishing, can speak Spanish fluently, is an experienced gymnast, and describes herself as a Christian.[8][9] Vega married film producer Sean Covel on October 10, 2010 in a ceremony held in his hometown of Lead, South Dakota. She wore an Ian Stuart gown[10] and was walked down the aisle by Robert Rodriguez. Vega is close friends with Nikki Reed, and was the maid of honor at Reed’s wedding to Paul McDonald on October 16, 2011.
In July 2012, Vega announced on Twitter that she had divorced Covel.[11] Citing irreconcilable differences, Vega and her ex already have a division of property based upon a “written agreement.” [12]

Filmography

Television
Year Title Role Notes
1993–
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 No. 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
2012 Unsupervised Christina Main Role
Royal Pains Hollister Episode: “Imperfect Storm”
Film
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 Main Role
2003 Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over Main Role
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 Minor role, second film with Darren Lynn Bousman; third with Matt O’Leary
Cafe Sally
2011 From Prada to Nada Mary
Summer Song Ellie Main role, second film with Aram Rappaport
Spy Kids 4: All the Time in the World Carmen Cortez Main role
2012 The Pregnancy Project Gaby Rodriguez Lifetime Original Movie
The Devil’s Carnival Wick short, third film with Darren Lynn Bousman
The Clockwork Girl Tesla Main role, voice
The Mine Sharon Main role, shot in 2009
2013 23 Blast Ashley Main role
Machete Kills [13] KillJoy First non-Spy Kids film with Robert Rodriguez

Discography

Singles

Year Song Album Writer(s) Label
2002 “Isle of Dreams” Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams Robert Rodriguez Milan Records
2003 “Game Over” Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over Robert Rodriguez & Rebecca Rodriguez
“Heart Drive”
2008 “Seventeen” Repo! The Genetic Opera (soundtrack) Terrance Zdunich & Darren Smith Lionsgate Records
2009 “Lost In Your Own Life” Ruby & The Rockits Shaun Cassidy Hollywood Records
“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[14] Santa Baby 2: Christmas Maybe Billy Squier Walt Disney Records

Soundtrack

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 & The Rockits Ted Wass ABC Family/ABCFamily.com
2009 “Christmas Is the Time to Say I Love You” Songs to Celebrate 25 Days of Christmas Santa Baby 2: Christmas Maybe/ABC Family Channel
2004 “Game Over”

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