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Alexa Vega

  • American actress
  • Born August 27, 1988

Alexa PenaVega (née Vega; August 27, 1988) is an American actress and singer. She is known for her role as Carmen Cortez in the Spy Kids film series and Shilo Wallace in the film Repo! The Genetic Opera (2008). In 2009, she starred as the title character Ruby Gallagher in the ABC Family series Ruby & the Rockits.


What makes Johnny Depp so brilliant is you truly have no idea what kind of character he's going to play next.




I don't know what to say when I have a crush on somebody. I kind of lose my words. I really try to start a conversation, and I can't. It's horrible.




Natalie Portman is one of my favorites, and Jodie Foster. Those two are amazing actresses.




When a casting agent sees me, he kind of knows what he's getting.




If a script comes together, and you end up liking the people who are part of it, that's when you can make magic happen. It's a huge combination of trying to find something you think you can deliver on and a director you think you can collaborate with to make a good picture.




I really don't get nervous when I perform -it's more of an exciting feeling than anything else. But put me in a classroom with kids my age and have me take a test and yeah, I'll be nervous!




I don't expect people who've enjoyed 'Spy Kids' will enjoy 'Repo! the Genetic Opera!'




Honestly, I usually have way more guy friends than girlfriends.




Well, because I'm naturally a tomboy, when I have sleepovers with girls, they end up going home and crying.




There will always be someone being picked on at school, and it's not going to go away.




Never compromise yourself.




When you're younger, there aren't very many kid actors. It's a lot easier to get jobs.




I love working with Darren Lynn Bousman. He is such a cool director with really great ideas.




You always hear these stories of people who grew up in Hollywood, and they're like, 'We lost our childhood.' But I was very fortunate.




I actually have a stash of wigs for Halloween. But only for that. Not to play dress-up.




I don't know how I didn't kill any one of my sisters. For this one horror film we were making, I made my own harness for my sister. I wrapped her in all these ropes, but then also put a noose around her neck and hung her from a tree. Now I think, 'What if my harness didn't work?' I'm so lucky that nothing ever happened.




The Internet has become a tool to pick on people and ruin someone's life. I don't think parents realize what's going on.




Growing up on a set is completely different than coming onto a brand new set for the first time.




I really look up to actors like Gwyneth Paltrow and Cate Blanchett who have a strong background in theatre.




Don't get me wrong, I'm going to play the young role as long as I can because once that ship has sailed, there's no getting back on it.




I think it really makes a difference when you know the people that you're working with, when you develop a relationship.




I was raised by a very strict, good mother, so I won't be getting out of line anytime soon.




My mom sent me to regular high school because she wanted me to have that experience and not say that I missed out, but I didn't like it at all. I'm more comfortable in the world that I'm in, I grew up in it so when I get around normal kids in regular high school I don't know what to do. I feel more secure in an adult environment.




People are expecting me to still be fourteen years old. It cracks me up, especially when people see me walk by with my husband. They're like, 'What? You're married? You're not old enough to be married.' Thank you. I'm glad that you think that.




I get to play characters that kind of shock people and I enjoy doing that. I like characters that have meaning and get people in the heart. I want to be able to get people to cry or make people angry or sad.




I've been through a marriage, and I'm still very fond of my ex-husband; but if I've learned anything, it's that relationships are about compromise.




The Internet has become a tool to pick on people and ruin someone's life. I don't think parents realize what's going on. Just because you're not at school doesn't mean kids aren't harassing you on the computer.




I really wanted to pursue music, but all those other girls are doing it and it is annoying.




I think I am too old to be doing teen movies. I am just kind of annoyed, because you have all these teen movies coming out with usually either Lindsay Lohan or Hilary Duff doing four of the exact teen movies over and over again.




I just feel so sexy when I'm salsa dancing and wearing the salsa clothes. I love dancing, and the salsa is just so sexy.




Coming into high school, it's scary. You don't know which group to be in, and I can't stand that it's so cliquey.




I need a SUV, for me and my four sisters. So, I've narrowed it down to four, kind of expensive, cars.




I consider my mom and all my sisters my friends.




I used to be so intimidated by spin classes. I'd always go by and see people on their bikes looking so intense. But one day my sister and I worked up the courage to go in, and now we're hooked!




I guess if you are making more money than your mom and dad, you can set your own boundaries.




I always think it's hard for any young actor to make that transition to more grown-up roles. Because you don't want to alienate your audience who has been supportive of you for so many years, so you kind of have to tiptoe through that process.



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