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Alexa PenaVega Reveals Her Children Don’t Like Her Most Iconic Role

Photo from Carlos PenaVegas’ Instagram

Alexa PenaVega Reveals Her Children Don’t Like Her Most Iconic Role

By Movieguide® Contributor

Most people remember Alexa PenaVega for her role in 2001’s SPY KIDS and its sequels, and are big fans of the kid-friendly spy adventure. However, she recently revealed that her own children don’t love the movie. Instead, they prefer a movie she’s not even in. 

“My kids only watch SHARKBOY AND LAVAGIRL,” PenaVega laughed. “They don’t like SPY KIDS.” 

Both movies were made by Robert Rodriguez. 

What makes this funnier is that PenaVega is frequently mistaken for Taylor Dooley, who starred as LavaGirl in the movie. 

“Kingston keeps telling me that I should have been Lavagirl,” the actress said, talking about her 3 year old son. “I love Taylor, so I literally text her that all the time. I’m like, ‘Girl, my kids like you better than they like me, and I don’t know what to do about it!'”

She is also mom to Ocean, 5, and Rio, 17 months. PenaVega shares her kids with husband Carlos PenaVega. 

The PenaVegas were both young stars — Carlos rose to fame on the Nickelodeon series BIG TIME RUSH — but the two continue to act today.

Movieguide® previously reported on one of the couple’s latest projects:

Christian acting duo, and husband and wife, Alexa and Carlos PenaVega have signed a multi-picture deal with Hallmark. 

The PenaVegas have worked with the network before — Alexa starred in DESTINATION WEDDING, CHRISTMAS MADE TO ORDER, and TAKING A SHOT AT LOVE, while Carlos appeared in A MIDNIGHT KISS. 

The couple starred together in ENCHANTED CHRISTMAS, LOVE AT SEA, and LOVE IN THE LIMELIGHT, as well as three installments of Hallmark’s PICTURE PERFECT MYSTERIES. 

“Alexa and Carlos PenaVega have become an important part of the Hallmark family over the years and we couldn’t be happier to extend our partnership with them,” said Lisa Hamilton Daly, Executive Vice President, Programming, Hallmark Media. “Whether starring together or headlining their own movies, the energy, creativity and passion they bring to each project is infectious and we can’t wait to see what lies ahead.”

The PenaVegas are just as excited about the partnership. 

In a joint statement, the couple said, “Hallmark has become a second home for our family. Over the last four years they have given us opportunities to grow as actors and producers all while raising our children, even if it means having the family on set! Developing projects alongside them has been a highlight of our careers thus far. We are thrilled to be able to continue creating content that is family friendly and current, while maintaining its core values that we love so much. Hallmark is special and we are looking forward to many more projects together.”