Alexa PenaVega was once one of the most popular child stars in Hollywood. She played the character Carmen Cortez in the “Spy Kids” franchise for three episodes and then starred in several teen hits like “Sleepover.”
In an interview with Insider, she recalled being so famous that her autograph session was filled to the brim with fans. “The autograph line was just… full,” she recalled. “They couldn’t accommodate more people. And then when you look up from the signing session, it was just crowds. You almost feel like a rock star.” She was also unaware of how immense her popularity was at the time. “I remember everyone who was there was like, ‘This movie is going to be huge,'” she shared. “And when you hear that as a kid, you’re like, ‘Whoa, what is that? What does that even mean?’ Like you don’t really know, you just know it’s exciting.”
Over the years, PenaVega has had a steady acting career and was once a mainstay on the Hallmark channel along with her husband Carlos PenaVega. But they’ve since left Hollywood behind and found a home elsewhere.
Alexa PenaVega and her family left Hollywood because she needed a “heart reset.”
Alexa PenaVega spoke candidly about her family struggles in an interview with Fox News. The former teen star told the outlet that the original reason they uprooted their family from Los Angeles was because her husband, Carlos PenaVega, was experiencing a career slump.
“Carlos has really struggled with the industry. Every audition he attended, there would be a fight between him and another guy, and the other guy always got it. The rejection was just too much for him,” Alexa admitted. “It went on for a full year … We had always talked about moving to Hawaii, but later in life … But we also knew we didn’t want to raise our kids in Los Angeles.” not for him but for her. “I didn’t want to move. I knew it was the right decision, but I wasn’t that excited about it,” she continued. “But one day I was praying in my car and all of a sudden I had this revelation… I needed a heart reset. I was the one who was trapped in the entertainment world and needed to take a step back.”
Now her priority is to be the best mother to her children. “We just want to raise really happy kids. Kids who run around outside and aren’t on their tablets all day,” she explained to Home & Family. “So if it costs us our careers, then it costs us our careers.” But luck is on their side as they were able to land more roles after the move. “To be honest, when we moved here, we worked harder than ever,” she told KTLA5.