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Alexa Vega in Machete Kills: 'Every Girl Wants to Be a Badass'

Alexa Vega in Machete Kills: 'Every Girl Wants to Be a Badass'

Originally posted 10/11/2013 07:30PM

Spy Kids fans are in for a big surprise – former child star Alexa Vega isn't a little girl anymore!

The 25-year-old, who's best known for playing Carmen Cortez in the family adventure series, says her latest role in Machete Kills is anything but wholesome.

"It's edgy, it's kickass," the newly engaged star tells PEOPLE of her provocative new role in the film, out Oct. 11. "I think every girl wants to be a badass."

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Alexa Vega on Fiancé: How I Knew He Was the One

Alexa Vega on Fiancé: How I Knew He Was the One

Originally posted 09/30/2013 07:00PM

Alexa Vega says she's finally found a man who doesn't make her compromise her standards – her fiancé, Big Time Rush singer Carlos Pena.

"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," Vega, 25, tells PEOPLE, whose two-year marriage to producer Sean Covel ended in 2012.

"But there are compromises like where you want to eat, what color you want to paint the wall ... but not who you are as a person," she adds. "Never compromise yourself."

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See Alexa Vega's Engagement Bling from Big Time Rush's Carlos Pena

See Alexa Vega's Engagement Bling from Big Time Rush's Carlos Pena

Originally posted 09/19/2013 06:30PM

The star sports a new sparkler on her left hand

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Filed Under: Alexa Vega, Carlos Pena
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Spy Kids Star Alexa Vega Files for Divorce

Alexa Vega Files for Divorce

Originally posted 07/16/2012 09:15PM

Alexa Vega is a single lady.

The former Spy Kids star, 23, filed for divorce from Napoleon Dynamite producer Sean Covel, 36, on June 28, after less than two years of marriage, according to documents filed in L.A. Superior Court.

Citing irreconcilable differences, Vega and her ex already have a division of property based upon a "written agreement."

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Meet Alexa Vega's New Rescue Puppy | Alexa Vega

Meet Alexa Vega's New Rescue Puppy

Originally posted 02/06/2012 10:00AM

Santa was not kind to Alexa Vega last Christmas.

The dog-loving actress, 23, had been longing to get a puppy for over a year, but she couldn't get her husband on board.

"He wasn't too excited about the idea," Vega tells PEOPLE. "He wanted to wait until we got a bigger place because he wanted a big dog."

At Christmastime, she hinted strongly that she wanted a puppy, and he hinted back that a dog was on its way. When they began to exchange gifts, Vega's husband called out into the hallway, saying, "Come here! Come here!"

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Alexa Vega of Spy Kids Marries Producer

Alexa Vega of Spy Kids Marries Producer

Originally posted 10/11/2010 12:20PM

She's not a kid anymore.

Alexa Vega, who plays the young secret agent in the Spy Kids movies, married Napoleon Dynamite producer Sean Covel, 34, on Sunday, PEOPLE confirms.

After being engaged for exactly a year, Alexa, 22, wore an Ian Stewart gown surrounded by mini calla lilies, cream-spray roses and orchids at the ceremony at the Homestake Opera House in Lead, S.D.

Spy Kids director Robert Rodriguez walked her down the aisle. Among the guests was Wilmer Valderrama.
Mike Fleeman and Julie Jordan

Filed Under: Weddings, Alexa Vega
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Leaner Russell Crowe Plays Host | Russell Crowe

Leaner Russell Crowe Plays Host

Originally posted 07/12/2004 06:00AM

Creamy spuds, melt-in-your-mouth cheesecake ... not exactly the fare one serves while in lean, mean training mode. But since production is slated to wrap up at the end of the month for Russell Crowe's upcoming boxing movie Cinderella Man – for which the star dropped 40 lbs. – it's no wonder he said thanks to the crew by treating 36 of them (including director Ron Howard) and himself to a sumptuous meal at Morton's Steakhouse in Toronto. Having eaten there before (his favorite dish is reportedly Cajun rib-eye steak), the good-humored host knew his way around the menu and, with Master and Commander-like decisiveness, took to ordering all the side dishes that graced the table in the eatery's private boardroom, including mashed potatoes, Lyonnaise potatoes and sauteed mushrooms. And when Crowe heard that his A Beautiful Mind costar Christopher Plummer was eating in the dining room below, he ran downstairs to say hello and invite the veteran actor up to join the crew.

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Spying on 'Spy Kid'

Originally posted 09/04/1997 12:00AM

Filed Under: Alexa Vega

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