Carlos and Alexa PenaVega on Family and Filmmaking: 'Our Faith Is Everything'

Michael Foust

Crosswalk Headlines Contributor
Published May 17, 2024

In Mr. Manhattan, Carlos portrays a businessman whose life is turned upside down when he learns his brother and sister-in-law have been tragically killed – and he’s been placed in charge of raising their two children. It is the 10th time or so, Carlos said, that he and his wife have portrayed an on-screen couple.

Alexa may be best known for her roles in the Spy Kids movies, while Carlos became a well-known name for his role in the Nickelodeon series Big Time Rush (which is also the name of his music group). All total, they have more than 150 project titles to their names. 

They have a passion for family-focused content.

“Something that is becoming harder and harder that we're really trying to get a handle on, is keeping things safe for the family and keeping things pure for the family, including content for children,” Alexa told Crosswalk Headlines. “I think it is getting harder and harder for parents to navigate. Like: Is this going to be okay for my kid? Because the standards are changing so much to what is considered family-friendly now and what isn't." 

“So our goal is to truly kind of bring back that old-school ‘90s feel of movies where you know it's safe, you know you don't have to worry, it feels good, but it's also – you get a lesson out of these movies, you learn something really valuable, and something you can really take home and talk about together as a family after.”

They’ve been married 11 years and have three children. 

Read more of their story here!

Photo credit: ©CanvaProDesign/Carlos and Alexa PenaVega

Michael Foust has covered the intersection of faith and news for 20 years. His stories have appeared in Baptist Press, Christianity Today, The Christian Post, the Leaf-Chronicle, the Toronto Star and the Knoxville News-Sentinel.

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