Born in Miami, Alexa Vega moved with her family to L.A.'s San Fernando Valley in support of her budding career in entertainment. At four years old, the actress landed her first role as Burt Reynolds' daughter on Evening Shade. The oldest of six kids, Vega was enamored with the camera, even getting behind it to film horror movies with her sisters.
"We were those kids who always knew we wanted to make films. 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."
"Two of my little sisters are in the industry. My little sister Makenzie is on [the hit TV show] The Good Wife. She’s going to NYU with honors studying Neuroscience. My other sister is more behind the scenes. She couldn't stand the idea of acting growing up."
"I was fortunate enough to be enrolled in a regular school. I went to Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks and I ran cross-country, and I played waterpolo, soccer, and basketball. Having to go back and forth between school and filming would sometimes be frustrating because I loved school. It was my chance to be around other people my age. But when you’re leaving school to go to a set that's filled with kids your age, then it's fine. In that way, it wasn't a big deal when I had to leave to go film Spy Kids."
"I don’t know life any other way, and I love it. 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. Sure, there were long days on set, but as a kid, I knew that about the work."