Once you're a child star, you're always a child star. That is, unless you miraculously find a way out. Now it's time for Alexa Vega to see if she'll go the way of Natalie Portman or that girl who played Punky Brewster. 

"I'm 25 and people are still like, 'Oh my gosh, Machete is so grown up for her!' It's absolutely different from what you’re used to seeing me in. Most people go back to the kids movies I did and I'm fine with it. To be honest, I want to be in those movies as long as I can 'cause you can only do them for so long."

"You can't just grow up overnight. You have to remember that baby steps are important. You need to allow yourself to grow. I think at some point it just becomes crazy. Like Miley's VMA performance—the girl is actually talented, and I know that she’s capable. But when you watch her performance, she doesn’t seem in control."

"I’ve always taken on roles that really appeal to me. Sometimes they work out and sometimes they don’t. The hard part nowadays is that everything that gets offered to you expects you to take your clothes off. It's amazing that this is what actresses are getting a lot. You end up having to turn down a lot of projects."