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Spy Kids Cast: Then vs. Now

Spy Kids has been of the most loved films of the 2000s by the kids of the time. The movie is filled with thrill and adventure, with really cool gadgets. And to top it all the action and the humor are all kid-friendly. It tells us the story of Carmen and Juni who go on a spy mission to save their parents and the world from an evil mastermind. It’s been over two decades since the first movie came out, here’s what the cast is doing now.

Alexa PenaVega – Carmen Cortez

Alexa PenaVega
Alexa PenaVega

Working as Carmen Cortez brought Alexa PenaVega into the limelight. She played the lead in the movie and became known for her role. After the huge success of the first film, she was seen in the same role again for the follow-up films. In 2009, she starred in an ABC Family series called “Ruby and Rockits”. In 2014, she was cast for a recurring role in Nashville. She also competed in the 2015 season of Dancing with the Stars along with her husband, Carlos PenaVega. The two have starred in a number of Hallmark Channel TV movies together.

Daryl Sabara – Juni Cortez

Daryl Sabara
Daryl Sabara

The Spy Kids star, Juni Cortez, had made short appearances in a few TV shows before being cast in the film. Just like PenaVega, he too continued to play the role of Juni in the follow-up movies. He also appeared in Machete in 2010, alongside many of his Spy Kids co-stars. Sabara also acted as a guest star in many TV shows like Friends and Wizards of the Waverly Place. He has also been in cameo roles in movies like Keeping up with Stiens and Halloween. The actor also has voiced popular animated characters in films like “The Polar Express” (2004) and “A Christmas Carol” (2009).

Antonio Banderas – Gregorio Cortez

Antonio Banderas
Antonio Banderas

Before being cast as the dad of Carmen and Juni in Spy Kids, he was already an established actor. He had played important roles in films –  Desperado(1995), Assassins(1995), Evita(1996), and The Mask of Zorro(1998). He continued the role for the series and acted in Machete Kills(2013). The actor was also in films like Femme Fatale(2002), Frida(2002), Once Upon a Time in Mexico(2003), The Legend of Zorro(2005), Shrek franchise, and Puss in Boots(2011). He portrayed Pablo Picasso in Genius, a film by National Geographic. His recent works include Unchartered and The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard.

Carla Gugino – Ingrid Cortez

Carla Gugino
Carla Gugino

Just like Antonio Banderas, Carla Gugino too had spent some time in Hollywood. She has worked in a number of movies and TV shows before playing the mom in Spy Kids. She reprised her role in the 2nd and 3rd entries of the franchise. The actor continued to work in TV shows like Karen Sisco, Threshold, and Entourage. She has been cast in numerous films like Sin City(2005), Night at the Museum(2006), Watchmen(2009), New Year’s Eve(2011), San Andreas(2015), and Gerald’s Game(2017). The recent works include Gunpowder Milkshake and San Andreas 2.

Alan Cumming – Fegan Floop

Alan Cumming
Alan Cumming

Prior to planning the evil mastermind in Spy Kids, Alan Cummin was well known in Hollywood. Some of his popular works included films like Black Beauty (1994), GoldenEye (1995), Emma (1996), Spice World (1997), and Get Carter (2000). He reprised his role of Fegan Floop in the 2nd film. After that, he went on to work in films and TV shows like X2: X-Men United (2003), Son of the Mask (2005), and Burlesque (2010) The Good Wife, The L Word, and Web Therapy. His recent works include films like Run.

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Written by Gargi Mishra

I am Gargi Mishra, an aspiring filmmaker. I look at the world through the viewfinder and love to study films. Write them and write about them.