Alexa PenaVega, star of 'Spy Kids,' dishes on career, family and her love of fishing

Alexa PenaVega encourages people to check out mom-approved places to fish and boat

Alexa PenaVega first captured our hearts when she played Carmen Cortez in the popular Spy Kids franchise, but during her career she always said how important the outdoors were to her and how much she loved recreational fishing.

After having a long career guest-starring in popular hit TV shows like ER, The Bernie Mac Show and Ghost Whisperer, she moved on to play Ruby from ABC Family series Ruby and the Rockets. Then she did something that we never really want childhood favorite performers to do...she had the nerve to grow up.

In 2014, this Miami native married Carlos PenaVega and they recently welcomed their first son, Ocean and this happy family now lives in Hawaii.

In 2015, she stared in the 21st season of Dancing with the Stars where she and professional dancer Mark Ballas finished the competition in 6th place.

Now, PenaVega has been fishing for most of her life and she explained how the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation came up with the top 50 mom-approved fishing spots, one for every state.  She explained how you can find out many helpful tips at

Alexa PenaVega spoke with Michelle Tompkins for about her career, what she is up to now, how New York City isn't her thing, what she is watching on TV, what she loves about fishing, what are mom-approved fishing spots, what is, where we can see her next and more.

See this fun interview here.

Alexa PenaVega can be found here and learn more about mom-approved fishing here.

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Michelle Tompkins

Michelle Tompkins is an award-winning media, PR and crisis communications professional with more than ten years experience with coverage in virtually every traditional and new media outlet. She is currently a communications and media strategist and writer, as well as the author of College Prowler: Guidebook for Columbia University. She served as the Media Relations Manager for the Girl Scouts of the USA where she managed all media and talking points, created social media strategy, trained executives and donors and served as the organization’s primary spokesperson, participating in daily interviews with local, regional, and national media outlets. She managed the media for the Let Me Know internet safety and Cyberbullying prevention campaign with Microsoft, as well as Girl Scouts’ centennial Year of the Girl To Get Her There celebration in 2012, which yielded more than 800 million earned media impressions. In addition to her extensive media experience, Michelle worked as a talent agent in Los Angeles, California, as well contracting as a digital content developer and her writing has appeared in newspapers and online. She is passionate about television, theater, classic movies, all things food and in-home entertaining. While she has lived and worked in NYC for more than a decade, she is from suburban Sacramento and gets back there often to watch the San Francisco Giants on TV with her family.

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