By Olivia Morris

14th May 2019

Spy Kids Cast: This Is What They Are Doing Nowadays…

The Spy Kids cast, especially Carmen and Juni, were our heroes. We all wanted to find out our parents were actually secret agents!

The Cortez family ready for action

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The Cortez family were a vital part of our childhoods. Some parts were exciting, others were downright creepy. It was always going to be a hit at the box office… and reviewers it seems – it has a 93% rating Rotten Tomatoes.

Director Robert Rodriguez went on to write and direct THREE MORE ‘Spy Kids’ films, including: Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams; Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over; and Spy Kids: All the Time in the World.

It has been nearly TWENTY years since the films initial release; where are the Spy Kids cast now?

Carmen Cortez (Alexa Vega) – THEN

We all loved Carmen; she was our childhood hero. She was an amazing child spy with lots of sass!

Carmen was always doing anything she can to help her family… even annoying Juni!

Carmen from Spy Kids (THEN) ready for action

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Alexa PenaVega (Carmen Cortez) – NOW

Alexa has continued to act since Spy Kids, predominantly on TV shows, including: The Tomorrow People and Unsupervised.

But the most exciting news she shared over the past few years was her marriage Carlos Pena Jr. (where her new surname comes from), the birth of their first child and her second pregnancy! The baby’s due later this year.

Juni Cortez (Daryl Sabara) – THEN

Whilst we loved Carmen for her sass, we adored Juni for his dorky yet lovable nature.

He surprised us all – even Carmen – with his abilities!

Juni from Spy Kids ready to fight

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Daryl Sabara (Juni Cortez) – NOW

Since Spy Kids, Daryl Sabara has provided the voices for a few different animated characters. He was also recently involved in the Netflix documentary, Medal of Honor.

However, the biggest news was his marriage to singer-songwriter Meghan Trainor last December. By the looks of their Instagram accounts, the two are very happy.


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Gregorio Cortez (Antonio Banderas) – THEN

Gregorio was father to Carmen and Juni. It was the discovery of their parents’ spy status that kick-started the kids’ story.

Throughout the films, we saw Gregorio struggle to achieve recognition. He was also fiercely devoted to his family.

Gregorio from Spy Kids looking suave

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Antonio Banderas (Gregorio Cortez) – NOW

Antonio Banderas isn’t familiar to us just for Spy Kids. He’s been involved in many productions over the years, including: The Mask Of Zorro; Shrek; and Security.


Ingrid Cortez (Carla Gugino) – THEN

Ingrid was the spy kids’ super cool mother. She apparently possessed the ability to imitate people’s voices – an ability she passed on to her son, Juni.

She was fiercely protective of her children, demonstrated when she took off with her husband to save them in the second film.

Ingrid and Gregorio Cortez talking

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Carla Gugino (Ingrid Cortez) – NOW

Carla is still working now. You might have seen her in Netflix’s Gerald’s Game.

According to her social media, she loves healthy eating. But also warm chocolate chip cookies (who doesn’t?)

Isador Cortez/ ‘Machete’ (Danny Trejo) – THEN

Isador was Carmen and Juni’s estranged uncle, who helped them save their parents during the first Spy Kids film.

He was typically busy inventing new gadgets for the kids to use on their missions.

Machete/ Isador  having a serious chat

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Danny Trejo (Isador Corte/ ‘Machete’) – NOW

Director Robert Rodriguez apparently saw no one else in the role other than Danny Trejo.

Since Spy Kids, Trejo has voice-acted for video games, opened restaurants and contributed to books!

He has also reprised his role in Machete Kills, another Rodriguez Films movie.

Fegan Floop (Alan Cumming) – THEN

Fegan Floop was incredibly wacky and weird. He was initially viewed as the original film’s main antagonist.

However, it turned out that he just wanted to bring joy to children’s lives!

Fegan Floop pondering in his tower

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Alan Cumming (Fegan Floop) – NOW

Alan Cumming is a little less wacky than his character in real life. He’s still busy working on his acting career.

Some of his most recent credits include Doctor Who and Instinct. He married illustrator Grant Shaffer in 2012.

Uncle Felix (Cheech Marin) – THEN

For a long time, Felix pretended to be the Cortez children’s uncle (of course, Machete was their real uncle).

He was an OSS agent, and helped (as well as hindered) the Cortez family at various points during the films.

Uncle Felix revealing his identity

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Cheech Marin (Uncle Felix) – NOW

As for Cheech Marin, well… he’s still busy with his career. For the few keen-eared among you, you might have noticed him in various Disney films.

Some of his credits include The Lion KingCocoOliver & Company, and Cars. He married his long-term girlfriend, Russian pianist Natasha Rubin, in 2009. She is his third wife.

Ms. Gradenko (Teri Hatcher) – THEN

Ms. Gradenko was one of the antagonists of the movie. Initially she appeared to be a member of the OSS but Carmen and Juni figured out that she had gone rogue just in time for them to escape.

She had made plans with former OSS agents: Alex Minion and Mr Lisp.

Ms Gradenko looking shocked

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Teri Hatcher (Ms. Gradenko) – NOW

You will probably recognise Teri most from her role as Susan in the television series, Desperate Housewives.

After the show finished, Teri decided to spend more time on her love for cooking. She launched her YouTube channel, ‘Hatching Change’; it includes the sections ‘Van Therapy’ and ‘Don’t Eat ‘It’ Out Of a Box’.

Alexander Minion (Tony Shalhoub) – THEN

Originally thought to just be Floop’s crazy scientist, it is soon revealed that Minion is an ex-OSS agent who is trying to take over the world!

He is after the ‘Third Brain’ – which Carmen and Juni just happen to uncover.

Alexander Minion in a promotional shot

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Tony Shalhoub (Alexander Minion) – NOW

Tony is best known for his role in the TV series Monk but has also starred in other movies and on the stage – winning numerous awards for all roles.

Nowadays, he is starring in the Amazon television show, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.

Tony Shalhoub winning his first Tony award in 2017

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Mr Lisp (Robert Patrick) – THEN

Was Mr Lisp really the evil mastermind from the Spy Kids Cast? He paid Floop A LOT of money to build him his own private army.

But Minion was one step ahead of him, and programmed the children to double-cross their supposed leader and work for Minion instead!

He was then attacked by ‘his’ army… #awkward.

Mr Lisp ready to fight

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Robert Patrick (Mr Lisp) – NOW

Robert is known throughout the world for his role in Terminator 2: Judgement Day not just in the Spy Kids cast.

He was also in the TV shows The X-Files, Scorpion and Lore.

Did you know that he has also lent his voice to five video games, including: Terminator 2: Judgement Day; Elite: Dangerous; and LocoCycle.

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