Carla Gugino Reflects on Playing a Mother to Preteens at Age 28 in 'Spy Kids'

Carla Gugino Reflects on Playing a Mother to Preteens at Age 28 in 'Spy Kids'

Carla Gugino is reflecting on an age discrepancy in one of her big roles.

The 49-year-old actress looked back on the 20th anniversary of Spy Kids in an interview with Variety.

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During the interview, Carla discussed her role in the Robert Rodriguez franchise, in which she played a retired spy alongside Antonio Banderas raising their kids, played by Alexa PenaVega and Daryl Sabara.

“What’s particularly strange about the Spy Kids of it all is I was so young when I did it,” she remarked.

“I was at least ten years too young for the role because I was supposed to have been a spy for ten years, then had two children who were now 10 and 12. I was 28 years old,” she went on to say.

“But Robert kind of said, ‘My mom had ten kids and if we play this right, no one will ever question it.’ I think it only hurt me a little because people did think I was older than I was for a period of time. But I would never have given up that experience. It was such an extraordinary time. It was just this little tiny movie we made alone in Austin and it became a phenomenon that continues.”

If you didn’t know, Alexa PenaVega is a new mom again!

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