Carla Gugino’s Real Age in Spy Kids Makes Precisely Zero Sense If You Think About It

Carla Gugino’s Real Age in Spy Kids Makes Precisely Zero Sense If You Think About It
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The famous franchise unconsciously promoted young parenting.


  • Spy Kids, one of the most successful movie franchises in the 2000s, has captured the attention of millions of kids across the world back then — but somehow everyone overlooked a major inconsistency in one character’s age.
  • The plot initially follows two retired spies who try to keep their past job secret from their two little kids.
  • One of the movie’s actresses has recently revealed that she wasn’t the right fit for her role due to her young age, but the director gave it a shot — and, to the crew’s surprise, everything worked out.

The spy action comedy franchise Spy Kids is probably something that forms a synonym to all the millennials’ childhood — back in the 2000s the story about two children getting to solve the world’s problems made millions of same-age kids across the world dream about abilities like this.

Perhaps most of the viewers were so captivated by Carmen and Juni’s figures much more than by those of their parents that they didn’t even notice a shocking detail about the children’s screen mom.

The first movie of the franchise was released back in 2001 and introduced the main characters that form a family of four — Ingrid and Gregorio Cortez, portrayed by Carla Gugino and Antonio Banderas respectively, and their two kids Carmen (Alexa Vega) and Juni (Daryl Sabara).

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Ingrid and Gregorio are retired spies now working only as consulting agents for Organization of Super Spies — the fact that they keep away from their children for their own protection.

Thus, in the film Carla Gugino appears as an experienced spy with at least 10 years of experience in the sphere and a mom of 11-year-old and 9 year-old kids — but the actress was in fact too young for a role of a mature woman.

As she herself has recently revealed in one of her interviews, nobody even noticed by the time of the first movie’s production she was only 27 years old — quite a weird description of someone with years of work experience and an 11-year-old kid.

Though Gugino admitted that the fact of her being cast for this role made no sense at all as it was “physically totally impossible,” the actress then clarified that initially she wasn’t even supposed to be in the film.

According to her, she had a meeting with director Robert Rodriguez after the production had already started — the latter was still looking for someone to portray the kids’ mom and, when Gugino successfully auditioned for the role, Rodriguez gave it a shot hoping that the actress’ young age would go unnoticed.

And, surprisingly, it really did.

Source: BuzzFeed