Carlos Pena Jr.
Pena in 2010
Carlos Roberto Pena Jr.|
August 15, 1989
Columbia, Missouri, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Alexa PenaVega (m. 2014)|
|Origin||Weston, Florida, U.S.|
|Instruments||Vocals, ukulele, tambourine, Guitar|
|Associated acts||Big Time Rush|
Carlos Roberto PenaVega (born Carlos Roberto Pena Jr.; August 15, 1989) is an American actor and singer. He is best known for starring on the Nickelodeon series Big Time Rush as Carlos García in addition to being a member of the band Big Time Rush. He was the host of the Nickelodeon game show Webheads.
Carlos Roberto Pena Jr. was born on August 15, 1989 in Columbia, Missouri. His father is of Spanish descent, while his mother is of Dominican descent. He was raised in Weston, Florida. He attended Sagemont Upper School where he was a cheerleader. He appeared in local productions of Grease and Man of La Mancha. He also had a role in a production of Titanic by the American Heritage School, where he attended before leaving to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career. During his run in Titanic he fell in love with singing and dancing.
While still in high school, Pena appeared in television commercials for the Super Soaker brand recreational water gun, and his image even appeared on the toy's packaging. Pena was studying musical theater at the Boston Conservatory when his manager urged him to audition for Big Time Rush. Although he was reluctant to do so, he submitted an audition tape and won the role almost 2 years later. Pena moved to Hollywood in August 2009.
Big Time Rush
Big Time Rush is an American pop boy band that formed in 2009. The band consists of Pena, Kendall Schmidt, James Maslow, and Logan Henderson, all on vocals. Pena co-wrote the song "Oh Yeah" off of the group's first album, BTR. On the second album, he wrote "Invisible" along with Charley Greenberg, Cody Williams, Daniel Andrew Wayne, Jonathan Rotem. As of 2011, the band has released two albums, BTR and Elevate. They recently released their third album, 24/Seven, in which Pena wrote and co-wrote almost every song. He co-wrote "Picture This" with bandmate, James Maslow. Pena wrote "Lost in Love" for his wife, Alexa PenaVega. He also wrote the song "Na Na Na" on 24/Seven. In addition, BTR embarked on the Summer Break Tour, in support of the album.
He released his first solo single in Spanish on February 4, 2014, titled "Electrico." The song charted in the top 10 of the Latin iTunes songs charts on release, yet failed to chart anywhere else. He presented for first time at the Nickelodeon Colombia Kids' Choice Awards given in Bogotá.
It was announced on August 27, 2015, that Carlos PenaVega would be competing on the 21st season of Dancing with the Stars. His wife, Alexa PenaVega, was also announced as one of the contestants who would be competing against him on the show. His professional partner was Witney Carson. PenaVega and Carson reached the Finals of the show but were eliminated on Night 1 and ended the competition in fourth place.
Pena married actress Alexa Vega on January 4, 2014, in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. They combined their last names upon marriage and now go by Carlos and Alexa PenaVega. They are both devout Christians. The couple also vlogs regularly on their YouTube channel called LexLovesLos where they document their day-to-day and often feature Christian devotionals called WOW, or Word of Wisdom.
On June 16, 2016, the couple announced via Instagram that they are expecting their first child. On August 22, 2016, they announced that they are having a boy. They plan to name the baby boy Ocean King PenaVega.
|2011||The Hangover Hollywood||Carlos||Short film|
|2012||The Giant King||Krudd||Voice role (English version); also known as Yak|
|2015||Spare Parts||Oscar Vasquez|
|2004||ER||Arlo Escobar||Episode: "Shot in the Dark "|
|2004–05||Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide||King Bee||3 episodes|
|2005||Judging Amy||Diego Valdesera||Episode: "Diego Valdesera"|
|2009–13||Big Time Rush||Carlos Garcia||Main role, 75 episodes|
|2011||Hand aufs Herz||Himself||with the band Big Time Rush, Episode 210 (Hand aufs Herz is a German telenovela on Sixx)|
|2011||Nick News||Himself||Episode: "Lies We Tell In Middle School"|
|2012||Big Time Movie||Carlos Garcia||Main role|
|2012||How To Rock||Himself||Episode: "How to Rock an Election"|
|2012||Figure It Out||Himself||8 episodes (2, 11, 12, 22, 23, 30, 38, 41)|
|2012||Cupcake Wars||Himself (cameo)||Episode: "Big Time Rush"|
|2013||Marvin Marvin||Himself||Episode: "Big Time Marvin"|
|2014||Webheads||Himself||Host, 22 episodes|
|2015||Dancing with the Stars||Himself||Contestant on season 21, 14 episodes|
|2015||The Thundermans||Tech Rider||Episode: "No Country for Old Mentors"|
|2015||The Penguins of Madagascar||Carlos the Beaver||Episode: "Tunnel of Love"|
|2015||Instant Mom||Roger||Episode: "Turning a Blind Eye"|
|2016||Grease: Live||Kenickie||Live musical broadcast|
|2016||The Loud House||Bobby Santiago||Recurring voice role|
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