Carlos PenaVega

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Carlos PenaVega
Carlos Pena at Big Time Rush Concert 2014-01-05 17-53.jpg
PenaVega in 2013
BornCarlos Roberto Pena, Jr.
(1989-08-15) August 15, 1989 (age 25)
Columbia, Missouri, U.S.[1]
OccupationActor, singer-songwriter, dancer, television show host
Years active2004–present
Spouse(s)Alexa PenaVega (m. 2014)
Musical career
OriginWeston, Florida, U.S.
InstrumentsVocals, ukulele, tamborine, Guitar
Years active2009-present
LabelsColumbia
Associated actsBig Time Rush
 
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Carlos PenaVega
Carlos Pena at Big Time Rush Concert 2014-01-05 17-53.jpg
PenaVega in 2013
BornCarlos Roberto Pena, Jr.
(1989-08-15) August 15, 1989 (age 25)
Columbia, Missouri, U.S.[1]
OccupationActor, singer-songwriter, dancer, television show host
Years active2004–present
Spouse(s)Alexa PenaVega (m. 2014)
Musical career
OriginWeston, Florida, U.S.
InstrumentsVocals, ukulele, tamborine, Guitar
Years active2009-present
LabelsColumbia
Associated actsBig Time Rush

Carlos Roberto PenaVega[2] ( Pena, Jr.; born August 15, 1989)[3] is an American Film and TV actor, singer-songwriter, dancer and television show host. 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 is also known as the host of the Nickelodeon game show Webheads.

Early life[edit]

Carlos Pena, Jr was born on August 15, 1989 in Columbia, Missouri.[1][4] His father is of Spanish and Venezuelan descent, while his mother is of Dominican descent.[5] He was raised in Weston, Florida.[3][6] He attended Sagemont Upper School where he was a cheerleader.[1] He appeared in local productions of Grease and Man of La Mancha.[1] He also had a role in the American Heritage School, where he attended before leaving to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career, production of Titanic. [6][7] During his run in Titanic he fell in love with singing and dancing.[6]

Career[edit]

His first acting role was a guest star at age 10 on ER, followed later that year by guest-starring roles on Judging Amy, Summerland, and Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide.[4][6][7][8]

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.[3]

Pena was studying musical theater at the Boston Conservatory when his manager urged him to audition for Big Time Rush.[3] Although he was reluctant to do so, he submitted an audition tape and won the role almost 2 years later.[3] Pena moved to Hollywood in August 2009.

Big Time Rush[edit]

For main article, see Big Time Rush and Big Time Rush (band).

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.

Solo career[edit]

He recently released his first solo single in Spanish on February 4, 2014 titled "Electrico." On this single he is credited as PenaVega, as "Carlos Pena, Jr." is signed to Nickelodeon, therefore unable to release music outside of Big Time Rush on to iTunes, as that is violation of his contract. This is the reason bandmate Kendall Schmidt is unable to release music on iTunes from his second band, Heffron Drive.

"Electrico" is an upbeat song that is climbing the charts, and very popular with fans on Pena's current tour with BTR. The single is mostly being played at their South American tour dates.

Personal life[edit]

Carlos Pena Jr. married actress Alexa Vega on January 4, 2014 in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. They meshed their last names upon marriage and now go by Carlos and Alexa PenaVega. [9][10]

Film and TV[edit]

Television/Films
YearShowRoleNotes
2004ERArlo Escobar1 episode
2004–2005Ned's Declassified School Survival GuideKing Bee3 episodes
2005Judging AmyDiego Valdesera
SummerlandStudent
2009–2013Big Time RushCarlos GarciaMain role
2010Big Time ConcertCarlos GarciaMain role
2011Hand aufs HerzHimselfwith the band Big Time Rush, Episode 210 (Hand aufs Herz is a German telenovela on Sixx)
2011Nick NewsHimselfEpisode: "Lies We Tell In Middle School"
2012Big Time MovieCarlos GarciaMain Role
2012How To RockHimself
2012Little BirdsLouis
2012Figure It OutHimselfEpisode 2, 11, 12, 22, 23, 30, 38, 41
2014WebheadsHimselfHost
2014Code AcademyMarcos
2015Spare PartsOscar Vasquez

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Jicha, Tom (2007-10-24). "Making More Menudo". Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel.
  2. ^ http://www.onenewspage.com/n/Entertainment/7509ak23u/Alexa-Vega-Carlos-Pena-Change-Last-Name.htm
  3. ^ a b c d e Rentería, Melissa (2009-11-26). "Plans Change as Pena Lands Co-Starring Role in Nickelodeon's 'Big Time Rush'." Conexión.
  4. ^ a b Moore, Frazier (2010-01-15). "An Inside Look at a Boy Band on Nick's New Comedy." Associated Press..
  5. ^ Hernandez, Lee (2011-02-28) Introducing “Big Time Rush” Star Carlos Pena. latina.com
  6. ^ a b c d Jicha, Tom. "In A Rush" Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel November 28, 2009.
  7. ^ a b Martin, Denise (2009-11-22). "Child's Play". Los Angeles Times
  8. ^ Martin, Denise (2009-11-26). "'Big Time Rush' Is A Little Bit 'Entourage,' A Little Bit 'Monkees'". Boston Globe.
  9. ^ Eggenberger, Nicole (2013-06-19). "Alexa Vega Engaged to Carlos Pena, Jr., Congratulated by Ex-Husband - Us Weekly". Usmagazine.com. Retrieved 2013-09-13. 
  10. ^ "Alexa Vega Engaged to Carlos Pena—See Her Diamond Ring! | E! Online UK". Eonline.com. Retrieved 2013-09-13. 

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