EXCLUSIVE: Alexa Vega: "I Couldn’t Imagine Being 17 Years Old and Faking a Pregnancy"

Colombian actress Alexa Vega may be best known for her role as Carmen Cortez in the hit feature series Spy Kids, but the 23-year-old star is expanding her reach pass the PG 13 audiences. Vega is playing the role of Gaby Rodriguez, a high school senior who secretly faked a pregnancy as a social experiment, for the new Lifetime movie The Pregnancy Project. We recently sat down with the talented star to talk about her role and more!

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- What was your reaction when you read the script for the Lifetime movie Pregnancy Project?

When I heard that she faked a pregnancy during her senior year of high school, I just thought I couldn’t imagine being 17 years old and faking a pregnancy for 6 ½ months! I think it’s truly a testament to Gaby [Rodriguez] and it shows how much she believed in her project.

- What was it like playing Gaby Rodriguez and stepping into the life of a teen mom?

It was a bit of an emotional rollercoaster. Gaby had teachers that started to treat her differently and some friends treated her poorly. She went through so much and I feel like it was important to really capture the phases of what she went through - from when she first announced the pregnancy to leading up to the big reveal.

- How do you think your parents would have reacted if you were a teen mom?

Oh my gosh! I come from a pretty religious family so I feel like there would be so much frustration and disappointment. At the end of the day, what I have learned from being a part of this movie is that you can judge the situation all you want, but no matter what teen moms are still multiplying in high numbers. We should be showing more support to these women.

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- What kind of message do you think the movie gives about teen pregnancy?

I think the movie sends the message that it’s not glorifying teen pregnancy. It shows the honest frustration of what it’s like to be a teen mom and what you have to go through. I think that ultimately the message is, ‘If you are a teen mom and are going through this it’s not the end of the world. There are still amazing opportunities waiting for you.’

- What do you admire most about her story?

The most amazing part is her bravery. I also think it’s admirable that her mother and the principal at the school allowed her to do something like this. These kinds of stories are inspiring to young girls. Gaby’s incredible project is going to be able to reach so many girls in America and I think that was always her goal.

The Pregnancy Project premieres on Lifetime January 28th at 8 p.m. ET/PT.