Carla Gugino says she was "at least ten years too young" for her #SpyKids role: "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." https://t.co/Hn6lIxqUAf pic.twitter.com/uLaoz4q1hf— Variety (@Variety) July 20, 2021
This year marks the 20th anniversary of “Spy Kids,” the first film in Robert Rodriguez’s four-movie family-friendly franchise. Gugino and Antonio Banderas played retired spies raising their kids when they’d asked to go on another mission.
“What’s particularly strange about the ‘Spy Kids’ of it all is I was so young when I did it. 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. 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.”