Diego Luna

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Diego Luna
Diego Luna.jpg
Luna at the Deauville American Films Festival, 2010
BornDiego Luna Alexander
(1979-12-29) December 29, 1979 (age 34)
Mexico City, Mexico
Other namesAlexander García
Occupationactor, director, producer
Years active1982–present
Spouse(s)Camila Sodi (2008–2013)
Children2
 
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Diego Luna
Diego Luna.jpg
Luna at the Deauville American Films Festival, 2010
BornDiego Luna Alexander
(1979-12-29) December 29, 1979 (age 34)
Mexico City, Mexico
Other namesAlexander García
Occupationactor, director, producer
Years active1982–present
Spouse(s)Camila Sodi (2008–2013)
Children2

Diego Luna Alexander (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈdjeɣo ˈluna]; born December 29, 1979) is a Mexican actor known for his childhood telenovela work, a starring role in the film Y tu mamá también and supporting roles in American films. He is also known for his roles in Rudo y Cursi, The Terminal, Elysium and Milk. Together with Romola Garai, he starred in the film Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights. He also had minor roles in Frida and Before Night Falls and provides Spanish language narration for the National Geographic Channel documentary Great Migrations.

Personal life[edit]

Luna was born in Mexico City, the son of Fiona Alexander, a British costume designer[1] and Alejandro Luna, a Mexican set designer[2] who is one of the most acclaimed living theatre, cinema, and opera set designers in Mexico. His mother died in a car accident when he was two years old.[3] She had worked in the film industry and had made sure[citation needed] that this was a life in which Luna would be immersed. His father also reinforced the importance of theater and the arts in his life. When Luna was a child his father would bring him to the sets and mentor him in different aspects of art, furthering in him a desire to become an actor and uphold the family tradition.

Luna wed Mexican actress Camila Sodi on February 5, 2008 and they had a son Jerónimo (born on August 9, 2008 in Los Angeles)[4] and a daughter, Fiona (born July 1, 2010 in Mexico City) who is named after Luna's late mother.[5] They announced their separation in March 2013.[6] He and Gael Garcia Bernal, co-founded Ambulante A.C., their organization and film festival[7] that works to bring documentary films to places where they are rarely shown. Ambulante was awarded the Washington Office on Latin America's prestigious Human Rights Award in 2011.[8]

Career[edit]

Luna at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival.

From an early age, Luna began acting in television, film, and stage, his film debut was Antonieta in 1982. His next role was in the telenovela El Abuelo y Yo (1992) with his childhood best friend, Gael García Bernal. In 1995, he played the role of Laura León' troubled son Quique in the Mexican soap opera El premio mayor. Luna had his big break in 2001 when he was cast in the critically acclaimed Y tu mamá también, once again alongside García Bernal. He currently made a name for himself in the United States market, having starred alongside Jon Bon Jovi in Vampires: Los Muertos (2002) and the Academy Award-winning Frida (2002). He was also in the western Open Range, Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights, The Terminal, and Criminal. In 2008, he starred in the Harvey Milk biopic Milk as his emotionally unstable lover, Jack Lira. Luna and Gael García Bernal own Canana Productions which is recently joined with Golden Phoenix Productions (owned by producer Tom Golden of Hot Springs, Arkansas) to jointly produce a number of television documentaries about the unsolved murders of more than 300 women in the border city of Ciudad Juárez.[citation needed] For the fourth time, Luna reunites with fellow friend Gael García Bernal in the American Spanish-language comedy film Casa de Mi Padre with Will Ferrell.[9] In 2011, Luna played the male lead in Katy Perry's music video, The One That Got Away.[10] In June 2012, he began directing his first English-language film Cesar Chávez, a biopic about the life of American labor eponymous leader, who founded the United Farm Workers.[11][12]

Filmography[edit]

Film and television
YearTitleRoleNotes
1982AntonietaN/AUncredited
1989CarruselN/AEpisode #1.1
1999A Sweet Scent of DeathRamón
2000Before Night FallsCarlos
2001Y tu mamá tambiénTenoch IturbidePremio Marcello Mastroianni Award and Best Actor (shared with Gael García Bernal)
MTV Movie Awards North Feed - Best Insult (shared with Gael García Bernal)
North Feed - Best Kiss (shared with Maribel Verdú)
Nominated—MTV North Feed - Best Kiss (shared with Gael García Bernal)
2002FridaAlejandro 'Alex'
Vampires: Los MuertosSancho
FidelRenato GuitartTV movie
2003NicotinaLoloMTV Movie Awards for Favorite Actor, Best Performance and Worst Smoker
Nominated—MTV Movie Awards for Best Turn-On Performance
Soldados de SalaminaGastón
Open RangeButtonNominated—MTV Movie Awards for Best Performance
2004Dirty Dancing: Havana NightsJavier Suarez
The TerminalEnrique Cruz
CriminalRodrigo
2006Only God KnowsDamián
Fade to BlackTommaso Moreno
Un mundo maravillosoReportero en Estocolmo
2007El Búfalo de la NocheManuel
Mister LonelyMichael Jackson
2008Just WalkingGabrielNominated—Cinema Writers Circle Awards Best Actor in a Leading Role
Nominated—Goya Awards for Best Actor in a Leading Role
Rudo y CursiBetoNominated—Silver Ariel Award for Best Actor
MilkJack LiraNominated—Screen Actors Guild Awards
Critics Choice Award for Best Acting Ensemble
2010Great MigrationsNarratorMiniseries
2011The One That Got AwayArtist BoyfriendMusic Video
2012ContrabandGonzalo
Casa de Mi PadreRaulImagen Award for Best Supporting Actor/Feature Film
2013ElysiumJulio
American Dad!MauricioVoice
Episode: Poltergasm
2014Cesar ChávezN/ADirector and producer [12][13]
Audience Award for Narrative Spotlight
The Book of LifeManolo SanchezVoice

References[edit]

  1. ^ On a roll: Diego Luna's movie career is smokin' hot | The San Diego Union-Tribune
  2. ^ Diego Luna Biography (1979-)
  3. ^ Latino Festival Lauds Luna
  4. ^ "Diego Luna and Camila Sodi Welcome Son Jerónimo". People. 15 August 2008. Retrieved 19 April 2011. 
  5. ^ Leon, Anya (2 July 2010). "Diego Luna, Camila Sodi Welcome Daughter Fiona". People (magazine). Retrieved 19 April 2011. 
  6. ^ "Diego Luna and Wife Announce Split". Fox News Latino. 25 March 2013. Retrieved 23 June 2013. 
  7. ^ "Ambulante A.C.". Ambulante A.C. 1 June 2012. Retrieved 1 June 2012. 
  8. ^ "WOLA's Human Rights Awards". Washington Office on Latin America. 20 September 2011. Retrieved 1 June 2012. 
  9. ^ Buchanan, Kyle (14 April 2011). "Will Ferrell's Spanish-Language Movie: ¿Qué?". New York Magazine. Retrieved 19 April 2011. 
  10. ^ Vena, Jocelyn (4 November 2011). "Katy Perry, Diego Luna Break Up In 'One That Got Away' Tease". MTV. Retrieved 16 November 2011. 
  11. ^ McNary, Dave. "Participant Marches With 'Chavez'." Variety. June 5, 2012.
  12. ^ a b Wilkinson, Tracy. "Diego Luna's Cesar Chavez Movie Marches in Mexico." Los Angeles Times. July 1, 2012. Accessed 2012-10-14.
  13. ^ McClintock, Pamela. "Participant Media Picks Up Diego Luna's Historical Drama 'Chavez' for North America." The Hollywood Reporter. June 5, 2012. Accessed 2012-10-14.

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