Luna at the Deauville American Films Festival, 2010
|Born||Diego Luna Alexander
December 29, 1979
Mexico City, Mexico
|Spouse(s)||Camila Sodi (m. 2008)|
Diego Luna Alexander (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 and Milk. Together with Romola Garai, he starred in the film Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights. Luna also had minor roles in Frida and Before Night Falls. He also provides Spanish language narration for the National Geographic Channel documentary Great Migrations.
Luna was born Diego Luna Alexander in Mexico City; the son of Fiona Alexander, an English costume designer, and Alejandro Luna, a Mexican set designer 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. She had worked in the film industry and had made sure that this was a life Luna would be immersed in. His father also reinforced the importance of theater and the arts in his life. In Luna's youth, he would bring him to the sets and mentor him in all different aspects of his art, furthering his desire to become an actor and uphold a family tradition.
Luna wed Mexican actress Camila Sodi on February 5, 2008 and their son Jerónimo was born in Los Angeles on August 9, 2008. They welcomed daughter Fiona, named after Luna's late mother, on July 1, 2010 in Mexico City.
Luna co-founded the organization and film festival Ambulante A.C. along with his friend Gael Garcia Bernal. The organization 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.
From an early age, Luna began acting in television, film, and theatre. His first television role was in the 1991 movie El Último Fin de Año. His next role was in the telenovela El Abuelo y Yo (1992) alongside 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 is currently making 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 appeared in the Harvey Milk biopic Milk playing Milk's emotionally unstable lover Jack Lira.
Luna and Gael García Bernal own Canana Productions. The company 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. For the fourth time Luna reunites with fellow friend Gael García Bernal, this time in the American Spanish-language comedy film Casa de Mi Padre opposite Will Ferrell. In 2011, Luna played the male lead in Katy Perry's music video, The One That Got Away. In June 2012, he began directing Chávez, a biopic about the life of American labor leader César Chávez, who founded the United Farm Workers. It is the first English-language film Luna has directed.
- Elysium (2013)
- Casa de Mi Padre (2012)
- Contraband (2012)
- In the Playground (2010)
- Sólo quiero caminar (2009)
- Milk (2008)
- Rudo y Cursi (2008)
- Mister Lonely (2007)
- El Búfalo de la Noche (2007)
- JC Chávez (directorial debut, 2007)
- Toto (2006)
- Fade to Black (2006)
- Sólo Dios Sabe (2005)
- Amapola (2005)
- Criminal (2004)
- The Terminal (2004)
- Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights (2004)
- Nicotina (2003)
- Open Range (2003)
- Carambola (2003)
- Soldados de Salamina (2003)
- Vampires: Los Muertos (2002)
- Frida (2002)
- Ciudades Oscuras (2002)
- Todos los Aviones del Mundo (2001)
- Atlético San Pancho (2001)
- Y tu mamá también (2001)
- Before Night Falls (2000)
- Todo el Poder (1999)
- Un Dulce Olor a Muerte (1999)
- El Cometa (1999)
- Un Hilito de Sangre (1995)
- Morena (1995)
- Ámbar (1994)
- El Último Fin de Año (1991)
- Antonieta (1982)
- Gritos de muerte y libertad Season 1, Episode 12-13 (2010)
- La Vida en el Espejo (1999)
- El Amor de mi Vida (1998)
- El Premio Mayor (1995)
- El Abuelo y Yo (1992)
- On a roll: Diego Luna's movie career is smokin' hot | The San Diego Union-Tribune
- Diego Luna Biography (1979-)
- Latino Festival Lauds Luna
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- 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.