Diego Luna

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Diego Luna
Diego Luna Berlinale 2017.jpg
Born
Diego Luna Alexander

(1979-12-29) 29 December 1979 (age 42)[1]
Toluca, Mexico
Other namesAlexander García
Occupation
  • Actor
  • director
  • producer
Years active1987–present
Spouse
(m. 2008; div. 2013)
Children2
Parent

Diego Luna Alexander (Spanish: [ˈdjeɣo ˈluna alekˈsandeɾ]; born 29 December 1979) is a Mexican actor. Following a career in Mexican telenovelas, he has appeared in films including Y tu mamá también, Open Range, Milk, Rudo y Cursi, Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights, The Terminal and Berlin, I Love You. He plays Cassian Andor in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Andor, and drug trafficker Miguel Ángel Félix Gallardo in the first two seasons of Narcos: Mexico.

Early life[edit]

Luna was born in Toluca and raised in Mexico City. His mother, Fiona Alexander, was a British costume designer of Scottish and English descent.[2][3][4] She died in a car accident when Luna was two years old.[5] His father, Alejandro Luna, is a theater, film, and opera set designer who reinforced the importance of theater and the arts in his life. Alejandro would bring Diego to the sets and mentor him in different aspects of art, cultivating a desire to become an actor and uphold the family tradition.[6] Luna and his frequent co-star Gael García Bernal were friends from infancy. Their mothers were close friends.[7]

Career[edit]

Acting[edit]

Diego Luna, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Julia Jentsch at Berlinale 2017

Luna acted in his first play at age seven. As a child actor, he appeared in several telenovelas.[8]

Luna starred as Tenoch Iturbide alongside Gael García Bernal in Y tu mamá también (2001), a Mexican road trip film directed by Alfonso Cuarón.[8] A critical and box office success, the role brought him international stardom.[8] The film was the beginning series of high-profile collaborations with childhood friend García Bernal,[7] with whom he would costar in several films and go on to establish Canana Films.

In 2002, Luna starred in Vampires: Los Muertos and the Academy Award-winning Frida. He appeared in Open Range (2003), The Terminal (2004) alongside Tom Hanks, Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights (2004) (a Cuban-based reimagining of Dirty Dancing), Criminal (2004), Only God Knows (2006), Fade to Black (2006), Mister Lonely (2007), Rudo y Cursi (2008), Just Walking (2008), Milk (2008), and Elysium[9] (2013).[citation needed]

In March 2015, Luna joined the cast of Ana Lily Amirpour's film The Bad Batch.[10]

In Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016), he portrayed Cassian Andor,[11] a captain and intelligence officer of the Rebel Alliance. He reprised the role in Andor, a Disney+ series centered around the character.

Luna starred as Mexican drug cartel leader Miguel Ángel Félix Gallardo in the Netflix series Narcos: Mexico,[12] which premiered in November 2018.[13]

Other work[edit]

Diego and Felicity Jones at the premiere of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story in Japan.

After starring in many telenovelas,[citation needed] Luna and Gael García Bernal created Canana Films in 2005.[14]

In 2012, Luna directed his first film, the biopic Cesar Chávez, about Cesar Chávez, the founder of the United Farm Workers.[15]

Luna became a member of the jury for the Un Certain Regard section of the Cannes Film Festival.[16][better source needed]

Luna and García Bernal co-founded Ambulante A.C., an organization and film festival working to bring documentary films to recommended places.[17] The organization received the prestigious Washington Office on Latin America's Human Rights Award in 2011.[18][better source needed] In January 2015, Luna narrated a video about the obstacles faced by children migrating from their home countries and seeking refuge in the U.S.[19][20][better source needed]

In October 2019 Luna and García Bernal announced they were joining the Creative Advisory Board for TV and Film development company EXILE Content along with Adam Grant.[21]

In 2021, he received a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Daytime Talent in a Spanish Language Program for his Amazon Prime Video talk show Pan y Circo.[22]

Personal life[edit]

Luna married Camila Sodi in February 2008; they were divorced in March 2013.[23] They have two children: Jerónimo (b. August 12, 2008),[24] and Fiona (b. July 1, 2010), named after Luna's mother.[25]

Filmography[edit]

Luna at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival.

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
1999 A Sweet Scent of Death Ramón
2000 Before Night Falls Carlos
2001 Y Tu Mamá También Tenoch Iturbide
2002 Frida Alejandro Gonzalez Arias
Vampires: Los Muertos Sancho
2003 Nicotina Lolo
Carambola El Perro
Soldados de Salamina Gastón
Open Range Button
2004 Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights Javier Suarez
The Terminal Enrique Cruz
Criminal Rodrigo
2006 Only God Knows Damián
Fade to Black Tommaso Moreno
Un mundo maravilloso Reportero en Estocolmo
2007 El búfalo de la noche Manuel
Mister Lonely Michael Jackson
2008 Just Walking Gabriel
Rudo y Cursi Beto
Milk Jack Lira
2010 Abel Director
2012 Contraband Gonzalo
Casa de Mi Padre Raul [26]
2013 Elysium Julio
2014 César Chávez Director and producer [27]
The Book of Life Manolo Sanchez Voice
2016 Blood Father Jonah
Mr. Pig Director
The Bad Batch Jimmy
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Cassian Andor
2017 Flatliners Ray
Crow: The Legend Moth Voice; Short film
2018 If Beale Street Could Talk Pedrocito
2019 Berlin, I Love You Drag Queen
A Rainy Day in New York Francisco Vega
2020 Wander Darkly Matteo
2021 Trollhunters: Rise of the Titans Krel Tarron Voice; Netflix film; Lead role
2022 DC League of Super-Pets Chip Voice

Television[edit]

Luna in 2018
Year Title Role Notes Ref.
1992 El abuelo y yo Luis
1995 El premio mayor Quique Domínguez Recurring
1999 La vida en el espejo Eugenio Román Franco Telenovela
2002 Fidel Renato Guitart Television film
2010 Great Migrations Narrator Miniseries
2013 American Dad! Mauricio Voice; Episode: "Poltergasm"
2015 Casanova Giacomo Casanova Amazon Studios pilot
2018 Trollhunters: Tales of Arcadia Krel Tarron Voice; Episode: "In Good Hands"
2018–2020 Narcos: Mexico Miguel Ángel Félix Gallardo Lead role; 20 episodes
2018–2019 3Below: Tales of Arcadia Krel Tarron Voice; Lead role
2020 Home Movie: The Princess Bride Inigo Montoya Miniseries [28]
Wizards: Tales of Arcadia Krel Tarron Voice
Episodes: "Wizard Underground", "Dragon's Den" and "Our Final Act"
Pan y Circo Himself Talk show
2021 Maya and the Three Zatz Voice; Netflix miniseries
2022–present Andor Cassian Andor Lead role and executive producer; 5 episodes

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Artist Role Ref.
2011 "The One That Got Away" Katy Perry Artist Boyfriend [29]
2018 "El beso" Mon Laferte Man

Awards[edit]

Year Association Category Work Result
2002 Venice Film Festival Marcello Mastroianni Award (shared with Gael García Bernal) Y tu mamá también Won
MTV Movie Awards Mexico Best Insult (shared with Gael García Bernal) Won
Best Kiss (shared with Maribel Verdú and Gael García Bernal) Nominated
2004 Favorite Actor, Best Performance and Worst Smoker Nicotina Won
Best Turn-On Performance Nominated
Best Performance Open Range Nominated
2009 Cinema Writers Circle Awards Best Actor Just Walking Nominated
Goya Awards Best Actor Nominated
Silver Ariel Award Best Actor Rudo y Cursi Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Awards Best Ensemble Milk Nominated
Critics Choice Award Best Ensemble Won
2012 Imagen Award Best Supporting Actor/Feature Film Casa de mi Padre Won
2014 Audience Award Narrative Spotlight Cesar Chavez Won
2017 Saturn Awards Best Supporting Actor in a Film Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice Sci-Fi Movie Actor Nominated
2018 Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Best Ensemble If Beale Street Could Talk Nominated
Seattle Film Critics Society Best Ensemble Cast Nominated
2019 Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Actor in a Drama Series Narcos Mexico Nominated
Platino Awards Best Actor in a Miniseries or TV series Won
2021 Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Daytime Talent in a Spanish Language Program Pan Y Circo Won

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Information « Access Diego Luna". Archived from the original on 11 August 2017. Retrieved 15 September 2019.
  2. ^ "Interview: Diego Luna". COOL HUNTING. 18 February 2013. Retrieved 23 July 2019.
  3. ^ "On a roll: Diego Luna's movie career is smokin' hot". The San Diego Union-Tribune. 15 August 2014. Archived from the original on 11 October 2008. Retrieved 18 December 2016.
  4. ^ Javier, Frank; Beruman, Garcia (2014). Latino Image Makers in Hollywood. McFarland.
  5. ^ "LATINO FESTIVAL LAUDS LUNA".
  6. ^ "Diego Luna Biography (1979-)".
  7. ^ a b "How We Met: Gael Garcia Bernal & Diego Luna". Retrieved 25 March 2021.
  8. ^ a b c "Actor Diego Luna was a Hollywood golden boy. So why did he go back to Mexico?". Los Angeles Times. 28 March 2018.
  9. ^ "Diego Luna on Star Wars Spin-Off, His Father Hating Christmas & Recreating The Princess Bride - YouTube". www.youtube.com. Archived from the original on 21 December 2021. Retrieved 15 December 2020.
  10. ^ "Ana Lily Amirpour's Cannibal Film Gets Interesting Cast - Bloody Disgusting!". 20 March 2015.
  11. ^ "Diego Luna Says Being in Novelas Prepared Him for Upcoming 'Rogue One' Series". Remezcla. 27 August 2019.
  12. ^ Strause, Jackie (13 December 2018). "'Narcos: Mexico' Sets Diego Luna, Scoot McNairy as Season 2 Stars". The Hollywood Reporter.
  13. ^ Deb, Sopan (16 November 2018). "'Narcos: Mexico' Premiere: 'It Doesn't Have a Happy Ending'". The New York Times. The New York Times Company.
  14. ^ Fernandez, Jay A. "Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna's Canana Films to Start Filming 'La Ultima Pelicula' in Mexico Dec. 16". www.indiewire.com.
  15. ^ Wilkinson, Tracy. "Diego Luna's Cesar Chavez Movie Marches in Mexico." Los Angeles Times. July 1, 2012. Accessed 2012-10-14.
  16. ^ "Un Certain Regard Jury 2016". Cannes Film Festival. 28 April 2016. Archived from the original on 1 May 2016. Retrieved 28 April 2016.
  17. ^ "Ambulante A.C." Ambulante A.C. 1 June 2012. Archived from the original on 31 May 2012. Retrieved 1 June 2012.
  18. ^ "WOLA's Human Rights Awards". Washington Office on Latin America. 20 September 2011. Archived from the original on 6 April 2012. Retrieved 1 June 2012.
  19. ^ "Board of Directors". Washington Office on Latin America. 21 September 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2015.
  20. ^ "Nuevo video de WOLA narrado por Diego Luna y reporte: Niños migrantes mexicanos olvidados en la frontera". Washington Office on Latin America. 22 January 2015. Retrieved 22 January 2015.
  21. ^ Ramos, Dino-Ray. "Diego Luna, Gael Garcia Bernal Join Exile's Creative Advisory Board With Chair Adam Grant". Deadline. PMC. Retrieved 19 February 2020.
  22. ^ Cordero, Rosy (18 July 2021). "Alex Trebek, Zac Efron, Karrueche Tran, More, Announced As Daytime Emmy Fiction & Lifestyle Winners—Complete Winners List". Deadline. Retrieved 19 July 2021.
  23. ^ "Diego Luna and Wife Announce Split". Fox News Latino. 25 March 2013. Retrieved 23 June 2013.
  24. ^ "Diego Luna and Camila Sodi Welcome Son Jerónimo". People. 15 August 2008. Archived from the original on 21 July 2011. Retrieved 19 April 2011.
  25. ^ Leon, Anya (2 July 2010). "Diego Luna, Camila Sodi Welcome Daughter Fiona". People. Archived from the original on 6 December 2011. Retrieved 19 April 2011.
  26. ^ Buchanan, Kyle (14 April 2011). "Will Ferrell's Spanish-Language Movie: ¿Qué?". New York. Retrieved 19 April 2011.
  27. ^ McClintock, Pamela (5 June 2012). "Participant Media Picks Up Diego Luna's Historical Drama 'Chavez' for North America". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 14 October 2012.
  28. ^ Breznican, Anthony (26 June 2020). "Watch the Celebrity-Filled Fan-Film Version of The Princess Bride". Vanity Fair. Retrieved 26 June 2020.
  29. ^ Vena, Jocelyn (4 November 2011). "Katy Perry, Diego Luna Break Up In 'One That Got Away' Tease". MTV. Retrieved 16 November 2011.

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