Diego Luna

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Luna and the second or maternal family name is Alexander.
Diego Luna
Diego Luna 2015 Film Indepedent Spirit Awards (cropped).jpg
Luna at the 2015 Film Independent Spirit Awards Nominations Press Conference
Born Diego Luna Alexander
(1979-12-29) December 29, 1979 (age 36)
Mexico City, Mexico
Other names Alexander García
  • Actor
  • Director
  • Producer
Years active 1982–present
Spouse(s) Camila Sodi (m. 2008–13)
Children 2

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, including Rudo y Cursi, The Terminal, Elysium and Milk. He also starred with Romola Garai in Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights and provides the 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 that this was a life in which Luna would be immersed.[citation needed] 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 García 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 (WOLA) prestigious Human Rights Award in 2011.[8] Luna now sits on WOLA's Board of Directors,[9] and in January 2015 he narrated a WOLA video examining the barriers that Mexican migrant children fleeing violence in their home country face to seeking refuge in the United States.[10]


Luna at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival.

From an early age, Luna began acting in television, film and stage, his film debut was Antonieta (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's troubled son Quique in the Mexican soap opera El premio mayor. Luna had his big break, when he was cast in the critically acclaimed Y tu mamá también (2001), once again alongside 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 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 and Bernal starred in the American Spanish-language comedy film Casa de Mi Padre with Will Ferrell.[11] In 2011, Luna played the male lead in Katy Perry's music video, "The One That Got Away".[12] 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.[13][14] In March 2015, he joins the cast for Ana Lily Amirpour's cannibal romance film The Bad Batch.[15]



Year Title Role Notes
1982 Antonieta N/A Uncredited
1999 A Sweet Scent of Death Ramón
2000 Before Night Falls Carlos
2001 Y tu mamá también Tenoch Iturbide Premio 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)
2002 Frida Alejandro 'Alex'
2002 Vampires: Los Muertos Sancho
2003 Nicotina Lolo MTV Movie Awards for Favorite Actor, Best Performance and Worst Smoker
Nominated - MTV Movie Awards for Best Turn-On Performance
2003 Soldados de Salamina Gastón
2003 Open Range Button Nominated - MTV Movie Awards for Best Performance
2004 Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights Javier Suarez
2004 The Terminal Enrique Cruz
2004 Criminal Rodrigo
2006 Only God Knows Damián
2006 Fade to Black Tommaso Moreno
2006 Un mundo maravilloso Reportero en Estocolmo
2007 El Búfalo de la Noche Manuel
2007 Mister Lonely Michael Jackson
2008 Just Walking Gabriel Nominated - Cinema Writers Circle Awards Best Actor in a Leading Role
Nominated - Goya Awards for Best Actor in a Leading Role
2008 Rudo y Cursi Beto Nominated - Silver Ariel Award for Best Actor
2008 Milk Jack Lira Nominated - Screen Actors Guild Awards
Critics Choice Award for Best Acting Ensemble
2010 Great Migrations Narrator Miniseries
2012 Contraband Gonzalo
2012 Casa de Mi Padre Raul Imagen Award for Best Supporting Actor/Feature Film
2013 Elysium Julio
2014 Cesar Chávez N/A Director and producer [14][16]
Audience Award for Narrative Spotlight
2014 The Book of Life Manolo Sanchez Voice
2015 Blood Father Jonah Post-production
2015 Casanova Giacomo Casanova Amazon Studios pilot
2016 Mr. Pig Director[17]
2016 Rogue One Filming[18]
2016 The Bad Batch John Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
1989 Carrusel N/A Episode #1.1
2002 Fidel Renato Guitart Movie
2013 American Dad! Mauricio (voice) Episode: Poltergasm
Music video
Year Title Role
2011 "The One That Got Away" Artist Boyfriend


  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. ^ "Board of Directors". Washington Office on Latin America. 21 September 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2015. 
  10. ^ "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. 
  11. ^ Buchanan, Kyle (14 April 2011). "Will Ferrell's Spanish-Language Movie: ¿Qué?". New York Magazine. Retrieved 19 April 2011. 
  12. ^ Vena, Jocelyn (4 November 2011). "Katy Perry, Diego Luna Break Up In 'One That Got Away' Tease". MTV. Retrieved 16 November 2011. 
  13. ^ McNary, Dave. "Participant Marches With 'Chavez'." Variety. June 5, 2012.
  14. ^ a b Wilkinson, Tracy. "Diego Luna's Cesar Chavez Movie Marches in Mexico." Los Angeles Times. July 1, 2012. Accessed 2012-10-14.
  15. ^ Ana Lily Amirpour’s Cannibal Film Gets Interesting Cast
  16. ^ 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.
  17. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2722504/
  18. ^ http://variety.com/2015/film/news/star-wars-rogue-one-diego-luna-cast-1201494752/

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