Gael García Bernal
|Gael García Bernal|
García at the
2016 Cannes Film Festival
November 30, 1978 |
Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
|Partner(s)||Dolores Fonzi (2008–2014)|
Gael García Bernal (Spanish pronunciation: [ɡaˈel ɣarˈsi.a βerˈnal]; born November 30, 1978) is a Mexican film actor, director, and producer. He founded Canana Films in Mexico City. His is mostly known for his performances in the films Bad Education, The Motorcycle Diaries and Babel. In 2016, Time Magazine named him in the annual Time 100 most influential people list.
Gael García Bernal was born in Guadalajara, Mexico, the son of Patricia Bernal, an actress and former model, and José Ángel García, an actor and director. His stepfather is Sergio Yazbek, whom his mother married when García Bernal was young. He started acting at just a year old and spent most of his teen years starring in telenovelas. Garcia studied the International Baccalaureate, with chemistry being his favorite subject. When he was fourteen, he taught indigenous peoples in Mexico to read, often working with the Huichol people. At the age of 15, he took part in peaceful demonstrations during the Chiapas uprising of 1994.
He began studying philosophy at UNAM, Mexico's national university but, during a prolonged student strike, he decided to take a sabbatical to travel around Europe. He then moved to London, England and became the first Mexican accepted to study at the Central School of Speech and Drama.
García Bernal was becoming a soap opera heartthrob. At age 19, he left Mexico's television world to study acting at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London, the first person from Mexico to be accepted into the program. Briefly before this, he had begun to study philosophy at UNAM, Mexico's national university, before a strike closed the college and he left for London. Describing his time in London as 'life forming', he considered acting simply an 'odd job profession' until the Mexican director Alejandro González Iñárritu offered him a part in Amores Perros. His debut as a working-class dreamer in the Oscar-nominated Amores Perros was what first grabbed Hollywood's attention.
Subsequently, García Bernal starred in some of Mexico's most celebrated recent films, including 2001's Y tu mamá también (his first pairing with Diego Luna) El crimen del Padre Amaro (2002). He has also done some theatre work, including a 2005 production of Bodas de Sangre, by Federico García Lorca, in the Almeida Theatre in London.
García Bernal also portrayed Argentine revolutionary Che Guevara twice, first in the 2002 TV miniseries Fidel and then, better known, in The Motorcycle Diaries (2004), an adaptation of a journal the 23-year-old Guevara wrote about his travels across South America. García Bernal has worked for acclaimed directors including Pedro Almodóvar, Walter Salles, Alfonso Cuarón, Alejandro González Iñárritu, Michel Gondry, and Iciar Baillin, among others. He has taken on roles in English-language films, including the Gondry-directed The Science of Sleep, the Alejandro González Iñárritu's Babel, and The King, for which he earned rave reviews. He was nominated for a BAFTA in 2005 for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role for The Motorcycle Diaries and, in 2006, was nominated for the Orange Rising Star award, which acknowledges new talents in the acting industry.
In 2007 he was also a member of the jury of the 57th Berlin International Film Festival.
García was cast for the 2008 film Blindness, an adaptation of the 1995 novel of the same name by José Saramago, winner of the Nobel Prize, about a society suffering an epidemic of blindness. As in the novel, the characters have only descriptions, no names or histories; while director Fernando Meirelles said some actors were intimidated by the concept of playing such characters, "With Gael, he said, 'I never think about the past. I just think what my character wants.'" García Bernal again paired with Diego Luna in Rudo y Cursi directed by Carlos Cuarón.
García Bernal and Diego Luna own Canana Productions. The company recently joined with Golden Phoenix Productions to produce a number of television documentaries about the unsolved murders of more than 300 women in the border city of Ciudad Juarez.
In 2010, he co-directed with Marc Siver four short films in collaboration with Amnesty International. This tetralogy is called "Los Invisibles" about migrants from Central America in Mexico, their journey and risks, their hopes, and what they can contribute to Mexico, the US and the world. He directed the movies, did the interviews and also narrates the four short movies.
He starred in Even the Rain (2010), the official Spanish entry for the Academy Awards; it made the nine-film shortlist and received high praise from critics.
García Bernal narrated Human Planet for Hispanic audiences, which premiered on Discovery en Español on April 25, 2011 and aired on Discovery Channel in Latin America on May 12. For the third time García Bernal appeared with Diego Luna in the American Spanish-language comedy film Casa de Mi Padre, opposite Will Ferrell, where he played a feared drug lord. García Bernal's next projects include a film adaptation of José Agustín's Ciudades Desiertas and the Jon Stewart directorial biopic Rosewater, in which he portrayed Maziar Bahari to widespread critical acclaim. He starred in the 20th Century Fox reboot Zorro film called Zorro Reborn. The script is by Glen Gers, Lee Shipman, and Brian McGeevy.
In June 2014, he began production as the star of the dramatic comedy "Zoom," directed by Pedro Morelli.
In 2014, he was cast in the lead role of Rodrigo in the Amazon Studios comedy-drama television series Mozart in the Jungle. His performance in the show was met with rave reviews, earning him a Golden Globe Award in 2016.
Gael García Bernal was with his partner, Argentine actress Dolores Fonzi, from 2008 to 2014. They met on the set of "Vidas privadas" in 2001. They never married, contrary to media reports according to an interview given by Gael Garcia Bernal in Elle magazine. On Thursday, January 8, 2009, their son Lázaro was born in Madrid, Spain. Their daughter Libertad was born on April 4, 2011, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The couple ended their relationship in September 2014. He divides his time between Buenos Aires and Mexico City.
Gael García Bernal helped to create the organization and film festival Ambulante A.C., which works to bring documentary films to places where they are rarely shown, and helped to create the Amnesty International Short Documentary Series Los Invisibles. For this work, he was awarded the Washington Office on Latin America's Human Rights Award in 2011.
|2016||Best performance by an actor in a TV series musical or comedy||Mozart in the Jungle||Template:Celda|
|2001||Best actor||Amores Perros||Template:Celda|
|2005||Mejor actor||Diarios de motocicleta||Template:Celda|
|2002||Mejor actor de reparto||Sin noticias de Dios||Template:Celda|
|2009||General Popular - Revelación del Año||Quiero que me quieras||Template:Celda|
|2009||Tema de Telenovela, Película o Serie||Quiero que me quieras||Template:Celda|
Anexo:Premios El Heraldo de México|Premios El Heraldo de México
|2001||Mejor actor||Y tu mamá también||Template:Celda|
|2010||¡Qué Actorazo!||Rudo y cursi||Template:Celda|
Festival Internacional de Cine de Venecia
|2001||Premio Marcello Mastroianni a la interpretación revelación (compartido con Diego Luna)||Y tu mamá también||Template:Celda|
Premios ACE New York
|2005||Mejor actor||Diarios de motocicleta||Template:Celda|
Premios Mayahuel de Plata
|2009||Trayectoria cinematográfica||El mismo||Template:Celda|
|1992||El abuelo y yo||Daniel Garcia Medina||Lead role|
|2000||Queen of Swords||Churi||"Honor Thy Father" (season 1, episode 8)|
|2006||Soy tu fan||Emilio||"¡Que viva México!" (season 1, episode 8)|
|2014—present||Mozart in the Jungle||Rodrigo||Lead role
Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy
Image Foundation Award for Best Actor – Television
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- Gael García Bernal interview for Rudo & Cursi By Alastair Smart, Telegraph, July 8, 2009
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