Name:
Diego Luna
Birth Date:
1979/12/29
Birth Place:
Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico
Height:
5' 9
Nationality:
Mexican
Famous for:
Cast in the critically acclaimed "Y Tu Mama Tambien"
Profession:
actor
BIOGRAPHY
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And Your Mother Too

Background:

One of Mexico's most applauded actors, producer Diego Luna was a soap opera star prior to gaining his first starring role in the motion picture “Un Hilito de Sangre” (1995). He followed it up with leading roles in the musical “El Cometa” (1999) and the thriller “Un Dulce Olor a Muerte” (1999), but it was the Javier Bardem critically acclaimed vehicle “Before Night Falls” (2000) that introduced the actor to Hollywood. Luna was propelled to international stardom thanks to his portrayal of Tenoch Iturbide in the hit “And Your Mother Too” (2001), opposite childhood pal and frequent collaborator Gael Garcia Bernal. The two jointly nabbed the Venice Film Festival's Marcello Mastroianni Award, the Valdivia International Film Festival's Best Actor Award and two MTV Movies Awards (Latin America). He stated, “When you do something small but you put your whole heart into it, it can be very powerful. It can change your whole world. This movie made it possible for me to work in Spain and in Hollywood and it brought me the attention to do interviews in a country that is not mine. I think one of the things that made the movie so successful here is that it's not a movie that you can imagine being made in America.”

Luna has since been seen in the Academy Award-winning “Frida” (2002), Kevin Costner's directorial debut “Open Range” (2003), Steven Spielberg's “The Terminal” (2004), “Criminal” (2004), the Stephen Soderbergh/George Clooney-produced “Criminal” (2004), “Mister Lonely” (2007) and Gus Van Sant's “Milk” (2008). He also starred as computer expert Lolo in Hugo Rodríguez's hit “Nicotina” (2003) and as salsa dancer Javier in the coming-of-age drama “Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights” (2004).

As a producer, the co-founder of the production company Canana Films has lent his talents for such movies as “Only God Knows” (2006), “The Night Buffalo” (2007), “Déficit” (2007), “I'm Going to Explode” (2008) and “Triple Crossing” (2009). He also directed and produced the Tribeca Film Festival-premiered “J.C. Chávez” (2007), a documentary exploring the life of legendary boxer Julio Cesar Chavez.

Luna is married to Mexican actress Camila Sodi. Their first child, Jerónimo, was born in August 2008.


Sodi's Man

Childhood and Family:

Diego Luna Alexander was born on December 29, 1979, in Mexico City, Mexico. His father, Alejandro Luna, is one of the most celebrated opera, cinema and theatre set designers in Mexico. His mother, Fiona Alexander, an English-born costume designer, died in a car accident when Diego was only two years old. As a youngster, Diego accompanied his dad to the sets of Mexico's biggest movies, an experience that further ignited his ambition to become an actor.

“I didn't go to university and so every time that I work, I'm looking for a teacher in a way. I'm looking for people that I can learn from and to have the chance to work with people that I admire.” Diego Luna

On February 5, 2008, Diego married actress Camila Sodi (born on May 14, 1986), who is the niece of actress/singer Thalia. He met his wife on the set of the 2007 drama “Déficit,” based on the 2006 TV series “Ruta 32.” On August 12, 2008, the couple welcomed their first child, son Jerónimo. Born in Los Angeles, the baby weighed 8 lbs. 2 oz. and was 22 inches long.


Havana Nights

Career:

Diego Luna kicked off his acting career with a part in a 1985 stage production called “De Pelicula.” He moved to the small screen four years later when he got a part in the series “Carrusel” (1989) before graduating to a leading role in the 27-minute short “El Último Fin de Año/The Last New Year” (1991), which won a Golden Colon for Best Short Film at the 1992 Huelva Latin American Film Festival.

In 1992, Luna was cast in the role of Luis in the Mexican hit soap opera “El Abuelo Y Yo,” alongside childhood friend Gael García Bernal. He went on to have roles in the award-winning based-on-play “Ambar” (1994), directed by Luis Estrada, the comedy series “El Premio mayor” (1995), the Erwin Neumaier-directed “Un Hilito de Sangre/A Trickle of Blood” (1995), the Jorge Ramírez Suárez-helmed “Morena” (1995), the short “1,2,3 por mi” (1997) and the TV series “ElAmor de mi vida” (1998), in which he played Claudio.

In 1999, Luna joined actress Ana Claudia Talancón for the award-nominated musical/drama “El Cometa/The Comet,” in which they respectively portrayed Victor and Valentina. He was then cast as Ramón in the thriller “Un Dulce Olor a Muerte/A Sweet Scent of Death,” directed by Gabriel Retes. Also that year, he appeared in the short “Perriférico,” in the Fernando Sariñana crime “Todo el poder/Gimme the Power” and the TV series “La, Vida en el espejo,” playing Eugenio Román Franco.

Luna debuted in Hollywood in the critically heralded biopic “Before Night Falls” (2000), directed by Julian Schnabel, in which he worked with Oscar nominee Javier Bardem, Johnny Depp, Sean Penn and Olivier Martinez. However, it was his next film that truly brought the Mexican native international prominence. Appearing as Tenoch Iturbide, the naive, sex-hungered teenager in the coming-of-age “Y tu mamá también/And Your Mother Too” (2001), Luna won the Marcello Mastroianni Award at the 2001 Venice Film Festival, the Best Actor Award at the Valdivia International Film Festival, as well as two MTV Movies (Latin America) in the categories of Best Insult (Mejor Insulto) and Best Kiss (Mejor Beso), all of which he shared with his pal Gael Garcia Bernal who portrayed Julio Zapata. Directed by Alfonso Cuarón and co-written by Cuarón and his brother Carlos, the film was a massive box office success in Mexico and amassed a number of honors worldwide, among them an Oscar nomination for Best Writing, Original Screenplay, a Golden Globe nomination for Best Foreign Language Film, a BAFTA nomination for Best Film not in the English Language and an Independent Spirit Award for Best Foreign Film.

“This (Hollywood) is the place where they make the most movies and I want to work here. But I don't have this feeling like, oh, I want to live in the United States and make movies and become famous just because the money is here. I like to make movies that tell stories that I care about. I wish some day that a movie like ‘Y Tu Mama’ could be made in America.” Diego Luna

Luna next appeared in the Gustavo Loza sport-themed “Atlético San Pancho” (also 2001) before breaking into American TV with the Showtime biopic “Fidel” (2002), starring Víctor Huggo Martin as Fidel Castro. The film also reunited Luna with Gael García Bernal. Returning to the big screen, he took on the role of Fede in Fernando Sariñana’s “Ciudades oscuras/Dark Cities” (2002) and supported Salma Hayek in the Oscar-winning “Frida” (2002). He also appeared in the Jon Bon Jovi vehicle “John Carpenter's 'Vampires: Los Muertos'” (2002), for director/writer Tommy Lee Wallace, and was nominated for a MTV Movie Award for Best Diego Luna in a Movie (Mejor Diego en una Pelicula) after playing Gastón in the based-on-novel drama “Soldados de Salamina/Soldiers of Salamina” (2003). In the western “Open Range” (2003), he played the young chum Button, opposite such luminaries as Robert Duvall, Annette Bening, Michael Gambo and Kevin Costner, who also directed the movie. For his work, Luna earned a MTV Movie nomination for Best Diego Luna in a Movie (Mejor Diego en una Pelicula).

It was also in 2003 that director Hugo Rodríguez cast Luna in the starring role of a science geek named Lolo in the dark comedy “Nicotina.” Premiering at the San Sebastian Film Festival, the comedy become a big hit in Mexico and Latin America and was released to art house success in America. As for Luna, he netted three MTV Movie Awards in the category of Diego Luna in a Movie (Mejor Diego en una Pelicula), Favorite Actor (Actor Favorito) and Worst Smoker (Peor Fumador). Still in that same year, the popular actor made his debut as a producer with the Mexican short “Tiro de gracia.”

2004 found Luna starring as Latino heartthrob Javier Suarez in “Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights,” a sequel to the 1987 Academy Award-winning “Dirty Dancing,” and joining Tom Hanks, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Stanley Tucci and Chi McBride in the Steven Spielberg drama “The Terminal.” He gained additional Hollywood fame with his costarring role as Rodrigo in the remake of “Criminal” (also 2004), opposite John C. Reilly.

Luna resurfaced two years later with his debut as actor/executive producer in the Spanish film “Sólo Dios sabe/Only God Knows” (2006), which received a Grand Jury Prize nomination at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival. He next appeared in Luis Estrada's “Un, Mundo maravilloso/A Wonderful World” (2006), supported Christopher Walken and Danny Huston in the Oliver Parker adaptation of Davide Ferrario's book, “Fade to Black” (2006), played a role in Jorge Hernandez Aldana's “El Búfalo de la noche/The Night Buffalo” (2007), which he also co-produced, and starred as Michael Jackson in “Mister Lonely” (2007), opposite Samantha Morton. He also lent his producing talents for “Déficit” (2007, starring Camila Sodi) and “Cochochi” (2007) and directed the documentary “J.C. Chávez” (2007), which he also produced.

In 2008, Luna portrayed Jack Lira in the Gus Van Sant biopic “Milk,” starring Sean Penn as California's first openly gay elected official. He returned to Mexico to star in the movies “Sólo quiero caminar” (also an executive producer) and “Rudo y Cursi” and executive produced “Voy a explotar/I'm Going to Explode” (2008).

Luna will be cast in David Alcalde's horror “In the Playground,” produced by Canana Films, the production company he co-founded with Gael García Bernal and Mexican producer Pablo Cruz. It will be released in Mexico in 2010. The Canana also produced the documentary “Triple Crossing” (2009), directed by John Malkovich.


Awards:

  • MTV Movie (Mexico): Worst Smoker (Peor Fumador), “Nicotina,” 2004

  • MTV Movie (Mexico): Favorite Actor (Actor Favorito), “Nicotina,” 2004

  • MTV Movie (Mexico): Best Diego Luna in a Movie (Mejor Diego en una Pelicula), “Nicotina,” 2004

  • MTV Movie (Latin America): MTV North Feed (primarily Mexico) - Best Insult (Mejor Insulto), “Y tu mamá también/And Your Mother Too,” 2002

  • MTV Movie (Latin America): MTV North Feed (primarily Mexico) - Best Kiss (Mejor Beso), “Y tu mamá también/And Your Mother Too,” 2002

  • Valdivia International Film Festival: Best Actor, “Y tu mamá también/And Your Mother Too,” 2001

  • Venice Film Festival: Marcello Mastroianni Award, “Y tu mamá también/And Your Mother Too,” 2001

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