Diego Luna Alexander (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈdjeɣo ˈluna aleksanˈdeɾ]; born December 29, 1979) is a Mexican actor, director, and producer. He has appeared in many films, including Y tu mamá también, Open Range, Milk, Rudo y Cursi, and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. He is one of the founders and owners of Canana Films.
Luna at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival
Diego Luna Alexander
December 29, 1979
|Residence||Mexico City, Mexico|
|Other names||Alexander García|
(m. 2008; div. 2013)
Luna was born in Toluca and raised in Mexico City. His mother, Fiona Alexander, was a British costume designer, of Scottish and English descent. She died in a car accident when Luna was two years old. 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.
After starring in many telenovelas, Luna and Gael García Bernal now own Canana Films (which with Tom Golden's Golden Phoenix Productions, produces a number of television documentaries about the unsolved murders of three hundred women in Ciudad Juárez). In 2012, Luna directed his first film, the biopic Cesar Chávez, about the eponymous founder of the United Farm Workers. In March 2015, he joined the cast of Ana Lily Amirpour's film The Bad Batch. Luna became a member of the jury for the Un Certain Regard section of the Cannes Film Festival. In Rogue One, he played Cassian Andor, the ally of Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones).
Luna gained greater recognition with American audiences while starring as Mexican drug cartel leader Miguel Angel Felix Gallardo in the Netflix series Narcos: Mexico, which premiered in November 2018.
Luna and García Bernal co-founded Ambulante A.C., an organization and film festival working to bring documentary films to recommended places. The organization received the prestigious Washington Office on Latin America's Human Rights Award in 2011. In January 2015, Luna appeared at the Board of Directors and narrated a video about the obstacles faced by children migrating from their home country and seeking refuge in the US.
|1999||A Sweet Scent of Death||Ramón|
|2000||Before Night Falls||Carlos|
|2001||Y Tu Mamá También||Tenoch Iturbide|
|2002||Frida||Alejandro Gonzalez Arias|
|2002||Vampires: Los Muertos||Sancho|
|2003||Soldados de Salamina||Gastón|
|2004||Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights||Javier Suarez|
|2004||The Terminal||Enrique Cruz|
|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||Rudo y Cursi||Beto|
|2012||Casa de Mi Padre||Raul|||
|2014||César Chávez||N/A||Director and producer|
|2014||The Book of Life||Manolo Sanchez (voice)|
|2016||The Bad Batch||Jimmy|
|2016||Rogue One||Cassian Andor|
|2018||If Beale Street Could Talk||Pedrocito|
|2019||Berlin, I Love You||Drag Queen|
|2019||A Rainy Day in New York||Francisco Vega||Post-production|
|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|
|2013||American Dad!||Mauricio (voice)||Episode: "Poltergasm"|
|2015||Casanova||Giacomo Casanova||Amazon Studios pilot|
|2018||Trollhunters||Krel (voice)||Episode: "In Goods Hands"|
|2018-present||Narcos: Mexico||Félix Gallardo||Lead role|
|3 Below||Krel (voice)||Lead role|
|2011||"The One That Got Away"||Katy Perry||Artist Boyfriend|
|2018||"El Beso"||Mon Laferte||Man|
|2002||Marcello Mastroianni Award||Best Actor (shared with Gael García Bernal)||Y tu mamá también||Won|
|MTV Movie Awards||Best Insult (shared with Gael García Bernal)||Won|
|Best Kiss (shared with Maribel Verdú and Gael García Bernal)||Nominated|
|2004||MTV Movie Awards||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||Pending|
- "On a roll: Diego Luna's movie career is smokin' hot". The San Diego Union-Tribune. 2014-08-15. Archived from the original on 2008-10-11. Retrieved 2016-12-18.
- Javier, Frank; Beruman, Garcia (2014). Latino Image Makers in Hollywood. McFarland.
- "LATINO FESTIVAL LAUDS LUNA".
- "Diego Luna Biography (1979-)".
- "Two Film Production Companies Plan to Fund and Produce Documentary Films in Mexico". 2010-05-20. Retrieved 2016-12-18.
- Wilkinson, Tracy. "Diego Luna's Cesar Chavez Movie Marches in Mexico." Los Angeles Times. July 1, 2012. Accessed 2012-10-14.
- "Ana Lily Amirpour's Cannibal Film Gets Interesting Cast - Bloody Disgusting!". 20 March 2015.
- "Un Certain Regard Jury 2016". Cannes Film Festival. 28 April 2016. Archived from the original on 2016-05-01. Retrieved 28 April 2016.
- "Diego Luna and Wife Announce Split". Fox News Latino. 25 March 2013. Retrieved 23 June 2013.
- "Diego Luna and Camila Sodi Welcome Son Jerónimo". People. 15 August 2008. Retrieved 19 April 2011.
- Leon, Anya (2 July 2010). "Diego Luna, Camila Sodi Welcome Daughter Fiona". People. Retrieved 19 April 2011.
- "Ambulante A.C." Ambulante A.C. 1 June 2012. Retrieved 1 June 2012.
- "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.
- "Board of Directors". Washington Office on Latin America. 21 September 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2015.
- "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.
- Buchanan, Kyle (14 April 2011). "Will Ferrell's Spanish-Language Movie: ¿Qué?". New York Magazine. Retrieved 19 April 2011.
- 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.
- Vena, Jocelyn (4 November 2011). "Katy Perry, Diego Luna Break Up In 'One That Got Away' Tease". MTV. Retrieved 16 November 2011.