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 Cannes 2016.jpg
Luna at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival
Born Diego Luna Alexander
(1979-12-29) 29 December 1979 (age 37)
Mexico City, Mexico
Other names Alexander García
  • Actor
  • director
  • producer
Years active 1982–present
Spouse(s) Camila Sodi
(m. 2008; div. 2013)
Children 2

Diego Luna Alexander (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈdjeɣo ˈluna]; born 29 December 1979) is a Mexican actor, producer and director. After starring in telenovelas early in his career, he has appeared in many films, including Y tu mamá también, Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights, Rudo y Cursi and Rogue One. He also provided the Spanish language narration for the National Geographic Channel documentary Great Migrations.

Early life[edit]

Luna was born in Mexico City to 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. Fiona died in a car accident when Luna was two years old.[3] She had worked in the film industry and made sure that this was a life in which Luna would be immersed.[4] His father also reinforced the importance of theatre 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 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 and García Bernal starred in the critical acclaimed film Y tu mamá también (2001).

Luna has 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 also starred in 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 Films which, along with Golden Phoenix Productions (owned by Tom Golden), jointly produce a number of television documentaries about the unsolved murders of over three hundred women in the border city of Ciudad Juárez.[5]

In 2011, Luna played the male lead in Katy Perry's music video for "The One That Got Away".[6] In June 2012, he began directing his first English-language film Cesar Chávez, a biopic about the life of the American labor leader, who founded the United Farm Workers.[7][8] During the same year, Luna and Bernal starred together for the fourth time, this time in the American Spanish-language film Casa de Mi Padre with Will Ferrell.[9]

On 20 March 2015, he joined the cast for Ana Lily Amirpour's cannibal film The Bad Batch.[10] In 2016, he was a member of the jury for the Un Certain Regard section of the 2016 Cannes Film Festival.[11] He played Cassian Andor in the Star Wars spin-off anthology film Rogue One.

Personal life[edit]

Luna married Camila Sodi on 5 February 2008. They had a son, Jerónimo (born 12 August 2008),[12] and a daughter, Fiona (born 1 July 2010), naming after Luna's late mother.[13] They announced their separation in March 2013 and later divorced.[14]

He and García Bernal co-founded Ambulante A.C., their organization and film festival[15] that works to bring documentary films to places where they are rarely shown. Ambulante was awarded the prestigious Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) Human Rights Award in 2011.[16] Luna now sits on WOLA's Board of Directors,[17] and in January 2015 he narrated a WOLA video examining the barriers that Mexican migrant children fleeing violence in their home country face when seeking refuge in the United States.[18]



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
2002 Frida Alejandro 'Alex'
2002 Vampires: Los Muertos Sancho
2003 Nicotina Lolo
2003 Soldados de Salamina Gastón
2003 Open Range Button
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
2008 Rudo y Cursi Beto
2008 Milk Jack Lira
2010 Abel N/A Director
2012 Contraband Gonzalo
2012 Casa de Mi Padre Raul
2013 Elysium Julio
2014 César Chávez N/A Director and producer[8][19]
2014 The Book of Life Manolo Sanchez (voice)
2016 Blood Father Jonah
2016 Mr. Pig N/A Director
2016 The Bad Batch John
2016 Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Cassian Andor
2017 Flatliners Ray post-production
2018[20] Scarface[21] Tony Montana pre-production


Year Title Role Notes
1989 Carrusel N/A Episode #1.1
1995 El premio mayor Quique Domínguez Recurring
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
Music video
Year Title Role
2011 "The One That Got Away" by Katy Perry Artist Boyfriend


Year Association Category Work Result
2002 Premio 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 Pending


  1. ^ "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. 
  2. ^ "Diego Luna Biography (1979-)". 
  4. ^ Javier, Frank; Beruman, Garcia (2014). Latino Image Makers in Hollywood. McFarland. 
  5. ^ "Two Film Production Companies Plan to Fund and Produce Documentary Films in Mexico". 2010-05-20. Retrieved 2016-12-18. 
  6. ^ Vena, Jocelyn (4 November 2011). "Katy Perry, Diego Luna Break Up In 'One That Got Away' Tease". MTV. Retrieved 16 November 2011. 
  7. ^ McNary, Dave. "Participant Marches With 'Chavez'." Variety. June 5, 2012.
  8. ^ a b Wilkinson, Tracy. "Diego Luna's Cesar Chavez Movie Marches in Mexico." Los Angeles Times. July 1, 2012. Accessed 2012-10-14.
  9. ^ Buchanan, Kyle (14 April 2011). "Will Ferrell's Spanish-Language Movie: ¿Qué?". New York Magazine. Retrieved 19 April 2011. 
  10. ^ "Ana Lily Amirpour's Cannibal Film Gets Interesting Cast - Bloody Disgusting!". 20 March 2015. 
  11. ^ "Un Certain Regard Jury 2016". Cannes Film Festival. 28 April 2016. Archived from the original on 2016-05-01. Retrieved 28 April 2016. 
  12. ^ "Diego Luna and Camila Sodi Welcome Son Jerónimo". People. 15 August 2008. Retrieved 19 April 2011. 
  13. ^ Leon, Anya (2 July 2010). "Diego Luna, Camila Sodi Welcome Daughter Fiona". People (magazine). Retrieved 19 April 2011. 
  14. ^ "Diego Luna and Wife Announce Split". Fox News Latino. 25 March 2013. Retrieved 23 June 2013. 
  15. ^ "Ambulante A.C.". Ambulante A.C. 1 June 2012. Retrieved 1 June 2012. 
  16. ^ "WOLA's Human Rights Awards". Washington Office on Latin America. 20 September 2011. Retrieved 1 June 2012. 
  17. ^ "Board of Directors". Washington Office on Latin America. 21 September 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2015. 
  18. ^ "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. 
  19. ^ 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.
  20. ^ "Scarface (2018)". IMDb. Retrieved 27 March 2017. 
  21. ^ "'Scarface' Remake Casts Its Tony Montana, 'Rogue One' Actor Diego Luna". 31 January 2016. 

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