Diego Luna

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Diego Luna
Diego Luna Cannes 2016.jpg
Born Diego Luna Alexander
(1979-12-29) 29 December 1979 (age 38)
Toluca, Mexico
Residence Mexico City, Mexico
Other names Alexander García
  • Actor
  • director
  • producer
Years active 1982–present
Camila Sodi
(m. 2008; div. 2013)
Children 2
Parent(s) Alejandro Luna
Fiona Alexander

Diego Luna Alexander (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈdjeɣo ˈluna aleksanˈdeɾ]; born 29 December 1979) is a Mexican actor, director and producer. He has appeared in many films, including Y tu mamá también, Milk, Rudo y Cursi and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. He is one of the founders and owners of Canana Films.

Early life[edit]

Luna was born in Toluca and raised in Mexico City. His mother, Fiona Alexander, was a British costume designer, who worked in the film industry and made sure that it was a life in which he would be immersed; Fiona was of Scottish and English descent.[1][2][3] She died in a car accident when Luna was two years old.[4] His father, Alejandro Luna, is an acclaimed theatre, film and opera set designer, who reinforced the importance of theatre 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.[5]


Luna at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival.

After starring in many telenovelas, Luna and Gael Garcia Bernal own Canana Films, which jointly produce a number of television documentaries about the unsolved murders of three hundred women in the border city of Ciudad Juárez, along with Golden Phoenix Productions (owned by Tom Golden).[6] In 2012, Luna directed his first English-language biopic film Cesar Chávez, about the eponymous labor and founder of the United Farm Workers.[7] On 20 March 2015, he joined the cast for Ana Lily Amirpour's film The Bad Batch.[8] Luna became a member of the jury for the Un Certain Regard section of the Cannes Film Festival.[9] In 2016 he starred in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story as Cassian Andor. The film was directed by Gareth Edwards and was the first Star Wars Anthology film of the Star Wars Anthology series. Luna was named Surgeons of Hope's first Heart Ambassador in 2018 fighting to bring accessible heart surgeries to children in Latin America.

Personal life[edit]

Luna married Camila Sodi on 5 February 2008. They were divorced in March 2013.[10] They have two children, Jerónimo (born 12 August 2008)[11] and Fiona (born 1 July 2010) named after Luna's mother.[12] He and García Bernal co-founded Ambulante A.C., an organization and film festival working to bring documentary films to some recommended places.[13] The organization was awarded the prestigious Washington Office on Latin America Human Rights Award in 2011.[14] In January 2015, Luna appeared on the Board of Directors and narrated a video about the barriers of children migrating from their home country and seeking refuge in the United States.[15][16]



Year Title Role Notes
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 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
2012 Contraband Gonzalo
2012 Casa de Mi Padre Raul [17]
2013 Elysium Julio
2014 César Chávez N/A Director and producer[18]
2014 The Book of Life Manolo Sanchez (voice)
2016 Blood Father Jonah
2016 Mr. Pig N/A Director
2016 The Bad Batch Jimmy
2016 Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Cassian Andor
2017 Flatliners Ray
2018 If Beale Street Could Talk Pedrocito
2018 A Rainy Day in New York Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
1992 El abuelo y yo Luis
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"
2018 Narcos: Mexico Félix Gallardo Main cast
2018 Trollhunters Krel (voice) Episode: "In Goods Hands"
2018 3 Below Krel (voice) Main role
Music video
Year Title Artist Role
2011 "The One That Got Away" Katy Perry Artist Boyfriend[19]


Year Association Category Work Result
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


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

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