Diego Luna

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 also played the character of Enrique Cruz in the 2004 film "The Terminal" starring Tom Hanks.

Diego Luna
Luna in 2018
Diego Luna Alexander

(1979-12-29) December 29, 1979[1]
Toluca, Mexico
ResidenceMexico City, Mexico
Other namesAlexander García
  • Actor
  • director
  • producer
Years active1982–present
Camila Sodi
(m. 2008; div. 2013)
Parent(s)Alejandro Luna
Fiona Alexander

Early life

Luna was born in Toluca and raised in Mexico City. His mother, Fiona Alexander, was a British costume designer of Scottish and English descent.[2][3][4] She died in a car accident when Luna was two years old.[5] 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.[6]



Luna acted in his first play at age seven. As a child actor, he appeared in several telenovelas.[7]

Luna starred as Tenoch Iturbide in Y Tu Mamá También (2001), a Mexican road trip movie.[7] This role brought him international stardom.[7]

In 2002, Luna starred in Vampires: Los Muertos and the Oscar-winning Frida. He also appeared in Open Range (2003), Havana Nights: Dirty Dancing 2 (2004) (a prequel to 'Dirty Dancing'), Criminal (2004), Only God Knows (2006), Fade to Black (2006), Mister Lonely (2007), Rudo y Cursi (2008), Just Walking (2008), Milk (2008), and Elysium (2013).

In March 2015, Luna joined the cast of Ana Lily Amirpour's film The Bad Batch.[8]

In Rogue One (2016), he played Cassian Andor,[9] the ally of Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones).

Luna starred as Mexican drug cartel leader Miguel Angel Felix Gallardo in the Netflix series Narcos: Mexico,[10] which premiered in November 2018.[11]

Other work

After starring in many telenovelas, Luna and Gael García Bernal created Canana Films in 2005.[12]

In 2012, Luna directed his first film, the biopic Cesar Chávez, about the eponymous founder of the United Farm Workers.[13]

Luna became a member of the jury for the Un Certain Regard section of the Cannes Film Festival.[14]

Luna and García Bernal co-founded Ambulante A.C., an organization and film festival working to bring documentary films to recommended places.[15] The organization received the prestigious Washington Office on Latin America's Human Rights Award in 2011.[16] In January 2015, Luna narrated a video about the obstacles faced by children migrating from their home countries and seeking refuge in the US.[17][18]

Personal life

Luna married Camila Sodi in February 2008; they were divorced in March 2013.[19] They have two children: Jerónimo (b. August 12, 2008),[20] and Fiona (b. July 1, 2010), named after Luna's mother.[21]



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 [22]
2013 Elysium Julio
2014 César Chávez N/A Director and producer[23]
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 Cassian Andor
2017 Flatliners Ray
2018 If Beale Street Could Talk Pedrocito
2019 Berlin, I Love You Drag Queen
2019 A Rainy Day in New York Francisco Vega
2020 Wander Darkly Matteo Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
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
2010 Great Migrations Narrator Miniseries
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
2018-19 3 Below Krel (voice) Lead role

Music videos

Year Title Artist Role
2011 "The One That Got Away" Katy Perry Artist Boyfriend[24]
2018 "El Beso" Mon Laferte Man


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
2018 Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Best Ensemble If Beale Street Could Talk Nominated
Seattle Film Critics Society Best Ensemble Cast Pending


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  4. Javier, Frank; Beruman, Garcia (2014). Latino Image Makers in Hollywood. McFarland.
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  8. "Ana Lily Amirpour's Cannibal Film Gets Interesting Cast - Bloody Disgusting!". 20 March 2015.
  9. "Diego Luna Says Being in Novelas Prepared Him for Upcoming 'Rogue One' Series". Remezcla. August 27, 2019.
  10. "'Narcos: Mexico' Sets Diego Luna, Scoot McNairy as Season 2 Stars". The Hollywood Reporter.
  11. "'Narcos: Mexico' Premiere: 'It Doesn't Have a Happy Ending' - The New York Times".
  12. Fernandez, Jay A. "Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna's Canana Films to Start Filming 'La Ultima Pelicula' in Mexico Dec. 16". www.indiewire.com.
  13. Wilkinson, Tracy. "Diego Luna's Cesar Chavez Movie Marches in Mexico." Los Angeles Times. July 1, 2012. Accessed 2012-10-14.
  14. "Un Certain Regard Jury 2016". Cannes Film Festival. 28 April 2016. Archived from the original on 2016-05-01. Retrieved 28 April 2016.
  15. "Ambulante A.C." Ambulante A.C. 1 June 2012. Archived from the original on 31 May 2012. Retrieved 1 June 2012.
  16. "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.
  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. "Diego Luna and Wife Announce Split". Fox News Latino. 25 March 2013. Retrieved 23 June 2013.
  20. "Diego Luna and Camila Sodi Welcome Son Jerónimo". People. 15 August 2008. Retrieved 19 April 2011.
  21. Leon, Anya (2 July 2010). "Diego Luna, Camila Sodi Welcome Daughter Fiona". People. Retrieved 19 April 2011.
  22. Buchanan, Kyle (14 April 2011). "Will Ferrell's Spanish-Language Movie: ¿Qué?". New York Magazine. Retrieved 19 April 2011.
  23. 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.
  24. 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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