Diego Luna (born December 29, 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.
Luna was born Diego Luna Alexander in Mexico City; the son of Fiona Alexander, an English costume designer, and Alejandro Luna, a Mexican set designer who is one of the most acclaimed living theatre, cinema and opera set designers in Mexico. His mother died in a car accident when he was two years old. She had worked in the film industry and had made sure that this was a life Luna would be immersed in. His father also reinforced the importance of theater and the arts in his life. In Luna’s youth, he would bring him to the sets and mentor him in all different aspects of his art, furthering his desire to become an actor and uphold a family tradition.
From an early age Luna began acting in television, film, and theatre. His first television role was in the 1991 movie El Último Fin de Año. His next role was in the telenovela El Abuelo y Yo (1992) alongside his childhood best friend, Gael García Bernal. In 1995 he played the role of Laura León’s son in the Mexican Soap opera El premio mayor. Following this, Luna began to receive more acting work. His big break came in 2001 when he was cast in the critically acclaimed Y tu mamá también , once again alongside García Bernal, as Tenoch Iturbide.
He is currently making a name for himself in the United States market, having starred alongside Bon Jovi in Vampires: Los Muertos (2002) and the Academy Award-winning Frida (2002). He was also in the western Open Range, the sequel to Dirty Dancing, entitled Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights, as well as The Terminal with Tom Hanks, and Criminal with John C. Reilly. In 2008, he appeared in the Harvey Milk bio-pic Milk playing Harvey’s flamboyant but emotionally unstable lover Jack Lira.
In 2011, Luna played the male lead in Katy Perry’s music video for “The One That Got Away“. 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. 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.
In 2016 Diego played Cassian Andor in the Star Wars spin-off anthology film Rogue One.
He and Gael García Bernal own Canana Productions. The company recently joined with Golden Phoenix Productions owned by Producer Tom Golden of Hot Springs, Arkansas, to jointly produce a number of television documentaries about the unsolved murders of more than 300 women in the border city of Ciudad Juarez, across from El Paso, Texas.
They co-founded Ambulante A.C., their organization and film festival 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. Luna now sits on WOLA’s Board of Directors, 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.
Diego has two kids with actress Camila Sodi, Jerónimo and Fiona, named after Luna’s mother.
He will be next seen in two remakes of acclaimed productions: as Tony Montana in Scarface, currently in pre-production, and as Ray in Flatliners, currently in post-production. He’s also in the cast for Ana Lily Amirpour’s cannibal film The Bad Batch.