Gael García Bernal
Gael García Bernal
Gael García Bernal at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival
|Born||30 November 1978|
|Partner(s)||Dolores Fonzi (2008–2014)|
Gael García Bernal (Spanish pronunciation: [ɡaˈel ɣaɾˈsi.a βeɾˈnal]; born 30 November 1978) is a Mexican actor and producer. García Bernal is best known for his performances in the films Bad Education, The Motorcycle Diaries, Amores perros, Y Tu Mamá También, Babel, and Coco, and for his role as Rodrigo de Souza in the Amazon Studios' web television series Mozart in the Jungle. He and Diego Luna founded Canana Films in Mexico City.
García Bernal was nominated for a BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for The Motorcycle Diaries in 2005, and in 2016 won his first Golden Globe Award for Best Actor — Television Series Musical Or Comedy for Mozart in the Jungle. In 2016, Time Magazine named him in the annual Time 100 most influential people list.
García Bernal was born in Guadalajara, Mexico, the son of Patricia Bernal, an actress and former model, and José Ángel García, an actor and director. His stepfather is Sergio Yazbek, whom his mother married when García Bernal was young. He started acting at just a year old and spent most of his teen years starring in telenovelas. When he was fourteen, he taught indigenous people in Mexico to read, often working with the Huichol people. At the age of 15, he took part in peaceful demonstrations during the Chiapas uprising of 1994.
He began studying philosophy at UNAM, Mexico's national university but, during a prolonged student strike, he decided to take a sabbatical to travel around Europe. He then moved to London, and became the first Mexican accepted to study at the Central School of Speech and Drama.
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After García Bernal's success in soap operas, Mexican director Alejandro González Iñárritu offered García Bernal a part in the Oscar-nominated Amores Perros (2000). The film won rave reviews, and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. From there, Garcia Bernal went on to star in several films, including director Alfonso Cuarón's Y tu mamá también (2001) and the Mexican box-office record-breaker El crimen del Padre Amaro (2002). He has also done some theatre work, including a 2005 production of Bodas de Sangre, by Federico García Lorca, in the Almeida Theatre in London. García Bernal also portrayed Argentine revolutionary Che Guevara twice, first in the 2002 TV miniseries Fidel and then, better known, in The Motorcycle Diaries (2004), an adaptation of a journal the 23-year-old Guevara wrote about his travels across South America. He was nominated for a BAFTA in 2005 for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role for The Motorcycle Diaries.
García Bernal has worked for acclaimed directors including González Iñárritu, Pedro Almodóvar, Walter Salles, Alfonso Cuarón, Michel Gondry, and Iciar Bollaín, among others. He has taken on roles in English-language films, including the Gondry-directed The Science of Sleep and The King, for which he earned rave reviews.
García Bernal directed his first feature film, Déficit which was released in 2007. He was cast in the 2008 film Blindness, an adaptation of the 1995 novel of the same name by José Saramago, winner of the Nobel Prize, about a society suffering an epidemic of blindness. As in the novel, the characters have only descriptions, no names or histories; while director Fernando Meirelles said some actors were intimidated by the concept of playing such characters, "'With Gael,' he said, 'I never think about the past. I just think what my character wants.'" García Bernal again paired with Diego Luna in Rudo y Cursi directed by Carlos Cuarón.
García Bernal and Diego Luna own Canana Films. The company recently joined with Golden Phoenix Productions to produce a number of television documentaries about the unsolved murders of more than 300 women in the border city of Ciudad Juarez.
In 2010, he co-directed with Marc Siver four short films in collaboration with Amnesty International. The tetralogy, called "Los Invisibles," is about migrants from Central America in Mexico, their journey and risks, their hopes, and what they can contribute to Mexico, the US and the world. He directed the movies, did the interviews and also narrates the four short movies. He starred in Even the Rain (2010), Spain's official entry for the 2011 Academy Awards.
García Bernal narrated Human Planet for Hispanic audiences, which premiered on Discovery en Español on 25 April 2011 and aired on Discovery Channel in Latin America on May 12. For the third time García Bernal appeared with Diego Luna in the American Spanish-language comedy film Casa de Mi Padre, opposite Will Ferrell, where he played a feared drug lord. García Bernal's next projects included a film adaptation of José Agustín's Ciudades Desiertas and the Jon Stewart directorial biopic Rosewater, in which he portrayed Maziar Bahari to widespread critical acclaim. He was set to star in the 20th Century Fox reboot Zorro film called Zorro Reborn. The script is by Glen Gers, Lee Shipman, and Brian McGeevy.
In June 2014, he began production as the star of the dramatic comedy Zoom, directed by Pedro Morelli.
In 2014, he was cast in the lead role of Rodrigo de Souza in the Amazon Studios comedy-drama television series Mozart in the Jungle. His performance in the show was met with rave reviews, earning him a Golden Globe Award in 2016.
In 2017, he was announced as a member of the U.S. Dramatic Jury at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. That same year, he provided the voice of Héctor, an undead trickster and one of the main protagonists of the Pixar animated film Coco.
García Bernal founded The Ambulante Documentary Film Festival, which works to bring documentary films to places where they are rarely shown, and helped to create the Amnesty International Short Documentary Series Los Invisibles. For this work, he was awarded the Washington Office on Latin America's Human Rights Award in 2011.
García Bernal was with his partner, Argentine actress Dolores Fonzi, from 2008 to 2014. They met on the set of Vidas privadas in 2001. Contrary to media reports, they never married, according to an interview given by Bernal in Elle magazine. On 8 January 2009 their son Lázaro was born in Madrid, Spain. Their daughter, Libertad, was born on 4 April 2011 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The couple ended their relationship in September 2014. He divides his time between Buenos Aires and Mexico City.
|1992||El abuelo y yo||Daniel Garcia Medina||Lead role|
|2000||Queen of Swords||Churi||"Honor Thy Father" (season 1, episode 8)|
|2006||Soy tu fan||Emilio||"¡Que viva México!" (season 1, episode 8)|
|2014–2018||Mozart in the Jungle||Rodrigo de Souza||Lead role|
Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy
Image Foundation Award for Best Actor – Television
|2016||Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy||Mozart in the Jungle||Won|||
|2017||Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy||Mozart in the Jungle||Nominated|||
|2005||Best Actor||The Motorcycle Diaries||Nominated|||
Abu Dhabi Film Festival
|2007||Outstanding Actor - Motion Picture||Babel||Nominated|||
|2001||Best Actor (Mejor Actor)||Amores Perros||Won|||
|2017||Best Actor (Mejor Actuación Masculina)||You're Killing Me Susana||Nominated|||
|2019||Best Actor (Mejor Actuación Masculina)||Museo||Nominated|||
Awards Circuit Community Awards
|2006||Best Cast Ensemble||Babel||Nominated|||
Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards
|2007||Best Acting Ensemble||Babel||Nominated|||
Cannes Film Festival
|2003||Chopard Trophy (Male Revelation)||Won|||
Chicago Film Critics Association Awards
|2003||Most Promising Performer||The Crime of Father Amaro
Y Tu Mamá También
Chicago International Film Festival
|2000||Best Actor||Amores perros||Won|||
|2003||Best Actor||Y Tu Mamá También||Nominated|||
|2005||Best Actor||Bad Education||Won|||
|2007||Best Actor||The Science of Sleep||Nominated|||
Cinema Brazil Grand Prize
|2009||Best Supporting Actor (Melhor Ator Coadjuvante)||Blindness||Nominated|||
Cinema Writers Circle Awards, Spain
|2002||Best Supporting Actor (Mejor Actor Secundario)||Don't Tempt Me||Nominated|||
|2005||Best Actor (Mejor Actor)||Bad Education||Nominated|||
Cork International Film Festival
|2013||Audience Award||Who is Dayani Cristal?||Won|||
Dublin Film Critics Circle Awards
|2002||Best Supporting Actor||Don't Tempt Me||Nominated|
|2009||Popular Breakthrough of the Year||Rudo y Cursi||Won|
|2009||Best theme for a film||Rudo y Cursi||Nominated|
El Heraldo de México
|2001||Best actor||Y Tu Mamá También||Nominated|
|2010||Can He Act or What?||Rudo y Cursi||Nominated|
Venice Film Festival
|2001||Marcello Mastroianni Award (shared with Diego Luna)||Y Tu Mamá También||Won|
ACE Awards New York
|2005||Best Actor||The Motorcycle Diaries||Nominated|
Mayahuel de Plata Awards
|«Cristobal» (with Devendra Banhart)||Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon|
|«Before The Sunset» (with Compass)||Compass|
|«Vagabundo»||El abuelo y yo|
|«If You Rescue Me (Chanson des Chats)» (with Sacha Bourdo, Alain Chabat and Aurelia Petit)||The Science of Sleep|
|«Quiero que me quieras»||Rudo y Cursi|
|«A Morte De Pé Em Palco» (with José Saramago)||José e Pilar (Banda Sonora Original)|
|«Everyone Knows Juanita»||Coco (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)|
|«Un poco loco» (with Anthony Gonzalez)|
|«Remember Me (Lullaby)» (with Gabriella Flores and Libertad Garcia Fonzi)|
|«Juanita»||Coco (Banda Sonora Original)|
|«Un poco loco» (with Luis Ánge Gómez Jaramillo)|
|«Recuérdame (Arrullo)» (with Lucy Hernández)|
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