Gael Garcia Bernal
Gael García Bernal
Gael García Bernal in an interview in May 2017.png
Bernal in an interview in May 2017
Born (1978-10-30) 30 October 1978 (age 38)[1]
Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
Occupation Actor, director
Years active 1989-present
Dolores Fonzi (2008-2014)
Children 2

Gael García Bernal (Spanish pronunciation: [?a'el ?ar'si.a ?er'nal]; born 30 October 1978) is a Mexican film actor, director, and producer. He and Diego Luna founded Canana Films in Mexico City. He is mostly known for his performances in the films Bad Education, The Motorcycle Diaries, and Babel, and in Amazon Studios' web television series Mozart in the Jungle.

García Bernal was nominated for a BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for The Motorcycle Diaries in 2005 and in 2016 was nominated and won his first Golden Globe Award for Best Actor for Mozart in the Jungle. In 2016, Time Magazine named him in the annual Time 100 most influential people list.[2]

Early life

Gael 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.[3] His stepfather is Sergio Yazbek, whom his mother married when García Bernal was young.[4] 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 peoples in Mexico to read, often working with the Huichol people.[5] At the age of 15, he took part in peaceful demonstrations during the Chiapas uprising of 1994.[6][7]

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.[8] He then moved to London, England, and became the first Mexican accepted to study at the Central School of Speech and Drama.[9][10]


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).

Subsequently, he has starred in several films, including 2001's Y tu mamá también and 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 Baillin, among others. He has taken on roles in English-language films, including the Gondry-directed The Science of Sleep, the Alejandro González Iñárritu's Babel, and The King, for which he earned rave reviews.[11]

García Bernal in 2005

In 2007, he was also a member of the jury of the 57th Berlin International Film Festival.[]

García Bernal directed his first feature film, Déficit (2007).[12]

García was cast for 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.'"[13] 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 May 2010, García Bernal did a cameo appearance as himself, playing Cristiano Ronaldo in Ronaldo: The Movie for the Nike advertisement, Write the Future.

In 2010, he co-directed with Marc Siver four short films in collaboration with Amnesty International. This tetralogy is called "Los Invisibles" 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.[14] He starred in Even the Rain (2010), the official Spanish entry for the 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.[15] 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.[16] García Bernal's next projects include a film adaptation of José Agustín's Ciudades Desiertas and the Jon Stewart directorial biopic Rosewater,[17] in which he portrayed Maziar Bahari to widespread critical acclaim. He starred in the 20th Century Fox reboot Zorro film called Zorro Reborn. The script is by Glen Gers, Lee Shipman, and Brian McGeevy.[18]

In April 2014, he was announced as a member of the main competition jury at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.[19]

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 2016, he starred in two movies selected to enter the competition for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, Desierto (Mexico) and Neruda (Chile).

In January 2017, he was announced as a member of the U.S. Dramatic Jury at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival.

Gael García Bernal founded The Ambulante Documentary Film Festival,[20] 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.[21] For this work, he was awarded the Washington Office on Latin America's Human Rights Award in 2011.[22]

Personal life

Gael García Bernal was with his partner, Argentine actress Dolores Fonzi, from 2008 to 2014. They met on the set of Vidas privadas in 2001. They never married, contrary to media reports according to an interview given by Gael Garcia Bernal in Elle magazine.[23] On 8 January 2009 their son Lázaro was born in Madrid, Spain.[24][25] Their daughter Libertad was born on 4 April 2011 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.[26] The couple ended their relationship in September 2014.[27] He divides his time between Buenos Aires and Mexico City.[28]

He has described himself as "culturally Catholic but spiritually agnostic".[29]


Golden Globes

Year Category Series Result
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

Ariel Award

Year Category Film Result
2001 Best actor Amores Perros Won

BAFTA Awards

Year Category Film Result
2006 Rising star Nominated
2005 Best Actor The Motorcycle Diaries Nominated

Goya Awards

Year Category Film Result
2002 Best supporting actor Don't Tempt Me Nominated

Premios Oye!

Year Category Song Result
2009 Popular Breakthrough of the Year Quiero que me quieras Won[30]
2009 Best theme for a film Quiero que me quieras Nominated

El Heraldo de México

Year Category Film Result
2001 Best actor Y Tu Mamá También Nominated

Premios Juventud

Year Category Film Result
2010 Can He Act or What? Rudo y cursi Nominated

Venice Film Festival

Year Category Film Result
2001 Premio Marcello Mastroianni (shared with Diego Luna) Y tu mamá también Won

ACE Awards New York'

Year Category Film Result
2005 Best Actor The Motorcycle Diaries Nominated

Mayahuel de Plata Awards

Year Category Film Result
2009 Achievement Award Won



Year Title Role Notes
1989 Teresa Peluche Recurring role
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-present Mozart in the Jungle Rodrigo Lead role
Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Television Series Musical or Comedy
Image Foundation Award for Best Actor - Television


Year Title Role Notes
1996 De tripas, corazón Martín Short film
2000 Amores perros Octavio Ariel Award for Best Actor
Silver Hugo Award for Best Actor
Premio ACE for Best Actor
2000 Cerebro Iván Short film
2001 Bendito Infierno Davenport Cinema Writers Circle Award for Best Actor
Goya Award for Best Supporting Actor
2001 The Last Post José Francisco BAFTA Nomination for Best Short Film[31][32]
2001 Vidas privadas Gustavo "Gana" Bertolini
2001 Y tu mamá también Julio Zapata Valdivia International Film Festival -- Best Actor (shared with Diego Luna)
Venice International Film Festival -- Marcello Mastroianni Award (shared with Diego Luna)
Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Most Promising Performer
MTV Movie Award for Best Kiss (shared with Diego Luna)
2001 El ojo en la nuca Pablo Urrutia Honorary Foreign Student Oscar Award
2002 Fidel Ernesto "Che" Guevara
2002 El Crimen del Padre Amaro Padre Amaro Ariel Award for Best Actor
Premio ACE for Best Actor
MTV Movie Award for Favorite Actor
Nominated-Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Most Promising Performer
Nominated--MTV Movie Award for Sexiest Scene (shared with Ana Claudia Talancón)
2003 Cuba Libre Ricky Released as Cuban Blood in the US
2003 Dot the I Kit Winter
2004 Bad Education Ángel/Juan/Zahara Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival -- Jury Award
Glitter Award for Best Actor
Valdivia International Film Festival -- Best Actor
Cinema Writers Circle Award for Best Actor
Spanish Actors Union Award for Lead Film Performance
2004 The Motorcycle Diaries Ernesto "Che" Guevara de la Serna Premio ACE for Best Actor
Nominated--BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role
Satellite Award for Best Actor - Motion Picture
2005 The King Elvis Valderez
2006 Babel Santiago Gotham Award for Best Ensemble Cast
Palm Springs International Film Festival Award -- Ensemble Cast Award
San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Performance by an Ensemble
Nominated--ALMA Award for Outstanding Actor - Motion Picture
Nominated--Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Acting Ensemble
Nominated--Imagen Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated--Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
2006 The Science of Sleep Stéphane French film, written and directed by Michel Gondry
2007 Déficit Cristobal Also director/producer
2007 El Pasado Rímini
2008 Blindness King of Ward 3 Vancouver Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Canadian Film
2008 Rudo y Cursi Tatto
2009 Sin Nombre Producer
2009 Mammoth Leo Vidales
2009 The Limits of Control Mexican
2009 8 - 'The Letter' - Producer/writer/director Only
2010 Los Invisibles
2010 Letters to Juliet Victor
2010 Even the Rain Sebastián Premio ACE for Best Supporting Actor
Palm Springs International Film Festival Award -- Ensemble Cast Award
2010 José and Pilar Himself Documentary about José Saramago (Nobel Prize in Literature, 1998)
2011 Miss Bala Producer from Canana Films
2011 A Little Bit of Heaven Julian Goldstein
2011 Casa de Mi Padre Onza
2011 The Loneliest Planet Alex
2012 No René Saavedra
2012 Vamps Diego Bardem
2013 Who is Dayani Cristal? Himself
2014 The Ardor Kaí
2014 Cesar Chavez Cameo Also producer
2014 Rosewater Maziar Bahari
2015 El aula vacía Narrator Also producer; film directed by 10 directors
2015 Desierto Moises
2015 Zoom Edward Deacon
2016 Neruda Oscar Peluchoneau
2016 Salt and Fire Dr. Fabio Cavani
2016 You're Killing Me Susana Eligio Pending--Ariel Award for Best Actor
2017 Coco Hector (voice)
2018 If you saw his heart Daniel Toronto international film festival - Platform competition


See also


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  13. ^ "Fall Movie Summer Preview, September: Blindness." Entertainment Weekly, Iss. #1007/1008, August 22/29, 2008, pg.55.
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  16. ^ Buchanan, Kyle (14 April 2011). "Will Ferrell's Spanish-Language Movie: ¿Qué?". New York Magazine. Retrieved 2011. 
  17. ^ White, James (May 22, 2013). "Gael Garcia Bernal Starring In Rosewater". Empire. 
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  19. ^ "The Jury of the 67th Festival de Cannes". Cannes. Retrieved 2014. 
  20. ^ "Ambulante A.C.". Ambulante A.C. 1 June 2012. Retrieved 2012. 
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  22. ^ "WOLA's Human Rights Awards". Washington Office on Latin America. 20 September 2011. Archived from the original on 6 April 2012. Retrieved 2012. 
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  24. ^ El País, El actor mexicano Gael García Bernal será padre en diciembre, 5 August 2008, accessed 5 August 2008
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