Diego Luna

Acting was the birthright of Diego Luna, whose parents were both involved in the theatrical arts. A soap star since childhood in his native Mexico, Luna, along with best friend Gael García Bernal, created an international stir with their sizzling chemistry in the erotic coming-of-age smash, "Y tu mamá también" ("And Your Mother Too") (2001). His subsequent big-budget American movies - especially his starring turn as the Patrick Swayze-inspired lead in "Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights" (2004) - disappointed, and Luna retreated to artsier fare, essaying a Michael Jackson impersonator in Harmony Korine's challenging "Mister Lonely" (2007). His Mexican films, like the smash mob thriller "Nicotina" (2003), continued to be enormous hits, and his reunion with Bernal in the country brothers-fighting-in-the-big-city comedy "Rudo y Cursi" ("Rude and Tacky") (2008) was no exception. After receiving mixed reviews for his small, flashy role in the Oscar-winning "Milk" (2008), Luna began to branch out into directing with the well-received dramedy "Abel" (2010) and the biopic "Cesar Chávez" (2014). While he remained somewhat under the celebrity radar in mainstream America, especially in comparison to Bernal, Luna continued to work steadily in front of and behind the camera, although his international profile was raised considerably with his starring role in "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" (2016).