Gael García Bernal was born in Guadalajara, Jalisco to Patricia Bernal (an
actress and former model) and José Ángel García (an actor and director). His
stepfather is Sergio Yasbek, who his mother married when he was young. Gael
speaks Spanish, Italian, French, and English. He is also a close friend of actor
Diego Luna. Bernal started acting as a one-year-old and spent most his teen
years starring in soap operas.
Gael García Bernal was becoming a soap-opera heartthrob, but at age 19, he left Mexico's television world to study acting at the prestigious Central School of Speech and Drama in London, UK.
Subsequently, Bernal has starred in some of Mexico's most celebrated recent films, beginning with Amores Perros (2000), then 2001's Y Tu Mamá También, and El Crimen del Padre Amaro (2002). It was his debut as a working-class street thug in the Oscar-nominated Amores Perros that first grabbed Hollywood's attention.
Gael García Bernal has also done some theatre work, including a 2005 production of Bodas de sangre ("Blood Wedding"), by Federico García Lorca in the Almeida theatre, London.
Gael García Bernal also portrayed Argentine-born physician turned Cubano revolutionary Che Guevara twice, first in the 2002 TV miniseries Fidel and then, better known, in 2004's The Motorcycle Diaries, an adaptation of a journal a 23-year-old Guevara wrote about his travels across South America.
Gael García Bernal is one of the most internationally-known film stars that Mexico has produced. Bernal has worked for directors like Pedro Almodovar, Walter Salles, Alejandro González Iñárritu and Michel Gondry among others.
Bernal is currently directing his first feature film.
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