Gael García Bernal began his acting career as a child, working with his parents in a variety of plays. When he was fourteen, he starred in a soap opera called "Abuelo y yo, El" (1992). He appeared in film school exercises and short films, including De tripas, corazón (1996), directed by Antonio Urrutia, which was nominated for an Academy 'Award' for Best Short Film, and Ojo en la nuca, El (2001), a short film directed by Rodrigo Plá. Bernal studied acting in the Central School of Speech and Drama in London. Amores perros (2000) was his first major feature film, followed by Y tu mamá también (2001), directed by Alfonso Cuarón and photographed by Emmanuel Lubezki.
Studied acting in London.
Close friend of Diego Luna.
Son of Patricia Bernal and José Ángel García.
Was named one of "People en Español"'s 25 Most Beautiful 2002 (June 2002 Issue)
He can speak English, Italian, Spanish and French
Dated actress Natalie Portman (March 2003-May 2004)
At 17, traveled to Europe and, in 1999, studied dramatic art at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London, England for three years. He was the first Mexican to be accepted at this prestigious school.
He said his idols are Klaus Kinski, Daniel Day-Lewis, and Marcello Mastroianni.
Has been cast twice as the revolutionary guerrilla fighter 'Ernesto "Che" Guevara' . First in the miniseries _"Fidel" (2002) (mini)_ and later in the film Diarios de motocicleta (2004) (The motorcycle diaries).
Invited to join AMPAS in 2005.
As he is Mexican born, he had to be able to do a convincing Spanish accent before Pedro Almodóvar would allow him to get his role(s) in the movie Mala educación, La (2004).