Gael Garcia Bernal

 On this date in 1978, actor Gael Garcia Bernal was born in Guadalajara, Mexico. Garcia Bernal became the first Mexican accepted into London's prestigious Central School of Speech and Drama, where he studied to become an actor. Throughout his career Garcia Bernal has starred in many films, and has shaped the Mexican film industry. Garcia Bernal is known for remaining grounded and thoughtful even as a celebrity. His film credits include major roles in "Amores perros" (2000), "Y tu mama tambien" (2001), "El Crimen del padre Amaro" (2002), "The Motorcycle Diaries" (2004), "Babel" (2006), "Even the Rain" (2010), "Casa de Mi Padre" (2011), and "No" (2012). Garcia Bernal won a BAFTA for best actor for playing Che Guevara in "The Motorcycle Diaries" and "No" received a nomination for Best Foreign Film at the Oscars.

In the movie "El Crimen del padre Amaro," Garcia Bernal plays a young priest who forms a relationship with a teenaged girl who he eventually impregnates. He pressures her to get an abortion, and the unsafe and unregulated procedure kills the girl. The film examines blind faith and the amount of power the Church has in Mexico. The film received positive reviews, but caused a lot of controversy. The Roman Catholic Church attempted to stop the film from being released in Mexico.

Garcia Bernal married Argentinean actress Dolores Fonzi in 2009. They have two children, Lazaro and Libertad.

"I am . . . culturally Catholic, but spiritually agnostic."
"Yo soy . . . Culturalmente católico, pero espiritualmente agnóstico."

—— Gael Garcia Bernal in an interview with El Universal, a major Mexican daily newspaper based in Mexico City, Feb. 2, 2003.

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