It is widely accepted that children will always follow in their parents’ footsteps. No wonder that Gael Garcia Bernal, who is born of a mother who is an actress and a father who is an actor, will naturally enter the entertainment industry as an actor. Even his stepfather, whom his mother married when he was very young, is a well-known photographer, and consequently, Gael has grown to be one of the most celebrated actors and film directors in Mexico.
Gael was born on November 30, 1978, in the city of Guadalajara, Mexico, the son of his father José Angel García, actor and director, and his mother Patricia Bernal, former model, now also an actress. His mother married his stepfather Sergio Yazbek when Gael was very young. Together with his mother Patricia and his stepfather Sergio, who is a photographer, raised Gael in Mexico. As a young guy, he enrolled in the Edron Academy in Mexico City. Gael was inspired to join the world of entertainment when his parents entered an annual clown contest.
The well-known actor is an ordinary Catholic, but he doesn’t really believe in the existence of God because he is described as an agnostic. Gael is multilingual, he is fluent in four languages, including Spanish, English, Portuguese, and French. It is also known that he speaks Italian to a certain extent.
Gael Garcia Bernal began acting at the tender age of one and spent his teenage years starring in telenovelas. He studied at the International Baccalaureate and his best subject was chemistry. Gael taught the indigenous people of Mexico how to read, which he did at the age of 14, always focusing on the Huichol people. In 1994, when he was 15 years old, the Chiapas uprising occurred, in which he was actively involved.
Gael was the first Mexican to be admitted to the Central School of Speech and Drama. This happened after he took a sabbatical year to travel the world when there was a long student strike at UNAM, Mexico’s national university where he studied philosophy.
Upon his return to the country, he was called to star in some of Mexico’s most famous films. These films include the Oscar-nominated Amores Perros (2000), Tu Mamá También (2001), and El Crimen del Padre Amaro (2002). In The Motorcycle Diaries, he played the leading role as Che Guevara. The film was a celebrated adaptation of the Cuban revolutionary and documented his early journeys through South America. His first feature film, directed by him, was released in Mexico in 2007.
Gael is a businessman among his many ventures and is co-owner of Canana Films with Diego Luna. Canana Films recently teamed up with Golden Phoenix Productions to produce several television documentaries about the murder of more than 300 women in the border town of Ciudad Juarez, which is still unsolved today.
The documentary film festival Ambulante was founded by Gael. It works to bring documentary films to places where they are hardly ever shown. He also helped create the Amnesty International short documentary series Los Invisibles. For his efforts, he was awarded the Human Rights Award of the Washington Office for Latin America in 2011.
His salaries from the roles he has taken on and the proceeds from the films and series he has directed, as well as his co-ownership of Canana Films with Diego Luna, have contributed immensely to his current net worth. In addition, the Ambulante Documentary Film Festival, which he founded, is a major contribution to Gael’s net worth, which is currently estimated at $12 million.
Gael Garcia Bernal: Is He Married? Wife, Kids
Gael and his partner Dolores Fonzi, who is also an actress, met on the set of Vidas Privadas in 2001. Although they were together for a very long time, the couple never married. They lived together for six years, from 2008 to 2014, which made some people believe that they were actually married.
The couple has two children. Their son, Lázaro, was born on January 8, 2009, in Madrid, Spain, while Libertad, their daughter, was born on April 4, 2014, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Gael commutes between Buenos Aires and Mexico City due to his commitments.
Girlfriend, Is He Gay?
If you have the good looks and the means to provide for a family, but refuse to get married, even if you’re on the hunt for 40, the rumor mill will be buzzing about your sexual orientation. As mentioned earlier, Gael Garcia Bernal had a girlfriend whom he dated for more than five years without marrying her, and they even share a son. So it’s no surprise that fans suspect that he might be gay. Nevertheless, as far as we know, his sexual orientation is heterosexual, he is not gay.
Gael chooses cardio training and running as his own form of training. His height is given as 1.7 m and a weight of 70 kg.