Diego Luna began his professional career on the stage at the ripe age of seven. At the age of twelve, he made his television debut, and has since included film, television and stage in his repertoire. He has lent his talent to over 30 films, both Mexican and foreign. Most notably, he is known for his roles in Y tu mamá también, directed by Alfonso Cuarón, Rudo y cursi, where he reunited with Gael García Bernal under the direction of Carlos Cuarón; Milk, directed by Gus Van Sant; and most recently in Elysium, directed by Neill Blomkamp.
Diego Luna has also been part of such theater productions as De película and El cántaro roto with the theater company Compañia Nacional de Teatro, with which he received a Young Talent Award (Premio Revelación Masculina 96-97) by the Theater Critics Association. In 2008, he produced and acted in The Good Canary, directed by John Malkovich.
At the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival, he made his directorial debut with the documentary J.C. Chávez. Abel became his second project behind the camera and his fiction feature debut, which also premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2010. In June 2012, Diego wrapped up production on his latest feature as a director, Chávez, based on the life of legendary farm worker and union leader César E. Chávez, which is currently in post-production.