Hunter Ingram When your day job is spent plotting a rebellion in a galaxy far, far away, it helps to have something that can bring you back down to Earth — or whatever planet you call home.
When he’s not the Empire’s most wanted on Disney+’s “Andor,” Diego Luna grounds himself by returning to the theater. He grew up going with his father, and it has been the constant of his career. “In a way, it has kept me sane,” says the actor after a long day on the London set of “Andor” Season 2. “Theater is a great way to go back and put your feet on the ground and remind you what this is all about.” In between production on seasons 1 and 2, he spent two months on a Madrid stage leading “Cada vez nos despedimos major,” a monologue that only featured himself, a musician and three lamps.
It was a far cry from the gigantic sets, hordes of extras and sky-high expectations of the “Star Wars” universe. That versatility in the scale of his projects has defined Luna’s entire career, for which he will be honored with the inaugural Variety Virtuoso Award on March 4 at the Miami Film Festival.
As a teenager, his foray into Mexican cinema came at a time when actors lent their own clothes and cars for the part. “It was well known that if you were asked to do cinema, the last thing you would do is think of getting paid,” he says.Read more on variety.com