Dolores Fonzi and Gael García Bernal
08/14/2008 AT 08:40 AM EDT
Gael García Bernal – the Mexican actor who starred in Babel
, Y tu Mamá También
and Amores Perros
– is expecting his first child.
He and girlfriend Dolores Fonzi, an actress from Argentina, confirmed the pregnancy Wednesday in a statement to the Associated press.
"This statement is to say that, after so much speculation and comments, the actors ... are indeed expecting a baby at the start of next year," Garcia Bernal's production company, Canana Films, said in a statement.
Bernal, 29, previously dated Natalie Portman
. He and Fonzi costarred in 2001's Private Lives
In 2004, Gael Garcia Bernal claimed the title PEOPLE's Sexiest Import.