Actor Gael Garcia Bernal to Be a Dad

08/14/2008 at 08:40 AM EDT

Actor Gael Garcia Bernal to Be a Dad
Dolores Fonzi and Gael García Bernal
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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.

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