Pedro Pascal, the Chilean-American star of “The Last of Us” and “The Mandalorian” turned 48 yesterday, and his friends and colleagues shared heartfelt tributes to him to commemorate the occasion. Pascal’s career first reached new heights when he was cast as Oberyn Martell in “Game of Thrones”, and now, in the age of the internet, Pascal has become the subject of both a massive fanbase and humorous memes, notably a TikTok trend that includes a clip of him eating a sandwich. This weekend, the entertainment industry honored Pascal’s legacy of kindness and lengthy career in acting.
Pascal was reunited with fellow “Game of Thrones” alum Bella Ramsey, who played Lydia Marmont, on another HBO hit series, “The Last of Us”. Ramsey and Pascal play Ellie Williams and Joel Miller as they trek across the country to attempt to find a cure to a deadly disease that has created an apocalyptic landscape in America. The video game-to-television adaptation has attracted praise for its inclusive casting, striking visuals, and emotionally impactful performances. Pascal and Ramsey’s characters have a surrogate father-daughter relationship, and the actors maintain a close friendship offscreen. Ramsey shared a tribute to Pascal in honor of his birthday, which featured several behind-the-scenes photos of the actor.
Several other celebrities commented on the post, including television host and comedian Chelsea Handler, who wrote “Cutest duo ever.” Fans of Handler’s show, “Dear Chelsea,” encouraged Handler to invite them onto her show as guests.
Actress Sarah Paulson, who notably stars in “American Horror Story” and a series of other Emmy nominated projects, met Pascal while he was studying at New York University. Paulson shared a series of throwback photos of the pair on her Instagram story.
Actor Mark Ruffalo also shared a tribute to Pascal on Instagram. Fans of both actors were surprised to learn that the pair were friends, and many called for a collaboration between them.
Pascal’s sister, fellow actress Lux Pascal, also shared a tribute to her older brother. Lux has praised Pedro for supporting her and the LGBTQ+ community at large after she came out as transgender in 2020.
Pascal’s current project, Disney’s “The Mandalorian”, wraps up its third season on April 19. His latest film, “Strange Way of Life,” in which he stars alongside actor Ethan Hawke, is set to premiere at Cannes Film Festival this spring.