It's the year of Pedro Pascal
Since the premiere of the series 'The Last of Us' on HBO Max, the world of entertainment has not stopped pronouncing the name of this actor of Chilean origin.
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'The Last of Us' premiered on January 15 on HBO and HBO Max and since then, the release of each new chapter every Sunday at 9pm ET breaks its own previous audiences records.
The television series, which is based on the critically acclaimed video game of the same name developed by Naughty Dog exclusively for PlayStation® platforms, 'takes place 20 years after modern civilization has been destroyed. Joel (Pedro Pascal), a hardened survivor, is hired to smuggle 14-year-old Ellie (Bella Ramsey) out of an oppressive quarantine zone. “What starts out as a small job soon turns into a brutal and harrowing journey as both must traverse the United States and depend on each other for survival,” reads the synopsis.
Pascal and Ramsey are joined in the cast by Ashley Johnson, Troy Baker, Gabriel Luna as Tommy, Anna Torv as Tess, Nico Parker as Sarah, Murray Bartlett as Frank, Nick Offerman as Bill, Melanie Lynskey as Kathleen, Storm Reid as Riley , Merle Dandridge as Marlene, Jeffrey Pierce as Perry, Lamar Johnson as Henry, Keivonn Woodard as Sam, Graham Greene as Marlon, and Elaine Miles as Florence.
s 'The Last of Us' is written and produced by Craig Mazin and Neil Druckmann. In addition to representing a record audience for HBO, which has already confirmed a second season, the production has catapulted the name of actor of Latino origin Pedro Pascal.
WHO IS PEDRO PASCAL?
Born in Chile in 1975, Pedro Balmaceda Pascal fled Chile, along with his family, when he was only 9 months old. “My family had to escape from Pinochet and he brought me and my brothers to the United States. They were very brave and without them I would not be in this wonderful country," said the actor in his recent appearance on Saturday Night Live.
Pedro had a childhood marked by exile in San Antonio (Texas) and where he also found his real vocation: acting. Moved by what he believed could be more than a passion, he traveled to New York where he enrolled at the Tisch School of the Arts. The beginning of his new life coincided with the death of her mother, and in honor of her and seeing that Americans found it difficult to pronounce 'Balmaceda', Pedro chose to use the surname 'Pascal'.
By the end of the 90s, the young Chilean began his acting career with supporting roles and appearances in "Buffy the Vampire Slayer", for example.
In 2014, Pascal landed one of the main roles of his career: that of Oberyn Martell in 'Game of Thrones'. A year later, he would land the role of Javier Peña, a DEA agent, in the television series 'Narcos'.
Pascal is currently starring in the series 'The Mandalorian', the Star Wars television saga, alongside the Mexican actor Diego Luna.
Likewise, he has recently starred -along with Ethan Hawke- 'Strange Form of Life', a film by Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar which will debut in Cannes in May.