Born José Pedro Balmaceda Pascal in Santiago, Chile, the internet’s daddy is better known by his stage name—Pedro Pascal. As of July 12, 2023, however, you can also call him Emmy nominee Pedro Pascal.
After two decades of memorable roles on TV and film, Pascal recently received his first three Emmy nominations: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his work on The Last of Us; Outstanding Narrator for Patagonia: Life on the Edge of the World; and Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for his stint on SNL.
The Emmy nods are well-deserved, of course, and have made him the most nominated Latinx artist in a single year. He is also the first Latinx artist to be recognized in the drama category since Jimmy Smits’ four nominations for NYPD Blue between 1996 and 1999.
Pascal’s acting resume involves some of the best TV shows and films in recent memory — and it’s only set to grow in the years to come. Here’s where you can watch Pedro Pascal in his element.
The Last of Us (2023-Present)
IMDb Rating: 8.8/10
When Pascal got the call about getting the role of Joel in HBO Max’s critically acclaimed The Last of Us, he had just taken an Ambien and would soon forget that he got the job. He woke up anxious the next morning, not realizing he had just booked the lead role in what would soon be one of 2023’s biggest TV series.
Based on one of the most beloved video games of all time, The Last of Us follows Pascal’s Joel as he transports Bella Ramsey’s Ellie Westward in hopes of finding a cure to the virus that has destroyed humanity.
Pascal has received lots of well-earned praise for this project, and we can’t wait for Season 2.
Where to watch The Last of Us: HBO Max
The Mandalorian (2019-Present)
IMDb Rating: 8.7/10
It’s a testament to Pascal’s acting skill that he is able to deliver so much emotion through a helmet in The Mandalorian, the first live-action TV series of the Star Wars franchise on Disney+.
In it, Pascal plays the titular character, whose real name is Din Djarin, a bounty hunter on the outer edges of the galaxy and an unexpected father figure to the Force-sensitive child Grogu.
There’s a lot to love in this series, even for those who aren’t die-hard Star Wars fans. There’s action, adventure, absolute cuteness from Grogu, and Pascal once again embodies the reluctant but ultimately fiercely protective paternal figure we love to see. All of it makes for an engaging experience in a galaxy far, far away.
Where to watch The Mandalorian: Disney+
Game of Thrones (2014)
IMDb Rating: 9.2/10
HBO’s Game of Thrones is full of iconic characters and fascinating plot lines, but when Pascal went strutting into King’s Landing as Oberyn Martell in Season 4 of the show, fans had a new — and instant — favorite.
After all, who could forget lines like, “When it comes to war, I fight for Dorne. When it comes to love… I don’t choose sides,” (bisexual king!) or “Tell him the Lannisters aren’t the only ones who pay their debts”?
This was the role that vaulted Pascal’s career into new levels, and rightly so. Across just seven episodes, his vengeful prince with a healthy hatred towards Lannisters stole every scene he was in — along with plenty of hearts in the process.
Where to watch Game of Thrones: HBO Max
IMDb Rating: 8.8/10
Pascal has proven time and again how bright his star shines in fantasy worlds, but in Netflix’s Narcos, we see another side of him — this time, in a serialized crime drama inspired by the true story of narco-terrorist and drug lord Pablo Escobar.
In the show, Pascal plays Javier Peña, a DEA agent tasked with bringing Escobar down. It was his first major role after appearing on Game of Thrones, and the actor didn’t disappoint.
One of the rare Netflix originals that truly live up to the hype, Narcos offers up plenty of action, suspense, and, surprisingly, a bit of humor as it shows us the drug cartels in the ‘80s and the DEA’s efforts to thwart them. It also, blessedly, offers a front-row look at Pascal’s acting chops.
Where to watch Narcos: Netflix
The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent (2022)
IMDb Rating: 7.0/10
In Tom Gormican’s meta-action comedy The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent, Nicolas Cage plays himself.
Struggling as an actor and on the brink of quitting, Nicolas decides to accept a vague offer of $1 million to attend the birthday party of one Javi Gutierrez, played by none other than Pascal. The two fall into a bromance, but things grow complicated when the CIA informs Nicolas that his new bestie may not be what he seems.
Pascal plays the dreamy billionaire playboy with a hidden edge to perfection, and the entire film is a smart and wildly funny adventure. It did poorly at the box office, which is a shame, so I would highly recommend streaming it on Starz for a little cosmic justice.
Where to watch The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent: Starz
Triple Frontier (2019)
IMDb Rating: 6.5/10
Triple Frontier, a Netflix original, is an ambitious action flick that follows a crew of ex-special forces who plot one last mission: robbing a South American crime lord. In it, Pascal plays the team’s pilot Francisco “Catfish” Morales alongside Ben Affleck, Oscar Isaac, Charlie Hunnam, and Garrett Hedlund.
It’s undoubtedly a strong cast doing their best with an uneven script, but the film is a good enough 125-minute watch if you’re a fan of action, adventure, and Pedro Pascal.
Where to watch Triple Frontier: Netflix
IMDb Rating: 6.3/10
Zeek Earl and Chris Caldwell’s Prospect is definitely one of Pascal’s lesser-known films, but it shows us an early glimpse of the two things he’s come to be known for in 2023: acting while wearing a helmet and being a paternal figure to an orphaned adolescent.
In this sci-fi thriller, Pascal plays Ezra, one-half of a prospector duo that encounters Jay Duplass’ Damon and his daughter, Sophie Thatcher’s Cee. A clash forces Cee and Ezra to team up, and alliances are tested as they attempt to mine for gems in a poisonous moon and try to make it out alive.
What it lacks in fancy special effects, Prospect more than makes up for in its stylish cinematography and fantastic acting. It took home the Adam Yauch Hörnblowér Award in 2018’s South by Southwest Film Festival.
Where to watch Prospect: Amazon Prime Video