Friendships in Hollywood are often a topic of interest, but the bond between Sarah Paulson and Pedro Pascal has recently caught attention for its exceptional depth. Their relationship dates back to 1993 when they first met as Pedro was a student at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.
“We would go to see movies all the time in those years,” Paulson said, “and we would get so lost in them. You can fill in the blanks about the why of that however you like, but I think there were things we wanted to escape mentally, emotionally, spiritually.”
Pedro moved to Los Angeles after college, attempting to make it as an actor. He landed some roles on TV shows but not enough to pay the bills, and he moved back to New York City to try again in 2000.
“He’s talked about this publicly, but there were times when I would give him my per diem from a job I was working on so that he could have money to feed himself,” Paulson revealed to Esquire.
“I died so many deaths,” Pascal said about this period of his life. “My vision of it was that if I didn’t have some major exposure by the time I was 29 years old, it was over, so I was constantly readjusting what it meant to commit my life to this profession, and giving up the idea of it looking like I thought it would when I was a kid. There were so many good reasons to let that delusion go.”
These days, Pedro is thriving as the lead of two major television series, HBO’s “The Last of Us” and Disney’s “The Mandalorian,” with a short film set to premiere at the 2023 Cannes Film Festival.
“You just want him to succeed,” Paulson said. “And that to me, I feel like, is the sign of a major movie star. I’m ready for him to take the reins from the guys from romantic comedies past, like Bruce Willis and Mel Gibson and all these guys. He can be all that. Let’s remake ‘Die Hard’ with Pedro. Remake all the ‘Lethal Weapon’ movies with Pedro.”