Pedro Pascal is a Chilean movie star who has won the hearts of millions of movie lovers over the years with his work onscreen. The down to earth and truly talented thespian is considered to be one of the brightly shining stars from Chile, who are making awesome strides in Hollywood at the moment. Having kick-started his acting career in 1996, Pascal has now been active in the movie industry for more than 20 years and has gone on to star in over 50 movies and series ever since.
Some of his works have caught attention around the world, fetching him awards and other recognitions in the process. There are many things you may not know about Pascal’s background and what he has achieved as an actor. Learn more about him below.
Pedro Pascal’s Early Years
Like we have mentioned earlier, Pedro Pascal is a Chilean national. The actor was born in Santiago, the capital city of Chile on the 2nd of April 1975. It is noteworthy that even though he is now widely known as Pedro Pascal, his full birth name is José Pedro Balmaceda Pascal.
Our investigation has shown that Pascal has Spanish roots from a Basque grandfather and Majorcan grandmother. Also, we know that the actor did not grow up in Chile, the place of his birth because shortly after he was born, he relocated to the USA with his parents.
Who are His Parents?
Pedro Pascal was born to a father called José Balmaceda and a mother identified as Verónica Pascal. According to our sources, Pascal’s dad works as a fertility doctor and his mom is a child psychologist. Before he was born, Pascal’s parents were involved in an opposition movement against the brutal regime of Augusto Pinochet, a Chilean dictator at the time.
As a result of this, their lives were put in danger and so, soon after Pedro Pascal’s birth, they were granted political asylum in Denmark. However, his parents eventually relocated to the U.S.A., where Pedro Pascal consequently grew up in California and Texas. The actor is very fond of his parents, who have also been very supportive of his career over the years.
He Has a Brother Who is Also a Thespian
Pedro Pascal is not an only child; he grew up with a younger brother named Lucas Balmaceda. Just like Pedro, Lucas is also an actor in Chile. Even though he is not as prolific as Pascal, he has made some strides so far and is known for starring in movies such as Narcos in 2015, and Prueba de Actitud in 2016.
Pedro Pascal’s Journey To Stardom As An Actor
Pedro Pascal’s claim to fame is his acting. The fact that he has made remarkable strides as a movie star of note and has stunned movie lovers time and time again with his great talent onscreen has made him a darling of many people.
The path he has had to thread to achieve his fame is quite a long one. But he has paid his dues and now the world admires his acting flair. But how did he achieve all his success as an actor?
Pedro Pascal’s Foray into Acting
Before he delved into acting, Pedro Pascal wanted to be a swimmer. As a child, he took so much interest in swimming that he got actively involved in competitive swimming and stunned observers with his skills. During this time, he competed in the state championships in Texas, when he was just 11 years old.
Pedro Pascal was in love with swimming, but he immediately stopped competing as a swimmer after he got into drama class and found out it was what he wanted to do. He later attended Orange County School of the Arts before heading to New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, where he honed his skills as an actor.
Pascal kick-started his career in 1993 when he got cast to play Alex in Burning Bridges, a short film. He went on to play roles in other projects, including Buffy the Vampire Slayer in 1999, Earth vs. the Spider in 2001, The Good Wife from 2009 to 2011, Lights Out in 2011, Body of Proof in 2012, Red Widow in 2013, and many others.
His Stint With ‘Game Of Thrones’
One of Pedro Pascal’s biggest roles so far is the one he played in Game Of Thrones, the world-famous American fantasy drama television series. Pascal was cast to play Oberyn Martell in the fourth season of the series, and this role perhaps gave him more recognition than he has ever gotten. For his work on Game Of Thrones, he won the Drama Guest Actor award at Gold Derby Awards in 2014.
Apart from acting in films, Pascal is also a successful stage actor and director with several years of experience. As a director, he earned the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award and Garland Award for his role in the International City Theater production of Orphans.
As a stage actor, he has performed in several contemporary and classical plays. He was in Jordan Harrison’s Off-Broadway play Maple and Vine; Nilo Cruz’s Beauty of the Father; Trista Baldwin’s Sand; Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa’s Based on a Totally True Story; Old Comedy by David Greenspan; Some Men by Terrence McNally; and in 2006, he appeared in the Park’s production of Shakespeare’s Macbeth. He is also a member of the New York City’s LAByrinth Theater Company.
Has He Made A Lot Of Money?
It is expected that having spent so many years being active as a movie star and director, as well as a stage actor, Pedro Pascal has made quite a lot of money from his craft. At the moment, the actor’s net worth has been pegged at about $2 million by different sources. This is not surprising at all, and it is expected that the figure will increase with time.