Watch Pedro Pascal Artfully Avoid TMZ’s Evil Attempts To Get Him Canceled

Pedro Pascal gracefully answered a TMZ reporter's leading questions about LGBTQ+ representation on The Last of Us.

By Sean Thiessen | Updated

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Pedro Pascal just avoided a career apocalypse. The Last of Us star was ambushed in a parking lot by a TMZ reporter firing loaded questions in an attempt to corner Pascal into a controversial remark. With the grace of his Mandalorian character, Pascal evaded the trap and clapped back with style.

The TMZ reporter waited for Pedro Pascal as he exited his vehicle. They began by asking Pedro Pascal what he had to say to fans of The Last of Us, who keep getting their hearts broken as the show repeatedly introduces lovable characters only to kill them shortly after. Pascal replied, “It’s worth it.”

Then the impromptu interview took a turn. As Pedro Pascal walked away, the reporter asked, “What do you say to the people that don’t want to see the LGBT character love stories?” Already crossing the parking lot, Pascal managed to reply, “They do!”

When Pascal returned to his car, the reporter was still there. “Why is it so important to have LGBTQ+ characters on TV shows?” they asked. “I think you’re asking the question because you know why it’s so important,” Pedro Pascal replied. The actor slid into the driver’s seat, and the news hound took one more crack at him.

“Can you tell me why?” TMZ asked. “You should know why,” Pascal said. With that, Pedro Pascal concluded the interview.

HBO’s The Last of Us has been a phenomenon for the streamer. The show has drawn massive viewership and critical acclaim over its eight-episode run. Amidst its success, the show has also been at the center of controversy.

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Some criticize the show for glamorizing conservative values, while others rail against its inclusion of LGBTQ+ characters and love stories. Despite unhappy viewers on both sides of the political divide, the show’s cast and creators, including Pedro Pascal, are standing by their work. Bella Ramsey, who plays Ellie on the show, said in her GQ interview that critics of LGBTQ+ storylines are “gonna have to get used to it.”

Even as news outlets try to trip Pedro Pascal up, the actor handles his fame with grace. Pascal’s career has exploded in the past few years. He has been working since the 1990s, but things changed when the actor landed a role on Game of Thrones in 2014. He followed that up with Narcos, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, and in 2019, The Mandalorian.

The Star Wars show launched Pedro Pascal into superstardom that led to him starring alongside Gal Gadot in Wonder Woman 1984, Nicolas Cage in The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent, and now with Bella Ramsey in The Last of Us. Well on his way to being a household name, Pedro Pascal is reportedly being eyed for a Marvel role, but he has even more projects already on the way.

Pascal will star with Ben Mendelsohn and Avatar: The Way of Water star Jack Champion in the drama Freaky Tales. Then he will team with Walter Goggins in writer/director Nadia Conners’ comedy The Uninvited, in which a party crasher catalyzes a chain of life-altering mishaps. Pedro Pascal is set to team up with Stranger Things’ David Harbour for My Dentist’s Murder Trial, which tells the story of a dentist accused of murdering his best friend with lethal sedation.

Pedro Pascal is a diverse actor, jumping from heavy drama to space western to comedy with ease. As Pascal ascends the ladder of fame, the scrutiny that accompanies it is already following. If Pascal can continue to answer leading questions the way he did during the latest TMZ ambush, he should be just fine.