Pedro Pascal Walked A Long Way From A Deadbeat Goth to Ultimate Dad
The actor's two-decade old appearance in the NYPD Blue episode clearly shows how much he has grown in terms of his roles.
Today, Pedro Pascal is known and loved by countless fans as the embodiment of the "ultimate internet dad" after his roles as Din Djarin from The Mandalorian and Joel Miller from The Last of Us TV shows.
Others may recognize him as the exotic and fearless Oberyn Martell from the TV series Game of Thrones, or the charismatic Agent Whiskey from Kingsman: The Golden Circle, or many of his other memorable roles on the big screen and television.
However, it took the actor many years to reach his current status, as his early roles were very, very different. Perhaps the most telling evidence of this came in an episode 9 of season 8 of NYPD Blue titled "Oh, Golly Goth" more than two decades ago, in 2001.
There, Pedro portrayed the manipulative and hilariously pretentious Shane "Dio" Morrissey, the prime suspect in a stabbing case, and the actor, who was 26 at the time, was definitely the crown jewel of the episode.
Pascal is almost unrecognizable as the insufferably smug and sleazy Dio, who constantly taunts the detectives and is willing to throw his "girlfriend" under the bus to protect himself, proving that the actor has always had talent.
Fun fact: during his appearance on the Hot Ones episode, Pascal revealed that the "satanic language" was complete nonsense, improvised on the spot.
Fans can't help but marvel at how much the actor has grown from the role of "deadbeat goth" to prince of a powerful kingdom, space bounty hunter, and troubled smuggler in a post-apocalyptic world.
Through hard work, dedication and talent, Pascal has clearly earned his place among the most celebrated actors of our time.
Pedro Pascal's next big screen appearance will be in Ethan Coen's Drive-Away Dolls, which will be released on September 22, 2023.
The release dates for The Mandalorian season 4 and The Last of Us season 2 have not yet been announced.