Sarah Paulson supported Pedro Pascal as a struggling actor

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Actress Sarah Paulson and actor Pedro Pascal attend the 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 30, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.  PHOTO AFP / MARK RALSTON / AFP / MARK RALSTON (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON / AFP via Getty Images)Image source: Getty/Dan MacMedan/WireImage

Sarah Paulson was a Pedro Pascal fans decades before the rest of the world caught up. Paulson recently detailed their longtime friendship in Pascal’s cover story for the April/May 2023 issue of Esquire. She also shared anecdotes about their early days in Hollywood: notably, Paulson gave Pascal her acting per diem to help the struggling actor support himself in the early 2000s.

Pascal met Paulson in 1993 while attending NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts in New York City. Paulson said, “We’d go to see movies all the time in those years, and we’d get so lost in them. You can fill in the blanks as to why you want, but I think there were things we wanted. escape mentally, emotionally, spiritually.”

“You just want him to succeed.”

After graduating from college in 1997, Pascal moved to Los Angeles, where he tried TV work on shows like “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Touched by an Angel”. The job was not enough to keep him financially stable, however, and he moved back to New York in 2000. Struggling to pay rent and put food on the table, Pascal depended on Paulson’s kindness to keep it afloat.

“He has spoken about this publicly, but there were times when I would give him my per diem from a job I was working on so he would have money to feed himself,” she said. -failed auditions went on, Pascal worried that his big acting break would never come. “I died so many deaths,” he told Esquire. “My vision of it was, if I had made a big appearance before I was 29 years old, it was over, so I was constantly re-reading what it meant to give my life to this profession, and ‘ give up the idea. as I thought it would be when I was a child. There were many good reasons for giving up that illusion.”

Although Pascal’s road to fame has been complicated, support—both financial and emotional—from friends like Paulson helped him become an award-winning actor (and one of the internet’s most famous crushes). Pascal’s recent stand-up roles include the title character in Disney+’s “The Mandalorian” and Joel in “The Last of Us” alongside Bella Ramsey.

Now, 30 years after they met in New York, Paulson is thrilled that “everybody wants a piece of it.” In fact, Paulson supports a new era in film with Pascal at the helm. “You just want him to succeed,” she said. “And that to me, I feel, is the mark of a major movie star. I’m ready to take it back from the guys from romantic comedies of the past, like Bruce Willis and Mel Gibson and all those people. It can do all that. Let’s do ‘Die Hard’ with Pedro. Remake all the ‘Lethal Weapon’ movies with Pedro.”

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