Who is Pedro Pascal?
Pedro Pascal aka pascalispunk is a Chilean-born American actor. After taking small roles in films and television, Pedro Pascal rose to prominence following his role as Oberyn Martell in the fourth season of the HBO fantasy series “Game of Thrones”. He currently stars as the lead actor in two hit television shows: HBO’s “The Last Of Us” and Disney+’s “The Mandalorian”. He is also known as Pascalispunk.
Pedro Pascal’s full name is José Pedro Balmaceda Pascal. He was born on April 2, 1975, in Santiago, Chile. He is 48 years old as of May 2023.
About Pedro Pascal’s parents
Pedro Pascal was born to his parents José Balmaceda Riera (father) and Verónica Pascal Ureta (mother). His father was a fertility doctor while his mother was a child psychologist. According to Pascal, his parents were committed followers of the Chilean socialist politician Salvador Allende and were active in resistance groups against the Pinochet dictatorship. As a result of this, nine months after his birth, his family moved to the Venezuelan embassy in Santiago and later received political asylum in Denmark. The family later moved to the United States, where Pascal was raised in Orange County, California, and San Antonio, Texas.
About Pedro Pascal’s father- José Balmaceda Riera
José Balmaceda Riera was a fertility doctor popularly known as the father of Pedro Pascal. He got married to Verónica Pascal Ureta (Pedro Pascal’s mother) and they have four children. José Balmaceda was well-known for his innovative fertility treatments, but in 1995, he and his partners were accused of stealing patients’ eggs and embryos and implanting them in other women without their consent.
According to reports, about 40 former patients filed lawsuits against José Balmaceda and his partners, and some even filed lawsuits against other patients. As a result of this, José Balmaceda and his family went back home to avoid criminal charges and lawsuits. He was labelled a fugitive and indicted on twenty counts of mail fraud for insurance billing.
In 2001, he was arrested at the Ezeiza Airport in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and held for extradition to the United States. He was later released and told not to leave Argentina but was returned to Chile before his court hearing. As of 2023, reports have it that José Balmaceda serves as the director of the Latin American Assisted Reproduction Network, overseeing clinics in Chile, Peru, and Bolivia.
About Pedro Pascal’s mother- Verónica Pascal Ureta
Verónica Pascal Ureta was a child psychologist popularly known as the mother of Pedro Pascal. Verónica was the cousin of Andrés Pascal Allende, the nephew of socialist Chilean president Salvador Allende. She got married to José Balmaceda (Pedro Pascal’s father) and they have four children together. In 2000, when Pedro was 24 years old, Verónica Pascal Ureta committed suicide. In her honour, the actor changed his name from Pedro Balmaceda to Pedro Pascal.
In an interview with Paula Magazine in 2017, the actor spoke about the death of his mother.
The circumstances of my mother’s death made it very hard for us to remember her as the person she was. It hurts so much…Sometimes I feel anguished and I try to deal with it in the best possible way because I know that my mother would not want me to do it any other way.
She was the love of my life. I think about her every day. I don’t pray, so I can’t say I have a religious practice to feel close to her, but I live for her, even though she’s gone. Losing the most important person in your life, and discovering that something like this is possible and that what you fear most in life can happen, is an unexplainable and permanent moment. There is a before and after her death.
About Pedro Pascal’s siblings
Pedro Pascal is the second of four children. He has an elder sister and two younger siblings. His siblings include Javiera Balmaceda Pascal, Nicolás Balmaceda Pascal, and Lux Balmaceda Pascal.
About Pedro Pascal’s siblings
a. Javiera Balmaceda
Javiera Balmaceda Pascal is the elder sister of Pedro Pascal. She was born on October 4, 1972, in Chile. She is 50 years old as of May 2023. Javiera is Amazon Studios’ head of local originals for Spanish-speaking Latin America. She has also worked as the Programming Manager for Cartoon Network, Boomerang Latin America, and Video and Entertainment Manager at MySpace (Latin America). She also joined HBO Latin America as the Director of Programming in 2014 and Amazon in the department of content acquisitions in Latin America in 2017.
b. Nicolás Balmaceda Pascal
Nicolás Balmaceda Pascal is the younger brother of Pedro Pascal. Unlike his other siblings, Nicolás pursued a career in medicine just like their father. In 2019, Pedro Pascal posted on his Instagram page (@pascalispunk) that his younger brother, Nicolás Balmaceda Pascal was getting his PhD in pediatric neurology.
c. Lux Balmaceda Pascal
Lux Balmaceda Pascal is the younger transgender sister of Pedro Pascal. She is an American-born Chilean actress and transgender activist. She was born on June 4, 1992, in Orange County, California, United States. She is 30 years old as of May 2023. Lux studied theatre at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile.
Currently, she is pursuing her MFA in acting at the Juilliard School and is expected to graduate in 2023. Born biologically male, Lux Balmaceda Pascal publicly announced that she is a transgender woman in 2021 and went on to change her name from “Lucas Balmaceda” to “Lux Balmaceda Pascal” to reflect her maternal surname. She is currently in a relationship with actor José Antonio Raffo. The couple have been together since 2011.
Is Pedro Pascal gay?
Pedro Pascal (pascalispunk) has stirred gay rumours in the media due to his audacious lifestyle, fun persona and alliance with the LGBT community. These speculations got stronger after it was announced that Pedro Pascal and fellow actor Ethan Hawke will be playing gay cowboys in love in the upcoming Western drama short film “Strange Way of Life”.
Also, back in 2017, Pedro Pascal granted an interview to the Los Angeles Times where he stated that it is possible for straight men to crush on other men, adding that some of his male classmates who bullied him in middle school may have had a crush on him.
“Straight men can have—do have—crushes on other men. It doesn’t make them gay, it doesn’t make them bi. The guys that picked on me in middle school in Corona del Mar probably have a crush on me now. Maybe they had a crush on me then and that’s why they picked on me.”
However, while Pedro Pascal (pascalispunk) is known to be an avid supporter of the LGBTQ community, including his transgender sister Lux Pascal, he has never openly confirmed he is gay or bisexual.
In an interview with Out Magazine in 2014, Pedro Pascal spoke about his love for acting and his desire to play diverse roles, but he did not discuss his sexuality. He also stated that he does not wish to be labelled as a Latin actor or a gay actor, but prefers to be simply addressed as an actor.
Pedro Pascal’s marriage and wedding
As of the time of publishing this article (May 2023), Pedro Pascal (pascalispunk) is not married and does not have a wife. The actor has never been married. There is also no evidence to suggest that the actor is currently in a relationship as he prefers to keep details of his personal life away from the public.
List of Pedro Pascal’s past girlfriends
Although Pedro Pascal (pascalispunk) isn’t married, he has been romantically linked to a few of his co-stars over the years. Below is a list of the women Pedro Pascal has been romantically linked with over the years, including his “Game of Thrones” co-star Lena Headey.
- Pedro Pascal was romantically linked to Maria Dizzia in the 1990s.
- Pedro Pascal was romantically linked to his Game of Thrones co-star Lena Headey in 2014.
- Pedro Pascal was romantically linked to Robin Tunney in 2015.
About Pedro Pascal’s relationship with Maria Dizzia
Maria Dizzia is an American actress. She was born on December 29, 1974, in Cranford, New Jersey, United States. She is 48 years old in May 2023.
There are reports suggesting that Pedro Pascal and Maria Dizzia were in a relationship back in the 1990s but this was never officially confirmed by either party. Their relationship timeline is also unknown. However, the two movie actors ended up working together on an episode of Law & Order that aired in 2008.
As of 2023, Maria Dizzia is happily married to American playwright Will Eno, and they have a child together.
About Pedro Pascal’s Relationship with Lena Headey
Lena Headey is an English actress. She was born on October 3, 1973, in Hamilton, Bermuda. She is 49 years old as of May 2023.
Pedro Pascal and Lena Headey were romantically linked in 2014 after co-starring in “Game of Thrones”. Pedro Pascal (pascalispunk) played Oberyn Martell while Headey played Cersei Lannister in the popular show. In April 2014, the two stars were reported to be dating after Lena Headey shared a snap of her cosying up to Pedro with the caption “Sunshine love”. Further information about their relationship is scarce at this time. As of May 2023, Lena Headey is happily married to her second husband actor Marc Menchaca. The couple got married in 2022 and have been together for seven months.
About Pedro Pascal’s relationship with Robin Tunney
Robin Tunney is an American actress. She was born on June 19, 1972, in Chicago, Illinois, United States. She is 50 years old as of May 2023.
Pedro Pascal and Robin Tunney were romantically linked in 2015 after they were photographed together multiple times, either getting food or attending red-carpet events together, including the Emmy Awards in 2015. Despite these speculations, the pair have never openly revealed the true nature of their relationship.
Pedro Pascal’s kids
As of the time of writing this article (May 2023), Pedro Pascal (pascalispunk) does not have any kids. He has also not revealed any plans of having children any time soon.