In his first monologue as host of “Saturday Night Live,” the actor reflected on his rapid rise to TV stardom.
Pedro Pascal made his ‘Saturday Night Live’ hosting debut last night and made his first visit to Studio 8H to promote his role in ‘The Last of Us’. In his opening monologue, he looked back on the grueling shoots he endured to bring the video game adaptation to life — and wondered why he couldn’t have put on a simpler concert like “The White Lotus.”
“Some HBO shows are filmed at a five-star Italian resort, surrounded by beautiful people,” Pascal said. “But I said no, it’s too easy.” I want to shoot in a frozen Canadian forest while being chased by a guy with a head that looks like a genital wart.
“The Last of Us” has turned into a bona fide cultural phenomenon, but Pascal has never been a stranger to high-profile TV shows. The actor has been associated with some of the biggest brands on television, but is still getting used to being recognized everywhere.
“It’s an honor to be a part of these huge franchises like ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘Star Wars,’ but I’m still getting used to people recognizing me,” he said. “A guy stopped me on the street the other day and said, ‘My son loves ‘The Mandalorian.’ And the next thing I’m FaceTiming this six-year-old who has no idea who I am because the character wears a mask the whole show.”
Pascal ended the monologue on a sentimental note, reflecting on his Chilean heritage and his proud relatives, who are happy to give his phone number to anyone who asks.
“It’s wonderful to be here. As I said, I was born in Chile, and nine months later my parents fled Pinochet with me and my sister to the United States. They were so brave and without them I wouldn’t be here in this wonderful country. And I certainly wouldn’t be standing here with you tonight, he said. “So to all my family in Chile, I just want to say I love you, I miss you, and don’t give out my phone number.”
Watch Pascal’s “SNL” monologue below.
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