Pedro Pascal Says Oscar Isaac Is the ‘Younger Brother I Never Wanted’

Pedro Pascal is a longtime Hollywood fan favorite, with buzz-worthy roles in hit TV shows like Game of Thrones. However, in 2019, Pascal shot to a new level of popularity when he was cast as an elusive bounty hunter with a heart of gold in The Mandalorian.

In the years since the show debuted on Disney+, Pascal has earned legions of new fans – and with the series still going strong, the actor is opening up about his experience with other Star Wars performers. Recently, Pascal opened up about his enduring celebrity friendship with Oscar Isaac, who is well known to Star Wars fans as the hotshot pilot Poe Dameron. 

What did Pedro Pascal say about his friendship with Oscar Isaac?

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Pedro Pascal has a longer history with Wonder Woman than most know. | Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

Pascal is gearing up to film the highly-anticipated third season of The Mandalorian but he still makes time for his friends, including fellow actor, Isaac. The two first met in 2005, when they were acting on the stage show Beauty of the Father. Even though the play ran for a short time, it allowed Pascal and Isaac to form a tight bond, one that endures to this day.

Pascal recently opened up about his friendship with Isaac to Esquire, revealing that their upbringing helped to unify them. As reported by Insider, Pascal said, “We have very similar backgrounds. We’re both children of Latin immigrants, so there’s sort of a cultural familiarity, then at the same time we’re both actors.”

Pascal went on to describe: “We have the same dreams. It’s something very special because it can be a lonely journey when you’re out there going after — it sounds corny, but going after your dreamsand to find family along the way.” Pascal claimed that their bond is very special to him, noting that Isaac is “the younger brother I never wanted.”

Pedro Pascal and Oscar Isaac are both stars of the ‘Star Wars’ franchise

When they first met so many years ago, it is likely that Pascal and Isaac never could have imagined that one day they would both be stars of one of the biggest entertainment franchises of all time. Isaac joined Star Wars in 2015, when he played Poe Dameron in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. He went on to reprise the role of Poe in two additional films, including the blockbuster conclusion to the saga, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Pascal originated the role of Din Djarin in The Mandalorian in 2019, to immediate fan acclaim. Although he spends most of his time in the Disney+ series behind a mask, Pascal’s body language and expressive voice helped to make the bounty hunter a sympathetic character, and many have given him credit for revitalizing the Star Wars franchise. 

Oscar Isaac is a newly-minted MCU hero

Pascal might be the star of The Mandalorian, but Isaac is currently featuring in the hottest new series on Disney+ – Moon Knight. Isaac stars as Marc Spector/Moon Knight, a mercenary who struggles with dissociative identity disorder and becomes the conduit for the Egyptian moon god Khonshu.

Part of Phase Four of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Moon Knight premiered on the streaming platform on March 30, 2022, and has received overwhelmingly positive reviews from critics and fans. Many have called out Isaac’s charismatic performance as Spector, praising him for the authenticity that he brings to the part.

With bright futures ahead of both Pascal and Isaac, and leading roles in big franchises, it’s likely that fans will be hearing much more about their friendship in the coming months.

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