Pedro Pascal has become one of Hollywood’s most popular and beloved figures, but his journey to this point couldn’t have been possible without his parents’ harrowing journey from their home country of Chile.
The “Last of Us” actor appeared on this week’s episode of the “Smartless” podcast, where he told the story in detail of how he and his family became political refugees in the ’70s after being forced to flee former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet’s rule.
Pascal said that his parents were “young, liberal college students” at the time, and that while they weren’t “revolutionaries by any stretch of the imagination,” his mother’s first cousin was “very involved in the opposition movement against the military regime.”
He went on to say that a victim of a gunfight – one that his parents were not involved in – was taken to his home so his father, who was doing a residency at a local hospital, could help “tend to the wound.” His parents also agreed to “hide” the person “for a while.”
Pascal, who was only four months old at the time, said he was told that the person who brought the victim to their home was then “taken into custody and tortured – and gave names.”